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New York Wheel-thumb

via Curbed.com – Construction on what will become the world’s tallest Ferris wheel is moving along in Staten Island, and Untapped Cities got a chance to visit the construction site this week. Foundation work at the site got underway in June, but earlier this month it was revealed that the New York Wheel’s opening had been pushed to April 2018, from the previously scheduled opening in 2017.

Once complete, the $580 million Wheel will stand 630 feet tall, surpassing the current tallest wheel, the Singapore Flyer. While on their tour, Untapped Cities also got some new details on the New York Wheel project.

The designers at S9 Architecture described a “stiletto heel” foundation that will anchor the wheel deep into the bedrock. Additionally, a 950-car parking garage will be located across from the base of the attraction. That garage will come fitted with a six-acre green roof, a restaurant, a concert venue, and a playground.

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Why is #statenisland ignored?

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via Thrillist – Have you actually been to Staten Island? Like really been to Staten Island? If you’ve taken the Ferry to St. George only to make a U-turn inside the terminal and get on the same boat to go back to Manhattan, then NO, you haven’t. Many are guilty of it, but why do we treat Staten Island this way? Why not leave the terminal, walk around a bit, have a bite to eat, and maybe (dare I say it) even look for an affordable apartment out there? Living and working on Staten Island for 10 years has given me some insight into the Forgotten Borough, including why New Yorkers treat it like the redheaded stepchild of the city, and why we should be paying a little more attention to it. First, let’s get the negative out of the way…

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#SilkLofts Rental Conversion in #Bayonne Sets the Bar for Brooklyn-Style Living in New Jersey

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Every now and then, StatenIslandFYI likes to blog about it’s favorite real estate projects that are SI adjacent. Here is one such project …

SilkLofts, the collection of 85 Brooklyn-style loft residences in the transformed Maidenform factory in Hudson County’s City of Bayonne, continues to set the bar for a unique and upscale apartment experience on the New Jersey Gold Coast.

Home to over 100 residents, the industrial-inspired building at the intersection of 18th Street and Avenue E has quickly become a highly-desired rental alternative by providing a big dose of Brooklyn style with apartments offering soaring living spaces and an unusual array of lifestyle amenities.   SilkLofts has been created in the former Maidenform Factory which was the birthplace of the modern bra. During World War II, the factory also manufactured military parachutes as well as carrier pigeon vests.

Reborn as a modern, urban living experience, the converted five-story brick building is located just 800 feet from the 22nd Street Light Rail station and minutes from Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan.  A separate building overlooks a landscaped interior courtyard and features a limited offering of Artist Lofts.

15-untitled-2950“We’ve attracted renters looking for a different type of luxury lifestyle,” says Doug Stern, President of SilkLofts, LLC, which converted the building and serves as leasing and property manager.  “We wanted to create a building where residents “love where the live” in an urban residential setting that rivals similarly-inspired residences in areas like Brooklyn.   We believed that by delivering a better product and lifestyle at a price point that offers considerable consumer value, we would attract existing and new residents to Bayonne.  That’s exactly what’s happened at SilkLofts.”

A select number of homes are available to lease at SilkLofts, ranging from 568 to more than 1,400 square feet of soaring living space at monthly rental rates ranging from $1,500 to $3,400 – a far cry from Brooklyn rents.  Masterfully designed to reflect the property’s historic roots, homes combine 19th-century restored elements that represent the building’s past – such as exposed heavy timber columns and brick – with modern finishes and appointments that innovatively meld it into the 21st century.  Continue reading

Butterflies are Free

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Swallowtail butterflies were among the 24 species observed around Staten Island during the annual butterfly count.

This year’s annual butterfly count was held on Sunday, July 17. Teams of naturalists — organized by Cliff Hagen, president of the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods — spread out across Staten Island to assess the status of the borough’s butterfly population.

According to Hagen, “It is important to continue to monitor the health and wellness of these gentle winged creatures because they are a simple indication as to the health and wellness of our communities. As we move from Snug Harbor, to Northern Seaview, Great Kills Park, Blue Heron Park, Mount Loretto, Conference House Park and lastly Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, we traveled through nearly every neighborhood on the Island. We were able to see the impact of economic growth and development.”

A tally of the day’s observations revealed that a total of 598 individual butterflies belonging to two dozen species had been seen. This was a bit lower than years past. Part of the reason for the low count may be that this year’s event was postponed from an earlier date due to inclement weather.

“Butterflies are so weather-dependent. Too cool, too wet, too windy and the count is spoiled. These past two years we have had to reschedule the count due to unseasonably cool, wet weather,” Hagen said. “And because the flight stage of their short life-cycle is so brief, a week can make a substantial difference in species diversity and census data of our local butterflies.”

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Threading My Prayer Rug- A Book Signing with Author Sabeeha Rehman

2016-08-11_11-29-35FREE with Museum admission A richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years.

2:00 PM on Sunday, August 14th at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, Building A

This enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on being Muslim in America today.

Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from master’s candidate to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding.

Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant’s daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims—while they lobby for a Christmas tree! Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community center near Ground Zero, when the backlash began. She discusses what that experience revealed about American society.

Let the Feasting Begin

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The 6th Annual Feast of St. Clare will take place on Saturday, August 13th.

Outdoor events, including BBQ food and other snacks offered in the Kindergarten play yard behind the Presentation Center and Fun Park rides, games, dunk tank, Bouncy Houses, sand art, face painting and more in the playground behind the school.

Bring your family and friends to this event which will include: A procession with our patron Saint, arts & craft events for the children, games with prizes, cotton candy, popcorn, BBQ food stands, vendors selling their goods, raffle baskets, bouncy house, rock climbing wall and much more for the entire family.

Bracelets will be available at the Feast for $25 each. Free admission for Adults. Buffet Style Dinner held in the Cardinal Cooke Center. More information about this special dinner will be announced soon. You are welcome to come to the dinner even if you are not available to attend the daily activities.

Us v. Them: Hotel Edition

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via The Commercial Observer – When you think of Staten Island, you may not think of packed hotels with tourists banging down the doors to get into them. But the borough’s hotels are faring well compared with their counterparts in other boroughs.

The hotel occupancy rate in Staten Island was 67.9 percent for the first half of this year, up 18 percent from the same period last year, according to data provided to Commercial Observer by STR, a hotel data and analytics company. In Richmond County, the average daily room rate, or ADR, reached $127.23, a 6.2 percent increase from a year ago. The revenue per available room, or RevPar, surged 25.3 percent to $86.37. Demand rose 11.7 percent to 95.59 percent and overall revenue increased 18.6 percent to $12.2 million.

In Manhattan, meanwhile, occupancy only ticked up 0.2 percent to 83.9 percent while the ADR dropped 3.9 percent to $254.72 and RevPar went down 3.7 percent to $213.60. In Queens, the occupancy rate crept up 1.1 percent to 81.1 percent, and RevPar rose 2.4 percent to $140.62. In Brooklyn, the occupancy rate dropped 5.3 percent to 73.1 percent, ADR rose up 1.8 percent to $163.75 and RevPar dropped 3.5 percent to $119.75. (“In order to protect the confidentiality of individual property data, we require a certain number of hotels reporting performance data in order to run a report. We have that in S.I., not the Bronx,” a STR spokesman said.)

James Prendamano, a managing director for Staten Island brokerage Casandra Properties, said the positive statistics were not surprising.

“The fluctuation in the dollar over the past year has sapped tourists buying power,” Prendamano said.“As the tourists seek better value across the board you will find them electing to stay in locations that offer a reduced price point. Staten Island and Queens offer this option while remaining directly connected to Manhattan. Staten Island has seen the most growth… as they offer the most attractive ADR. … It’s simply a direct result of tourists seeking more of a bang for their buck.”

He continued: “The second factor that I think cannot be overlooked is [New York City Economic Development Corporation]’s efforts over the past several years raising awareness in the outer boroughs under their new New York platform. The mayor and his respective agencies are seeing results as they travel the world educating would-be tourists on the wonderful cultural, hospitality, shopping and entertainment options that had previously been overlooked by future travelers.”

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New Ferry Route?

12Nell Casey at Gothamist reports:  The Staten Island Ferry’s great for lots of things: cheap beer, romantic dates and free trips past the Statue of Liberty for tourists. What it’s not so great for: transporting people beyond St. George on Staten Island and South Ferry in Manhattan. But a new idea could see the big orange boat treading new waters further north, with a proposal to extend ferry service to Midtown.

Back in April, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo sent a letter to the Department of Transportation asking them to consider expanding ferry service to include stops at East 34th Street and Pier 11. Following some testy Tweets, the DOT responded this week, saying they’d look into the beep’s proposal.

 

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