silive News –
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – It’s one of my favorite parts of Staten Island.
But it’s a troubled area as well.
I’m talking about the “secret staircase” on the North Shore that goes from Tompkins Circle down to Victory Boulevard.
It’s a link between one of the tonier parts of the North Shore and a grittier, more working class neighborhood below.
It’s also been a spot where in years past I’ve found hypodermic needles, heroin packaging and other evidence of drug use.
I found more drug-related items after visiting the staircase in 2019, including the remains of a Naloxone anti-overdose kit.