Apres Avant Garde Festival – Open Call

scaled_256Day de Dada, the Staten Island Performance Art Collective has announced an open call for their Apres Avant Garde Festival on the Staten Island Ferry, occurring October 1, 2017.

The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 5th annual Avant Garde Festival that happened for 24 hours on the September 30, 1967 Staten Island Ferry.

The Apres Avant Garde Festival will have elements of the original festival- dance, music, video and interactive performance.

Have a strange costume idea, short dance, music or word piece? Join our event! Artists and performers are encouraged to submit performance concepts for inclusion in the event. Work that is non-obtrusive, interactive, accessible, inclusive and participatory is encouraged. Your audience will be people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Day de Dada SI ferry performance round trip event will begin at 1pm in the courtyard of the Staten Island Museum (75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY 10301)

Interested participants should contact daydedada@yahoo.com before August 1, 2017. We will follow up with more information closer to the Apres Avant Garde Event.

New Ferry Route?

12Nell Casey at Gothamist reports:  The Staten Island Ferry’s great for lots of things: cheap beer, romantic dates and free trips past the Statue of Liberty for tourists. What it’s not so great for: transporting people beyond St. George on Staten Island and South Ferry in Manhattan. But a new idea could see the big orange boat treading new waters further north, with a proposal to extend ferry service to Midtown.

Back in April, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo sent a letter to the Department of Transportation asking them to consider expanding ferry service to include stops at East 34th Street and Pier 11. Following some testy Tweets, the DOT responded this week, saying they’d look into the beep’s proposal.


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This One Went to the Market!


The  Holiday Pop-Up Artist Market, that is!

Thursday Dec 10 & Friday Dec 11

12pm – 7pm

Location: Culture Lounge, located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal

Staten Island Arts will be holding regular pop-up markets that will take place on Thursdays and Fridays, coinciding with exhibits & special holidays.

Upcoming Market dates are:

Dec. 3-4 & 10-11, 2015 (Holiday Market)
Feb. 11 & 12, 2016 (Winter Market)
Apr. 21 & 22, 2016 (Spring Market)

DECEMBER MARKET IS FILLING UP SO QUICKLY WE ARE ADDING MORE DATES! Artists and vendors interested in showcasing their work at these events can sign up here> OR CALL Shani Mitchell at 718-447-3329×1007


Has St. George Arrived?



Yesterday, Curbed.com posited this very question in a post regarding the recent $1 Million dollar sale of a Staten Island Penhouse.

Welcome Staten Island to the million-dollar condo club: This year, two penthouse apartments in The Accolade, a building in St. George right by the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, sold for more than $1 million apiece—the first condos in the borough to go for that much. Penthouse 9G closed for nearly $1.3 million in May, and just this week, Penthouse 9H (pictured here) closed for more than $1 million. The three-bedroom duplex has views of the harbor, Manhattan, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Does this mean St. George has arrived? Maybe: The Accolade has sold nearly all of its penthouses, save one (which is currently on the market for $1.35 million), and it’s tempting residents with amenities like a kids’ play room, a gym,a pet spa, on-site parking, and landscaping and snow removal. 

Staten Island’s Turning Point?

A view of URL Staten Island, a new residential and retail complex rising in the Stapleton neighborhood, from the Stapleton platform of the Staten Island Railway. URL overlooks Upper New York Bay. Credit Edwin J. Torres for The New York Times

A view of URL Staten Island, a new residential and retail complex rising in the Stapleton neighborhood, from the Stapleton platform of the Staten Island Railway. URL overlooks Upper New York Bay. Credit Edwin J. Torres for The New York Times

C.J. Hughes features Staten Island development in this week’s The New York Times.

From the article:

A wide bay may separate Staten Island from the rest of the city. But in terms of real estate, differences between the borough and other enclaves seem to be lifting like a morning fog.

New rentals and condominiums, some with perks like a pet spa or rooftop beehives, are rewriting the island’s skyline. Big-city cool is popping up in a place not always noted for it: Small-batch espresso will soon flow at a coffee shop; a jug band played kazoos at a recently opened brewery; and stores selling brand-name skinny-leg pants are on their way. And a fresh crop of renters and buyers, unable to afford pricier precincts and unfazed by stereotypes about how the place can seem insular, bland or run-down, are setting sail for the island.

 Rising on a desolate stretch of waterfront is URL Staten Island, short for “Urban Ready Life,” a $250 million mixed-use project with about 900 rental apartments in a series of buildings resembling factories, with bands of windows and flat roofs, the better to house bee hives.

The first phase, with 571 studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms, will open this fall. Interiors will feature stone counters and bamboo floors, plus stacked washers and dryers. Studios will likely start around $1,600 a month, and two-bedrooms at $2,800, said David Barry, the president of Ironstate Development, the developer.

The site will contain 35,000 square feet of retail space, more than half of which is now leased. Among the future tenants are a pizzeria, a store dedicated to specialty olive oils and Lola Star, a Coney Island clothing shop that is soon to open a branch in that other rising outpost, the Rockaways. Coffeed, a chain that brewed its first cup in Long Island City, Queens, will also be there.

National chain stores, such as those that dot Staten Island’s strip malls, are not welcome at URL. “This place has its own special character,” Mr. Barry said. “The stores should reflect that.”

URL will also have a 5,000-square-foot plot planted with vegetables that can be purchased from an on-site farm stand. Or, for a fee, residents will be able to request that its kale, spinach, rainbow chard and mizuna be prepared by a chef who will do double duty as the head farmer, said Mr. Barry, who was sifting through résumés for the post as he spoke.


New Tourism Push Asks New Yorkers to Think Closer to Home

2014-10-23_13-12-01By: Patrick McGeehan / The New York Times

Does luring a Brooklynite to spend an afternoon on Staten Island count as tourism?

Maybe not. But New York City’s tourism promotion agency is giving it a try in a campaign it plans to announce on Wednesday to get New Yorkers to explore more parts of their hometown. Called “See Your City,” the ads from NYC & Company spotlight sections of all five boroughs that might appeal to adventurous local residents.

Stylized posters will appear on bus shelters, banners will hang from light poles and a video will run in taxis urging residents to “go somewhere new for a change.” The message is that 54.3 million visitors cannot be wrong, said Fred Dixon, the chief executive of NYC & Company.

Mr. Dixon said that going after New Yorkers was not a signal that the influx of tourists to the city had run its course. To the contrary, he said, his agency expected the number of annual visitors to continue rising steadily, to 55.8 million this year and 57 million next year.

Still, Mr. Dixon, who took the top job at NYC & Company earlier this year, said “we’ve really adopted a broader definition of tourism.” The city is competing for the disposable income of its own residents, as well as the travel budgets of people from other places, he said.

Mr. Dixon said that drawing local residents to particular neighborhoods would give them a “vibrancy” that could, in turn, make tourists want to visit them too. Among the neighborhoods the campaign will highlight are Harlem, the Long Island City riverfront in Queens, the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and the St. George section of Staten Island.

Statistics compiled by NYC & Company illustrate how much harder it is to sell some boroughs as destinations. Only about one of every eight visitors went to the Bronx or Staten Island last year, while eight out of every 10 spent some time in Manhattan, according to those estimates. But the agency said the number of visits to the Bronx and Staten Island were rising the fastest.

Getting New Yorkers to venture far from their normal subway routes may be an uphill push, though. When the staff of Time Out New York compiled a list this spring of “70 things you’ll never hear a New Yorker say,” No. 31 was “Let’s go to Staten Island,” accompanied by a photo of a Staten Island Ferry.

That ferry may not carry many people who live in other parts of the city, but it is very popular with tourists, who take advantage of its free fare to get a close-up look at the Statue of Liberty. At the request of the Staten Island borough president, James Oddo, the city’s Independent Budget Office produced a study last month of the feasibility of charging out-of-towners to ride the ferry.

The budget office assumed that the number of annual riders would increase by one million after the completion of some planned developments on the island’s north shore, including a giant Ferris wheel. Of the 22 million one-way rides annually, the budget office estimated that 16.6 million were taken by Staten Island residents. Of the balance, 3.6 million were taken by passengers from out of town and just 1.8 million were from other boroughs, most of whom were going to Staten Island to work.

Mr. Dixon said he thought New Yorkers would be inspired by the promotion of neighborhoods they had not investigated. “We’re encouraging them in a playful way to explore their own city,” he said.


St. George Ferry Terminal


Since 1906, the Staten Island Ferry has been transporting commuters, sightseers, and visitors between Staten Island and Manhattan. Passing by the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island, the 25-minute FREE trip provides riders with postcard-perfect views of New York City’s greatest landmarks.

Every day, over 65,000 people ride the Staten Island Ferry, and each year more than 1.5 million tourists take the trip, making the Ferry the third most visited attraction in New York City. A fleet of eight boats makes the rounds every day, rain or shine, so there’s always a boat ready to take you across the Harbor. From the St. George Ferry Terminal, it is easy to connect to buses, trains, and taxis.

The Ferry is FREE and runs all day, seven days a week Staten Island Ferry Schedule: Full schedule for the Staten Island Ferry as well as information on connecting trains and bus lines. For more Ferry information visit click here or call 311.


Ferry operators cruise to Staten Island

via Crain’s

WheelTwo major development projects on Staten Island—the New York Wheel and Empire Outlets—have the city’s ferry operators drawing up plans to transport millions of visitors a year to the borough that has been served for a half-century exclusively by one ferry.

If the developers of those megaprojects are right, and some 6 million annual visitors begin flocking to sleepy Staten Island in two years—when the attractions are expected to be completed—every major ferry company in the city, including New York Water Taxi, BillyBey Ferry Co., Statue Cruises and Seastreak, will be dropping off riders at a dock just a short distance from the St. George Terminal, where the Staten Island Ferry lands.

All those businesses are currently in negotiations with the New York Wheel and BFC Partners, which is developing the outlet center, evaluating whether they need to purchase more boats and how much they should charge to transport tourists from points in midtown Manhattan, New Jersey, Brooklyn and Queens directly to the North Shore of Staten Island. There are no regulatory impediments standing in the way of expanded service. The city is seeking a developer to build and operate a new ferry landing.

“There will be millions of passengers who will want to get to a part of Staten Island that is by far most accessible by boat,” said Paul Goodman, chief executive of BillyBey, the company that owns some NY Waterway ferries. “If we are talking about large crowds, we would have to purchase more vessels” before the wheel opens in 2016, he added.

Others are making commitments now. New York Water Taxi just signed a letter of intent with the developers to add a St. George stop to its existing hop-on, hop-off tour package, which makes stops in Brooklyn, lower Manhattan and midtown and costs $30.

“That gives [the attractions] access to our customers,” said Brian McCabe, chief executive of New York Water Taxi. “As demand grows, you might see direct [routes]” from different parts of the city to Staten Island.

Established competitor

Michael Burke, chief operating officer of Statue Cruises, which has the exclusive contract to ferry visitors to Liberty and Ellis islands, would like to add a Staten Island stop, too, but conceded that security concerns would likely scuttle such a plan. Instead, his company is more apt to run a separate boat to Staten Island.

The ferry operators’ main competition would not be each other but the Staten Island Ferry, which transports 20 million people a year to the borough on nine boats that operate seven days a week—and, most important, offers a free ride.

“The big unknown is how many people will use the Staten Island Ferry,” said Mr. Burke. “I think a majority will go on the free boat.”

To keep the cost competitive with the free option, Mr. Goodman of BillyBey said that subsidies either from the developers or from the city may be necessary. That could allow the boats to also cater to Staten Island commuters willing to pay a little more for direct service to midtown, for example. The city has already indicated that it will not subsidize new ferry service to St. George.

Another model could be one based on the Red Hook Ikea route offered by New York Water Taxi. The ride costs $10 round-trip, but Ikea shoppers who spend that amount or more in the store get a $5 discount on their purchase by showing their ferry ticket.

Travis Noyes, chief marketing officer of the wheel and senior vice president of Empire Outlets, has been charged with coordinating the marketing efforts of both projects, as well as with assessing the demand for each attraction. The Staten Island Ferry, he said, already transports more than 2 million tourists annually.

According to studies commissioned by the developers, an additional 1 million people will use the city-run ferry, while another million will pay a premium to board boats from points in the city other than lower Manhattan to travel directly to Staten Island.

The extra passenger volume should not put undue pressure on the Staten Island Ferry, he said, because most of the passengers going to the attractions would be traveling there during off-peak hours, not prime commuting times.

Staten Island could become a major tourist destination by 2016, if the developers’ vision is realized. Combined, the two projects represent a $580 million investment. The New York Wheel, a 630-foot structure, will be the largest such attraction in the world, featuring glass-enclosed observation capsules that hold up to 40 people for a 38-minute ride.

The wheel will be able to accommodate as many as 1,400 passengers at a time, while Empire Outlets will include more than 100 designer stores, restaurants, a banquet facility and a 200-room hotel.

At night, the wheel will put on a show using $8 million worth of LED lighting that will act as a beacon, drawing people to St. George and the waters around it.

Even more incentives to visit

Mr. Noyes, who was previously a New York Water Taxi executive, said, “All of the harbor boat tours will want to come out at night to see the light show, and it’s my job to get those boats to drop people off [on Staten Island].”

To that end, he is working with other attractions in St. George to create more incentives to visit. The minor-league Staten Island Yankees, for example, are developing new programming for their ballpark, including concerts.

To keep travelers on the island longer, Mr. Noyes is collaborating with a company that will transport their luggage to the airports on the day of their departure.

“We want people to check in their luggage at Empire Outlets and enjoy more time here,” he said. The bag operator would be approved by the Transportation Security Administration, similar to a service that’s offered at Fashion Outlets of Chicago, which checks bags for flights leaving from O’Hare International Airport and even prints boarding passes.

Correction: Billybey Ferry Co. contracts with NY Waterway to operate the ferries it owns. This relationship was misstated in a previous version of this article, originally published online March 2, 2014.

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The Pointe Terrace SMALLMeadow Partners and The Marketing Directors announced today that 60% of The Pointe’s luxury condominium residences have been sold, signaling another marker of success for the boutique building conveniently situated just steps from the Staten Island ferry terminal in St. George.

The new milestone was reached after three new sales were recorded last week at the six-story building located at 155 Bay Street on Staten Island’s burgeoning north shore.  The steady sales pace reflects the widespread appeal of The Pointe, which features expansive condominium residences, desirable outdoor space, spectacular views of the St. George waterfront and Manhattan skyline and attractive prices.

Available one- and two-bedroom residences range in size from 962 to 1,255 square feet of living space at prices starting from $340,000, with immediate occupancy available.  The building is approved for FHA financing and has a 421a tax abatement.

“We’re delighted to have reached this point in our sales program,” notes Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors, which was retained by Meadow Partners as The Pointe’s exclusive marketing and sales agent.  “We’re delivering a unique living experience in a convenient waterfront location that’s on the rise, and both the marketplace and brokerage community are responding favorably.”

Residents of The Pointe enjoy a lifestyle rich in luxury and comfort.   The modern, 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, which feature top-of-the-line stainless steel kitchen appliances, sumptuous baths adorned with high-end stone and ceramic tile, a full-size washer and dryer and 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 available.

Homeowners at The Pointe also enjoy the added convenience and long-term benefits associated with the operation of the building thanks to My Green Condo, a unique online management platform offering tools for condominium associations to carry out all their management responsibilities in an efficient and effective manner, while also facilitating and promoting a green environment.

The Pointe’s location in an area targeted for major reinvestment, including new retail and recreational attractions, is also resonating with buyers. Fine Fare Marketplace is scheduled to open in April in the base of The Pointe, featuring a full line of groceries, gourmet deli, bakery, full-service fish and butcher shop and a grab-and-go prepared foods section.  Other neighborhood enhancements include the recent announcement to develop a 350,000 square-foot mall consisting of 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.  And in nearby Stapleton, work is underway to redevelop the former Navy Homeport site into 30,000 square feet of street-level shops and restaurants which will combine with a new public plaza and a six-acre waterfront esplanade.

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.


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.

About The Marketing Directors

For more than 30 years, The Marketing Directors has been the preeminent development advisory and marketing and sales force in luxury residential development. Its team works exclusively on behalf of elite owners and builders of residential housing to develop, market and sell customized, architecturally-superior spaces. The Marketing Directors’ sophisticated professionals are industry leaders, respected partners and market innovators. Headquartered in New York City with offices and sales teams across North America, The Marketing Directors has $30 billion in collective sales and has led its clients to successfully sell out more than 1,000 new developments. Past projects include The Sheffield, Linden78, Platinum and The Visionaire.  For more information on The Marketing Directors, call 212-826-8822 or visit www.themarketingdirectorsinc.com