Shake Shack in Coming

122011shack9Nell Casey at Gothamist reports on the new Staten Island Shake Shack.

In its quest to be the world’s greatest hamburger chain, Shake Shack has chosen the site of its next stronghold: the Staten Island Mall. If it’s good enough for Applebee’s, it’s good enough for Danny Meyer.

Reps for the restaurant say they have a targeted opening of 2019. The news, which was first reported by SI Live, was met with enthusiasm by Staten Islanders, who expressed their joy (and…”excitement”) on Twitter.

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And so it begins …

The New York Wheel’s 100-ton pedestals arrive on Staten Island

ny_wheel_peds_being_removed_from_barge_0402-0via Curbed.com – The New York Wheel, which will soon lure hoards of tourists to Staten Island (maybe?), crossed yet another milestone last week, with two of its four pedestals arriving at the riverside construction site.

Once the other two pedestals land later this week, the wheel will officially have its “first full structure” at the site of what’s to become the world’s tallest observation wheel. The pedestals are arriving by barge, having traveled down the Hudson from Montreal to the $3 million temporary construction dock in Staten Island, built specifically to greet them. The wheel’s 500-ton legs are still being processed at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

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Giving Thanks

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Join Project Hospitality as we mark the start of the Thanksgiving Holiday at The Poor People’s Dinner, Staten Island’s largest interfaith event.

We will pause to honor the poor and come together as a  community to share this unique and sacred meal that unites all Staten Islanders, rich, middle class and poor at the same table.

Co-chairs: Monsignor Peter Finn & Joseph Madory

Keynote Speaker: Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City.

For more information call Debra Falco (718) 448-1544, Ext. 101,
or email debra_falco@projecthospitality.org

Daily News/City Harvest Food Drive

20101110-food-drivevia SI NYC Living – October 26, 2016, through January 13, 2017. All 53 Apple Bank branches in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items that will provide much-needed sustenance during the holiday season for the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger.  Apple Bank for Savings will be participating as a Community Partner. Visit  www.applebank.com  to find the New York City branch location nearest you.

The Daily News Food drive is New York City’s largest annual holiday food drive, which last year amassed one million pounds of food to feed thousands of New York City families for an entire winter.  The Daily News and City Harvest will launch the Kids Can Help Competition again this year for all participating public schools in the city.  The school in each borough which collects the most pounds will be awarded a prize. Last year, schools collected over 275,000 pounds of food.

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Boo! Halloween Haunt @TibetanMuseum

halloween-haunt-300x200Tibetan Museum Fifth Annual Halloween Haunt

See you at the Annual Tibetan Museum Halloween Haunt on Saturday, October 29th.

21 and Over. Tickets $75

Costume Contest, DJ Spinning Spooky Tunes, Open Coffin Bar, Fortune Tellers, and many more haunted surprises.

Tickets need to be purchased via our website at http://www.tibetanmuseum.org/halloween-haunt

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art – 338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306

Artist Unite @StatenArts

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Borough President’s SI Artist Mixer

October 19 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

Culture Lounge, located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island, NY 10301

FREE (but RSVP)

Staten Island Arts welcomes President James Oddo to the Culture Lounge!

Join us for an informal gathering with Mr. Oddo and the island’s arts community.

Let’s get to know each other  and discuss how we can possibly work together to support the thriving arts community here on Staten Island.

Honk! Tonight @NYCHONK @StGeorgeTheatre

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HONK NYC takes over Staten Island’s North Shore!

Honk for Staten Island Brass Band Parade on Wed October 12th Day de Dada is partnering with HONK NYC for a Staten Island Parade and we want YOU to Join us !

It will be a Thrilling Brass Band Spectacle !

At 6:00 pm on Wed Oct 12 the Parade kicks off at the St George Theater on Hyatt Street, Staten Island.

The Parade marches down to Bay Street, past Honor Wines and then on to ETG Book Cafe
with Fabulous Music til 8 pm

Wear your brightest colors, your fabulous feathers and come dance with Day de Dada, Chicago’s mighty Environmental Encroachment! and France’s Le Pompier Poney Club

Can an Aerial Gondola to Bayonne Solve Staten Island Commuters’ Woes?

bayonne-staten-island-gondolavia Jersey Digs – Transportation between Manhattan, New Jersey, and Staten Island are one of the highest frustrations for commuters and residents alike. However, the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation’s latest project development may have the solution. The corporation is headlining a radical new idea to ease commuting between Staten Island and Manhattan through Bayonne: an aerial gondola that drops people off at a light rail station.

The aerial gondola design came from Leitner-Poma of America (LPOA), with the goal of creating a design to better connect commuters to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system in New Jersey. According to the SIEDC, the success of the aerial gondola could create a shorter commute for daily users between Staten Island and Manhattan – down to 33 minutes, in fact.

Initially, the SIEDC initiated a competition to find the best fit to carry out the design rendering and the proposed route for the best route to get commuters to and from Manhattan. The competition’s jury – comprised of architects, engineers, planners, and media – determined Elm Park to Bayonne would be the most efficient route from the three route submissions they received. “System length, total cost [of development], and travel time” were key factors in the final route decision for the jury, according to the SIEDC vice president of membership and outreach Alexandra Porto.

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Mini-megaproject to get an ‘upper-upscale’ hotel @trianglequities @Westin

screen_20shot_202016-09-12_20at_2010-00-53_20am-0via Curbed – Staten Island’s mini-megaproject Lighthouse Point just got another major addition. Developer Triangle Equities is partnering with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to bring a 175-room Westin Hotel to the North Shore. The hotel will be built as part of Phase 2 of the overall Lighthouse Point project, which is being built in St. George at a cost of $231 million.

Construction on the first phase is already underway and will see the creation of 65,000 square feet of office and retail, as well as a 12-story rental building with 115 apartments. Twenty percent of the apartments will be permanently affordable. As part of that project, over one acre of the waterfront will become publicly accessible, and will be used for concerts, food festivals, and art exhibits. There will also be a 300-space car parking garage.

The new hotel, the Westin New York Staten Island, will come in the second phase, and is expected to be complete by mid-2019. The second phase will also see the rehabilitation of four historic buildings and underground vaults at the site, and one of these will be incorporated as an amenity space for the hotel once restoration work is complete. This restoration will allow for about 30,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and office space.

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