Total Money Makeover

moneymakeover_flyerPrecise Leaders will be holding a free Total Money Makeover Series at the St. George Library from January-June. The series is for both adults and youth. Attendees will learn about credit, home buying, budgeting, investments/savings, insurance, and ways to increase their income. The goal is to change financial mindsets while breaking generational curses.

Free food and refreshments, door prizes, and a complimentary copy of the Richest Man in Babylon book will be provided.

Please RSVP at www.preciseleaders.com

1st Annual Bee Gala at @UrbyLife! @NYCHoneyWeek

2016-09-09_12-26-00

As part of NYC Honey Week, Urby is proud to present our Bee Gala. Hosted by Resident Beekeeper, Asher Landes. Drinks, Honey themed food, Dancing, Local honey tastings, and Wine tasting with Lorie Honor of Honor Wines! The event will also feature Flagship Brewery beers and an installation by Staten Island Maker Space!

TICKETS

Why is #statenisland ignored?

2016-09-01_10-29-42

ROMAN BABAKIN/SHUTTERSTOCK

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…

FULL STORY

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.

Continue reading at Crain’s >>>

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.

Continue Reading >>>>

Day of Dragons in St. George

THE 10TH ANNUAL ST. GEORGE DAY FESTIVAL IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 23, 2016

2016-04-14_13-57-47

The St. George Day Festival, a local Earth Day and arts celebration, will take place Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 11am to 5pm in and around Tompkinsville Park on Staten Island.

This free, all day grassroots event features a variety of live performances, art, and activities that are family-friendly and geared toward the communities of Tompkinsville and its surrounding areas.

Among the highlights this year will be the NYPD rock-climbing wall, the Tottenville High School Green Technology Club promoting alternative energy solutions by displaying their award-winning  solar powered vehicle, and the Mobile MarkerSpace “Steam Wagon.”

See more details HERE

Staten Island Mini City

2016-03-30_14-23-35

Building No. 8 of Urby Staten Island, which began welcoming tenants on March 21, as seen from a new city park that’s to open this spring. Credit – Emon Hassan for The New York Times

via C.J. Hughes/The New York Times – The developers of Urby Staten Island, a new rental complex now opening in Stapleton, hope to prove that the North Shore of the “forgotten borough” can have broad appeal, and maybe even be the city’s next hip enclave.

Getting people to move to Urby, which is on an isolated stretch of waterfront about a mile — and two stops on the Staten Island Railway — from the Staten Island Ferry terminal, may not be easy. But the Ironstate Development Company, the project’s developer, is dangling many creative extras: an olive oil shop; a large garden that will grow kale; and a chef-in-residence to teach you how to prepare it.

{snip}

Urby Staten Island is the first in a chain of similar developments planned for the region, including ones in Jersey City, Harrison, N.J., and Stamford, Conn.

FULL ARTICLE

Staten Island’s Mixed-Use Project Makes Big Strides

Amy Plitt at Curbed.com shares this latest development:

2016-03-02_13-19-12

Rendering of the office/retail space at Lighthouse Point on Staten Island via Triangle Equities

The redevelopment of Staten Island’s St. George neighborhood is chugging right along, and earlier this week, one of the huge projects set for the waterfront—Lighthouse Point—got its proper groundbreaking (though construction began late last year).

Developer Triangle Equities also announced some updates to the site, including the anchor tenant for its 65,000-square-foot retail and office component. That space will go to Regus, a co-working space that already has several offices throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The stakeholders in Lighthouse Point (which include the NYCEDC and Goldman Sachs’s Urban Investment Group) are positioning this as a boon to the neighborhood, that could “attract out-of-town users who may need short term meeting or office space, therefore positively affecting the interest and patronage of surrounding hotels, retailers, and restaurants” (per a press release). We’ll see about that.

 That office space will join the incoming 12-story, 116-unit apartment building that’s also part of the Lighthouse Point development. When the whole thing is done, it’ll be one of several mini-megaprojects that developers are hoping will transform Staten Island’s North Shore, including the New York Wheel and Empire Stores.
READ MORE AT CURBED.COM

City’s First Farmer in Residence to Tend Staten Island Building’s Mini Farm

Nicholas Rizzi at DNAinfo gives a shout-out to first SI “Farmer in Residence” at URBY Staten Island.

extralarge

RENDERING OF URBY STATEN ISLAND

The city’s first farmer in residence — at least in this century — is being hired to tend to a Staten island apartment building’s organic mini-farm.

Developers of URBY Staten Island brought on consultant Zaro Bates three years ago to help plan the farm and are currently seeking applications for the resident farmer, said a spokeswoman for the company, Ironstate Development.

Bates, who has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s Agricultural School, will help Ironstate choose a farmer to take the position — which has a $15,000 to $25,000 yearly salary and a rent-free studio apartment, according to the job listing.

FULL ARTICLE

URL®Staten Island housing complex to open in December

Tracey Porpora at The Staten Island Advance reports on the December opening of Ironstate Development Company‘s URL®Staten Island.

-d511e38ae2bf1142URL®Staten Island, the 900-unit housing complex being built at the former Stapleton homeport, is expected to welcome its first residents on Dec. 1.

URL (Urban Ready Life)®Staten Island — being built by the Hoboken-N.J.-based Ironstate Development Company — is a $150 million project to construct 900 rental units in two five story buildings with 35,000 square feet of ground floor retail, 600 parking spaces and a public plaza at the former U.S. Navy homeport.

“This will be a really different type of residential living for Staten Island. I think it’s going to be a credit to the North Shore community. I think it’s taking an underutilized waterfront area and providing really meaningful public access and programming in the form of restaurateurs,” said David Barry, president of Ironstate Development Company, whose portfolio of projects includes Pier Village in Long Branch, N.J.

URL®Staten Island will be the first of several waterfront projects — including the N.Y. WheelEmpire Outlets and Lighthouse Point in St. George — to take shape on the North Shore.

READ THE FULL STORY AT SILIVE.COM