Staten Island Mini City

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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.

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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.

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The View from Up Here!

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By the time Staten Island’s giant observation wheel finally opens in 2017, it may not be the tallest in the world. But right now, its planned 625-foot height tops all other Ferris wheels, and its views, unsurprisingly, have been touted as the main attraction. (Along with the promise the project, along with its neighboring outlet mall, holds for revitalizing St. George, the area by the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the Staten Island Yankees’ stadium.) While we await the wheel itself, enterprising Staten Island resident Scott Grella sent a drone up from the site to scope out the views during a particularly lovely sunset. First, the rest of the city, while beautiful, looks mighty tiny and far away. Second, just remember that because of FAA regulations, the drone couldn’t fly all the way up the wheel’s highest point. Third, seeing these views when the wheel is actually built will be costly as heck: $25, $35, and $45 depending on when you go, with the ticket price escalating as the day turns into night.

Check out the drone video on Curbed.com

Art Intersects March Meetup

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Tues, Mar 10, 7-9pm

SI Arts’ Culture Lounge Gallery @ St. George Ferry Terminal, 10 Ferry Terminal Drive, 10301

FREE | RSVP Here

Inspired by the community that formed around Staten Island Arts’ Art Intersects workshop series, this meetup group seeks to create a space for individual artists, creative businesses, collectives or nonprofit groups to develop independent initiatives, share resources, and deepen professional relationships. It is also an open forum for discussion about interest, opportunities, and upcoming events the Culture Lounge Artist Market. Let’s meet at the intersection of Art, Business, and Community!

This meetup group is envisioned as a space for artists/groups that are:

1. Currently participating in the Culture Lounge Artist Market,
2. Interested in participating in the market, and looking for feedback and peer support, and/or
3. Looking to deepen their business practices.

Space is limited. RSVP via email, phone, and/or ticketing system required.

Hope to see you there!

Contact  718-414-6904 or mvalenzuela@statenislandarts.org

The Pointe weathers hurricane Sandy

via Staten Island Advance

While Hurricane Sandy battered much of Staten Island’s coastline, The Pointe condominium on the north shore waterfront in St. George fared exceptionally well, much to the delight of its residents.

Power was restored in less than 24 hours and no damage was sustained to the new 57-home condominium building, which is located at 155 Bay St., just steps from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

“The systems performed as planned and the building was virtually unaffected,” notes Jacqueline Urgo, president of The Marketing Directors, Inc., The Pointe’s exclusive marketing and sales agent. “One homeowner sent ownership an email praising the building’s quality construction and commenting on how happy she was that they fared so well during the storm.”

Brought to market earlier this year by real estate investment firm, Meadow Partners, The Pointe is a modern, six-story building featuring a variety of one- and two-bedroom homes ranging in size from 962 to 1,255 square feet of living space. More than 50 percent of The Pointe’s 57 residences have already been sold, with closings underway.

Attractively priced from the $300,000s and available for immediate occupancy, the residences are equipped with top-of-the-line stainless steel Kitchen appliances; sumptuous baths featuring high-end stone and ceramic tile; a full-size washer and dryer; abundant closet space. Hardwood floors are complemented by an exceptional palette of interior finishes. Each home also offers private outdoor space, while the building features an expansive common landscapea terrace – all of which maximize the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River. Onsite garage parking is also available.

Residents also enjoy an elegant attended lobby, stylishly designed with marble flooring, artistic stone borders, and custom wall coverings. The Pointe is located in an area with extensive plans for exciting new retail and recreational attractions, including the recent announcement to develop a 350,000 square-foot mall housing 100 retail outlets and the transformation of the former U.S. Lighthouse Depot into a $140-million waterfront enclave featuring stores, restaurants, a hotel and housing.

For more information on The Pointe, visit www.Own-ThePointe.com, or call 718815-0155 to make a private appointment to view the new spacious one and two bedroom homes.

 

The Wheel is coming! World’s Largest Observation Wheel to be built on Staten Island

via Tom Wrobleski, Staten Island Advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taller than the London Eye, with views of the Big Apple, Staten Island will soon be home to the world’s largest Observation Wheel. It is planned to be 625 feet tall, with 36 capsules, each holding 40 passengers during the 38-minute ride.

Harbor Commons, a retail center with 50-75 shops, will also be built at the Wheel site.

Construction on this new project, which is adjacent to the Ferry Terminal, is set to begin in 2014.

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ADDITIONAL RESIDENTS MOVE INTO THE POINTE AS STATEN ISLAND WATERFRONT CONDOMINIUM APPROACHES 40% SOLD

THE POINTE CONDOMINIUMS AT 155 BAY STREET

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y, September 25, 2012 – The Pointe on Staten Island’s north shore waterfront is quickly approaching the 40% sold mark, another impressive milestone for the new luxury condominium building located at 155 Bay Street just steps from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

A number of new home buyers have already moved into The Pointe, which features a collection of 57 one- and two-bedroom condominium residences, desirable outdoor space and spectacular views of the St. George waterfront and Manhattan skyline.

The homes are attractively priced from the $300,000s, with immediate occupancy available.

“The sales success of The Pointe demonstrates the widespread appeal and exceptional value of this unique residential offering,” notes Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors, Inc., which was retained by Meadow Partners, the international real estate investor and asset manager, as the building’s marketing and exclusive sales agent.

“A commuter-friendly location with convenient ferry service to downtown Manhattan, spacious homes with upscale finishes and appointments, and a price point that has all but disappeared from the New York City new construction marketplace is proving to be a winning formula here.”

The new residents at The Pointe run the gamut of buyer types — from current renters looking to move up to homeownership to empty-nesters interested in a more manageable, maintenance-free lifestyle,

“The availability of immediate occupancy allows us to quickly move buyers from purchase to move in, an advantage that has gained favor with the public, particularly renters who are ready to make the move to home ownership,” Ms. Urgo points out.

While much of the success of The Pointe can be attributed to its convenient location and strong value proposition, also resonating with buyers is the renewed interest and reinvestment in the Pointe’s St. George location — known as the “gateway” to Staten Island — and adjacent north shore waterfront neighborhoods.

Existing cultural and recreational attractions include the St. George Theater and Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences (SIIAS); the waterfront Richmond County Bank Ballpark which is home to New York Yankees’ class A minor league team; the St. George Historic District; the Staten Island Children’s Museum and the Staten Island Botanical Garden.

Adding to that mosaic will be a new wave of modern public amenities and services. The former U.S Navy Home Port site in nearby New Stapleton is currently being transformed into a vibrant new destination center featuring 30,000 square feet of street-level shops and restaurants and a public plaza. In addition, the City plans to invest $32 million for infrastructure improvements and construction of a new six-acre waterfront esplanade that will provide public waterfront access.

“Our buyers recognize the activity taking place in and around St. George and see an exciting future for this neighborhood,” Ms. Urgo points out. “They understand the potential appreciation in home values in what is already a wonderful community, and they’re acting on it.”

Residents of The Pointe can immediately start enjoying a lifestyle rich in luxury and comfort. The modern, six-story brick building features an elegant attended lobby, stylishly designed with marble flooring, artistic stone borders, and custom wall coverings.

Design distinction and comfort extend to the residences as well, where a variety of one- and two-bedroom homes range in size from 962 to 1,255 square feet of living space. The residences, equipped with top-of-the-line stainless steel kitchen appliances and sumptuous baths featuring high-end stone and ceramic tile, each include a full-size washer and dryer, along with abundant closet space. Hardwood floors are complemented by the exceptional palette of interior finishes. Each home also offers private outdoor space, while the building features an expansive common landscaped terrace – all of which maximize the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River. Onsite garage parking is also available.

For more information on The Pointe, visit www.OwnThePointe.com, or call 718-815-0155 to make a private appointment to view the new spacious one and two bedroom homes.

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About Meadow Partners

With over 40 years of combined real estate experience, Meadow Partners brings the assurance of a reliable, well-funded ownership team that is firmly committed to the development and success of The Pointe and the redevelopment of the Staten Island waterfront. Their demonstrated talent, long-range perspective, and financial strength has set to redefine the standards of quality and excellence of North Shore living.

www.meadowpartners.com

 

 About The Marketing Directors, Inc.

The Marketing Directors, Inc. is a full-service marketing and sales/rental organization specializing in new homes and recognized as a national leader in high density residential development across the United States and Canada.  The company is led by founder Adrienne Albert. Jacqueline Urgo leads the NE operation. David Tufts leads The Marketing Directors, SE formed in 2007. For more information on The Marketing Directors, call 212-826-8822 or visit www.themarketingdirectorsinc.com

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