SI Arts Scene to Draw on Ferris Wheel Visitors

Snug Harbor's Gabri Christa and Lynn Kelly are bringing more original programming to the center. Photo: Buck Ennis

Snug Harbor’s Gabri Christa and Lynn Kelly are bringing more original programming to the center.
Photo: Buck Ennis

Museums spruce up and expand to lure visitors from outlet center and the New York Wheel.

The fruits of Staten Island’s cultural renaissance are hard to miss these days. Visitors to the borough get their first glimpse upon landing in the ferry terminal, where a gallery that opened last summer features handmade jewelry and other crafts by local artisans in shows that change every seven weeks.

The 2,500-square-foot space is run by the nonprofit Staten Island Arts. Islanders hope it will help pique visitors’ interest in the borough and possibly persuade them to sample some of its growing number of attractions.

Last summer, the National Lighthouse Museum debuted with a few exhibits in a building a stone’s throw from the ferry terminal. A formal opening is slated for August. A month later, the Staten Island Museum will open a building with 10,000 square feet of exhibition space, more than double what it has now. Meanwhile, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden hired an artistic director last December—its first in more than 15 years—to bring more original programming to the 83-acre campus as part of a campaign to draw more visitors.

“There is so much to do on Staten Island,” said Lynn Kelly, president and chief executive of Snug Harbor, which is just a short bus ride from the ferry terminal. “We are really starting to get more traction.”

Read Full Story at Crain’s NY Business

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NY1 Online: 36 Acre Waterfront Community Near Completion

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NY1 VIDEOWhile a lot of attention is being put on development projects in St. George including the NY Wheel and Empire Outlets, another development project just down the shoreline is getting closer to completion. The project is transforming 36 acres on the former Stapleton Homeport into a sustainable waterfront community.  It will include 900 units of housing and 35,000 square feet of retail space. NY1’s Bree Driscollsits down with Dave Barry who is the President of Ironstate Development Company.

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Ironstate expanding its development focus to Connecticut, Staten Island

2015-03-09_11-30-35Joshua Burd at NJ BIZ reports on the expansion of Ironstate Developmentinto Staten Island and Connecticut.

After decades spent building a vast multifamily portfolio around New Jersey’s Gold Coast and then New York City, Ironstate Development is adding a new location to its list of target markets: Stamford, Connecticut.

The well-respected Hoboken-based firm is preparing to start construction on a 672-unit, mixed-use project in that city, which sits about 40 miles from Manhattan and is connected by a busy Metro-North rail station. Working in a joint venture with The Rich Co., a local developer, Ironstate said it expects to begin site work next month and deliver the first phase of 194 units by around fall 2016.

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Art Intersects March Meetup

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Tues, Mar 10, 7-9pm

SI Arts’ Culture Lounge Gallery @ St. George Ferry Terminal, 10 Ferry Terminal Drive, 10301

FREE | RSVP Here

Inspired by the community that formed around Staten Island Arts’ Art Intersects workshop series, this meetup group seeks to create a space for individual artists, creative businesses, collectives or nonprofit groups to develop independent initiatives, share resources, and deepen professional relationships. It is also an open forum for discussion about interest, opportunities, and upcoming events the Culture Lounge Artist Market. Let’s meet at the intersection of Art, Business, and Community!

This meetup group is envisioned as a space for artists/groups that are:

1. Currently participating in the Culture Lounge Artist Market,
2. Interested in participating in the market, and looking for feedback and peer support, and/or
3. Looking to deepen their business practices.

Space is limited. RSVP via email, phone, and/or ticketing system required.

Hope to see you there!

Contact  718-414-6904 or mvalenzuela@statenislandarts.org

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TMYK: Borough Hall Murals

PHOTO:  Vinnie Amesse

PHOTO: Vinnie Amesse

Staten Island’s 100-year-old Borough Hall is the seat of government for the Borough. Featuring beautiful French Renaissance design elements and a high clock tower, it is one of the most recognizable landmarks on Staten Island.

The grand marble lobby contains a series of Depression Era bas-reliefs and murals which allow visitors to take a walk through history. The 13 murals are 6 ½ by 13-foot oil-on-canvas masterpieces and depict significant moments in Staten Island’s past. They are the first comprehensive series of paintings to decorate a public building on Staten Island, and the murals are the largest and most accessible WPA collection in New York City.

www.statenislandusa.com

Hours
Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm
Admission
Free

Address
10 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY
718.816.2000

via VisitStatenIsland.com

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Comedy Night (The Second Coming) @ SIABC Gallery

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February 19 @ 8:30 pm11:00 pm

SIABC is proud to present to you our second monthly comedy showcase right here at 73 Wave St!

Last month we had a sold out packed house and a lineup of great performers all from Staten Island and other parts of New York City! Clips of that show are available online now!

This month’s bill includes Staten Island talent:

Anthony Mustacchio
Joe Romby Jr.
Tommy DaddyTom Re
Zach Sharif
Susan Golden
Andy Nadler
John Kurschner
Jeffrey Paul
Jay Miller
Eric D’Alessandro
Jen Remauro

Tickets will be available from Pauline, Calvin, or any of the featured performers above.

$15 pre-sale
$20 at the door

ABOUT SIABC (from their website)

The Staten Island Artist Building Corporation (SIABC) is proud to be located in the Stapleton area of Staten Island.  It serves to building a stronger community by offering studio work space for creatively minded individuals. Artists and the community have embraced SIABC as a hub for creating, collaborating on, and showcasing their works.

Set in a beautifully designed building, SIABC is open to all different genres of art.  Currently accommodating artists in photography, painting, silk screening, writing, video, and glass designing, SIABC is open to consider new and innovative genres and welcomes artists involved in cutting edge creative works.  The SIABC building includes private artist studios in a modern space including a common lounge area and kitchen.

Aside from the main building, the SIABC Art Gallery / Performance Space has already seen its fair share of fantastic exhibitions from local artists, musical performances, and formal gatherings.  It is open to everyone and is available for reservation.  Several theatrical plays have been performed at the Gallery’s mini theater & stage and it is also available for smaller theater productions, business meetings, private parties, art showcases, and a host of different types of events.

Caffe Artisti is located right next door to the  Gallery.  Whether it’s to take an espresso break during any Gallery events or enjoy a delicious fresh food meal, Caffe Artisti is ready whenever the mood arises.

Staten Island Artist Building is pleased to share it’s space and resources with all Staten Island creatives with an outreach to all artists in New York City.  We look forward to the future of art and many more enjoyable experiences at our space with everyone.

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A Neighborhood of Contrasts: Living in Staten Island’s Tottenville Neighborhood

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Tottenville, a self-contained enclave along Staten Island’s southwestern waterfront, can be rich in contrasts.

Brightly painted wood-frame houses from the Civil War era sit near beige 21st-century stone mansions. Lines of cars snarl Amboy Road, but on wooded paths by Raritan Bay, a walker may have only cardinals for company.

And on a recent afternoon, along the industrial Arthur Kill waterway, tugboats sat marooned in a dirt lot, while next door at La Bella Marketplace, shoppers browsed the Italian delicacies.

“There is modern, there is old. There is large, there is small. But this is definitely a very quaint and quiet community,” said Mildred Merlucci, who relocated to Staten Island a few decades ago from Brooklyn in search of more light and space.

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“Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark” at Alice Austen House

Alice Austen with a friend playing music on the porch of her home, Clear Comfort. (Courtesy of the Alice Austen Museum)

Alice Austen with a friend playing music on the porch of her home, Clear Comfort. (Courtesy of the Alice Austen Museum)

Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Austen House’s significance in New York City history and tells the fascinating story of the saving of the house from threatened destruction.

The exhibition explores the many layers of history represented in the house, including its Dutch origins dating back to the 1690s and the many architectural changes over time.  Select photographs by Alice Austen of the home convey the strong ties and pride she felt toward Clear Comfort, her home of 78 years and her artistic muse. The hardships faced will also be presented through the tragic story of Alice Austen’s eviction from her family home when she could no longer afford mortgage payments. Stories of other residents of the house over the centuries will be revealed, including Alice Austen’s lifelong companion Gertrude Tate, as well as later renters and caretakers. Clear Comfort also represents a preservation success story about a group of concerned citizens and prominent photographers and architectural scholars who came together and fought to save the house from development in the 1970s and open the home as a public museum in 1985. The exhibit will also look at the restoration efforts around preserving the house in the 1980s and recent restoration work in 2014. The Alice Austen House stands on the north shore of Staten Island as a reminder of the power of place and the importance of preserving history.

An early photograph by Alice Austen shows her playful style. In the photo, she and a neighbor pretend to light cigarettes in their undergarments. (Courtesy of the Alice Austen Museum)

An early photograph by Alice Austen shows her playful style. In the photo, she and a neighbor pretend to light cigarettes in their undergarments. (Courtesy of the Alice Austen Museum)

Becoming Clear Comfort is co-curated by Paul Moakley and Shiloh Aderhold, with essays by architectural historians Francis Morrone and Barnett Shepherd. The exhibition is generously supported by the New York Council for the Humanities and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Becoming Clear Comfort celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Alice Austen House and is presented in association with the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law.

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The Revitalization of Staten Island

New York City’s “forgotten borough” is no longer that. Staten Island is fast on the rise, with an astonishing number of new developments, from sleek tech companies to cultural centers to waterfront amusement parks

via Mike Dunphy/ NewYork.Com

5-fantasy-shores_650When Dutch explorers arrived in New York harbor and spotted land, the old joke goes that they asked “s dat en island?” thereby bestowing the name on Staten Island. Probably even less funny is the question from many visitors today: “s dat New Jersey?” Indeed, New York City’s “forgotten borough” accepts short shrift daily, especially in tourism, with few visitors embarking on anything more than a round-trip ride on the famous free ferry. But, things are changing on Staten Island — in a big way. New tech companies are moving in, taking advantage of one of the best broadband infrastructures in the nation — and inspiring headlines like this one: “Can Staten Island become… Silicon Island?” Also, retailers are setting up shop on the island, snapping up the least expensive commercial space in all five boroughs. Plus, the island is also starting to draw tourists seeking an alternative to the usual selfies in Times Square, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. But there’s no need to wait for rotations on the world’s tallest Ferris wheel before launching your own expedition here. Staten Island is rapidly evolving month by month, as you’ll see from our timeline below. Visit now, for the chance to see an island in flux.

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One of Staten Island’s Tallest Buildings Will Soon Be Built

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One of tallest new buildings in Staten Island will soon be built in St. George, at the northern tip of the borough, the Staten Island Advance reports. The height? A whopping 15 stories.

The property is located at 315-325 St. Mark’s Place and was just sold two weeks ago by owner Hyatt Development LLC for $9.5 million. The 37,000-square-foot site was purchased by a group of “international investors” who plan to build a cute luxury residential building with “360-degree panoramic views of Manhattan” (which is, unfortunately, impossible).

“This will be a high-end, Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, shiny building,” says Michael Schneider of Schneider Realty, who brokered the deal. The adorable little building—right at the cusp of adulthood—could eventually hold 140 to 180 units, with parking and commercial space on the lower levels.

According to the Advance, the Castleton Park Apartments at 185 and 165 St. Mark’s Place are likely the tallest buildings in the borough, at 20 stories.

Read More HERE

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