URL®Staten Island housing complex to open in December

Tracey Porpora at The Staten Island Advance reports on the December opening of Ironstate Development Company‘s URL®Staten Island.

-d511e38ae2bf1142URL®Staten Island, the 900-unit housing complex being built at the former Stapleton homeport, is expected to welcome its first residents on Dec. 1.

URL (Urban Ready Life)®Staten Island — being built by the Hoboken-N.J.-based Ironstate Development Company — is a $150 million project to construct 900 rental units in two five story buildings with 35,000 square feet of ground floor retail, 600 parking spaces and a public plaza at the former U.S. Navy homeport.

“This will be a really different type of residential living for Staten Island. I think it’s going to be a credit to the North Shore community. I think it’s taking an underutilized waterfront area and providing really meaningful public access and programming in the form of restaurateurs,” said David Barry, president of Ironstate Development Company, whose portfolio of projects includes Pier Village in Long Branch, N.J.

URL®Staten Island will be the first of several waterfront projects — including the N.Y. WheelEmpire Outlets and Lighthouse Point in St. George — to take shape on the North Shore.


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Who Make It Best: Pizza Edition

2015-09-11_13-43-26SILIVE.COM is holding a “Reader’s Choice” contest to see who makes the best Staten Island pie.

It’s cheesy but true: Of all the topics that fire up Staten Islanders, superior pie provokes some of the liveliest debates.

Come on, we can opine over the best brick-oven crusts and artisan toppings until the fresh cow’s milk mozzarella comes home. That’s why “Best Pizza” is the next category in our 2015 Staten Island Readers’ Choice Awards.

“Pizza is one food that Staten Island chefs craft perfectly,” says SILive.com’s resident foodie, Pamela Silvestri. “You’ll never find a bad pie in the borough — the problem is finding the best.”

That’s where you come in. Vote for your favorite out the Top 20 finalists.

Voting is open until through Sunday, September 13th and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 14th!


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Has St. George Arrived?



Yesterday, Curbed.com posited this very question in a post regarding the recent $1 Million dollar sale of a Staten Island Penhouse.

Welcome Staten Island to the million-dollar condo club: This year, two penthouse apartments in The Accolade, a building in St. George right by the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, sold for more than $1 million apiece—the first condos in the borough to go for that much. Penthouse 9G closed for nearly $1.3 million in May, and just this week, Penthouse 9H (pictured here) closed for more than $1 million. The three-bedroom duplex has views of the harbor, Manhattan, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Does this mean St. George has arrived? Maybe: The Accolade has sold nearly all of its penthouses, save one (which is currently on the market for $1.35 million), and it’s tempting residents with amenities like a kids’ play room, a gym,a pet spa, on-site parking, and landscaping and snow removal. 

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GrowNYC Presents Stop ‘N’ Swap


GrowNYC will host upcoming Stop ‘N’ Swap events at two Staten Island locations.

The first stop/swap event will take place on September 19th from 10am – 2pm at the Sea View Hospital Community Service Building located at 460 Brielle Avenue.

You are invited to bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you.You don’t have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please. Everything is free!

On September 12th from 10am – 2pm, Staten Island’s GrowNYC Greenmarkets will host simultaneous Book Swaps. You are invited to bring books to give away, and to find books that are new to you. You don’t have to bring books to take books and Everything is free!

The Book Swaps will take place at the St. George Greenmarket (St. Marks Place and Hyatt Street) and at the Staten Island Mall Greenmarket.

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All Aboard the Lighthouse Boat Tour!

Lighthouse-Boat-Tour-2Join the National Lighthouse Museum in their continuing series of Lighthouse Boat Tours on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11 am to 2 pm.

The tour will depart from Staten Island Home Port, 355 Front Street, Staten Island, NY for a cruise up the East River, passing through Hell’s Gate to Long Island Sound. The cruise will go as far as Execution Rocks Lighthouse and learn of its gruesome history. The Stepping Stones Light is not to be missed. This is a memorable three hour cruise with knowledgeable presenters sharing little known facts about the lighthouses we’ll see.

Bring your own snacks or purchase refreshments on board. Rain or Shine Cost: Adults $60.00 Seniors $50.00 children $40.00

To purchase tickets: info@lighthousemuseum.org  or by calling 718-390-0400

Tickets can be purchased at the Lighthouse Museum site – 200 Promenade @ Lighthouse Point (behind St. George Post Office) Staten Island, NY 10301

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Business Spotlight: Cookie Jar

2015-08-03_13-44-08The Cake Chef Cookie Jar is located at 1226 Forest Avenue in Staten Island’s North ShoreThe shop currently has 150 plus different cookies on a daily basis. Each one different from the rest! They also offer eight different delicious varieties of cupcakes.

This is not your typical area bakery that makes one cookie recipe and then uses different color sprinkles and different shapes to add variety. Each recipe is developed and modified by the Master Baker Cake chef and tweaked to perfection or at the very least a very satisfying bite.

Business Motto: After all…if it ain’t worth the calories…Why would you eat it????

Open 7 days a week.  Open ALL holidays! Extended holiday hours.

They also ship all over the globe. Check out the store online at www.cakechefcookiejar.com

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Explore Staten Island’s Rapidly Changing North Shore

Rendering of URL Staten Island (Photo: Concrete)

Rendering of URL Staten Island (Photo: Concrete)

Curbed.com reports on new development on Staten Island’s North Shore. 

“Staten Island has a tough time being cool,” said Kamillah Hanks, founder of the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership, as she spoke to a tour group about the North Shore neighborhood of Stapleton. It’s true: New York’s forgotten borough, often seen as isolated due to its inaccessibility by bridge or Subway line from Manhattan, doesn’t have the same charm or youthful energy that is pervasive in Brooklyn and parts of Queens now. Recently, developers have been aiming to change this perception while also taking advantage of vacant spaces on the island’s North Shore, with notable—and projects including the New York Wheel, Empire Outlets, Lighthouse Point, and URL Staten Island. This past weekend, Curbed took a tour, hosted by Untapped Cities and Munro Johnson, vice president of Staten Island development projects for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, of some of the key sites and newest ventures to hit the island as businesses and residents alike descend on the area after being priced out of other boroughs and neighborhoods.

The tour began mere steps away from the Stapleton Staten Island Railway Station at URL Staten Island (short for “Urban Ready Life,” a rental community developed by Ironstate Development that is part of the larger community known as the New Stapleton Waterfront. Greg Russo from Ironstate explained that the 900-unit development, which is slated to open its first phase by the end of this year, is targeting apartment hunters in their 20s or 30s, as the island has experienced an exodus of young people in recent years. The project, which was implemented by the EDC’s Capital Program, will also foster community life with a public plaza, a cafe, and 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Outside of the buildings, the developer hopes to work with the borough to upgrade and create more streets connecting the shore area with the inner neighborhood, as the areas feel very distinct from one another at the moment.


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Visit Clay Pit Ponds This Summer!


Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve Provides Great Summer Programs for Everyone

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 260-acre natural area near the southwest shore of Staten Island. Once the site of clay-mining, the Preserve contains a variety of unique habitats such as wetlands, fields, sandy barrens, spring-fed streams and woodlands. As a terminal point for some northern and southern species, this area is rich with plant and animal life. Clay Pit Ponds is New York City’s first State Park Preserve. It is managed to retain the unique ecology of the area. The Preserve is an Audubon Bird Conservation Area and is home to the historic Gericke Farm.

The Interpretive Center at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve strives to provide educational and recreational programs for people of all ages.

62384d3b-bbdb-42d6-8d22-b0f083c0da14The Interpretive Center also offers in-house and outreach programs for schools, summer camps, and other groups throughout the year. These programs are designed to fit your curriculum needs and to enhance your visit to our state parks. All programs are FREE of charge unless otherwise noted. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Check out the schedule of Summer Programs!

Enjoy hiking on our designated foot trails. Bring your own horse and ride our 5 miles of horse trails. All trails are open from dawn until dusk. Wildlife has free run of the Preserve. This is their home and you are their guests. Visitors must please follow Preserve rules.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is located at 2351 Veterans Road West, Staten Island, NY 10309

The Park is open Tuesday–Saturday 8:30 am to 5 pm. Gates are locked at 5 pm

About Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 265-acre nature preserve near the southwest shore of Staten Island. It contains a variety of unique habitats, such as wetlands, ponds, sand barrens, spring-fed streams and woodlands. The preserve is managed to retain its unique ecology and to provide educational and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Evidences of the Leni Lenape Indians, European settlers and the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground provide a rich cultural history. Educational programs, such as nature walks, pond ecology, birdwatching and tree and flower identification, are offered, as are many activities geared to school children. School and group programs are also welcome by advance registration. In addition, visitors may picnic or hike on designated trails. Horseback riding is also permitted on over 5 miles of bridle paths. Please note that horses are not available to rent.

The Interpretive Center at Clay Pit Ponds is now open to the public. This fully accessible building features interpretive displays of the history of the park and of its natural elements. The park’s educational and community programs will take place in the interpretive center located at 2351 Veteran’s Road West Staten Island, NY 10309 Phone: (718) 605-3970 or visit their website.

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What Do You Wish?

A wish is a desire connected to the heart and mind, conscious and unconscious. There is great power in a wish; it begins an energy movement. Thinking, writing, revealing a wish helps one to understand one’s self more and prioritize actions. Related to hope, wishes become a constant reminder of how life can be better.



On July 16th, Culture Lounge’s new exhibit WISH, created by Day De Dada and organized by Gena Mimozo, will ask visitors to the gallery space at the St. George Terminal, “What do you wish?”   

The exhibition will feature wish themed mail art sent in from around the world, short videos and the Whispering Wishes sound installation.Culture Lounge visitors will have the opportunity to make their own wishes, write a wish on a cloth strip and tie it on the fence installation, create mail art wishes to send off to someone or make a wish on the spot with some guidance from The Wish Sisters.

The Wish Sisters – Viv de Dada, Jennifer Weigel, Mary Campbell, Barbara Lubliner, Margaret Chase, Lydia Grey, and Milenka Berengolc –  will collect wishes at various times throughout the exhibition.

Opening Reception (SI Arts members only)
Date: Thursday July 16
Time: 7pm
Become a Staten Island Arts member today and you’ll get a special invite to the Opening Reception of “WISH”, where you’ll be able to rub elbows with fellow members and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be provided. Become a member here.

Wish Sister Performance

Date: Saturday July 18
Time: 12pm – 4pm

The Wish Sisters will collect wishes from people using traditional and non-traditional methods throughout the run of the exhibition. Viv de Dada catches whispered secrets and carefully transfers them into a large bottle with a crystal stopper. Jennifer Weigel has people attach wishes to pennies that participants can take with them or leave for someone else to find, as a means of voicing desires.

Wish Sister Performance

Date: Saturday August 8
Time: 12pm – 4pm

The Wish Sisters will collect wishes from people using traditional and non-traditional methods throughout the run of the exhibition. Mary Campbell gives people the chance to test their luck with the old ritual of breaking a wishbone. Barbara Lubliner offers wishing advice and super charges wishes with the power of the elements before collecting them in a golden box.

Staten Island OutLOUD presents “Be Careful What You Wish For?”

Date: Saturday August 8
Time: 2pm

Staten Island OutLOUD presents a reading – and perhaps a warning – about the wishes we make. What do you wish for? Think carefully before you answer that question! Join the Facebook event!

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NYC Tourism Campaign Highlights Staten Island Neighborhoods


Marty Markowitz of NYC and Company sits down with NY1‘s Anthony Pascale to discuss the organization’s latest tourism initiative which highlights two Staten Island neighborhoods. View Video!

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