The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The St. George Theatre
Featuring The Flesh Junkies
THE FLESH JUNKIES:
9:00pm – Doors Open
9:30pm – Performance by The Flesh Junkies
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Does luring a Brooklynite to spend an afternoon on Staten Island count as tourism?
Maybe not. But New York City’s tourism promotion agency is giving it a try in a campaign it plans to announce on Wednesday to get New Yorkers to explore more parts of their hometown. Called “See Your City,” the ads from NYC & Company spotlight sections of all five boroughs that might appeal to adventurous local residents.
Stylized posters will appear on bus shelters, banners will hang from light poles and a video will run in taxis urging residents to “go somewhere new for a change.” The message is that 54.3 million visitors cannot be wrong, said Fred Dixon, the chief executive of NYC & Company.
Mr. Dixon said that going after New Yorkers was not a signal that the influx of tourists to the city had run its course. To the contrary, he said, his agency expected the number of annual visitors to continue rising steadily, to 55.8 million this year and 57 million next year.
Still, Mr. Dixon, who took the top job at NYC & Company earlier this year, said “we’ve really adopted a broader definition of tourism.” The city is competing for the disposable income of its own residents, as well as the travel budgets of people from other places, he said.
Mr. Dixon said that drawing local residents to particular neighborhoods would give them a “vibrancy” that could, in turn, make tourists want to visit them too. Among the neighborhoods the campaign will highlight are Harlem, the Long Island City riverfront in Queens, the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and the St. George section of Staten Island.
Statistics compiled by NYC & Company illustrate how much harder it is to sell some boroughs as destinations. Only about one of every eight visitors went to the Bronx or Staten Island last year, while eight out of every 10 spent some time in Manhattan, according to those estimates. But the agency said the number of visits to the Bronx and Staten Island were rising the fastest.
Getting New Yorkers to venture far from their normal subway routes may be an uphill push, though. When the staff of Time Out New York compiled a list this spring of “70 things you’ll never hear a New Yorker say,” No. 31 was “Let’s go to Staten Island,” accompanied by a photo of a Staten Island Ferry.
That ferry may not carry many people who live in other parts of the city, but it is very popular with tourists, who take advantage of its free fare to get a close-up look at the Statue of Liberty. At the request of the Staten Island borough president, James Oddo, the city’s Independent Budget Office produced a study last month of the feasibility of charging out-of-towners to ride the ferry.
The budget office assumed that the number of annual riders would increase by one million after the completion of some planned developments on the island’s north shore, including a giant Ferris wheel. Of the 22 million one-way rides annually, the budget office estimated that 16.6 million were taken by Staten Island residents. Of the balance, 3.6 million were taken by passengers from out of town and just 1.8 million were from other boroughs, most of whom were going to Staten Island to work.
Mr. Dixon said he thought New Yorkers would be inspired by the promotion of neighborhoods they had not investigated. “We’re encouraging them in a playful way to explore their own city,” he said.
Pick your own pumpkin at Decker Farm in Historic Richmond Town this weekend and next from 11am to 4pm.
Visit the historic 1800s Decker Farm and bring home a pumpkin! Enjoy a self-guided tour, hayride, face painting, farm animals, arts and crafts, and corn stalk maze. Free shuttle bus service available from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the farm.
$5 – Adults & Children (over 1 yr old)
$16 Family Four Pack
All tickets sold at the door!
Enjoy a day filled with family fun on the historic early 1800s Decker Farm.
Take our farmhouse tour.
Join a hayride.
Stalk the cornstalk maze.
Get creative with fun arts and crafts.
Have your face painted.
And take home a pumpkin!
Free shuttle bus service from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the Farm.
If you are interested in being a sponsor or a volunteer, contact (718) 351-1611 x245 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Drama, mystery, humor, romance — Cocktail Hour has it all! Ballets with a Twist‘s acclaimed signature show reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic American entertainment with a fresh blend of charismatic choreography, exquisite costume design, and intoxicating live music performed by the B-Twist Orchestra and GospelFest award-winning choir, the Newark Symphony Hall Special Ensemble. Deemed a distinctive mix of “Hollywood glitz and New York polish” by The Huffington Post, this cinematic, pop-infused performing arts experience launches the Mai Tai, Martini, Manhattan and more off the menu and onto the stage. It’s high-style fun for the whole family to enjoy!
St. George Theatre
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Tickets: $35, $20, $15
Join Cure Breast Cancer Foundation for an exclusive shopping event featuring the Theory Fall/Winter 2014 men’s and women’s collection on October 9th!
Enjoy 25% off and 15% of the proceeds will benefit the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation!
When: Thursday, October 9th from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: THEORY – 40 Gansevoorst St
With nearly $200 billion of private investment planned for Staten Island’s North Shore waterfront in the coming years, real estate developers are hoping to cash in on the boom, too. As Borough Reporter Amanda Farinacci reports, at least one new building is already attracting buyers who can’t wait for what’s in store.
There’s plenty to see from a fourth floor balcony of the Accolade, St. George’s newest condominium building set to open next month.
To the right is the Verrazano Bridge and to the left is the lower Manhattan skyline.
It’s that view, and the building’s closeness to the St. George Ferry terminal, that sold Hawaii native Jennifer Roar the moment she stepped inside.
“For the price and value compared to Manhattan, you couldn’t go wrong,” said Roar.
Roar has lived in various Manhattan neighborhoods for the last five years. She and her husband heard about the Accolade from her sister, who also bought a unit.
Her tour of the building was her first trip to Staten Island.
“A lot of people are like, ‘Staten Island?’ A lot of people say, ‘I’ve never been to Staten Island and I’m a New Yorker.’ So they’re a little hesitant, but what’s coming down the pipeline of new development, the waterfront, the restaurants and the ferry, it’s gonna be great,” said Roar.
The 101-unit building is the latest development drawing residents to Staten Island’s booming north shore. The apartments range from $300,000 to $1 million and a recent soft opening was so successful, developers already starting hiking prices.
“We were able to raise prices consistently. So I’ll say that, but I’ll also say that there’s still an excellent value to be had here,” said Angela Ferrara of The Marketing Directors.
“As the other things start to develop, the wheel obviously, and the shopping center, as those things develop I think it’s just going to get better and better,” said Sandy Krueger of Staten Island Board of Realtors.
The Accolade is neighbors with Bay Street Landing, another condominium apartment complex. The two buildings will share some amenities, as part of a plan to create a real sense of community along the waterfront.
That includes use of a dog run, basketball and tennis courts and an outdoor barbecue. Add that to a gym, a lounge area and children’s play room in a building that was raised to conform to new FEMA flood standards and Roar says there are plenty of reasons she can’t wait to call the Accolade home.
Plans have been in the works for years to redevelop Staten Island’s north shore.
Now, there are some visible signs of progress at one site, where a residential and retail space is expected to rise. NY1’s Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
With plans to open next summer as a retail and residential space, the site has a new vibe and a new name: URL.
“Urban Ready Living. And it’s kind of a new paradigm for living in the cities and we’re excited to bring it to Staten Island. I think it’s going to be new, and fresh, and different,” says David Barry of Ironstate Development.
Ironstate Development bought the site back in 2008 with plans to build 900 units of housing and 30,000 square feet of retail space.
The first phase includes some 571 housing units meant to keep 20-somethings on Staten Island by giving them a place to rent that’s affordable.
Renting at URL comes with a host of amenities, like an outdoor pool, a community garden and a 4,000 square foot gym and yoga studio.
There’s also a cafe in the lobby, called Coffeed.
“We are locally sourced. We have a rooftop farm through the Brooklyn Grange that we use a lot of our produce from. We are very community-based, community-focused, community-centric,” says Coffeed’s Turtle Raffaele.
That’s good news for the entire waterfront, because Raffaele will also serve as the site’s social programmer.
He says he’s eager to include all the neighboring communities on events planned at URL.
No word yet on the rest of the retail space, but the developer says tenants are likely to be small businesses from around the city who may be looking for second or third locations.
Even when construction on the Homeport is complete, Barry says there’s one issue he’ll continue to push: creating a path that will connect all of the private development projects planned for the north shore.
“Naturally, there’s going to be a desire and an impetus to connect these areas. I think it’s something we all have to work on together,” Barry says.
The city is pumping $32 million into the project, fixing streets and building a waterfront esplanade—all being built to new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood standards.
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.
Modern 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 http://www.TheAccoladeCondos.com, 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.
Staten Island beer culture: 120 Bay Cafe’s sampling event to pour Oyster Stout, Smokey Chipotle Porter
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/Brownpapertickets.com.
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.
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.
If 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.