The Accolade Enjoying Strong Sales Activity on Staten Island’s North Shore Waterfront



First Closings Scheduled for Fall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y,– Modern, oversized residences with upscale finishes and appointments, an elaborate amenity offering, spectacular panoramic views, and a location within walking distance of the Staten Island Ferry and within close proximity to downtown Manhattan continue to attract buyers to The Accolade at the St. George waterfront.

More than 50% of the new luxury condominium building’s 101 residences have now been sold, with the first buyers scheduled to start moving in this fall.

“The Accolade features exceptional new homes and an amenity-rich, waterfront lifestyle that simply hasn’t been available in Staten Island before now,” said Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors, the company who was retained by Meadow Partners to market and sell The Accolade.  “That opportunity alone has been enough to attract buyers, but they’re also embracing the vision of a larger north shore destination teeming with new shops, restaurants, recreation and hospitality.  The success of the Accolade provides further proof that the dream for this untapped north shore waterfront is moving closer to a reality.”

Meadow Partners recently completed the extensive array of private amenities at The Accolade, revealing yet another tangible sign of the luxury condominium’s upscale lifestyle offering which is unrivaled in the Staten Island marketplace.

The newly-finished amenities include a marble-adorned attended lobby, expansive residents-only lounge featuring a bar, seating area, poker, Ping-Pong, foosball and pool tables; a private conference room, golf simulator, children’s playroom, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.  The private amenities complement the building’s exceptional residences and waterfront location within the gated Bay Street Landing community in Staten Island’s St. George neighborhood.

Framed by spectacular panoramic views of the New York Harbor, Manhattan skyline and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, The Accolade features a striking design that is beautifully integrated into the collection of architecturally-significant loft buildings within Bay Street Landing, which for years has attracted a mix of professionals, couples, families and empty-nesters.  The gated community is set on 11 park-like acres and features such shared amenities as tennis courts, BBQ pits, children’s playground, on-site parking, dog run, professionally landscaped green spaces and 24-hour roving security.

accolade17-retModern residences with expansive living spaces and upscale finishes and appointments have been designed for The Accolade to appeal to a variety of discerning buyers, with studios-to-three-bedroom floor plans ranging from 772 to 2,479 square-feet – including dramatic duplex Penthouse residences.  Priced from $350,000 to over $1.2 million, the homes feature soaring ceiling heights, hardwood flooring, and kitchens with GE stainless steel appliances, Ceaserstone countertops with glass mosaic tile backsplashes, custom wood cabinets and Kohler fixtures.  Baths are adorned with high-end stone floors and walls, custom vanity with marble top; a full-size tub and shower, custom vanities and Kohler and Hansgrohe fixtures.

“Almost every home offers private outdoor space and oversized windows, while many residences feature magnificent views that stretch from the Manhattan skyline to the Verrazano Bridge,” Ms. Urgo points out.

Other prominent projects poised to transform the underutilized waterfront into a premier residential and lifestyle destination include a one-million-square-foot mixed-use retail hub adjacent to the ferry, the 625-foot-tall New York Wheel, and the redevelopment of a three-acre pier into new retail, dining, hospitality and residential uses.  And in nearby Stapleton, work is underway to redevelop the former Navy Homeport site into 30,000 square feet of street-level shops and restaurants which will combine with a new public plaza and a six-acre waterfront esplanade.

For more information on The Accolade, visit, or call 718-815-6500.   The Sales Office is located at 90 Bay Street Landing, Residence 4B, Staten Island, NY 10301.


About Meadow Partners

With over 40 years of combined real estate experience, Meadow Partners brings the assurance of a reliable, well-funded ownership team that is firmly committed to the development and success of Accolade and the redevelopment of the Staten Island waterfront. Their demonstrated talent, long-range perspective, and financial strength has set to redefine the standards of quality and excellence of North Shore living.

About The Marketing Directors

The Marketing Directors is a development advisory and master property marketing and sales force that works exclusively on behalf of owners and builders of new homes. Headquartered in New York, with offices and sales teams active around North America, The Marketing Directors is known for its success in selling and leasing homes at prices that help its clients achieve their goals for each development. In its 30+ year history, The Marketing Directors has helped its clients successfully sell-out more than 1,000 new developments across the country – more than any other marketing firm. It is headed by founder Adrienne Albert and Jacqueline Urgo.

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Staten Island beer culture: 120 Bay Cafe’s sampling event to pour Oyster Stout, Smokey Chipotle Porter

via Staten Island Advance

Fizz bubbles over from a home brewed, bottled beer. (Staten Island Advance/ Bill Lyons)

Fizz bubbles over from a home brewed, bottled beer. (Staten Island Advance/ Bill Lyons)

Hankering for an afternoon of homemade beers with the brewers on hand to chat about them? Then Saturday, Sept. 6, can’t come soon enough for craft beer lovers as Staten Island’s Pour Standards club will hold a sampling event at 120 Bay Café, St. George.

The afternoon, which doubles as a fundraiser for Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and costs $25 per ticket. Tastes from about 20 kegs are unlimited or until supplies last. Space is limited to 100 attendees. Tickets are available at the door or online at Pourmania/

Some of the selections include “Dry Hopped Pale Ale” made by Pour Standard members with master brewer John Palmer back in May at the S.I. Makerspace. Also on the roster: “Peanut Butter and Jelly Beer” produced by Eric Blaine, a category winner in the nationally sanctioned 2013 National Homebrew Competition.

“We’re looking forward to tasting that one,” said Sean Torres, Pour Standards president who is also a certified beer judge.

Unusual brews include an “Oyster Stout,” a recipe crafted by fellow Pour Standards member Doug Williams. This brew won third place in the New Jersey State Fair Homebrew Competition, a recipe that processes whole oysters in their un-shucked state.

“It imparts a nice briny taste,” explains Torres, about the flavor in the resulting brew. Plus, the shells lend calcium which lends a pleasant mouth-feel.

Additional debuts inlcude Russian “Unperial” Stout, Strawberry Blonde Ale, London Brown Porter, English Pale Ale, Cream Ale, Roggenbier, a Rye IPA made with Szechuan Peppercorns and a Cilantro & Dill Pale Ale.

New Brighton resident and seasoned brewer Paul Camarca, a regular on the borough’s beer circuit, crafted a Smokey Chipotle Porter.

“These guys, they brew phenomenal beer,” said Torres. He hopes the non-profit Pour Standards will be able to host more of such events over the fall. At this point there will be no homebrewer presence at the S.I. Brewfest held at Richmond County Bank Ballpark this year on Saturday, Sept. 27, in two sessions.


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Can Staten Island become … Silicon Island?

Staten Island (yes, Staten Island) wants to be the next tech hub. Its secret weapon: the North Shore, home to cheap commercial space and one of the best broadband networks in the nation.

via THORNTON MCENERY/ Crain’s New York

2014-08-06_12-47-12If the de Blasio administration achieves one of its stated goals, tech workers will soon be pouring off the Silicon Ferry, cascading past ahuge Ferris wheel, piling into the hip coffee bars of newly minted NoSho, unzipping their hoodies and getting to work in New York city’s hottest tech scene: Staten Island’s North Shore.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in his call for a “true five-borough approach” to tech, has made it clear he wants to grow the industry in even the unlikeliest of places—and that includes Staten Island.

The borough has its secret weapons. The island, especially the North Shore, has some of the least expensive commercial space left in the five boroughs and a broadband infrastructure that is among the best in the nation. Staten Island was the first borough to be fully wired with Verizon FiOS fiber. And according to server-network company Akamai Technologies, Staten Island ranked second in the U.S. in terms of average connection speed by city area. (Only Riverside, Calif., was faster.)

“This is a very exciting time for the North Shore of Staten Island,” Borough President James Oddo said, deeming it “an area that is well on its way to becoming the hippest waterfront community in the city.”

That may be typical borough-president hyperbole. Right now, there are only about 15 tech firms on the island, according to the city’s Made in NY map of tech startups. (By contrast, a single building in the Flatiron district, 902 Broadway, more than triples that count, according to the city.) But boosters say the potential is there.

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Last of Staten Island High Rises Stalled by Recession Set to Open This Fall

accolade03-ret via Nicholas Rizzi/DNAinfo ST. GEORGE — The last of a set of luxury condominium high-rises that have stood empty around St. George’s waterfront since the recession plans to open its doors in the fall and has already sold almost half of its units.

The Accolade, a former dry cocoa warehouse in Bay Street Landing that was converted into a residential building, opened its 100-unit studio to three-bedroom condos for sale in March.

Sales exceeded expectations of developers Meadow Partners and real estate agent The Marketing Directors. “We’re really moving very quickly,” said Angela Ferrara, executive vice president of sales for the Marketing Directors. “We didn’t anticipate this level of excitement.” In the five months since they opened up for sales — priced between $322,000 to more than $1 million — the agency has sold 43 apartments, a surprise for a building that has been sitting empty and unfinished since 2009.


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New York Restaurant Week Is Here!!


via TimeOut

What is it?

Every summer and winter, NYC Restaurant Week returns, with more than 300 restaurants offering three-course dining deals for lunch ($25) and dinner ($38). Each year NYC Restaurant Week adds trendy newcomers to a long list of fine-dining standbys, drawing bargain-hunting New Yorkers to try out new spots and revisit old favorites serving cheap eats.

When is it?

The summer session spans Monday, July 21, 2014 through Friday, Aug 15, 2014.

Read more HERE. Now let’s get out and Eat!


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The Accolade offers many luxurious amenities



via The Staten Island Advance

First closings in new condominium scheduled for fall.


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St. George Ferry Terminal


Since 1906, the Staten Island Ferry has been transporting commuters, sightseers, and visitors between Staten Island and Manhattan. Passing by the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island, the 25-minute FREE trip provides riders with postcard-perfect views of New York City’s greatest landmarks.

Every day, over 65,000 people ride the Staten Island Ferry, and each year more than 1.5 million tourists take the trip, making the Ferry the third most visited attraction in New York City. A fleet of eight boats makes the rounds every day, rain or shine, so there’s always a boat ready to take you across the Harbor. From the St. George Ferry Terminal, it is easy to connect to buses, trains, and taxis.

The Ferry is FREE and runs all day, seven days a week Staten Island Ferry Schedule: Full schedule for the Staten Island Ferry as well as information on connecting trains and bus lines. For more Ferry information visit click here or call 311.


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Second Saturday Staten Island

2014-07-08_14-38-31Second Saturday Staten Island is a free monthly art walk on Staten Island’s north shore. Its’ mission is to facilitate a working partnership between artists, curators, galleries, audiences and local businesses to promote a more engaged community. Events regularly include visual art, music, dance, and performance art.

Want to know what’s going on other days of the month? Check out SI Arts’ Inside Art Guide calendar.

Founded in 2010 by Brendan Coyle and Amanda Curtis, when they turned their apartment gallery space, the Assembly Room in St. George, into the Second Saturday meeting ground.

Today, the art walk is thriving, with a multitude of local businesses and pop-up galleries taking part.

Second Saturday Staten Island is run by a small team of highly dedicated volunteers.

Visit their website!

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Staten Island: NYC’s farthest-flung borough gets ready for its close-up

New York Post

via Adam Bonislawski/ New York Post

Everyone loves a water view, but, as the saying goes, God isn’t building any more beachfront property.

And so, as New York’s waterfront has emerged from its industrial past as a prime location for residential real estate, builders have steadily moved farther and farther afield in search of new spots for development.

Lately, they’ve made their way to Staten Island.

The city’s least populous borough, Staten Island has often been an afterthought in discussions of New York real estate. But with several hundred million dollars in commercial and residential development slated for the area, the island — and its Manhattan-facing north shore, in particular — is having a moment.

“It’s part of the larger story of outer borough waterfront development,” says David Barry, president of Ironstate Development, which is in the midst of converting The Homeport, a former US naval base in the north shore’s Stapleton neighborhood.

ENTER YOUR URL: Ironstate Development is transforming Stapleton’s erstwhile naval base into a mixed-use project (its courtyard above) called Urban Ready Living. Photo: Concrete

ENTER YOUR URL: Ironstate Development is transforming Stapleton’s erstwhile naval base into a mixed-use project (its courtyard above) called Urban Ready Living.
Photo: Concrete

The mixed-use development, named URL [Urban Ready Living], will feature 30,000 square feet of retail along with 900 rental apartments — studios from $1,600; one-bedrooms from $2,000; two-bedrooms from $2,700 — which will start leasing next summer. In addition, the city is investing $32 million for road improvements and a new waterfront esplanade at the site. Ironstate is also planning similar projects in Jersey City and Stamford, Conn.

“You’ve seen it in Brooklyn and Queens and Jersey City, and now Staten Island,” Barry says. “We’re in a period of time where waterfronts are turning over from industrial to residential, commercial and recreational — Staten Island is part of that progression.”

The Homeport development sits two railway stops south of the borough’s St. George neighborhood, home to the Staten Island Ferry terminal and the emerging epicenter of the island’s waterfront development.

Indeed, the waterfront district is where Triangle Equities’ plans to develop Lighthouse Point, a $200 million mixed-use project. Commencing this fall, it will include roughly 100 rental units, 85,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space and a 160-room hotel.

Also in the area is Empire Outlets, a one-million-square-foot retail development by BFC Partners which recently won city council approval. Slated for completion in 2016, the project will include up to 125 outlet retailers as well as a 200-room hotel and 40,000 square feet of restaurant space.

And St. George is soon to be the home of the New York Wheel, a 630-foot-tall Ferris wheel that will be the tallest such structure in the world when it opens in 2016.

“We’re the last waterfront in the city to be developed,” says John Pitera, managing partner at Staten Island real estate firm Casandra Properties, leasing representative for Homeport and Empire Outlets.

“Prices are very reasonable, and projects like Homeport and Empire Outlets and the New York Wheel are huge draws for investors and residents.”

Casandra also handles leasing for The View, a 40-unit rental building from Madison Realty Capital at 224 Richmond Terrace, just north of the ferry terminal. The building finished leasing around eight months ago, Pitera says, with its one- and two-bedroom units going for between $1,700 and $3,800 a month.


The 224 Richmond Terrace site was originally owned by Staten Island developer Lieb Puretz, who launched a slew of residential projects for the St. George waterfront during last decade’s real estate boom, but had to sell in the aftermath of the 2008 crash.


SEE S.I.: Meadow Partners’ new Accolade building — in the gated Bay Street Landing complex — is set to open in the fall with prices ranging from $325,000 to more than $1 million. Photo: Erik Freeland

SEE S.I.: Meadow Partners’ new Accolade building — in the gated Bay Street Landing complex — is set to open in the fall with prices ranging from $325,000 to more than $1 million.
Photo: Erik Freeland

Puretz might have been a bit too far ahead of his time, but more recent developments, like Meadow PartnersAccolade building, are going great guns. The condo building in the gated Bay Street Landing complex is due to open this fall and officially launched sales last month, by which time it had already sold roughly 30 percent of its 101 units pre-construction. Prices for studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms range from $325,000 to over $1 million.

With features like a fitness center, pet spa, children’s playroom and golf simulator, the development offers a “lifestyle package on par with buildings in Manhattan or Brooklyn,” says Jackie Urgo, president at The Marketing Directors, which is handling sales for the building.

And then, of course, there’s the matter of money. Prices in the building average around $330 per square foot, less than a quarter of the $1,364 per square foot Manhattan apartments averaged in the first quarter of 2014, according to numbers from appraiser Miller Samuel.

The promise of a bargain lured John Tully and his wife, Laura, to Staten Island. Currently renting a one-bedroom in Greenwich Village, the couple decided to buy a two-bedroom at the Accolade after surveying prices around the rest of the city.

“We love [Greenwich Village], but real estate prices in Manhattan have gotten pretty high,” Tully says, noting that Brooklyn prices have hit similarly stratospheric levels.

“Once we visited, we were pretty impressed,” he says. “The proximity to the ferry, the unobstructed waterfront views, the amenities — and most importantly we saw it as a good investment opportunity for our first [home] purchase as a married couple.”

It didn’t hurt, Tully adds, that his wife is originally from Staten Island. “So we knew the area well and were comfortable with the surroundings.”

Tully, who works in finance, says he’s reasonably comfortable with adding a ferry ride to his daily commute to Midtown. While it certainly won’t be as convenient as his current downtown situation, he expects he’ll be able to make it from the Accolade to his office in under an hour.

And Staten Island Ferry service — the lone mass transit link between the island and the rest of the city — is expanding. Last month ferries began running every half-hour on weekends until 2 a.m. Previously it had shifted to hourly service after 7 p.m. Beginning May 1, 2015, service is scheduled to increase to at least every half-hour around the clock, seven days a week.

Also expanding are local shopping options, notes Lester Petracca, president of Triangle Equities. In addition to lining up amenities such as restaurants and dinner theater aimed at ferry-going tourists, his firm’s Lighthouse Point project is currently targeting several supermarkets and drugstores as potential retail tenants.

For his part, Tully says he’s looking forward quaffing a few beers at Flagship Brewing Company, a Staten Island tap room and brewery that opened last month at 40 Minthorne St., a short walk from his new home.

He notes, though, that for him the appeal of Staten Island’s north shore is at least as much a matter of anticipation as it is the area’s current reality.

“It’s more the outlook of what’s to come than what’s already there,” Tully says.


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St. George, S.I.: Framed by the Harbor

2014-06-25_10-37-59via C.J. Hughes at The New York Times

In praise of St. George, a historic neighborhood on Staten Island that gazes on New York Harbor, residents invariably mention the free ferry to Manhattan. They often cite the affordability of a place where one-bedroom apartments can cost less than half of what they go for in pricier parts of the city. And they might even point out the wondrously out-of-place look of some blocks, with fanciful Victorians on steep hills that can feel cut-and-pasted from San Francisco.

There are also simpler pleasures. “You can watch the full moon cross the entire sky from here,” said Christopher Napoli, a resident whose home faces the water.


What You’ll Find

While the harbor indisputably frames most of St. George, the western border is somewhat vague; purists draw the line at Westervelt Avenue, but in terms of its turn-of-the-last-century housing stock, the area seems to extend farther, spilling down toward Jersey Street. Victory Boulevard forms the southern edge.

Along the water sits the gated Bay Street Landing complex, a former shipping area that began conversion in the 1980s and continues to this day. It offers co-ops and condos, including the Accolade, a condo project in a former cocoa-bean warehouse that was brought back to life by Meadow Partners when a previous developer was unable to complete it. Thirty percent of its units have sold since February, said Andrew L. Till, a Meadow vice president, including a three-bedroom for more than $1 million. Meadow also recently sold out the Pointe nearby, with 57 one- and two-bedroom units, Mr. Till said.


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