The neighborhood, bordered by Upper New York Bay and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, is a calming mosaic of low-rolling hills and winding streets featuring century-old classic architecture alongside modern design. Local legend says the neighborhood’s name came from the lush red roses that once grew along St. Mary’s Avenue.Find Rosebank apartments
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To immerse yourself in nature, you don’t have to go far. Take a walk to Bay Street to experience the landscaped beauty of Van Briesen Park. Named after Arthur Von Briesen, a German immigrant who owned the land, the park contains plenty of open space to play and relax in, winding paths to explore, and an off-leash dog run. You can also stroll along the water’s edge and gaze on the priceless views of downtown Manhattan. Climb the cliffs of Fort Wadsworth Park, and have a picnic as you watch the cruise ships entering and leaving the city.
Rosebank’s rich historical sites are open to the public, like a Victorian Gothic House on Hylan Boulevard which dates back to 1690, and the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Tompkins Avenue: a Gothic Revival house that was owned by both Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi and inventor Antonio Meucci, who some say first invented the telephone. The museum’s a national landmark that preserves the legacy of both men through numerous drawings, artifacts and photographs. Storefronts on Bay Street, Rosebank’s busy commercial stretch, celebrate Staten Island’s Italian-American heritage with old-school pizzerias, cool barbershops and quaint flower shops. But diverse cultures have also moved in, giving the neighborhood a multinational flair.
Commuting to Rosebank is easy. Express buses whisk commuters to the Staten Island Ferry in less than fifteen minutes. Staten Island Railroad and access to the Staten Island Expressway and Verrazzano Bridge are minutes away.