Like most areas on Staten Island, the seaside enclave of Tompkinsville has a rather suburban feel, far away from the big city. With the Staten Island Railway, however, it is only one stop to the Staten Island Ferry terminal, where the ferry will take you to Manhattan. Being the oldest European settlement on Staten Island, Tompkinsville’s population is now racially diverse, primarily made up of African Americans, Latin Americans and Whites.
To the surprise of many, Tompkinsville is also home to a thriving Sri Lankan community, in fact, with a number of 5,000 it has the most Sri Lankans living outside of Sri Lanka. On the peaceful leafy streets in Tompkinsville, these residents have opened Sri Lankan restaurants, markets and shops all along Victory Boulevard.