Urban Farm Encourages @UrbyLife Residents in Staten Island to #LiveLivelier

Apparently, the grass is greener on the Staten Island side.


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Ironstate’s latest 900-unit rental, named URBY, boasts a community centric residence with a blossoming concept — a commercial urban farm, the first of its kind in New York City, with 50 different vegetables, fruits and herbs.

So, how does a rooftop farm grow in Stapleton, S.I.?

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Rezoning the North Shore

staten-island-ferryNorth Shore car repair shops could give way to 16-story buildings, 6,000-plus residents

via Crain’s New York

The de Blasio administration’s plan to rezone 45 acres of Staten Island’s North Shore aims to encourage new housing, including affordable housing, but it has some residents concerned that an influx of newcomers will strain an area of vacant storefronts.

The rezoning proposal centers on 14 blocks along Bay Street, from Victory Boulevard to Sands Street and from Van Duzer Street to the Staten Island Railway tracks. It includes five nearby city-owned lots and a two-block area around Canal Street to the southwest.

It calls for as many as 2,569 apartments (1,039 of them affordable) and 595,454 square feet of commercial space. Buildings could rise as high as 165 feet, or 16 stories.

That stretch of the Bay Street corridor is currently zoned for manufacturing and primarily comprises auto repair shops, gas stations and warehouses. More than one-fifth of its storefronts are vacant, according to media reports. This is where Eric Garner died from a police choke hold in July 2014.

Residents agree rezoning could improve the area, just south of the Staten Island Ferry terminal, but some fear the affordable housing won’t be affordable enough and warn that more residents will overburden sewers and roads.

The housing would push the residential population in the rezoned area to 6,911 from 32, and the number of people who work there could rise to 2,673 from 1,434, according to city studies.

“Has anyone researched the ancient sewer system?” asked Nicholas Scilari, chairman of the local community board. “How much flow can it handle?”

Scilari said the city has yet to adequately address this and other potential challenges. “Maybe they’re working on it, but we would just like to know about that beforehand.”

Should the rezoning move forward, it would dramatically alter the character and desirability of an area unused to property trades—and unable, in the case of 365 Bay St., to draw tenants to new development.

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Is Staten Island Becoming The New Brooklyn With Construction Boom?

8385647686_0b61c12106_bvia CBS New York – Staten Island is coming under a construction boom as the St. George section alone will be home to new apartments, restaurants and shops.

CBS2’s Elise Finch is asking if this means if Staten Island is about to become the new Brooklyn.

Staten Island is often called the forgotten borough, but that’s about to change as a new trio of waterfront construction projects is expected to attract millions of people each year to eat, shop sight-see and live.

“We’re going to upgrade it, make it more better, especially this area,” Staten Island resident Jonathan Trimarche said.

Brianna Benjamin of Staten Island said, “I think it’s good for the island itself and the community.”

Empire Outlet Center will feature 100 designer outlet stores and a boutique hotel.

The New York Wheel, a 60-story Ferris wheel patterned after the London Eye, will offer a birds-eye view of the city skyline.

And the Lighthouse Point Development, which broke ground Wednesday, will feature apartments, restaurants, shops, office space and outdoor entertainment space.

Brooklyn-based realtor Anthony Lolli said Staten Island’s new waterfront real estate will offer what you’d find in Williamsburg or Hoboken for less.

“You’re going to save about 20 to 25 percent, but they’re also giving you a ton more amenities and everything is brand-spanking new,” Lolli, CEO of Rapid Realty, said.

Longtime Staten Island residents said because of the new constructionother people are about to find out what they’ve always known.

“It’s in New York City, but it gives you more of a small-town vibe,” Timothy O’Toole said.

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TMYK: Kreischerville Edition

2016-06-30_11-05-22The Boom and Bust of Kreischerville, Staten Island’s Lost Company Town

From bustling enterprise to troubled landmarked vestige, learn the twisty history of Kreischerville

via Curbed – In the New York City of today, the existence of a company town seems an unlikely prospect. However, during the second half of the 19th century, it was a prime location for such a kind of enterprise where all the stores and housing are owned by a sole employer. There were a variety of factors at play, like optimal location, proximity to the harbor, and an ample labor force, to name a few.

Arguably the most famous company town of New York City is Steinway Village in Astoria, Queens, built by Steinway & Sons (who continues to manufacture pianos there to this day.) Yet another such company town once existed on Staten Island. That company itself no longer exists, but some historic treasures from Kreischerville remain to give us a glimpse of what life was like for the Kreischer family and its workers.

 Balthasar Kreischer emigrated from Germany in 1836 and within ten years, opened a brick factory on the Lower East Side. Given New York City’s propensity for fires at the time, brick manufacturing was very lucrative due to the material’s “fireproof” qualities. In 1854, he relocated his business to the south-western shore of Staten Island, in present-day Charleston.
The site was advantageous due to its rich clay deposits—as evidenced by the nearby Clay Pit Ponds State Park Reserve—an essential ingredient of brick-making. The factory produced “facing and fire-brick, roofing tiles, ornamental moldings and objects” and its work can be seen in “the terra cotta decoration at Barnard College, the ceramic construction materials and bricks used in the building of St. Luke’s Hospital and the large outdoor gray ceramic urns at Columbia University.”
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Project Hospitality Honors TYSA


Join Project Hospitality this Wednesday as Project Hospitality honors the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA) initiative for their important work.

The Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA) Initiative is a cross-sector coalition aimed at driving major improvements in youth substance abuse on Staten Island, with the ultimate goals of decreased use of alcohol and prescription drugs and youth making healthy choices overall. The Staten Island Foundation has generously supported this initiative from its inception in early 2011.

TYSA is a dynamic partnership of both private and non-profit organizations; city and state government agencies; philanthropists; parents, teachers and teens, many of who have been working to combat alcohol and drug abuse for years. The TYSA Initiative is different because it focuses all of its member’s efforts into achieving the same goals. Staten Island doctors, pharmacists, law enforcement officials, drug treatment providers, hospitals, educators and youth organizations are all working together to help one another, and the whole community, tackle youth substance abuse.

And so it begins ….


There’s a fun neighbor in Staten Island! DNAinfo New York reports on the Ferris wheel taking Staten Island by storm.

SI Wheel

The first part of the massive Ferris wheel expected to bring hordes of visitors eager for stunning views of the city to Staten Island is in place.

Crews spent hours pouring concrete foundation at the first section of the New York Wheel on Saturday.

About 450 trucks poured 4,000 cubic feet of concrete into the wheel’s base that will hold up the 630-foot, 20-million-pound structure when it opens, which is expected to be next year.

“I would challenge anybody who doesn’t believe to come down here and look at the $250 million we have in the ground,” said Rich Marin, CEO of the New York Wheel.

“We’re either delusional or something if we don’t think it’s real at this point.”

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Is Staten Island’s North Shore the next Hoboken?


KATE RODAL Photo: SILive.com

via SILive.com – “The North Shore is the Hoboken of the future. You’ve never seen something like Urby on Staten Island before, and I think the developers landed a goldmine when they put URBY where they did,” said Kate Rodal, one of the first residents of  URBY Staten Island.

That “goldmine” is the work of Dave Barry, CEO of the Hoboken-based Ironstate Development. It’s not the first time Barry has gone into a less desirable neighborhood, built a state-of-the-art complex and watched the area transform into an urban hot spot.


“I think Urby is the shot in the arm that is going to revive the North Shore. …The North Shore of Staten Island has the potential to be linked to the cultural landscape of New York City. People went to Williamsburg and Hoboken and then to places like Long Island City. …Staten Island’s North Shore is a part of that same story,” said Barry.

“Stapleton is in need of revitalization. It’s an area that has been plagued by crime and general lack of amenities and quality retail. Urby is a sizable project and it’s just the type of thing that will bring new people to the area,” he added.


Staten Island Goes to the Turtles


NYC & Company just announced its newest Family Ambassadors: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a crime-fighting foursome that grew up (and ate a lot of pizza) on the streets of New York City.

Campaign artwork features the Turtles experiencing iconic attractions in each borough. As part of the campaign, NYC & Company will produce bilingual, kid-friendly travel materials, guides and itineraries at nycgo.com/family

Every year, NYC & Company partners with a different pop culture character to introduce visitors to family-friendly New York City. The 2016 campaign will be promoted in out-of-home media in all five boroughs, Boston, Chicago, and 35 shopping malls in America; social media engagement; and taxicab TV commercials.

NYC & Company’s partnership with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dovetails with the upcoming release of Paramount Pictures’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which will arrive in theaters June 3rd.