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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#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

Watch The Bayonne Bridge Project on Webcam!

via James Yates/ Staten Island Advance

BayonneBridge of NY The 81-year-old Bayonne Bridge is getting a face lift, and the whole world is invited to watch.
The Port Authority has set up a webcam for Staten Island residents and others who want to watch as the span’s roadway is raised 64 feet — to 215 feet above the Kill van Kull — to allow larger container ships to pass under it. 
The webcam, which officially went live Thursday, refreshes every 15 minutes to provide an updated look at the $1.3 billion project. Users can also search select dates and times to see what has already occurred. 
While the main construction isn’t scheduled to start until November, the Port Authority said workers are currently completing pre-construction surveying, soil boring tests and paint removal. 
“We installed a webcam to document the construction of the new Bayonne Bridge roadway for two reasons: to keep the community informed and engaged on construction progress and to satisfy the environmental permit, which requires us to compile detailed documentation of the bridge given its historic significance,” P.A. senior public information officer Chris Valens said. 
The existing road bed of the Bayonne will be removed by late 2015, and the entire project is expected to be complete by early 2017, Valens said. 
To view the progress, visit and click on “WebCam.”
Meanwhile, the bridge will be closed to all traffic this Sunday between 7:30 and 10 a.m. for the BCB 4 Mile Bayonne Bridge Run. 
Typically, 1,000 vehicles cross the Bayonne during that time, Valens said. Those motorists will be diverted to the nearby Goethals Bridge. 
The free shuttle service that is being offered while the walkway is closed for construction will not be available between 8 and 10 o’clock that morning. It will resume at 10 a.m. in Bayonne and at 10:15 a.m. on the Island. 
Normally, the shuttle service runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays through Sundays. The buses, which are equipped with bike racks, leave Bayonne on the hour and half-hour at West Fourth Street. They leave Staten Island at 15 minutes and 45 minutes after the hour at the Bayonne Bridge Administration Parking Lot, 70 Trantor Pl. The service is being offered May through October during the project.