Tappan Park in Stapleton was transformed Wednesday night from a public park into a private soiree.
"Celebrate Stapleton is highlighting the best of our neighborhood," President and CEO of the Historic Tappan Park Community Partnership Kamillah Hanks said.
Wednesday's event was the third annual awards reception for the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership.
"We're partnering with URL Staten Island who sponsored this event and this is our way of connecting the old and the new and we're introducing them to the neighborhood," Hanks added.
URL Staten Island, which stands for a urban Ready Living, is already in the process of erecting hundreds of apartments on the North Shore. The goal is to make the area, including Stapleton, the newest upcoming neighborhood for New Yorkers.
"It's really kind of reinventing not only residential living in a sense and being thoughtful about what people need today and also how is can best integrate into existing neighborhoods," URL Staten Island Developer David Berry told NY1.
Organizers of Wednesday's awards ceremony say it will take both Stapleton's new and old businesses to make the area's revitalization plans a success.
Dr. Carolyn Powell-Rivers, the owner of Bay Street Optical Pavilion, has been serving the Stapleton community for more than 15 years.
"It's a great time to own a business in this area. Seeing it from its infancy stages to progressing into something that is really really beautiful and good for the community. It's very exciting," Rivers said.
Bay Street Optical Pavilion was one of the award ceremony's honorees and was named “2015 Business of the Year” Stapleton's Bay House Bistro garnered this year's award for "Best Restaurant" and the Principal of Eagle Academy was given the “2015 Community Education Leadership Award.”