Tompkinsville is a neighborhood located in Northeast Staten Island in New York City. Although this neighborhood is located on the eastern shore of the island, the residents of Tompkinsville prefer to call it a part of the North Shore.
Tompkinsville was originally a part of the town Castleton, which ceased to exist in 1898 when it was consolidated into New York City. In the colonial times, it was called "Watering Place" because European explorers would stop there to replenish their supply of fresh water. In 1815, Daniel D. Tompkins established a settlement next to the area's quarantine station. He was shortly after elected Vice President of the United States and built a dock with steam ferry service to Manhattan at what is now Victory Boulevard. He died in Tompkinsville three months after leaving office and is buried in St. Mark’s Churchyard. The ferry he commissioned was purchased by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1838 and made an official part of New York City ferry operations in 1905.For many years, a U.S. Naval Frontier Base was located in Tompkinsville. However, since the early 20th century, this neighborhood has mainly consists of single family homes and commercial buildings. During World War II, Tompkinsville received its designation of Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York. Like the other northeastern parts of Staten Island, Tompkinsville underwent a decline in 1964 following the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. During this time, the commercial activity of Staten Island shifted towards the inner part of the island. Currently, the neighborhood is planning the redevelopment of the harbor front area to counteract this decline. Throughout the years, Tompkinsville has been happy to boast a racially diverse population. This city is home to Hispanics, African-Americans, and Caucasians. There is also a large recent immigrant population from countries such as Albania. Tompkinsville is also home to the highest number of Sri Lankans outside of Sri Lanka, who inhabit a portion of the neighborhood known as Little Sri Lanka. Many old homes and buildings, such as an old firehouse, still exist and can be seen by passersby or tourists.