Make Music New York will feature musical performances throughout the five boroughs. Snug Harbor is the premiere venue for Staten Island!
The rUNDEAD Fresh Kills Zombie Run will challenge participants to run through a trail at the Staten Island site of the Henry Kaufman Campgrounds while avoiding attacks from nearby zombies. The Special Olympics New York is an organization providing year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The rUNDEAD series began in Saratoga in October 2012. The first event attracted over 1,000 participants and raised nearly $30,000. This year the rUNDEAD 5K will take place in Staten Island as part of its expansion to various areas within New York State.
“The success of our Saratoga run was phenomenal, and we are hoping to match that success and raise about $25,000 for Special Olympics New York,” said Amy Monahan, developmental specialist for Special Olympics New York. “We received many requests to have events that the public can participate in, and the rUNDEAD seems like a great event to open up to anyone who would like to participate.”
Monahan added that the event’s special theme was specifically targeted to its audience.
“The zombie theme was taken from the public’s obsession in the recent year with zombies. When we have positive feedback from the community after an event and feel we can expand the race series, then we do exactly that,” Monahan said.
Every runner will start with three flags on a belt, each flag representing a lifeline. Zombies throughout the course will attempt to take the flags one by one. Runners who finish the race with at least one flag remaining are deemed survivors.
Several safe zones, where runners are given the opportunity to rest and hide from the undead, will be available on the trail.
The race will be divided into two sections — the first with child-friendly play and the second involving more aggressive zombies.
Participants are given the option either to run the race or to join the zombies.
CAS freshman Angela Cao was extremely intrigued by the run’s zombie theme.
“The idea of zombies attacking runners sounds fantastic because it really draws attention to the event. I’d personally be interested in watching this event in action,” she said.
King of the Mountain Events, a group dedicated to running various adventure events in the New York City metropolitan area, will help organize the zombie run. Special Olympics New York was introduced to the group through their previous Rugged Run event. Monahan states that the partnership has been successful and will be continued for future events.
The rUNDEAD series is also scheduled to reach Brooklyn, the Bronx and Flushing Meadow Park in Queens this October.
The giant observation wheel slated for Staten Island’s northern waterfront, touted to be the tallest in the world and temporarily named the New York Wheel, is one of the most buzzed-about city projects of the decade. We’ve already reported the numbers, as well as some mindbogging visuals: a 630-foot tall structure that will be open almost 365 days a year, will hold about 1,400 people per hour in its 36 capsules, each of which will make 38-minute rotations at a rate of about 10 inches per second. But at a presentation last night at laminate manufacturer Trespa’s Soho headquarters President and CEO Rich Marin divulged more details about a plan that can be described as completely grandiose, brilliant, and outrageous. Marin’s goal is to make it an icon for visitors, not mere amusement. “We want to make this feel not like they are going to Coney Island,” Marin said, “but like they are going to the St. Louis Arch or the Washington Monument.” Here now, the most interesting tidbits we learned:
12) The timeline (a.k.a. when it will be done): The wheel just entered the city’sULURP approval process and is now at the stage of getting signatures from community boards. The team will need to get the necessary “yays” from the borough president, the City Planning Commission, the City Council and the mayor—all before the Bloomberg administration leaves office. The goal is to break ground in the spring of 2014, with a grand opening on July 4, 2016 after two years of construction.
11) Sizing up the competition: The New York Wheel will be significantly taller than the structures it considers models, the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer. But then there’s the matter of a rival in the Middle East. “Dubai is saying they are putting up a 688-foot wheel. I’m on the record saying, ‘That’s great, you can see more sand,’”Marin said. “Big is not the only issue here. Big and well-located are the issues here. It’s [in] the gateway to America.”
Staten Island is bracing preparing for its very own megaproject, the centerpiece of which is a 625-foot-tall observation wheel, but the bulk of the development will be a 1,000,000-square-foot outlet mall and entertainment complex designed by firm-of-the-moment, SHoP Architects. Both the mall and the wheel (they have different developers) enter the six-month review process today, and BFC Partners released a slew of new renderings showing the design of the complex, know as the Empire Outlets. Green roofs abound on the multi-tiered project, which will host 125 storesin 340,000-square-feet of retail, plus restaurants and a 200-room hotel.
Cuozzo of the Post reports that several high-end retailers showed interest in the development, to rise close to the St. George Ferry terminal, during the ICSC conference in Las Vegas. Supposedly reps from Coach, Restoration Hardware, Michael Kors, Nordstrom Rack, and Brooks Bros. all showed interest in BFC’s presentation of the Empire Outlets. The developer wouldn’t discuss specifics, but they made clear that not all brands are welcome in the retail space: “We actually have had to turn some people away because we want a certain brand level. There are outlets and there are outlets.”
The project is estimated to cost between $250 and $275 million, and if all goes as planned, it will be complete in 2016. The Wheel developer Richard Marin hopes to break ground next year and open on July 4, 2016. Are you ready, Staten Island?
This hilarious, long running Off-Broadway show celebrates the contemporary conundrum, “the relationship.” Starring cast members from the Off-Broadway production, the show is being directed by Ryan McKinney, who supervised the National Tour. In its twelve year Off-Broadway run, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change played more than 5000 performances. The Newark Star Ledger called it “Seinfeld set to music,” and the New YorkPost called it “a battle of the heterosexes.” This show is perfect for groups or Date Night. Karyn Quackenbush (Imaginary Friends; Blood Brothers; Annie Get Your Gun; Love, Loss and What I Wore) a veteran of the Off Broadway run of ILYYPNC, is set to star.
Parking is FREE at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden Accessibility The Harbor Lights Theater Company and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden are committed to making all performances accessible for all visitors. Contact Beth Gittleman for special seating assignments for patrons in wheelchairs.
Private investors will spend nearly $1 billion over the next decade into transforming Staten Island’s North Shore from a sleepy outpost into a bustling urban center, the New York Times reported. Among the projects in the pipeline are the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, an outlet mall and a 200-room hotel. A major residential complex by Ironstate Development is set to break ground in June in the Stapleton neighborhood near the Staten Island Ferry terminal.
The Ironstate project’s first $140 million phase will include two buildings with 27,000 square feet of retail space and 571 rental units. Rents will range from $1,200 for a studio to $2,600 for a two-bedroom apartment.
“Staten Island is losing a lot of young people because there are no options to attract them,” David Barry, president of Ironstate, told the Times. “You can’t have old housing stock and expect to attract your best and brightest.”
Another project close to the terminal is Lighthouse Point, a $250 million waterfront plaza being built by Triangle Equities that will include 53,000 square feet of retail space as well as a 164-room hotel and 96 housing units.
“We really believe that this is a transformational moment for the North Shore of Staten Island,” Seth Pinsky, president of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, told the Times. “Staten Island is entering into a golden age.”
The city has already invested over $200 million in public funds on projects such as the restoration of the ferry terminal and the waterfront. [NYT] –Hiten Samtani
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A pair of adorable emus have Staten Island Zoo visitors in a flap.
The chicks were hatched on April 9 and 10 to adult emus Darla and Mr. Manushin, the website Gothamist reported.
The zoo posted a picture of the siblings enjoying a sunny spring day on its Facebook page to celebrate Earth Day. One chick has already been named Lynne, but the zoo has held off naming the second until they can determine the sex of the chick, the Gothamist said.
When fully grown, emus can reach up to 6-and-a-half feet and are the largest native bird from Australia, the zoo said. They trail behind the ostrich as the largest bird in the world by height.
Their eggs, which have a $20 price tag at farmers markets, are bright emerald green and are the size of a dozen chicken eggs.
TONIGHT, Thursday April 18th, you can Dine Out to benefit Project Hospitality. This fantastic one day event, where local restaurants donate 20% of their days proceeds to Project Hospitality to end hunger on Staten Island.
For a complete list of participating restaurants, please visit our dineoutstatenisland.com website.
On Thursday, May 9th, Project Hospitality will be hosting a Spring Luncheon! From their site:
Come join us to celebrate all we have accomplished and acknowledge the work of Staten Islanders whose generosity has helped to shelter and compassionately care for those in need.
For tickets and information, call 718-448-1544 ext. 163