Open House New York

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Fri, October 12, 4pm – Sun, October 14, 5pm

The annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life, and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.

Your Next Destination…

img-06From a day at the beach, to a night at the theatre, Staten Island has it all. We’re home to great cultural attractions, a wild zoo, fun nightlife, and more than 170 parks. No wonder people say “If you haven’t seen Staten Island, you haven’t REALLY seen New York!”

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Staten Island’s historic, possibly haunted Kreischer Mansion is for sale

kreischer_house_uncut_jeh-0via Curbed – For an enterprising real estate investor—or someone who likes really freaking creepy homes—this newly listed Staten Island house might be a gem. It’s no ordinary home, you see; it’s the Kreischer Mansion, one of the island’s most notorious properties.

The house was originally built in the late 19th century by Balthasar Kreischer, a German-born immigrant and brick-maker who went on to create one of New York City’s first company towns, known as—of course—Kreischerville. He was responsible for building a small spattering of workers’ houses that were built in the 1870s complement the family’s manufacturing facilities, along with other services—shops, churches—to serve the growing community. (One of those, the the Free Magyar Reformed Church, is a NYC landmark that stands today.)

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Amazon to open ‘state-of-the-art’ logistics facility

2017-09-06_13-07-57Amazon plans to create a new, high-tech logistics facility with advanced robotics and 2,250 new, full-time jobs on Staten Island.

Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that Amazon will open a $100 million, 855,000 square-foot “fulfillment center” at the Global Logistics Park on Staten Island’s West Shore.

The center will be Amazon’s first such facility in New York and joins more than 70 such centers operated by the company as part of its sophisticated product-moving operation.

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Wheel Update

071317wheelThe fate of Staten Island’s New York Wheel—once scheduled to rise this year as the world’s tallest Ferris wheel—is now in jeopardy, after an ongoing legal battle ended this week with the developer firing the project’s design-build team.

According to court documents filed on Wednesday and obtained by the Staten Island Advance, the developer behind the 630-feet-high, $590 million observation hub/wheel has accused design-build team Mammoet-Starneth LLC of failing “to meet multiple design and construction deadlines.” Those delays have cost the developer of NY Wheel $16 million in damages and an additional $20 million in lost profits, the civil complaint alleges.

The project is now “indefinitely delayed,” according to the the Advance.

“Due to the inability of Mammoet-Starneth LLC (‘Mammoet’), the design-build team for the Wheel, to meet multiple design and construction deadlines, the developer has come to the conclusion that the best path forward for this project is to seek other means to take on the remaining aspects of that ‘turnkey’ arrangement,” Cristyne Nicholas, NY Wheel spokeswoman, said in a statement.

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Amazon to Open Mega-Warehouse in Staten Island, Report Says

2017-06-23_11-48-13New Yorkers might soon have a shorter wait for their Amazon purchases.

The online-retailer plans to open one of its giant fulfillment centers in a Staten Island industrial park by the end of the summer, the New York Post reported.

Amazon will lease nearly 1 million square-feet of space inside the 200-acre Matrix Global Logistics Park, at a former oil tank storage facility off Gulf Avenue, for their first mega-warehouse in New York state, the paper reported.

The New Jersey-based owner of the site, Matrix Development Group, and Amazon declined to comment on the report when contacted by DNAinfo Monday.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Borough President James Oddo said the Post report was inaccurate.

“Unfortunately, today’s New York Post story contains several inaccuracies, and I ask Staten Islanders to remain patient a little longer on news about the future of the Matrix development,” Oddo said in a statement.

“After the battle against the attempt to build a NASCAR track on this property those of us who opposed it promised a better project would come along, one that would create real jobs for Staten Islanders and provide our borough with lasting economic benefits. We are almost at the point where our work will reach fruition on one of the biggest jobs bonanzas in our borough’s history.”

The 671-acre site was originally proposed to house a 82,2500-seat NASCAR racetrack after International Speedway Corporation — which owns NASCAR — bought the space for $100 million in 2004, the New York Times reported.

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Rent a Tiny House

b_a___maisie_5-0If you’ve ever been curious about the tiny house lifestyle—not exactly a thing in New York, unless you count the many itty-bitty apartments throughout the city—you’re in luck. Getaway, the start-up known for its custom-built tiny cabins, has installed three of those micro-units on the Staten Island shoreline for the summer. (h/t DNAInfo)

Getaway currently has campsites in the Catskills in upstate New York, and outside of Boston. The New York City pop-up, called Getaway at Gateway, is a collaboration with the National Parks Service and the New York Harbor Conservancy. From now until Labor Day, the company’s eminently Instagrammable tiny cabins will be situated within the Gateway National Recreation Area in Staten Island.

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Real Estate Edition

shutterstock_409249384-0The cheapest and priciest places to live on the island, based on price per square foot

via Curbed.com: we asked real estate research firm NeighborhoodX to train its focus on Staten Island to see how various neighborhoods on the island stack up—and the numbers show that when it comes to real estate prices, Staten Island is hardly one-size-fits-all.

 Rather than looking at median asking price—which NeighborhoodX felt would be skewed, given the myriad property types throughout the borough—the firm analyzed the asking price per square foot, and the asking price range, for 31 Staten Island neighborhoods for the month of April. (Excluded from the analyzation were foreclosures and short sales, affordable and age-restricted housing, properties positioned as development sites, and outlier properties with incomplete or contradictory information.)
Constantine Valhouli, co-founder of NeighborhoodX, reports that asking prices range from a low of $142 per square foot all the way up to $909 per square foot. The cheapest property, at $142/square foot, is located in Randall Manor. The priciest property is located in Rosebank, the firm found.

To put this in context, the highest price per square foot on the island is still significantly less than in Manhattan, where the median is $1,360, or Brooklyn, which hovers right around $1,000, according to Corcoran’s Q12017 reports. (Insert crying face emoji here.)

 The price ranges differ considerably depending on the product in each neighborhood, Valhouli says. “Certain neighborhoods with single-family houses may not appear as expensive when using price-per-square-foot, but given the large size of these houses, the median asking price would make it much more expensive,” he notes.

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Seedy Strip to Hottest Block

via New York Post: With the way this city’s trends come and go, the hot new neighborhood could be just around the corner. Then again, it could be a ferry ride away. Here are five newly hip strips in and around the city to check out — before they lose their curb appeal.

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Veronica Arze (left) and Annette Bruno own the cafe Duzer’s Local.Stefano Giovannini

Van Duzer Street, Staten Island

Think Staten Island’s too far? Think again. The free ferry ride takes only 25 minutes, plus Van Duzer Street, in the historic Stapleton neighborhood, is worth the trip alone.

Walkable from the terminal, this winding stretch, a hotbed of local art and music back in the early ’00s, is again catering to the artists who live there with a spike in new cafes, restaurants and bars.

Craft House Restaurant (60 Van Duzer St.; 718-442-3433), which has brews and barbecue, will also soon be home to the borough’s fourth brewery, Kills Boro Brewing Co.

“The businesses on Van Duzer Street have always felt like they were the most authentic experiences around here,” says Sean Torres, marketing manager of Kills Boro, who also lives on the street. “And it’s definitely picked up here the last few months. A lot of young people, very easygoing, just out and enjoying themselves.”

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SURVIVE YOUR MOVE

3e32d0a467880c2f_ps16_d1_extras_4916Moving in with a significant other can be simultaneously thrilling and daunting. Once the joy of getting to spend every waking (and sleeping) moment with your loved one wears off, you feel the reality that you’re going to have to find a harmonious way to combine your belongings and design styles. “Even if your tastes and choices are dramatically different, don’t panic, I’ve got you covered,” HGTV design pro and maker J. Pickens told POPSUGAR. “Trust me — even the greats don’t see eye to eye on all, but compromise and communication are key. Follow my tips for the task of moving in together and you’ll be in it for the long haul.”

Check out J.’s must-read tips to managing moving in together below, then get to packing!

1. GROW UP YOUR DESIGN

“Use this as an opportunity to ‘mature your surroundings.’ It’s a great time to box up the remnants of your single life, man-cave leftovers, and girlie accessories.”

2. START WITH A CLEAN SLATE

“Move into a new space or start fresh in a current space — it is important to start with a clean slate. You are building this new phase of your relationship together and it is a great opportunity to create and collect as a couple.”

3. SHARE YOUR DESIGN INSPIRATIONS

“Get inspired — pop that Champagne and pull up your favorite inspiration images.” We recommend creating a private Pinterest board together where you can each share products and images you love.

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