City Promotes Staten Island's 'Little Sri Lanka' as Tourist Destination

By Nicholas Rizzi on March 6, 2014 3:05pm 

 The city's official tourism agency has started a new campaign to bring tourists to spots in Tompkinsville, like the Sri Lankan restaurant San Rasa in Staten Island's "Little Sri Lanka."
The city's official tourism agency has started a new campaign to bring tourists to spots in Tompkinsville, like the Sri Lankan restaurant San Rasa in Staten Island's "Little Sri Lanka."
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TOMPKINSVILLE — The city has launched a campaign to draw tourists to Staten Island's "Little Sri Lanka."

Tompkinsville is the latest area to be featured in NYC & Company's Neighborhood x Neighborhood promotion to drive visitors to spots often overlooked by tourists.

The monthlong feature on the neighborhood, which is a short train ride from the St. George Ferry Terminal, showcases local destinations including the stretch of Sri Lankan restaurants and grocery stores along Victory Boulevard and Bay Street known as "Little Sri Lanka." Eateries like San Rasa and Dosa Garden offer Sri Lankan staples like hoppers, pithu, mutton curry, lentil dosas and more.

The campaign also spotlights Gatsby's on the Bay and 120 Bay Cafe, along with several spots in neighboring Stapleton such as 5050 Skatepark and The Full Cup.

The campaign doesn't just focus on food, but also highlights Silver Lake Park and Tompkinsville Park, several arts studios, the Staten Island LGBT Community Center and even the woman-owned, custom tattoo shop Ink Chyx Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery.

The Neighborhood x Neighborhood campaign previously promoted the North Shore of the borough — including St. George — in September.

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