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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Open Run: Silver Lake Park

2017-06-14_11-10-41June 27th from 7 – 9 pm 

Join New York Road Runners for FREE weekly runs in your neighborhood! Open to all ages and experience levels. Walkers, strollers, and dogs on a leash are welcome. No advance registration is required, but is encouraged For more information visit

DAY & TIME: Tuesdays @ 7 p.m. DISTANCE: 3.1 m (5k) WHERE TO MEET: At the lake bridge, down the hill from the intersection of Victory Blvd. and Eddy St.

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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Houseplants To Improve Your Home

landscape-1435851982-houseplant-says-about-you-indexDo you need more energy? Are you concerned about the quality of the air in your home? Even if you’ve never thought you had a green thumb, rethink houseplants. But just make sure your choose the right ones…

 Darcie at Such the Spot lists all of the benefits of houseplants and shares how she recently decided to invest in some, also telling us which ones are most beneficial.

It seems not everyone agrees on the top 5, but here are a few more resources we found to point you in the right direction:

Top Five Plants for Improving Air Quality from Treehugger

Three Plants that Give You Better Indoor Air Quality

Top Five Plants – from Seventh Generation

Real Estate Edition

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

via 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.


2017 Neptune Ball

2017-neptune-ball-save-the-date-final_page_1_crop-624x869Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden’s 34th Annual Neptune Ball, Carnevale dell’Arte, is inspired by a dazzling Venetian masquerade and celebrates the strong tradition of performing and visual arts programming on our campus, as well as the fascinating multicultural elements of our grounds.


Tickets are available to artists in the community upon application: Apply here

Your support of the Neptune Ball will position Snug Harbor as a leader in New York City’s arts and culture, and allow us to produce vibrant, cutting-edge programming alongside classic favorites.

Performance and Awards Ceremony: Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden
Cocktails and Gourmet Fare: The Great Hall

My Violeta

Sat, May 20, 2pm – 3pm
Snug Harbor Cultural Center – Building T
Admission: $10

In this stunning performance celebrating the 100th anniversary of visual artist Violeta Parra, Chilean choreographer Elizabeth Rodriguez invites audiences to discover the colors, textures, materials, characters, and emotions of her work.

Violeta Parra was a Chilean composer, songwriter, folklorist, and visual artist. She pioneered the “Chilean’ New Song,” the Nueva canción chilena, a renewal and a reinvention of Chilean folk music which would extend its sphere of influence outside Chile, becoming acknowledged as “The Mother of Latin American folk.”

The past and present of New York’s oft-overlooked borough


Though you tend to hear about it less often than the other boroughs, Staten Island has a colorful history all its own—including the fact that it once overwhelmingly voted to secede from the city, among other momentous occasions. (That vote proved unsuccessful, of course.)

 To get a better understanding of where things are at on the island now, it helps to know its past—thus, this brief history of Staten Island, from the first Dutch settlers (who arrived in the 17th century) to a new breed of 21st-century residents, drawn to recent developments like Urby. While it’s impossible to include every big moment, these are some of the ones that have shaped the borough as it is today.