This is only half of a panoramic photo created by William W. Scott
I was amazed when I received this and only wish that I could present it in its entirety.
This series of photos were taken from the center of Tappan Park looking towards Bay Street.
The neighborhood was the site of the farm where
Cornelius Vanderbilt grew up,
at the location of the present-day Paramount Theater building on Bay Street ( the theater itself having closed in
the early 1980s ). In the early 19th century it became the commercial center of Southfield Township. In
William J. Staples, a
Manhattan for whom the
neighborhood is named, as well as
Minthorne Tompkins, the son
Daniel D. Tompkins, acquired
land from the Vanderbilts and laid out the streets. Staples and Tompkins started a
ferry service from the
neighborhood waterfront to Manhattan and began advertising their new village in
Seaman's Retreat, a hospital for sailors entering
New York Harbor, opened in
1832 and later became
Bayley Seton Hospital, the
largest employer in the neighborhood until the
Sisters of Charity, an order
nuns which operated the
facility, closed it in 2004 (the property is sometimes reckoned as belonging to
Clifton, Stapleton's neighbor
to the south). It was also for many years the site of a United States Public Health Service Hospital.
The neighborhood was the location of several springs which led
to the establishment of several
breweries in the middle 19th
century. The last brewery closed in 1963. Stapleton's town hall still stands, located in Tappen Park. The Staten
Island Rapid Transit railway has a stop in Stapleton.
In 1884, it was incorporated as the village of Edgewater. In
Staten Island Railway
extended its track from the neighborhood northward to
St. George. Direct ferry
service from the neighborhood to Manhattan was halted two years later in 1886.
Stapleton Fire Bell
Geo Bechtel Brewery