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NYC4Life
November 6th, 2008, 06:29 PM
Surprised to see the forgotten Borough forgotten even more. Developments does take place here too :cool:

NYC4Life
November 6th, 2008, 06:29 PM
Updated On 11/06/08 at 02:32PM

New SI land use study team named

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Staten Island's North Shore



Parsons Brinckerhoff, commonly called PB Americas, will head a team of consultants in charge of evaluating and planning land use and transportation on Staten Island's North Shore, the New York City Economic Development Commission and the Department of City Planning announced today. The area being studied stretches six miles along the Staten Island shoreline, including the neighborhoods of Mariner's Harbor, Arlington, Port Richmond, Elm Park and West Brighton. The other consultants on the project are Basile Baumann Prost Cole & Associates, D.I.R.T. Studio, Green Shield Ecology, Zetlin Strategic Communications and Historical Perspectives. The team will also hold public meetings and workshops. TRD

antinimby
November 7th, 2008, 12:17 AM
There are Staten Island threads here. They've just been fragmented into different regions/neighborhoods instead of one all encompassing thread like this one you've started.

NYC4Life
November 19th, 2008, 01:49 PM
silive.com

Major projects still on target, but Staten Island commuters may feel budget sting

by Staten Island Advance Tuesday November 18, 2008, 7:10 PM

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Advance file photoPassengers wait to board a bus on Narrows Road South at Fingerboard Road.

Despite the MTA's looming $1.2 billion budget deficit, Staten Island's Charleston Bus Annex is still set to open as scheduled by the end of next year. But there may be fewer buses rolling in and out of the new facility, as the agency prepares to unveil a list of proposed service cuts this week.

Similarly, the long-awaited South Ferry subway station in Lower Manhattan is on track to open around New Year's, but if service cuts are implemented, fewer No. 1 trains could be pulling into and out of the new station.

Gearing up for Thursday's budget meeting at the agency's Manhattan headquarters, the MTA is keeping mum on which specific bus and subway lines could end up on the chopping block or scaled back to cut costs, but the pain is sure to be spread around the five boroughs.

Among the casualties rumored to strike Staten Island commuters, the agency is expected to announce it's scrapping a plan to take over operation of the X23 and X24 from Atlantic Express once the new depot is opened.

Routes with low ridership numbers, or that run through areas that offer other transit options, could be targeted for cutbacks.

-- Reported by Maura Yates



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NYC4Life
November 26th, 2008, 01:43 PM
New York Magazine

Wall-E Park
On giant piles of trash left by a generation of New Yorkers, landscape architect James Corner is building a park that has the power to change the way we see the past and the future of the city.


By Robert Sullivan Published Nov 23, 2008

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The Fresh Kills landfill, in all its putrid glory, 1990. (Photo: Stephen Ferry/Getty Images)


Let’s start at the end of one story, the story of the dump, with the view from way up on top of it.

Let’s start at the peak of what was once a steaming, stinking, seagull-infested mountain of trash, a peak that is now green, or greenish, or maybe more like a green-hued brown, the tall grasses having been recently mown by the sanitation workers still operating at Fresh Kills, on the western shore of Staten Island. Today the sun dries the once slime-covered slopes, as a few hawks circle in big, slow swoops and a jet makes a lazy approach to Newark, just across the Arthur Kill. The sky, when viewed from atop a twenty-story heap of slowly decomposing garbage—the so-called South Mound, a Tribeca-size drumlin surrounded by other trash mounds, some as long as a mile—is the kind of big blue that you expect to see somewhere else, like the middle of Missouri. It’s a great wide-open bowl, fringed with green hills (some real, some garbage-filled) that are some of the highest points on the Atlantic seaboard south of Maine. Meanwhile, at your feet, hook-shaped white plastic tubes vent methane, the gas that builds up naturally in a landfill, a by-product of refuse being slowly digested by underground bacteria. The hissing of landfill gas is soft and gentle, like the sound of a far-off mountain stream or the stove left on in your apartment.

But as you look a little longer, it’s definitely not a Missouri view, and the unmistakable landmarks come into focus: a tower on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, a span of the Outerbridge Crossing, and, on Coney Island, the very top of the parachute jump. In the foreground, trucks enter the landfill, climbing the mounds and dumping clean soil over not-so-clean soil.

It’s all part of a radical plan to turn Fresh Kills landfill into Fresh Kills Park, with mountain bikers and kayakers and ballplayers sharing 2,315 acres of open space with restored maritime forests, with chestnut trees dotting dry prairies, with new or revived sweet-gum swamps, maybe a fox scooting through persimmon copses or a deer through a new birch thicket.

The composer of this massive reclamation project is James Corner, the landscape architect best known in New York as the designer of the High Line. When that abandoned elevated railway turned inner-city park opens its first section this winter, its industrially influenced meadows, interstitial urban prairies, and sundecks will bring Corner’s firm, Field Operations, a new round of international attention. But as celebrated as the High Line will probably be, it is Field Operations’ other New York park—the one that’s bigger than lower Manhattan, and currently about the height of Mexico’s Great Pyramid of Cholula—that may change people’s ideas of what a park is all about.

In the late 1840s, Frederick Law Olmsted had an experimental farm on Staten Island, but by the time he and Calvert Vaux designed Central Park, he was less a farmer than an artist. The environment they created looked like a landscape painting into which New Yorkers would stroll and recreate, like Mary Poppins jumping into the sidewalk sketches by Bert the chimney sweep. The immigrant shantytowns and African-American villages that sat in the swampy land were all cleared away, and Olmsted built hills and streams by dragging in dirt and blasting outcroppings with more gunpowder than had been used at the Battle of Gettysburg. Nature wasn’t natural in today’s locavore, native-plant sense; it was a collection of natures, pastoral and picturesque, local but mostly exotic, with birds from Europe and trees from China. The bushes in the Ramble, designed with the Adirondacks in mind, were chosen for their shade of green, as painterly effects. The medieval castle was placed on a hilltop as a reference to Europe, as well as for fun. Central Park was Platonic in theory and Barnumesque in practice. “It was designed as a natural Disneyland,” says New York City Parks commissioner Adrian Benepe.

This idea of a park—a green, pastoral place to sport and play—hasn’t evolved much since Central Park was finished. Olmsted took his success to Brooklyn (at the more ambitious Prospect Park) and around the nation, working romantic landscape design into parks and greenbelts in Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, and Montreal. Even Robert Moses, the most powerful Parks commissioner in the history of Parks commissioners, played along the Olmsted lines—a little nature here, a little recreation there, all of it looking very park, and not much like the land that was there before (Jones Beach, for instance, had been a barrier island). But now Corner is among the handful of landscape designers who are taking the idea of an urban park into un-parklike territory.


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NYC4Life
December 4th, 2008, 09:19 PM
SIlive.com

Staten Island hoteliers, developers purchase 2 Teleport buildings

by Staten Island Advance Wednesday December 03, 2008, 4:17 PM


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Advance file photoTwo vacant buildings at the Teleport have been purchased by Richard and Lois Nicotra.

Staten Island's long-struggling Teleport got a jolt of new blood today with the purchase of two vacant buildings by hoteliers and developers Lois and Richard Nicotra, who pledged to rejuvenate the once-bustling business hub.

The Nicotras purchased the buildings, formerly known as Teleport I and II, for $25 million from Murray Construction and Silverstein Properties. Key components of a 110-acre campus, the buildings have been vacant since 2002 when AT&T, the Teleport's largest tenant, left.

The Nicotras said they plan a $10 million to $15 million facelift of the three-story structures, which will be dubbed Corporate Commons I and II.

They contain almost 300,000 square feet of office space.

The couple intends to direct 25 percent of profits from the Corporate Commons to the newly-formed Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation. The foundation will help Nicotra Group employees' children pay for college and also will support a variety of not-for-profit institutions, primarily on Staten Island.

"We're going to try to fill the buildings with Class A office tenants," said Richard Nicotra. "We're going to look at all the possibilities out there. We want the right tenants to enhance the location and bring these buildings back to their original glory."

Nicotra said he hasn't signed any tenants yet, but has some promising leads. He said he would reach out to the private sector as well as to the city.

"Staten Island is the only borough that doesn't have any city agency headquartered here," said Nicotra.

At its peak, the Teleport employed 3,000 people. Between 300 and 400 work there now.

The current vacancy rate at the Teleport campus, which includes other buildings, is 50 percent.

-- Reported by Frank Donnelly



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Merry
January 4th, 2010, 10:47 PM
Richmond County Country Club could save Pouch Camp

By Karen O'Shea

January 04, 2010

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One scenario to save Pouch Camp has the Richmond County Country Club
selling its Flagg Place clubhouse to a builder who would construct homes on
the site. The club would then build a new facility at its golf course on Todt
Hill Road and receive state land near Pouch Camp to construct two new
golf holes.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Discussions to save Pouch Camp in the Greenbelt are under way and involve surprising potential saviors: A luxury home builder and the Richmond County Country Club; and possibly the New York Container Terminal.

In an attempt to prevent the Greater New York Councils of Boy Scouts from selling off the 120-acre camp to a private developer, the two separate fund-raising possibilities that are emerging would allow other commercial or residential development to take place.

The first scenario involves the Richmond County Country Club selling its aging Flagg Place clubhouse and catering facility to a builder who would construct homes on the nine-acre site. The club would then use money to build a new facility nearby at its golf course on Todt Hill Road.

The golf course backs up to Pouch Camp, which would benefit financially in the deal.

A few club board members recently made a presentation to Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) and state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island).

Cusick would only say that the proposal involves the potential expansion of a smaller clubhouse on the golf course, property that is owned by the state and leased by the club, and a potential sale of the current clubhouse on Flagg Place. Sources have said a home builder is interested in buying the main clubhouse site.

Such a deal would free up the club to expand at the golf course, where the smaller clubhouse is located, while potentially raising up to $10 million to buy a portion of adjacent Pouch Camp for preservation. The country club has proposed taking a wooded, state-owned slice of land located between the golf course and the back of Pouch Camp to create two new holes to replace ones that would be lost to construction of a new catering hall on the links.

“There has been no decision made on this proposal or any other proposal. We were asked to look at it and we are looking it,” Cusick noted. “The goal here is, ultimately, to save Pouch Camp and to keep it as pristine open space.... We have to listen and entertain any proposal that comes across our desk.”

With the state facing a potential $9 billion budget deficit this year and government unlikely to come up with the cash needed to buy Pouch Camp — by some estimates as much as $30 million — most agree that several creative solutions are needed to preserve the popular Boy Scout camp and its lake.

Jim Devine, president and chief executive of New York Container Terminal and a member of the board of directors for the Greater New York Council of Boy Scouts, said he was recently approached about the idea of putting up money for a conservation easement for Pouch Camp in exchange for getting some of the state regulatory approvals needed to expand the container port.

Devine wants to build a fourth ship berth next to the existing terminal, in an industrial area marked by wetlands. In exchange for building in a portion of Arlington Marsh, the terminal will likely have to clean and improve a wetland or environmentally sensitive area elsewhere.

Devine said some have suggested the mediation take place at Pouch. New York Container Terminal would put up money for the purchase of part of Pouch Camp and its freshwater wetlands. He declined to say who had floated the idea, but he likes it.

“We would definitely be amenable to that and view it as a win-win if the various regulatory authorities allow it to happen,” said Devine.

But generating money for preservation of Pouch Camp through the sale of the Richmond County Country Club facility on Flagg Place could be more difficult.

The club will need approval from members for the plan, and an OK from the state to build a new catering facility on the nearby golf course.

In the late 1980s, the country club sold the golf course to the state for $4 million to raise cash in the face of rising real estate taxes. The course was preserved and the club was allowed to lease back the links each year for $1.

As part of the 99-year-lease, the club also was permitted to continue operating the course privately.

Sources familiar with the discussions say proceeds from a sale of the Flagg Place clubhouse would help the club deal again with rising real estate taxes on that property.

“I think having more options are better than having fewer options,” Lanza said of the club’s proposal and its impact on Pouch, which he plans to run by other officials.

“Our number one land-use priority this year is to save Pouch Camp,” he added.

The country club president and club member and builder Tom Costa pitched the proposal. It’s unclear if Costa, who built homes at the former Camp St. Edward in Pleasant Plains, would be involved with the development.

Costa and the club president did not return phone calls from the Advance seeking comment. Bill Russo, chairman of the board’s legal committee, said he knew nothing about the discussions.

http://www.silive.com/westshore/index.ssf/2010/01/richmond_county_country_club_c.html

http://therealdeal.com/newyork/articles/the-richmond-county-country-club-and-the-new-york-container-terminal-to-save-pouch-camp-from-development

Merry
June 9th, 2010, 08:27 AM
Chained to Staten Island

New Springville wins retail title with 188 chain stores

By Catherine Curan

New Yorkers in a shopping mood may think of Staten Island as a blip on the road to the tax-free bargains in New Jersey's malls, but they're overlooking the borough's status as the city's chain-store champ.

The New Springville neighborhood in zip code 10314 in Staten Island won this title with an eye-popping 188 chain stores in 2009. That's 17 percent more than the nearest competitor, the 10001 zip code in Midtown, according to a retail report by the Center for an Urban Future.

Chain stores are clustering in the 10314 zip code because it's an enormous territory that's home to the 1.274 million-square-foot Staten Island Mall at 2655 Richmond Avenue. The mall itself lists 189 stores -- most of which are chains -- on its roster.

The list includes working woman's clothier Ann Taylor, trendy teen label American Eagle Outfitters, and department store stalwarts JCPenney and Sears. The mall stores form the epicenter of a retail network that includes plenty of smaller strip centers in the 10314 zip code. All are seeking to ring up sales from Staten Island's half a million residents, who boast an average annual household income of $80,970.

With an area that's more than 18 times larger than Midtown's 10001, the 10314 zip code also has enough room for the parking big chain operators like. The mall alone boasts 7,200 parking spaces.

"It's a different market -- you don't find a shopping center with 1,000 parking spaces [in the other boroughs]," said Sean Kelly, associate director of investment sales at CPEX Real Estate, and a Staten Island native.

Even more chain-store deals are in the works for 10314, which has more than triple the amount of chains of any other zip code on the island.

A deal is said to be on tap at a former outpost of bankrupt chain Linens 'n Things, also on Richmond Avenue. Smaller transactions are percolating, too, as are new construction deals.

"It's been one of the fastest-growing counties in the entire state, and is likely to continue to grow," said Jonathan Bowles, director of the Center for an Urban Future. The center set out to compile the first comprehensive list of New York's national retailers two years ago to provide a statistical context to the debate about national chains squeezing out mom-and-pops. The list is now an annual project, the most recent study said.

The three-year-old, 400,000-square-foot Bricktown Centre in the 10309 zip code at the south end of the island -- anchored by Target and Home Depot -- is challenging the chain-store concentration in 10314. But the lingering recession also continues to cast a shadow over the prospects for more chain stores on Staten Island. The weak economy prompted a spike in vacancies at the 12-year-old Expressway Plaza at 1441 Richmond Avenue, just north of the mall and also in the 10314 zip code.

Still, Staten Island's demographics and suburban-style retail spaces are attracting chains this spring. Broker Michael Prendamano of Casandra Properties is negotiating for a national burger joint to open its first Staten Island outpost in Expressway Plaza. The deal calls for a new, freestanding 8,500-square-foot drive-through restaurant. The asking rent is $40 per square foot.

Likewise, Howard Seidenfeld, a Staten Island retail expert and manager at Global Realty Services, is clinching another Staten Island first by bringing a national chain that doesn't yet have a presence in the borough to the roughly 8,000-square-foot former Ethan Allen space on Richmond Avenue. The asking rent there is $35 a square foot. He declined to name the new store.

Even with all the chains, residents are still clamoring for luxury in their retail. "While Staten Island has a number of chain and big box retailers, I have heard time and again in talking to Staten Islanders, 'Why is it we don't have Brooks Brothers or Nordstrom, and other high-end retailers?'" Bowles said.

http://therealdeal.com/newyork/articles/chained-to-staten-island

Merry
September 24th, 2010, 06:44 AM
Garbage Mountains Slowly Morph Into $160 Million New York Park

By James S. Russell


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The Bayonne Bridge looms in the distance in this view from the future Freshkills Park in Staten Island, New York. Construction has just begun on the first improvements that will transform one of America's largest landfills into a 2,200-acre park of pastoral, meadow-covered mounds. Photographer: James S. Russell/Bloomberg


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View looking north toward Manhattan skyline from the future Freshkills Park on Staten Island, New York. The park will be a 30-year-long transformation of four giant garbage mounds into a 2,200-acre park, laced with streams and tidal wetlands. The master plan landscape architect is Field Operations, of New York. Photographer: James S. Russell/Bloomberg


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A rendering of the 2,200 acres of Freshkills Park in New York City. Vast garbage mounds have been carefully sealed to keep pollutants from leaking. Source: City of New York Department of Parks via Bloomberg


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A rendering of the 2,200 acres of Freshkills Park in New York City.

Eloise Hirsh turns her well-worn Jeep off the highway onto a rutted road and past a plant that scrubs goo piped from decaying trash.

We’re in Staten Island’s Fresh Kills landfill, one of the largest garbage dumps in the U.S. and a blight to the eyes and nose for more than half a century -- and many years from now perhaps one of the nation’s greatest and strangest city parks.

Hirsh, the park’s administrator, says it will be almost three times the size of Central Park.
Construction is beginning to turn four mounds of trash that rise as high as 225 feet and hold 150 million tons of trash into the 2,200-acre Freshkills Park. The mounds need to settle, a slow process, and then be capped with more than 2 feet of soil. Though a small part will open in 2011, the completion of the park, part of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, may be 30 years away.

Giant dump trucks rumble across an inlet at what will become The Confluence, with restaurants, picnic piers, sports fields, a kayak launch and floating barges turned to gardens. James Corner Field Operations, the New York-based master plan landscape architect, has tucked these facilities amid the tidal creeks, marshes and lowland forests that make up more than half the park’s acreage.

The tawny, grass-covered slopes of the trash mounds rise out of the area’s blue water and lush greenery like primordial mesas. A high-tech liner under the garbage and a closed drainage system keep pollutants out of the marshes and streams, Hirsh explains. The water is clean enough that blazing white egrets alight to snack on slimy appetizers exposed by the receding tide.

full article (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-23/garbage-mountains-slowly-morph-into-160-million-new-york-park-commentary.html)

Merry
February 25th, 2011, 05:14 AM
Is anyone here actually interested in Staten Island? ;)


ABCs and Net-Zeros: City's First No-Energy School

By Matt Chaban

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Over the past decade, no one has built more "green" buildings than the city's School Construction Authority. Even before Local Law 86 required all civic buildings to be built to sustainability standards, the department had been using such measures—light sensors, efficient heating and cooling systems, recycled materials, etc.—to build healthier instiutions that also save money on energy costs.

Now, the School Construction Authority is advancing green building into a new realm with a pioneering new school in Staten Island that will be "net zero," meaning it will generate enough energy to offset its already minimal usage. It is the first such building of its kind in New York.

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The city has tapped SOM to design the project, P.S. 62 in the Rossville section of southern Staten Island, a project that was approved by the city' Public Design Commission earlier this month. The firm is better known for designing mid-20th century office buildings—a notoriously inefficient, conspicously consuming typology—that included such hits as Lever House and 9 West 57th Street.

More recently, SOM, like so many other architects, has embraced sustainable design, as can be seen in its a-best-building-of-2010 Toren, the first project in Brooklyn to use a co-gen plant, among other green features. SOM is currently at work on a net-zero office tower in China, as well.

The school project is being led by Roger Duffy, who leads SOM's Education Lab. He called P.S. 62 "an extraordinary opportunity to help define a new paradigm for school buildings for New York City and beyond."

The future school will sit on a 3.5-acre site and will hold 444 seats inside a 70,000-square-foot building. Like many similar sustainable schools, the building itself will serve as a lab to teach students about energy efficiency and sustainability.

http://www.observer.com/2011/real-estate/abcs-and-net-zeros-city-building-first-no-energy-school-staten-island?utm_medium=partial-text&utm_campaign=home

Merry
December 5th, 2011, 04:53 AM
To suggest that this area needed to be made more beautiful is, in a sense, like imagining that Catherine Deneuve could have benefited from a new look in 1967.

LOL!...and :confused:.


Economic Revival, Without the Fancy Cheese?
By GINIA BELLAFANTE

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The Staten Island waterfront has sweeping views of Manhattan and Jersey City.

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A drawing of a major residential and retail project planned for a site on the Staten Island waterfront.
Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners

There is a certain queasiness to be felt every time one enters Brooklyn Bridge Park — a sense that the whole enterprise isn’t quite morally tenable.

The first two perfectly pristine phases of the park have been in operation for more than a year now. When the project is completed it will bring 76 acres of artful waterfront parkland to Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights, further glorifying neighborhoods that already house some of the most expensive and desirable real estate in the city — some of the most dramatic views and green streetscapes and tasteful citizens.

To suggest that this area needed to be made more beautiful is, in a sense, like imagining that Catherine Deneuve could have benefited from a new look in 1967.

It is never difficult to see how envy and resentment are fomented in this city: How easy it might be to feel aggrieved if, living in the dilapidated sectors of Staten Island’s North Shore, you considered Brooklyn Bridge Park and noticed that no one had come forward with a dependable offer of aesthetic enhancement for your neighborhood. “For years we’ve been watching what has been going on in Manhattan and Brooklyn,” Katie McCarthy told me when I visited a used bookstore of which she is an owner in the Tompkinsville section, “and wondered, what about us?”

Two weeks ago, though, in a deal that seemed to conclude at such a remove from public attention that Ms. McCarthy, a 30-year resident of Staten Island, was herself unaware of it, the city completed the sale of a seven-acre site on the Staten Island waterfront called Homeport. A decommissioned naval base, Homeport was turned over to the New Jersey developer Ironstate, a company that was responsible for a lot of the revitalization in Hoboken and Jersey City.

Ironstate is to invest $150 million to create a 900-unit, low-rise rental apartment complex containing 30,000 square feet of retail space. In an effort to create that great ephemeral, character, only a few of the stores will belong to national chains. The city is supplying $32 million for infrastructure improvements. Much of that will go to create an esplanade and six-acre park, allowing the Bloomberg administration to prove that it isn’t interested merely in the prettiest girl at the party.

Staten Island, of course, is the borough that so many New Yorkers regard as something to be held away, as if with a pair of tongs. It has never been cool enough, or attractive enough, or poor enough to capture the interests of the city’s liberal ruling class.

In the two decades of discussion on remaking Homeport, the city has rejected proposals (one for a Formula One racetrack) that would have turned the area into a day tripper’s pit stop, projects with the potential for further cementing Staten Island’s reputation as a place to be left.

(By the late 1980s, Mike Nichols’s film “Working Girl” had already gone a long way to making that characterization indelible. More recently, the VH1 reality series “Mob Wives” has delivered a less than favorable impression of those who remain.)

The truth is that people, or at least young people, have been leaving Staten Island over the past 20 or so years. A study released (http://www.nycfuture.org/content/articles/article_view.cfm?article_id=1285&article_type=0) this year by the public policy organization the Center for an Urban Future showed that there were about 2,000 fewer people ages 20 to 34 living on Staten Island in 2009 than there were in 1990. In 1990, that demographic represented 25.3 percent of the population, while now it represents just less than 20 percent. At the same time, the number of people older than 65 has been rising. By 2030, Staten Island is expected to have the highest percentage of senior citizens of any of the five boroughs.

Even the face of bohemianism there seems comparatively ancient. When I visited Every Thing Goes, a bookstore and cafe on Bay Street where vinyl records are sold and leftist conspiracy theories are dispensed by a bearded East Village exile manning the counter, I encountered no one younger than 50.

That Staten Island is depleting itself of young people has been a source of concern to the city, Seth W. Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, told me. The hope is that Homeport will be appealing enough and reasonable enough to retain and attract men and women in their 20s and 30s who might otherwise be inclined to move, especially to New Jersey.

Could the surrounding neighborhoods, Stapleton and Tompkinsville among them, become the next Williamsburg, as some residents have speculated? In some sense this seems as unlikely as the welcoming of a Wal-Mart on Madison Avenue. Despite Homeport’s proximity to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the neighborhood is still far away from well, Williamsburg, and the other neighborhoods in which the young and trend-setting congregate.

Perhaps even more relevant, Staten Island is not an incubator of preciousness; it seems allergic to preciousness. Before there were artisanal-cheese mongers in Williamsburg there were painters, performance artists, tattoos, eccentrics, an alternative-culture elite. Staten Island has a lower share of residents with bachelor’s degrees than any borough except the Bronx.

At the same time, though, the island’s North Shore does not conform to the borough’s clichés. (And in truth the borough on the whole has become less like its image: In 2010, 52 percent of Staten Island residents under the age of 18 were non-Hispanic whites, a drop from 73 percent 20 years earlier.) The area surrounding the Homeport site is less suburban, far less well off, less white and grungier than much of Staten Island. You will see graffiti, junkyards, abandoned cassette players and a methadone clinic a few doors down from a sleekly laid-out clothing store — elements that are catnip to a certain kind of 26-year-old.

With a monorail to Long Island City, who knows what this pocket of Staten Island could become.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/nyregion/hoping-a-project-will-lift-staten-island.html?_r=2&hp

antinimby
December 5th, 2011, 10:02 AM
If they are serious about raising the profile of this area of Staten Island then they need to come up with some kind of attraction.

Very often, you see a ton of visitors take the free ferry ride over only to turnaround and take the ferry right back to Manhattan without even stepping foot outside the terminal.

Right now there's no reason for them to.

The new condos and retail is something but they alone are not game changing. Something that should be bold, big and exciting.

What exactly that is I'll leave it to others to dream up but here are some ideas: world class aquarium, giant ferris wheel (think London Eye), casino, etc.

Derek2k3
December 5th, 2011, 03:06 PM
Back in 1997 there was this proposal by Eisenman for the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences.
http://prelectur.stanford.edu/lecturers/eisenman/simain.gif

That parking lot behind the ferry terminal is just crying out for redevelopment. The waterfront promenade and 9/11 memorial are quite well done though. A few tourists do go out and see that.

JCMAN320
December 5th, 2011, 03:55 PM
I'm sorry but Jersey City and Hoboken have the advantage of the PATH directly connecting us to NYC with NY Waterway being an option. On SI the ferry is your main option other than driving.

Also from that rendering apparently SI was in JC in 1997 ;)

eddhead
December 5th, 2011, 04:13 PM
The Express bus from Staten Islans is surprisingly convenient. North shore buses go throught the Battery via Bus Lane, and south shore lines go Thru Lincoln Tunnel to mid-town.

futurecity
February 11th, 2012, 05:55 PM
I think they should consider linking Staten Island with the city properly, i.e, make the investment for subway access to Brooklyn. The North Shore would then develop properly.

I also agree that this area could do with something like the London Eye, some kind of observation tower with a nice design for tourists.

ASchwarz
February 12th, 2012, 04:40 PM
I also agree that this area could do with something like the London Eye, some kind of observation tower with a nice design for tourists.

Something like the London Eye would be great for SI. Something original for NYC, but a destination that will give the tourists on the ferry a good reason to linger on SI.

STT757
April 8th, 2012, 09:30 AM
I think they should consider linking Staten Island with the city properly, i.e, make the investment for subway access to Brooklyn. .

Would probably be significantly more cost effective to link Staten Island to the PATH system, via a Newark airport extension. No tunnels = less money. The new Goethals Bridge being planned will have room for some sort of transit, not sure if it would be able to handle the PATH. If not then Light rail would be a good solution, one route could have the HBLRT cross over the newly raised Bayonne bridge and another could cross over the new Goethals bridge and connect with NJ Transit at Elizabeth or Newark airport.

urbanaturalist
April 11th, 2012, 09:04 AM
Would probably be significantly more cost effective to link Staten Island to the PATH system, via a Newark airport extension. No tunnels = less money. The new Goethals Bridge being planned will have room for some sort of transit, not sure if it would be able to handle the PATH. If not then Light rail would be a good solution, one route could have the HBLRT cross over the newly raised Bayonne bridge and another could cross over the new Goethals bridge and connect with NJ Transit at Elizabeth or Newark airport.

I just read an article that the Feds are reviewing the Port Authority's plan for the Bayonne Bridge which they say are ready to begin within a few months or so of approval??

So question is??? In the Port Authority's plans for the Bayonne Bridge is their space for two lanes of rail infrastructure? and 2ndly is there no pedestrian/bike access on a new bridge?? That would seem really unfortunate if the Port Authority, along with NJ and NY didn't try and take advantage of this opportunity and put in rail and pedestrian/bike access on this bridge connecting to SI to NJ and beyond..............that would be pitiful actually IMHO.

Nexis4Jersey
April 11th, 2012, 10:41 AM
Theres a walkway on the Bayonne bridge , 1000s use it daily....

urbanaturalist
April 11th, 2012, 11:21 AM
Theres a walkway on the Bayonne bridge , 1000s use it daily....

*zooms in on Bayonne Bridge on Google Earths, notices walking path next to the roadway* :rolleyes:

Wells that's great.......so it can be assumed they'll definitely have a pedestrian/bike path....so then my 2nd question do they have a train plan or at least adding space for rail tracks on the bridge?? I don't see any articles saying so??

Nexis4Jersey
April 12th, 2012, 06:26 AM
*zooms in on Bayonne Bridge on Google Earths, notices walking path next to the roadway* :rolleyes:

Wells that's great.......so it can be assumed they'll definitely have a pedestrian/bike path....so then my 2nd question do they have a train plan or at least adding space for rail tracks on the bridge?? I don't see any articles saying so??

Theres some room on both sides of the roadway....the whole deck would need to be replaced if they added trains. But then again in my opinion the whole bridge needs to go , its outdated ,and dangerous.

EastMillinocket
May 2nd, 2012, 10:24 PM
I doubt that walkway on "Bayonne Bridge" is used by thousands. I walked over it on the weekend once and only met one or two people along the way. Bayonne Bridge connects two low-density areas of SI and NJ.

Nexis4Jersey
May 3rd, 2012, 08:22 AM
Bayonne isn't low density , its medium density , so is the North shore....maybe a few hundred a day use it , i guess 1000s is a stretch...

antinimby
June 26th, 2012, 05:54 PM
There is actually talk of building a giant Ferris Wheel near the ferry terminal.


City eyes world's biggest Ferris wheel for Staten Island

Published: Monday, June 25, 2012 (http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2012/06/city_eyes_worlds_biggest_ferri.html), 9:14 PM Updated: Monday, June 25, 2012, 9:48 PM

By Jillian Jorgensen/Staten Island Advance
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View full size (http://media.silive.com/northshore/photo/eyejpg-a52876e9c4bc276f.jpg) Associated Press photoThe London Eye Ferris wheel,
shown here, would be dwarfed by one that could be built on Staten Island.


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When asked what might lead tourists on the Staten Island Ferry to spend a little time here, the world’s largest Ferris wheel might not be the first thing that comes to mind.

But it just might do the trick.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation is in heavy negotiations with a company to build a giant observation wheel — bigger than famous tourist attraction the London Eye and the world’s largest wheel, the Singapore Flyer — on a parcel near the ferry terminal, the Advance has learned.

The wheel would top out at more than 600 feet, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. And it’s just part of possible plans for 14 acres of city-owned waterfront property that could also include high-end outlet shopping.

The EDC put out a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the two sites near the ferry last August, but wouldn’t comment today on the specifics of what is being considered for the locations. 

‘COMPELLING RESPONSE’ 
“We received several compelling responses to the RFEI and are in active negotiations with multiple respondents as we work toward unlocking the significant economic development potential of these two important sites on Staten Island’s North Shore,” NYCEDC spokesman Kyle Sklerov told the Advance tonight. 

PARKING PRESERVED 
The two sites are currently used as parking lots for the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, and the St. George Ferry Terminal. But baseball lovers and ferry commuters, fear not: The RFEI calls for all publicly available parking to be replaced during the development, and for new parking to be added, if necessary.

The parcel where the Ferris wheel is being considered is located between the Postcards Memorial and Jersey Street. The other parcel put out for an RFEI, is closer to the ferry terminal, located between it and the ballpark. For that site, upscale shopping outlets have been proposed by another company, and would be built on a platform above a parking lot, according to the source.

The towering wheel proposed for the waterfront would be designed in the same vein as giants like the London Eye, 443 feet tall, and the Singapore Flyer, which is the tallest at 541 feet. Both are very popular tourist attractions.

The London Eye (or the EDF Energy London Eye, as it’s currently named for a corporate sponsor) is located on the banks of the Thames River, and boasts 32 air-conditioned passenger capsules, each of which can carry 25 people. A trip around the wheel takes about 30 minutes, and the wheel doesn’t stop — riders step into the gondolas as they move, like a ski lift.

Capsules are available to rent for private parties — including a wedding package that allows the bride, groom and 19 guests to take two consecutive rides and pop a bottle of champagne on the way down.

Standard adult tickets are 15 pounds sterling (around $23). If you want to skip the lines — and aren’t sure what day you want to visit — a priority boarding flexible ticket costs 31.50 pounds (approximately $49). Those who want a longer ride and a drink can opt for the 40 Pound Vinopolis Wine Tasting Experience ($62) — an hourlong ride that features five wine tastings.

The Singapore Flyer takes the gourmet Ferris wheel experience even further, offering full butler sky dining for $299 a couple — that pays for two rotations, or about an hourlong ride; and four courses of food with dessert, coffee and tea served in the capsule. The current menu offers a chicken, fish, lamb and vegetarian option for the main courses, and an Oreo cheesecake for dessert. Wine pairings cost extra.

Both of those wheels attract millions of tourists annually — the London Eye carries 3.5 million visitors a year. The wheel here could have a built-in audience: The Staten Island Ferry carries 2 million tourists annually, most of whom get back on the boat without spending any time in the borough.

© 2012 SILive.com

Derek2k3
June 29th, 2012, 01:54 AM
Maybe someone at EDC was reading this thread...



I actually think the best place for a Ferris wheel would be by Brooklyn Bridge Park just north of the Manhattan Bridge. This would have the most stunning and comprehensive views of the city.


As for SI:

Considering the site is near the gateway of one of the greatest harbors in the world and provides great views of the ocean, maybe a beacon-like observation tower with a large restaurant would better serve tourists and residents. Coincidentally the Lighthouse Museum is trying to open up nearby. http://lighthousemuseum.org/

Maybe a museum/retail component and tower could work like the Trylon and Perisphere.
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Anyway this idea isn't bad. This is the 4th proposal for a giant ferris wheel in the city so let's see where it goes.

urbanaturalist
August 3rd, 2012, 04:18 PM
16079

^^ Just amazes me that a few billion dollars hasn't been made available to complete or redo the tunnel subway line in all these decades.....its only around 1 mile :(........... amazing.

Since there is no pedestrian/bike connection to Brooklyn, a parallel tunnel (secure with lights, etc) should be built to connect the two boroughs, throw in some sliding sidewalks going in both directions too.....

Is that asking for to much???? :rolleyes:

Part of what makes me say this as well is that fact that Bloomberg wants studio apartments to be under 400 square feet which is a decent size shoebox, but under 400 feet it becomes a mouse hole (I've lived in a studio). I understand that there is pressure to build more units, but young single professionals or couples shouldn't have to live like squatters.....opening up Staten Island via subway rail connection to Brooklyn would create more viable opportunity for housing developments, lowering costs across the city and increasing units. Besides, zoning neighborhooods for taller buildings, obtaining the last waterfront properties, and building air rights over RRs and highways. Staten Island is the Wild Wild South West for the city that can add 100s of thousands of residents comfortably with a "simple" tunnel subway" (w/ parallel pedestrian/bike tunnel) connection.

;)

Merry
December 20th, 2012, 07:56 AM
In Detail> P.S. 62

SOM has broken ground on the first net-zero school east of the Mississippi on Staten Island.

by Aaron Seward

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Roof-mounted PV panels will produce all of the school's energy over the course of the year. Courtesy SOM

Ground has been broken on what will be the first net-zero public school east of the Mississippi. Situated on a modest L-shaped site in the quiet residential stretches of southern Staten Island, P.S. 62 will offer students and local residents a glimpse of what the architecture of the future may resemble. Designed by SOM in collaboration with sustainability consultancy In:Posse and CASE (Center for Architecture, Science & Ecology, a research and development program operated jointly by SOM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), the project will make use of nearly every arrow in the quiver of sustainability, blending them thoughtfully to create a building that will not only be easy on the environment, but will also be educational.

P.S. 62 is the brainchild of Bruce Barrett, vice president of architecture and engineering at the New York City School Construction Authority. She (yes, Bruce is a woman) had the idea of building a school that would be 50 percent more energy efficient than the minimum required by Local Law 86. The law mandates that projects that receive city money must be built to be 30 percent more efficient than the standards set by ASHRAE 90.1, which itself sets a pretty high bar for efficiency. On top of this ambitious efficiency goal, Barrett also thought that the project should, over the course of the year, produce as much energy as it consumes—thus becoming a net zero energy user.



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The net zero standard had its effect on the architectural design. “This is not a formal design exercise,” explained SOM design partner Roger Duffy. “This is really an apparatus, a scientific apparatus that is also attractive, formally speaking.”

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East elevation.

To hit its energy efficiency target, the design team, which included lighting design firm Brandston Partnership, focused on establishing ideal solar orientation, maximizing daylight on the interior and creating a tightly sealed envelope. The two-story, 66,000-square-foot building’s rectangular plan faces its narrower walls roughly north and south, while the long walls face east and west.

The team restricted glazing to 30 percent of the envelope. On the south face—which receives the most sun—the fenestration is expressed in two horizontal strips for each of the two floors, an upper clerestory window and a lower vision window. The windows are operable, well shaded by overhanging eaves, and treated with light diffusing material to reduce glare. The north side features traditional punch windows. Elsewhere in the project, indirect daylight is transmitted via skylights through double-height atriums and interior windows to illuminate as much of the interior as possible. Through these measures daylight provides 90 percent of necessary light to the south side spaces, 60 percent to the north, and between 50 percent and 75 percent to the interstitial spaces, such as the cafeteria and gymnasium.



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SOURCES:

MEP Engineering
AKF Group (http://akfgroup.com)
Lighting Design
Brandston Partnership (http://brandston.com)
Graphics and Data Visualiztion
Pentagram (http://pentagram.com)


Daylight will flood interior corridors (left). Wall sections (center).



The building envelope itself is a high-performance, precast concrete rain screen system. In order to provide the tightest seal possible, the precast panels, which feature an irregularly undulating pattern that breaks up the building’s mass, span from the foundation to the roof, a distance of some 60 feet, without any intermediate connection to the structure. This move avoided the necessity for penetrations through the building’s insulation and vapor barrier thus providing as airtight a building enclosure as possible.

Most of the energy generated on site will come from a photovoltaic (PV) panel-wrapper that rises up across the south facade and covers the roof. Researchers at CASE conducted an efficiency study to determine the best profile for the wrapper as well as the optimal angle for the PV panels themselves. They determined that a combination of flat panels and panels sloped between 20 degrees and 40 degrees would produce the optimal amount of electricity for the site. They also determined that they could maximize the number of panels that the roof could accommodate by combining sloped and flat surfaces, as opposed to a single slope. The resulting design takes these considerations into account as well as the mandates of local zoning regulations and height restrictions.

The exact amount of energy that the PV array will produce is not yet known. The technology of PV panels is evolving rapidly. As a result, the designers decided to delay procurement until the moment when the panels will be required for construction. They estimate, however that over the course of one year, the PV array will produce approximately 1.9 million kBtu of energy, enough to offset the anticipated energy use of the building.

A stellar example of sustainable design, P.S. 62 will actively educate its users about how the way they use the building affects its energy consumption. A system of interactive displays placed throughout the building will supply real-time data about energy use and energy production. So if a student turns on or off a light, or opens or closes a window, the consequences of those actions on the consumption of electricity will be made absolutely clear.

http://www.archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=6416

urbanaturalist
April 9th, 2013, 04:32 PM
*conducts chest compressions on thread*

Ok......breathe a tad bit of life here...

I actually mentioned two posts up that a tunnel with bicycles/pedestrian access parallel to a subway tunnel from BK to SI would be a great investment......but this idea at least as far as bike/pedestrian is even better and a hell of a lot cheaper...........

Interesting....................................... ......



Cyclists push for Verrazano bike lane • The Brooklyn Paper (http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/36/14/all_verrazanobike_2013_04_05_bk.html)

April 5, 2013 / Brooklyn news / Bay Ridge
Cyclists push for Verrazano bike laneBy Natalie Musumeci
The Brooklyn Paper


Getting to Staten Island won’t require as many wheels as it used to if a group of cycling advocates gets its way.

Pedal-pushers are pushing to add a bike and pedestrian path to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, a vital motorist-only connection between Brooklyn and Staten Island that currently boasts 12 lanes for cars and none for velocipedes.

“Support of the path would provide a much needed toll-free option that would benefit the health, emergency access, and economic viability of neighboring communities,” activists wrote on a Change.org petition put up by a steering committee for Harbor Ring, a proposed 50-mile route for walkers and bicyclists that would connect the waterfronts encircling New York Harbor.

More than 28 miles of the route is already in place due to existing paths and bikeways, but one critical missing link is the 49-year-old bridge, claim advocates who believe a Verrazano path is a much-needed connection between the two boroughs.

“We are well past the notion that cars are the only way to get around,” said Harbor Ring committee member and Cobble Hill resident Dave Paco Abraham. “It’s a matter of fairness to the people who either can’t afford a car or simply do not have a car.”

The bike boosters — backed by cycling advocacy group Transportation Alternatives and Regional Plan Association — are calling on Gov. Cuomo to hop onboard their proposal for a lane running across the 4,260-foot span.

They’re not the first people to call for a bike path across the bridge: the Department of City Planning commissioned a 1997 feasibility study by Verrazano engineers Ammann & Whitney, who determined that a route could be built without removing a single lane of automotive traffic.

But building a platform between the suspension cables — not unlike the Brooklyn Bridge’s bustling pedestrian and cycling area — wouldn’t be cheap. The study estimated a total build-out at $26.5 million.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — the agency that operates the Verrazano — said a cycling route was never part of the original plan for the bridge, despite rumors of the contrary, and noted that transit planners are considering conducting their own feasibility study, which would not begin until 2014 or later.

“MTA Bridges and Tunnels is considering this issue as part of a future Belt Parkway ramp reconstruction project,” said spokeswoman Judie Glave.

The bridge is only open to bikers and bipeds twice per year: once for the Five Boro Bike Tour and again during the New York City Marathon.

Abraham, who savors crossing the bridge on his two-wheeler during the bike tour, said that he can tell from the way photo-snapping cyclists react when they hit the bridge that a year-round pathway would be a big attraction.

“This could be a huge boost to New York City on a tourism level,” said the avid bike rider. “You can see sweeping views of all of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, of Brooklyn, of New Jersey — it’s really just breathtaking.”

Bike backers gathered 924 signatures as press time, but not everyone is gung-ho for a walking and biking route over the Narrows.

“It’s sheer unadulterated idiocy,” said Community Board 10 member and driving advocate Allen Bortnik, who fears car lanes would be affected. “There are certain places bike lanes do not belong — it is a major thoroughfare.”



This project would be huge in scope on many levels.......but, the price tag seems ridiculously reasonable............

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Merry
April 28th, 2013, 09:42 AM
A Borough Seeks the Spotlight

By RONDA KAYSEN

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The decommissioned Homeport naval base will become home to a mixed-use development
overlooking New York Harbor, with housing and shops.

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The project, along with another on the site of decaying 19th-century lighthouse depot
buildings, above, is part of a major plan to revamp Staten Island's North Shore.

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Among the recent additions is the pearl-colored luxury condominium Accolade at 90 Bay Street Landing.


The 19th-century buildings at the former lighthouse service depot on the North Shore of Staten Island are in such a state of decay that tree branches reach out of the dormer windows. But the city hopes this abandoned site, which dates to the French and Indian War, will soon re-emerge as a bustling urban center with shops, restaurants, a hotel and housing.

The lighthouse area, which was abandoned by the Coast Guard in the 1960s, is one target of an ambitious redevelopment plan for downtown Staten Island. Nearly $1 billion in private investment is expected to pour into the North Shore around the Staten Island Ferry terminal over the next decade, bringing the borough the world’s tallest Ferris wheel (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/worlds-tallest-ferris-wheel-planned-for-staten-island/), an outlet mall, and rentals and condominiums. In June, developers will break ground on a sprawling residential development on the site of a former naval base in the Stapleton neighborhood, a mile and a half south of the terminal.

“We really believe that this is a transformational moment for the North Shore of Staten Island,” said Seth W. Pinsky, the president of the city’s Economic Development Corporation. “Staten Island is entering into a golden age.”

This next phase of development is intended to persuade two groups to stay on Staten Island: the 1.5 million tourists who arrive by ferry each year only to turn around and immediately return to Manhattan, and young Staten Islanders, who have been leaving for decades. Between 1990 and 2009, Staten Island has lost 2,000 residents ages 20 to 34, resulting in a nearly 6 percent decline among that population group, according to a report by the Center for an Urban Future (http://nycfuture.org/research/publications/staten-island-then-and-now). Developers hope the new apartments will entice more homegrown Staten Islanders to stay, and maybe even draw residents from elsewhere.

Much of the private and public investment along the waterfront was committed even before parts of Staten Island were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Last September the city unveiled plans for a 625-foot-tall Ferris wheel, an outlet mall, and a 200-room hotel to rise within steps of the ferry terminal. A month later, after the storm devastated the island’s eastern shore, the city reaffirmed its commitment to the North Shore. “Now more than ever we need to focus on energizing the economy of Staten Island,” Mr. Pinsky said.

The city has been zeroed in on the North Shore for the last decade, investing more than $200 million in public funds on a restoration of the ferry terminal and the nearby waterfront among other projects. Still, despite the terminal and the waterfront ballpark for the minor-league Staten Island Yankees, the area remains a disjointed hodgepodge of government buildings, bodegas, liquor stores and dollar stores.

At the lighthouse depot, which will be reinvented as Lighthouse Point (http://triangleequities.com/lighthouse-point.html), the crumbling 19th-century buildings overlook a newly restored waterfront plaza steps from the ferry terminal. By the end of the year, the developer Triangle Equities hopes to begin construction on 53,000 square feet of retail there. As part of the $250 million plan, the developer will restore some of the historic buildings, adding a 164-room hotel and 96 housing units.

Subterranean storage vaults will eventually house restaurants and shops. The brick-lined vaults “are very cool,” said Elysa Goldman, the director of development for Triangle Equities. “They have a lot of character. It just lends itself to a winery or a cheese shop or a coffee shop.”

The city, which still owns two of the buildings at the lighthouse site, has requested proposals from developers to use one for a nonprofit organization, possibly as a new home for the National Lighthouse Museum. (There are no immediate plans for the other.)

Drawing young people to Staten Island may take some work, as the area has a decidedly unhip reputation. But with housing prices high in markets like Hoboken, N.J., and Brooklyn, young commuters may take a second look at the North Shore, which is a 25-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan.

“I’ve been calling Staten Island the last development frontier for some time,” said Donald A. Capoccia, a managing principal of BFC Partners, which is developing the outlet mall on the site of a parking lot near the ferry terminal.

In June, Ironstate Development of Hoboken will break ground on a mixed-use development on Homeport, a 35-acre decommissioned Naval base overlooking the New York Harbor. The first $140 million phase will include two buildings with 27,000 square feet of retail space and 571 rental units, a swimming pool, garden and gym. Rents will range from $1,200 a month, for a studio, to $2,600 a month for a two-bedroom. As part of the New Stapleton Waterfront Development project, the city is investing $33 million in an esplanade, a waterfront park and infrastructure. Ironstate hopes to draw young professionals from Staten Island and south Brooklyn.

“Staten Island is losing a lot of young people because there are no options to attract them,” said David Barry, the president of Ironstate Development, which has developed properties in Hoboken and Jersey City. “You can’t have old housing stock and expect to attract your best and brightest.”

Developments newly available for purchase in downtown Staten Island have been selling well, said Jacqueline Urgo, the president of the Marketing Directors, which is marketing two properties in the area for the developer Meadow Partners.

The Pointe, a 57-unit luxury condo in St. George, is 90 percent sold, with most of the buyers coming from elsewhere on Staten Island. Prices ranged from $365,000, for a one-bedroom, to $495,000 for a two-bedroom. “Sales really surpassed our expectations,” Ms. Urgo said.

Meadow Partners will begin marketing another full-service luxury condo, the rebranded Accolade at 90 Bay Street Landing. The developer anticipates that prices will start at $275,000, for a studio, and exceed $1 million for a penthouse.

Despite the prospect of a $1 million condo, the North Shore still lacks amenities like high-end grocery stores or boutique shopping. And it continues to suffer from a punishing reputation. But residents, developers and city officials see an eventual end to both problems.

“People all over the country know Staten Island,” said Frank Rizzo, the broker/owner of Cornerstone Realty Partners. “It might be the butt of their jokes, but they’re talking about it. Now it’s our time to say: ‘No, you don’t know Staten Island. Here’s what we are.’ ”

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/realestate/north-shore-staten-island-borough-seeks-the-spotlight.html?partner=socialflow&smid=tw-nytmetro&_r=0

Merry
May 22nd, 2013, 05:26 AM
Here Now, the SHoP-Designed Outlet Mall Coming to S.I.

by Jessica Dailey

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Staten Island is preparing for its very own megaproject (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2012/09/27/its_official_staten_island_to_get_worlds_largest_f erris_wheel.php), the centerpiece of which is a 625-foot-tall observation wheel (http://ny.curbed.com/tags/staten-island-observation-wheel), but the bulk of the development will be a 1,000,000-square-foot outlet mall and entertainment complex designed by firm-of-the-moment, SHoP Architects. Both the mall and the wheel (they have different developers) enter the six-month review process today, and BFC Partners released a slew of new renderings showing the design of the complex, know as the Empire Outlets. Green roofs abound on the multi-tiered project, which will host 125 stores in 340,000-square-feet of retail, plus restaurants and a 200-room hotel.

Cuozzo of the Post (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/realestate/commercial/berg_adding_space_9OlunH9pW9Z36hWInqBGAP) reports that several high-end retailers showed interest in the development, to rise close to the St. George Ferry terminal, during the ICSC conference in Las Vegas.

Supposedly reps from Coach, Restoration Hardware, Michael Kors, Nordstrom Rack, and Brooks Bros. all showed interest in BFC's presentation of the Empire Outlets. The developer wouldn't discuss specifics, but they made clear that not all brands are welcome in the retail space: "We actually have had to turn some people away because we want a certain brand level. There are outlets and there are outlets."

The project is estimated to cost between $250 and $275 million, and if all goes as planned, it will be complete in 2016.

EXCLUSIVE: First look at Staten Island's Empire Outlets (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/exclusive_first_look_at_staten_island_5nyjnRIHqRbb H36BO8HYBL) [NYP]
Bloomberg Adding Space (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/realestate/commercial/berg_adding_space_9OlunH9pW9Z36hWInqBGAP) [NYP]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/05/21/here_now_the_shopdesigned_outlet_mall_coming_to_si .php#more

Merry
June 15th, 2013, 01:08 AM
65 Acres of Staten Island's South Shore Set For Development

by Jessica Dailey

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A story in today's Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324188604578543551764370488.html) highlights just how differently things are developed in Staten Island compared to Manhattan or Brooklyn. A development plan for 65 acres of city-owned land on the borough's South Shore is currently making its way through the public-approval process. The proposal comes from the city's Economic Development Corporation (http://www.nycedc.com/project/charleston-mixed-use-development), and it calls for a retail center, public library, new park, senior housing, and a new school. A plan this large is sure to incite cries for affordable housing, no big box stores, and more public amenities, no? Not here in Charleston. "Some people in the area who ride their horses across the land had objections." But most concerns have been allayed, and miraculously, everyone seems pretty pleased with the plan (mind you, it's been in the works since 2002).

The the project (shown in red on the site image) is expect to being construction this fall, and the financing system is unique for a city development. To build the first retail portion, 11 acres are being sold to a private developer (a joint venture by Guido Passarelli & Sons and Blumenfeld Development Group) for $7.5 million. This money will pay for the environmental impact study the city completed, and $2 million of it will go toward construction of the library. The senior housing and school will be part of the second phase, to be complete by 2020, while the first phase will include a 20-acre conservation area and 23-acre park, which, naturally, will have a horse-friendly trail system.

On the Move on Staten Island's South Shore (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324188604578543551764370488.html) [WSJ]
Charleston Mixed-Used Development (http://www.nycedc.com/project/charleston-mixed-use-development) [EDC]
NYCEDC and Borough President Molinaro Announce Plans to Jumpstart Development of 58-Acre Site in Charleston, Staten Island (http://www.nycedc.com/press-release/nycedc-and-borough-president-molinaro-announce-plans-jumpstart-development-58-acre) [nyc.gov]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/06/14/65_acres_of_staten_islands_south_shore_set_for_dev elopment.php

EastMillinocket
July 2nd, 2013, 12:14 PM
Staten Island has a new police station, and it's shaped like a stapler.
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130702/graniteville/new-nypd-precinct-opens-staten-island#slideshow_modal_slot_1

mariab
February 18th, 2014, 08:27 PM
This is big for SI, especially when you hear about so many places across the area like the correctional center standing there abandoned for decades. I really hope this happens.

I'm skeptical though, at the low $20M price tag for such a project.

Broadway Stages to turn Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island into $20M movie backlot

The state prison closed in 2011. Officials say the property will be turned into a 69-acre studio for making movies, TV shows and music videos and is expected to create up to 1,500 jobs.


By Bill Hutchinson (http://wirednewyork.com/authors?author=Bill Hutchinson) / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:35 PM



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The Arthur Kill Correctional Facility, which once housed more than 900 prisoners, will now play host to the stars when it's redeveloped into a 69-acre movie studio.




Hollywood is coming to Staten Island.
The old Arthur Kill prison will be turned into a $20 million movie backlot with five state-of-the-art sound stages to lure top filmmakers, officials announced Tuesday.
Broadway Stages plans to create a 69-acre mecca for making movies, TV shows and music videos. “We are looking forward to expanding on Staten Island and transforming Arthur Kill into a world class production facility,” said Broadway stages president Gina Argento.

Broadway Stages already operates studios in Brooklyn and Queens, boasting a total of 27 sound stages. The Staten Island project is expected to create up to 1,500 high-paying jobs over the next five years, officials said.
Broadway Stages has agreed to purchase the state-owned site on Staten Island’s West Shore for $7 million and invest $20 million in private funds to build the studio, officials said.

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1619045.1392769256!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/layout1.jpgBroadway Stages plans to build five state-of-the-art soundstages at the former prison at Staten Island. “Reinvesting in properties like this is one of many ways to bolster the economic development of the Island and craft a new perception of our borough,” said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo.


The Arthur Kill Correctional Facility, which once housed more than 900 prisoners, was closed in December 2011.
Kenneth Adams, commissioner of the Empire State Development Corp., said he couldn’t think of better use for a defunct prison. “For a long time, New York’s economic development strategy included keeping empty prisons open as job factories at the expense of taxpayers, but those days are over,” Adams said. “In the last three years, the state has closed nine prisons, allowing us to cut taxes, reduce spending and create new economic opportunities in the local communities,” Adams said.

The plan still requires public approval and is subject to contract negotiations. Argento said that within six months of closing on the deal, the company will make a portion of the facility available for film use. The rest of the project is expected to be completed in two years.

“Reinvesting in properties like this is one of many ways to bolster the economic development of the Island and craft a new perception of our borough,” said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo.
State Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), who lobbied Gov. Cuomo to bring a film studio to Staten Island, said the Broadway Stages project will help the borough “compete with the rest of the city.”
The Arthur Kill prison is no stranger to Hollywood. Scenes from the 2009 movie “Tenderness” — starring Russell Crowe — were filmed there.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/20m-plan-convert-s-prison-movie-lot-article-1.1619048#ixzz2tj7OBNp5

Merry
April 6th, 2014, 02:53 AM
Staten Island's Farm Colony Faces Development After Decay

by Nathan Kensinger (http://ny.curbed.com/authors/nathan-kensinger)

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The New York City Farm Colony, a popular destination for photographers and graffiti artists, has been marked for development after decades of decay. All photos by Nathan Kensinger (http://kensinger.blogspot.com/).

As springtime slowly returns to the city, one of Staten Island's most popular destinations is again showing signs of life. At the New York City Farm Colony, a 70-acre campus of abandoned, crumbling buildings, herds of wintering deer will soon be replaced by this season's visitors. Photographers, paintballers, graffiti artists, ghost hunters and other curiosity seekers have made this their playground for nearly 40 years, climbing through gaping holes in the surrounding chain-link fence to explore its century-old dormitories. But this may be one of their last chances to visit the old Farm Colony.

In October 2013, the NYCEDC and James Oddo, Staten Island's current Borough President, announced plans (http://www.nycedc.com/press-release/nycedc-and-council-member-oddo-announce-plans-transform-historic-46-acre-site-brielle) to develop 46 acres of this campus, transforming it from "the densest concentration of derelict structures anywhere in the five boroughs" into the Landmark Colony—a senior citizen complex with 300 new residential units, which will be constructed in 2016. Five of the eleven buildings still standing at the Farm Colony will be rehabilitated as part of this plan, under the supervision of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which designated this a Historic District (http://nycnpc.org/designation_reports/index.php?action=detail&resource_id=1230) in 1985. Several of the remaining buildings will be demolished.

The city has tried to lure developers to this area since at least 1988 with no success. In the interim, it has condemned a significant piece of New York's past to demolition-by-neglect. With roots tracing back to 1829, the Farm Colony has a long and colorful history (http://kensinger.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-york-city-farm-colony.html), which includes its slow evolution from a poor house where inmates worked the land to pay for room and board, into a massive old-folks home with 1,700 residents, and finally into a lawless wilderness, left to rot since 1975. And now, as it is returned to its former life as a refuge for the elderly, the Farm Colony's current entropic era will end, erasing one of New York City's most unique landscapes.

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The Farm Colony campus is located just a few feet away from several Staten Island residential neighborhoods. Its ruined buildings are visible from the street.

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The wreckage is a lure to many curious visitors. This group of photographers had read about the campus online, and planned to put their photos up on Instagram.

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Paintballers have built an elaborate battlefield in front of the graffiti-covered Insane Pavilion, a building which dates back to 1910.

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The Dining Hall and Kitchen Building, built in 1914, is one of the five buildings that will be rehabilitated during the upcoming construction.

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The interior of the Dining Hall is still relatively intact, with most ceilings and floors still in place. Many of its windows and staircases, though, have completely rotted away.

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Men's Dormitory 1 & 2 was opened in 1904, and is one of the oldest structures at the Farm Colony. Like several of the older dormitories on the campus, it may be demolished.

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The building's interior is completely gutted, with no roof, floors, or support. Trees, shrubs and vines have taken root. Two of these ruined dormitories will be "stabilized and preserved in their current state," according to the NYCEDC, "to anchor extensive gardens."

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Women's Dormitory 5 & 6, built between 1910 and 1912, may also be demolished, despite being in somewhat better condition than earlier structures.

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The second floor of the Women's Dormitory is missing most of its roof and floor, but window frames, tile work, and staircases are still in place.

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The most stable structures at the farm colony are Dormitories A, B, C, and D, which were built in 1931 to house Staten Island's elderly, impoverished residents.

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These dormitories still contain hundreds of individual cubicles. When the Farm Colony was closed down in 1975, residents were moved to across the street to Seaview Hospital.

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The interiors of these four dormitories are still in relatively good condition, despite layers of graffiti, dirt, and debris. The buildings still have floors and roofs, and could be stabilized and renovated, with some effort.

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However, after decades of exposure to the elements, it is hard to picture a new generation of elderly Staten Islanders moving back into the same cubicles of their predecessors.

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These cubicles look out over a former parkland, complete with destroyed benches and obscured walking paths. The Landmark Colony would create a new outdoor space, including an amphitheater.

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In the meantime, the Farm Colony campus continues its unchecked evolution into an urban wilderness, as it approaches the 40th anniversary of its abandonment.

Nathan Kensinger (http://kensinger.blogspot.com/) [Official]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/04/04/staten_islands_farm_colony_faces_development_after _decay.php#comment-1584502

Merry
April 18th, 2014, 03:49 AM
Check Out SOM's Mindboggling, $70 Million Net Zero School

by Hana R. Alberts

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(http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/534e83d3f92ea172b40057b2/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-16%20at%208.54.29%20AM.png) [Holy solar panels, Batman. The school is located on a 3.5-acre lot near the Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve (http://nysparks.com/parks/166/details.aspx).]

Staten Island's planned "net zero" school, which was announced (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/02/24/staten_island_getting_somdesigned_zero_energy_scho ol.php) in 2011 and broke ground in 2012, is taking shape. With P.S. 62 slated to open in the fall of 2015, housing 444 pre-K through fifth-grade students, exciting (and very technical) details about the $70 million, 68,680-square-foot project have emerged via architecture powerhouse (http://ny.curbed.com/tags/skidmore-owings-and-merrill) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which has renderings (http://www.som.com/projects/ps62_net_zero_energy_school) and details (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/04/16/ps62_net_zero_energy_school__sustainable_design) posted on its website. The Wall Street Journal dove into the nitty-gritty (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303532704579481710893597826?mod=rs s_newyork_real_estate&mg=reno64-wsj&cb=logged0.23963281861506402) of the energy-saving design and amenities. The school "will produce at least as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year, and possibly even be able to sell energy back to the grid." That's made a reality by several measures: a football field-sized array of more than 2,000 solar panels; a wind turbine, "energy-generating exercise equipment"; LED lights with motion sensors; skylights as another light source; and special kitchen equipment and HVAC systems. Get this: geothermal wells will take advantage of 50-degree groundwater year-round, using it to help heat and cool the building. N.B.: The whole shebang made attendees at a sustainable schools conference (http://gbdmagazine.com/2013/22-nyc-department-education/) "erupt in audible gasps."

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As per SOM, here's some archibabble (http://www.som.com/projects/ps62_net_zero_energy_school): "SOM optimized the orientation and massing of the courtyard-shaped building to take advantage of sunlight for both ample daylighting and photovoltaic arrays on the roof and south facade. Other sustainable and low-energy features incorporated in the design include an ultra-tight high-performance building envelope, daylit offset corridors, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, low-energy kitchen equipment, a greenhouse and vegetable garden, a geo-exchange system, energy recovery ventilators and demand-control ventilation, and a solar thermal system for hot water."
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The north facade.

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The south facade.

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The building's windows are being very specially planned. Back to some archibabble from SOM (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/04/16/ps62_net_zero_energy_school__sustainable_design); see through the jargon and grasp that access to light is crucial here: "Horizontal deep-set clerestory and vision windows on the school's south facades will shade the glass from solar heat gain while providing panoramic views. Vertically spanning precast rainscreen panels on the east, west, and north facades form a very tight enclosure to help minimize air infiltration. SOM optimized the building orientation by placing all classrooms and other learning spaces on either the north or south side. Double-height, offset corridors with skylights and open stairs offer ample daylight and promote intuitive circulation throughout the building. All supplementary lighting fixtures will have dimming and daylight harvesting capabilities."

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In addition, SOM has outfitted the school with high-tech science labs, plus (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303532704579481710893597826?mod=rs s_newyork_real_estate&mg=reno64-wsj&cb=logged0.23963281861506402) "a walkway with educational way stations on energy conservation and a greenhouse and vegetable garden that will furnish some of the cafeteria food."

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This is an example of an energy dashboard display for the kitchen and cafeteria.

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According to SOM (http://www.som.com/projects/ps62_net_zero_energy_school), the "design will offer an energy-use reduction of 50% over a SCA [School Construction Authority] standard public school."

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Part of the net-zero goal will be getting the kids involved. Flat-screen monitors will be scattered around the school, which will show (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303532704579481710893597826?mod=rs s_newyork_real_estate&mg=reno64-wsj&cb=logged0.23963281861506402) "the current energy usage in each classroom intended to create a friendly competition among the students about which classes are saving more energy. Math and science teachers will be encouraged to work this data into their instruction."

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Building a School Replaces Its Used Energy (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303532704579481710893597826?mod=rs s_newyork_real_estate&mg=reno64-wsj&cb=logged0.23963281861506402) [WSJ]
P.S. 62 Net Zero Energy School (http://www.som.com/projects/ps62_net_zero_energy_school) [SOM]
P.S. 62 Net Zero Energy School – Sustainable Design (http://www.som.com/projects/ps62_net_zero_energy_school__sustainable_design) [SOM]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/04/16/check_out_soms_mindboggling_70_million_net_zero_sc hool.php