URBY Staten Island website launched for new 900-unit development


Ongoing construction at URL Staten Island on Front Street, Monday, Jan. 4. When complete, the 30,000-foot, mixed-use complex will bring 900 rental apartment units to the Stapleton waterfront. (Staten Island Advance/Vincent Barone)

via Tracey Porpora/SILive.com – The developers of the 900-unit housing complex being built at the former Stapleton homeport — recently renamed URBY Staten Island — have launched a teaser website advertising the new community.

URBY Staten Island (www.urby.com), touts “brand new waterfront apartments on Staten Island. Launching soon.” The site invites prospective tenants to “sign up for a sneak peak.”

The development, which will offer a mix of well-designed studios, one- and two-bedroom units, is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2016, said a public relations representative for the project.

“Initial pricing will be announced shortly,” he said.


Once signed up, the website sends the prospective tenant this message:

“We’re pleased to know you’re interested in Urby! You’ll be happy to know that you’re now on our priority waiting list. Stay tuned, we’ll be sending you an invite to a special preview in January to come visit us on the Staten Island waterfront, where we’ll give you a sneak peek at our design savvy apartments and innovative building culture.”


URBY Staten Island 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.

Formerly, it’s developers, the Hoboken-based Ironstate Development, named the site URL Staten Island. It has been rebranded.

“The name was changed as Ironstate plans to launch the URBY brand. Staten Island will be the first of a planned series of other URBY developments set to open in other cities. The next URBY is expected to open later this year in Jersey City,” said the spokesman.

Specially curated social spaces for URBY Staten Island will include a spacious fitness center, outdoor pool, onsite farm with farmer in residence and a communal kitchen with a chef to help residents prepare gourmet meals. The site will also offer 300 parking spaces, he said.


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Project Hospitality Winter Gala


The Project Hospitality Winter Gala will be held on Thursday, 28th of January, 2016. The event begins at 6:00 pm and will be held at  Nicotra’s Hilton Garden Inn located at 1100 South Avenue in Staten Island.

$150 per ticket

(Note: $115.78 of the ticket price may be considered a charitable donation.)


For more information call or email Josh Keller: (718) 448-1644,  ext. 113.

About Project Hospitality

Project Hospitality is an interfaith effort, committed to serving the needs of hungry and homeless people. They serve people with special needs — people living with HIV and AIDS, people using substances, people living with mental illness — with an array of on-site professional services. Offering a comprehensive continuum of compassionate care that begins with street outreach, shelter, and soup kitchen and food pantry, and extends to treatment, other clinical and support services, and transitional and permanent supportive housing.


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Art on the Terrace Opening

SICC Color and Form Low ResThe Staten Island Creative Community announces the opening of their second show Color and Form in their permanent gallery space: Art on the Terrace.

Staten Island Creative Community will be showcasing member s work on the core artistic concepts of  Color and Form in an exhibit that will include painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media.  SICC President Marilyn Kiss comments: “I continue to be impressed by the diversity in the work of our members.  Our shows feature work that will please both experienced
and novice art collectors.”

Color and Form will open on Friday, January 15th, 2016 with a reception starting at 5:00pm.

On Saturday, January 16th, SICC will host a craft show featuring the work of SICC members from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.  Gallery visitors are also welcome to shop the permanent SICC Artisans Market during regular gallery hours.

Following the opening, Art by the Terrace will have regular gallery hours from 2:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 12:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

About Staten Island Creative Community
The Staten Island Creative Community is a coalition of visual artists, musicians, photographers,
craftspeople, writers, and other performers based in Staten Island, New York.
The primary goal of the organization is to support the creative community by developing venues and providing media exposure for its members.
SICC’s secondary goal is to expedite collaboration among artists, residents, the business community and other agencies in order to raise cultural awareness of the arts in the Borough and beyond.
The Staten Island Creative Community welcomes established as well as emerging artists.
For more information please visit http://sicreative.org/ or Facebook page
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Staten Island Getting First Fancy Food Hall at Empire Outlets


image003No corner of the city, it seems, is immune to the food hall trend. The creative team behind Gansevoort Market, which opened in 2014 in the Meatpacking District, are bringing an upscale food court to Staten Island as part of the forthcoming Empire Outlets megaproject. It’ll be called the Marketplace at Empire Outlets, or MRKTPL (yes, really).

Fancy food courts are all the rage these days, and many of them—including the forthcoming ones at Pier 57 and Hudson Yards—are helmed by big-name chefs (in those cases, Anthony Bourdain and Danny Meyer, respectively). While the team behind Gansevoort doesn’t have quite that level of star power, they do have the experience of running that MePa market, which features vendors like Tacombi, Ed’s Lobster Bar, and Champion Coffee. While vendors for MRKTPL haven’t been announced yet, a press release released by BFC (the developer behind Empire Outlets) claims that the idea is to give “out-of-towners an authentic New York feel.” (How that will manifest itself is anyone’s guess.)

The press release also says that the 12,000-square-foot food court will “tie together the history of the New York Harbor with modern communal spaces to eat and gather.” Renderings released by BFC show what that might look like, with an industrial-style look and plenty of open seating (and more than 3,000 square feet of outdoor space), which you can see below.


The project is slated for completion in 2017, along with the rest of the SHoP-designed Empire Outlets, which will include a hotel, restaurants, and a ridiculous amount of retail space. It’ll sit near the New York Wheel, which is currently under construction.


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This One Went to the Market!


The  Holiday Pop-Up Artist Market, that is!

Thursday Dec 10 & Friday Dec 11

12pm – 7pm

Location: Culture Lounge, located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal

Staten Island Arts will be holding regular pop-up markets that will take place on Thursdays and Fridays, coinciding with exhibits & special holidays.

Upcoming Market dates are:

Dec. 3-4 & 10-11, 2015 (Holiday Market)
Feb. 11 & 12, 2016 (Winter Market)
Apr. 21 & 22, 2016 (Spring Market)

DECEMBER MARKET IS FILLING UP SO QUICKLY WE ARE ADDING MORE DATES! Artists and vendors interested in showcasing their work at these events can sign up here> OR CALL Shani Mitchell at 718-447-3329×1007


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Hounds & Hunks!

Gift of Giving and Getting this Holiday Season for Rescue Dog & Cat Lovers from Louie’s Legacy

2015-11-23_14-00-29Order a 2016 HUNKS AND HOUNDS CALENDARS by Mike Ruiz and get the gift of giving to Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue. Not only do you help rescue pets find their furever home and live their happy tails,  you can spare yourself ‪#‎BlackFriday‬ and pick up ‪#‎HunksandHounds‬ 2016 for your animal loving friends! It’s stress-free and every dollar saves homeless animals– and well…. hunks.

All proceeds benefit Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity Accepting orders now. Calendars are $19.95 plus shipping, or get both for $34.95 plus shipping.

Louie’s Legacy has saved 6,700 animals from suffering since beginning in 2009. 100% of proceeds from your calendar purchase helps give abandoned and abused animals a second chance.


So many amazing photos, who could choose? Now, you don’t have to. In 2016, two is twice as nice. Purchase one or both Hunks and Hounds calendars benefiting Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue.

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I Want To Go To There!!

2015-10-28_13-12-00via Atlas Obscura – Sitting just off the Staten Island’s poetically named Arthur Kill Road is the last remaining Kreischer Mansion, a lovely Victorian home that is said to be one of the most haunted places in all of New York, which may actually be true if one is referring to being haunted by memories of murder and death.

Celebrate and immerse yourselves in the spooky history and legends of the Kreischer Mansion.
Creepy characters will be brought to life and plot twists that are alleged to have happened in this gorgeous victorian home throughout the night.



Go ahead and dress in costume relevant to the ominous history of the property to better enjoy the night
Dont be shy to participate in the theatre *
Guests are invited to tour the hauntings of the house (Instruction to follow)
The DJ is rad and it’s hoped you get into his grooves curated especially for this event
Food and entertainment will be provided on the lawn as well
Cash NOT accepted for last minute tickets, food or alcohol – CARD ONLY – Save your cash, tip our staff

Ticket on sale NOW!
40$ Early Grave ( admission, tour and performances)
60$ Early VIP ( admission and Exclusive access to the Attic + Seance)
On the door ( Late Grave) 60$ /80$
21+ enforced

FREE shuttles leave Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza 7p (RSVP suggested) * Return LATE
FREE shuttles will collect guests from St George Staten Island Ferry landing (RSVP suggested) There will be 2x shuttle runs per hour (830p-1130p) * Return 2-3a
Rideshare discounts available through LYFT and Uber (watch for promo code in Welcome email)

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BOO! How Brave are You?!

Credit: Michael Falco

Credit: Michael Falco

Rumor has it that Staten Island is home to some restless spirits. Are YOU brave enough to explore Haunted Staten Island?

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is said to be haunted and has been the site of many paranormal investigations.

Every Friday in the month of October, guests are invited to join a “Haunted Historical Tour”, discussing the home’s historical and ghostly residences.  To learn more about the Haunted Historical Tour, visit their website.

 Once a 19th Century summer mansion, the Historic Old Bermuda Inn is now a popular restaurant and catering hall. Featuring a delicious menu and period décor, the Historic Old Bermuda Inn purportedly hosts more than just diners and events. Guests have often claimed to see apparitions or felt “cold spots.”

 The site of a failed Revolutionary War peace treaty attempt, the Conference House is believed to be one of the most haunted spots on Staten Island. The manor house and surrounding land are said to host apparitions of British soldiers, a young boy, and a woman on horseback.

 Before becoming a Cultural Center, Snug Harbor was home to retired sailors. It is believed that some of these “Old Salts” still roam the site’s Greek Revival Buildings and manicured grounds. In fact, Snug Harbor was recently featured on the Syfy show “Ghost Hunters”.

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Have Fun & Learn Something New!

c99dfdb859059f59abb513f995a7fce9Richmond County Pipes and Drums is a family orientated, community band based in Staten Island. The organization was founded in 1976 with several guiding principles that has made the band successful for almost 40 years.

The most important principle is to further and encourage the study and practice in the arts of piping and drumming, its proper execution and its rituals and traditions. The group seeks to foster a spirit of mutual respect, friendship and camaraderie among band, its respective members, friends and supporters.

They are always looking for new members to join in.

The band offers FREE piping and drumming lessons to students of all ages. Beginners are always welcome if you like to have fun and are willing to participate in community activities throughout the year but especially during the month of March. The band participates in events in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island and New Jersey.

Practices are held every Thursday night at 7:30 pm at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in the Eltingville section of Staten Island. Email ahead to richmondcountypipesdrums@gmail.com for more info!

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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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