New to Staten Island? Things You Need to Know!

Verrazzano Bridge looking at Staten Island

Moving to a new neighborhood or perhaps a different state is one of life’s exciting adventures. If you’re moving to Staten Island and have read through some of our blogs, you’ll be prepared with tips that are intended to make your moving experience as stress free as possible. Once the movers have left and you’re in your new Staten Island home, you’ll soon find yourself unpacking your belongings, ready to begin your next chapter. Here are some useful resources you’ll need to help you get acclimated to the island and get you and your family off to a great start!

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Staten Island Borough Information

Staten Island official sealThe Staten Island Borough President’s website offers many resources, including a page of important numbers for police precincts, utilities, medical emergencies, and senior services. There is also an app, BP Assist, which has important local numbers, news and a calendar, and also lets residents report potholes, litter and graffiti for prompt remedial action.


Staten Island is served by ConEdison for electricity and NationalGrid (KeySpan Energy) for gas.

Public Transportation

Mass Transit – Getting Around the Island

There are plenty of options for getting around Staten Island, and it’s pretty easy to do so without a car.

Note: mass transit increases have been approved for January 2019. The fare hikes reported in this article will go into effect March 1, 2019.

Metro cards are a must for mass transit on Staten Island. They can be used for all local buses, subways, and the Staten Island Railway. The new bus fare will be $2.50 (up 25 cents). And if you’ll be doing daily trips – such as a work commute, you can purchase a 30-day unlimited metro card for $112 or a seven-day unlimited card for $40. Be sure to look into reduced fare eligibility for seniors or disabled travelers.

Commuting to Manhattan

If you’re traveling to the city, you have two options. Manhattan-bound express buses are a direct and easy way to get to work, but be prepared for standing room only. The ticket fare is $6 per trip, or you can spend $55 on a 7-day unlimited express bus card, which also can be used for local buses.

Your other option, of course, is the famous Staten Island Ferry which is free! You can get to the Saint George Ferry Terminal via bus or on the Staten Island Railway, which runs every 15 minutes during rush hours and is synched to the Ferry schedule.

Here are some helpful Mass Transit Links:

Driving & Voting

Vehicle & Voter Registration

Once you move, you will need to update your driver’s license and registration with your new information, as well as updating your voter registration. To update your address or vehicle registration, visit the Richmond County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV), which is located at 1775 South Avenue. and open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The Richmond County DMV website offers various forms and information on services. Be sure to download a copy of their New Resident Moving Resources that cover all vehicle-related tasks, address changes, and voter registration information.

Getting To and From Staten Island by Car

Map of Staten Island

Staten Island provides easy access to New Jersey, Brooklyn, and of course, Manhattan. The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects Brooklyn in northeast Staten Island. Be warned that every year on the first Sunday in November it’s the starting point for the New York City Marathon. If you’re planning on crossing the Verrazzano that day, either leave very early to avoid traffic, plan another route, or stay and watch the marathon.

There are three bridges for travel to and from New Jersey.

  •  The Bayonne Bridge on the north side of Staten Island
  • The Goethals Bridge in the northwest and
  • The Outerbridge Crossing, which is often used to travel to southern New Jersey and points west.

If you’re headed across the river, check in on traffic reports before you head for a bridge – depending on traffic, construction, etc., you may actually save time by taking a different route, even if takes you slightly out of your way.

All city bridges have tolls – to save money and time, you’re going to want to keep your E-ZPass up to date or sign up for it if you don’t have one. On the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge travelers will pay $6.36 per round trip with E-ZPass. For three or more trips per month, the rate will be automatically adjusted on your account to $6. Without E-ZPass, each round trip will cost $15.

Educational System – Public Schools K-12

Staten Island public school are a part of the New York City public school system. New students can register at the Student Registration Center located at the Michael J. Petrides Educational Complex in Sunnyside. For more information on transfers and enrollment for particular grades, visit the NYC Department of Education website. There are also many resources for families, including pre-school, after-school programs and community news, at S.I. Parent.

Healthcare Resources

Hospitals and Urgent Care

Local hospital care can be found at Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital. For urgent care, there are several Northwell GoHealth centers and ProHEALTH Circle locations the island.

24/7 Veterinary Services

Pets can have a medical crisis too. In the event that your pet needs emergency veterinary care or becomes ill when your regular vet is closed, there are two 24/7 emergency veterinary hospitals and at least one extended hours practice on the island, all at the north end:

Animal Medical Center – (212) 838-8100 – If it’s not a time-critical emergency, AMC, a well-known emergency and specialist hospital in NYC, is about 30-60 minutes from the island (with light traffic). They’re at 510 E 62nd St in NYC.

Dog Parks & Dog Friendly Parks

Looking for activities for your canine best friend? Most local parks on Staten Island are dog-friendly. There are also several dog parks on the island:

  • Wolfe’s Pond Park – 420 Cornelia Ave – Public park on the south shore. Dog friendly, has a dog park with a separate section for small dogs.
  • Bloomingdale Park – Ramona Avenue &, Lenevar Ave – Dog friendly 138 acre park in the Prince’s Bay section of the South Shore.
  • Silver Lake Dog Run – 700 Victory Blvd – Three separate areas for different sizes of dogs. Adjacent to Silver Lake Public Park.
  • Willowbrook Park – 164 acre dog-friendly public park in the Willowbrook section. Lots of stuff for the whole family here.

Best Places to Eat on Staten Island:

Last but not least, if you’re new to Staten Island, you owe it to yourself to get familiar with the best in local cuisine! After all, if you’re still unpacking and moving in, you certainly don’t want to cook, right? Here’s a shortlist of just a few local favorites you have to try!

Denino’s Pizza – 524 Port Richmond Ave (718) 442-9401 – A family-owned favorite for decades, best known for their amazing thin-crust pizzas. There’s even a gluten-free pie! Tempting appetizers, generous heroes and platters round out the menu. Finish with a delicious Tartufo or Cannoli. Denino’s also has several other area locations  – one in Greenwich Village and two in New Jersey – and they deliver via Doordash if you’re in the area.

Ruddy & Dean – 44 Richmond Terrace – 718-816-4400 Looking for a great American steakhouse? Located on the St. George waterfront with a breathtaking view of Manhattan, Ruddy & Dean offers a top-notch dining experience featuring their award-winning steaks that are seared in cast iron pans according to an old family tradition.  Everything is fresh and cooked to order. Outstanding service and a tantalizing craft beer menu seal the deal. Ruddy & Dean has been known to be frequented by some well-known area sports, TV and political personalities, so you may get to do some celebrity spotting while you dine!

Beso – 11 Schuyler St. 718-816-8162 – For the best Latin / Spanish fusion dining on the island, it’s hard to beat Beso! Open for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner, choose from a mind-boggling array of intriguing Tapas and salads, and move on to one of their many fantastic entrees. Many of the dishes feature fresh seafood, like the Paella or the grilled sea bass. Beso is also vegetarian-friendly with several vegan and gluten-free options. Prices are very reasonable.

Bayou – 1072 Bay St. 718-273-4383 – Want something a little different? Bayou offers delicious New Orleans Cajun-style menu and adult beverages at an affordable price. Don’t be put off by the modest exterior – inside you’ll feel like you’re in the French Quarter during Carnival! Try the Seafood Jambalaya or any of their other great Creole specialties.

Reggianos Brick Oven Pizza and Café – 7339 Amboy Rd. – 718-366-6610 – While many of the great restaurants on Staten Island are up at the north end, the South Shore has bragging rights as the home of Reggianos – easily making up in quality what it may lack in quantity! Reggiano’s is an unassuming, neighborhood Italian restaurant that serves up generous portions of  incredible food in a family-style atmosphere. From the cold antipasto to the salads and the entrees, it’s all good, and the service is excellent to match. Be sure to check out the fried calamari!

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