St. George

Located on the northeastern tip of Staten Island, St. George is the most densely developed and diverse neighborhood in Staten Island. Positioned where the Kill Van Kull enters the New York Bay, this neighborhood is known for being the administrative center of the borough, the central hub for transportation, and Staten Island’s downtown area. The area provides the perfect balance of culture, arts and history and is currently undergoing a “renaissance” of revitalization and renewal.

St. George offers quick access to Manhattan via the Staten Island Ferry and other areas of the borough via Staten Island Rapid Transit or bus service. For commuters who drive, a quick ride over the Verrazano Bridge will take you to Brooklyn or Manhattan.

There are many housing options in the St. George area. Historic Victorian and Colonial homes and apartments residing in pre-war buildings add the perfect balance of history and culture among newly constructed homes and apartments.
Offering a wide variety of restaurants, it is not uncommon to find authentic-themed restaurants, classic steakhouses, wine bars, coffee shops and tapas bars only blocks away from one another.

120 Bay Café

120 Bay Café

Formerly known as Cargo Café, 120 Bay Café is located in St. George at 120 Bay Street. A short walk from the Staten Island Ferry brings you to this eclectic eatery which offers a pub grub menu, full bar and vibe full of “lotta peace, lotta love, lotta interesting things.” The atmosphere is described as casual, as a partially open kitchen, main dining room with bar, and back room used for dining and entertaining allow for plenty of socialization, eating, drinking and hanging out. With a warm and welcoming bar scene and even weekly game nights, 120 Bay Café is known as a fun and funky “locals place” and one of St. George’s nightspots.

For more information, call 718-273-7770.

The Accolade Condos

Located at 90 Bay Street Landing in the heart of St. George, The Accolade consists of a limited collection of luxury condos. The 100 unit building offers a combination of studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condominiums. These condominiums are currently for sale and offer elegance, convenience, extraordinary amenities and stunning views. Their prime location in downtown St. George and near the Staten Island Ferry and Verrazano Bridge make them an appealing and convenient choice.

Located in a gated community called Bay Street Landing, The Accolade Condos offers many amenities, including a private lounge with a bar, private dining room and catering services, a golf simulator, children’s playroom, pet spa, and fitness center (to name a few). Bay Street Landing offers amenities such as tennis courts, a picnic area, children’s playground, and a dog run. There is on-site parking, an attended lobby and snow removal and landscaping services are also provided.

If you’re interested in buying or renting at The Accolade Condos, call Holly for more information: (917) 414-0847

What’s Hip & Happening On Staten Island’s North Shore?

St. George is in the Spotlight

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First, the plans for the New York Wheel were revealed, followed by the plans for an outlet mall. Almost simultaneously, construction on over 900 apartments, shops, a public park and esplanade occurred at the former Navy Homeport in Stapleton. And if that wasn’t enough, Lighthouse Point, another project set to revive Staten Island’s North Shore, is set to break ground this year.

Combine all of these developments with the availability of luxury condominiums in the area, and I’d say that Staten Island’s North Shore is in store for some pretty exciting times. No wonder St. George took the 2013 Curbed Cup Neighborhood of the Year title.

Welcome to the Staten Island Renaissance.

I can’t seem to say it enough: there is so much happening on Staten Island’s North Shore. If you are looking to move to an up-and-coming area that provides an urban feel in a predominantly suburban area, there is no doubt that St. George is the place to look. And NOW is the time to look! St. George is already bustling with great restaurants, arts and culture, history and attractions, and you can’t beat the commute into the city. Add some highly anticipated landmarks and you have the perfect place to call home.

For anyone looking to buy a home on Staten Island, being informed about the new additions to this North Shore community is a MUST.

I love featuring all of the newest developments on my website. For now, I’d like to highlight two of the major developments currently underway: The Accolade Condos and Lighthouse Point. Stay tuned for some more information on the New York Wheel and the New York Water Taxi in May.

The Accolade Condos

Their slogan reads, “a step above, a world apart.” Nothing could ring more true for these luxury condominiums.

Located at 90 Bay Street Landing in the heart of St. George, 101-unit building offers a combination of studio, 1,2, and 3 bedroom condominiums. Each unit offers elegance, convenience, extraordinary amenities, and stunning views. Location couldn’t be better with the Staten Island Ferry within walking distance, as well as access to all of the other North Shore developments set to take place over the next few years.

The Accolade Condos are located in a gated community called Bay Street Landing, and both have many amenities to offer residents. The Accolade itself offers a private lounge with a bar, private dining room and catering services, a golf simulator, children’s playroom, pet spa, and fitness center (to name a few). Bay Street Landing offers tennis courts, a picnic area, children’s playground, and a dog run. There is on-site parking, an attended lobby, and after this winter, you will be glad to know that landscaping and snow removal services are also provided.

With all of the excitement happening in St. George, the Accolade Condominiums are a perfect fit for anyone looking for quick access to Manhattan along with all of the other conveniences and benefits of city living, but are also seeking a quiet respite from all of the “hustle and bustle” of the city.

Lighthouse Point

I just love how this project is called Lighthouse Point. Naming this three-acre abandoned pier after the old Lighthouse Depot and former Coast Guard Base is the perfect way to add a historical and cultural “anchor” to all of the new developments happening in the area.

Lighthouse Point, located just steps from the Staten Island Ferry terminal, will be a combination of new construction and historic preservation, and will include retail space, dining, a 96-unit rental tower and a 180-room hotel. It will also be the home of the National Lighthouse Museum.

I cannot wait to see the old 19th century buildings (that have trees growing out of them, by the way), be transformed into quaint retail stores, dining areas, coffee shops, bakeries, wineries and a waterfront plaza with plenty of outdoor space for concerts, dining, or relaxing on the pier.

Construction on Lighthouse Point is scheduled to begin sometime this year, and will develop along a similar timeline as the New York Wheel and Empire Outlets.

National Lighthouse Museum Updates

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Last fall, I wrote about the National Lighthouse Museum and their goal to finally take up residence in St. George, at the original site of the United States Lighthouse Services General Depot. This location was where all lighthouse operations in the nation centered around, which is why it was so fitting that the National Lighthouse Museum be able to finally find a home in Staten Island.

After 15 years, and just short of their deadline, the Museum has been able to raise enough funds to lease the space in Building #11, which also happens to be located in the same area as the aforementioned Lighthouse Point.

With all of the new developments occurring in the St. George area, it will be so important to have the National Lighthouse Museum there to highlight and preserve the rich history and culture of the St. George area and Staten Island as a whole. Stay tuned for more information on these developments as well.

More to Come…

Like I mentioned earlier, there is so much to write about when it comes to St. George in general, let alone all of the new developments that will begin very soon. Check back next month when I reveal the plans for the New York Wheel and the NY Water Taxi.

Want a sneak-peek of what is to come? Check out North Shore Buzz  to see my exclusive interview with Richard Marin, developer of the New York Wheel.

If you are looking to buy a home on Staten Island and want to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact me on Facebook or Twitter. Even better, my website is full of helpful information about the different North Shore neighborhoods, local businesses, news and events. Don’t forget to check out North Shore Buzz for video interviews and home-buying tips.

There are two kinds of Real Estate professionals…those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling a home…and those who don’t.

Look forward to meeting up soon!

Flagship Brewery

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Let’s raise a glass to Flagship Brewery, the first brewery to open on Staten Island in over 50 years! Owned and operated by three Staten Island childhood friends, the Flagship Brewery brings a unique product and a unique atmosphere back to Staten Island’s North Shore.

Flagship will be offering three different home-brewed beers to start, each with a unique, Staten Island taste. Among the brews, all ‘Staten Island Born and Raised’ (which happens to be the Flagship logo), will be an American Wit Beer, an American Pale Ale, and a Dark Mild.

Located at 38-40 Minthorne Street, Flagship Brewery is in the heart of Staten Island’s North Shore. With an on-site parking lot, a quick walk from the Tompkinsville stop on the Staten Island Railroad and a convenient stop along the Victory Boulevard bus route, there is no reason why you can’t get over to Staten Island’s newest attraction.

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The New York Wheel

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Although not formerly named “The New York Wheel” yet, construction on the world’s tallest observation wheel is set to begin later on this year. The proposed observation wheel will tower over 600 feet tall, rising above both the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer.  The wheel will consist of 36 capsules seating 40 passengers each, and will offer a 38-minute ride and spectacular view of the New York City skyline, downtown Manhattan, and New Jersey.

Towering over the Staten Island Ferry terminal, the proposed design of the structure will include green recreational space for the public to enjoy during the day, and at night it will light up over the harbor- serving as an illuminated beacon showcasing New York City’s most suburban borough. The wheel promises to be three things; visual, as its views highlight the magnificent scenery of the New York Harbor and Manhattan; technological, as it includes features like augmented reality screens in the glass of each capsule; and sustainable, as much of its power will be drawn from wind and solar energy.

St. George Courthouse Garage and Parking Lot

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Centrally located in the heart of St. George, this Department of Transportation operated Municipal parking lot is conveniently positioned near many St. George attractions and government buildings, including the Staten Island Ferry, Richmond County Ballpark, the Courthouse, and Borough Hall. Located at 54 Central Avenue, the parking garage contains 719 spaces, including 35 spaces for people with disabilities.

It also includes charging stations for electric vehicles. It is well lit and always manned during hours of operation, which are from 6am-10pm, Monday thru Friday, from 8am-midnight on Saturday, and 8am-8pm Sundays. The rates are: $1.75 for up to one hour, $2.00 for additional hours, with an $8.00 maximum. The special event rate is $7.00. All DOT parking facilities accept credit card payment, NYC Parking Cards and coins. Monthly permits are also available by contacting the garage manager, Parking Systems Plus, at 718-524-1190.

Honor Wines

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As the only “organic” wine shop on Staten Island, Honor Wines sells a wide variety of organic wine, and only sells wine from growers who specialize in small-yield, well-crafted, natural wines from small farms and businesses, where do I find this shop?

  • 36 Bay Street, Staten Island New York 10301
  • Hours: Monday-Closed, Tuesday-Thursday: 12:00-8:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 12:00-9:00pm, Sunday: 12:00- 5:00pm
  • Weekly tastings every Friday: 5:00-8:00pm

Honor Wines is owned and operated by native Staten Islanders, Lorie and Robert Honor, and is located in the heart of St. George. Offering quality wines at affordable prices, Honor Wines is a warm, inviting and authentic place, owned by individuals who strive to build relationships with their customers and are committed to their neighborhood.

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St. Peter’s Church

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St. Peter’s Church located in St. George, on Staten Island’s North Shore, is the oldest of the 36 Roman Catholic parishes on Staten Island, established in 1839, and located at 53 St. Marks Place, Staten Island, NY 10301.

Magnificent French Gothic in style,standing majestically on top of the hill over looking the treasured North Shore waterfront. The church’s vaulted ceiling that towers high above the worshippers is so ingeniously constructed that no interior pillars are necessary, and consequently the view from every corner of the church is unobstructed. Many of the stained-glass windows, which add a colorful touch to the cathedral-like effect, were fashioned of Munich glass from Germany. The onyx altar rail was imported from Italy, and the Stations of the Cross came from France.

Learn more about St.Peter’s Church here  and here.

P.S. 59 – The Harbor View School

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PS 59, the Harbor View School: One of Staten Island’s newest North Shore elementary schools is the Harbor View School, located at 300 Richmond Terrace (the former site of St. Peters Girls Elementary and High School). In its first year, PS 59 consists of two kindergarten and two pre-kindergarten classes, and will grow a grade per year until it is a full K-5 school. The Harbor View School implements a child-centered, project based approach to learning, where children develop the skills of investigation, problem-solving, critical thinking, communication and creativity through hands-on, inquiry based learning experiences. PS 59 expects students to participate in frequent field trips, and for teachers to work collaboratively with cultural and community organizations in the borough and throughout the city. The school is an “open choice” school, meaning admission is open to families throughout the borough. Pre-K and kindergarten admission is determined by lottery from applications filed. For more information, visit the PS 59 website at www.theharborviewschool.org.

St. George Greenmarket

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Operated through Grow NYC, a privately funded nonprofit organization, the St. George Greenmarket visits the corner of St. Mark’s Place and Hyatt St. on Saturdays from 8am-2pm. The Greenmarket in St. George is one of 54 urban farmers markets operating in New York City, offering a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, cheese, meat, seafood and baked goods- all organic and all locally grown. Residents can also drop off their food scraps and rechargeable battery and mobile phone recyclables at the St. George Greenmarket location, and even view live cooking demonstrations. Information on how to participate in the recycling and composting projects that Grow NYC offers is also available at this location. The Greenmarket operates Saturdays from 8am – 2pm until November 23, 2013. For more information on Grow NYC’s programs, including other locations of Greenmarkets, visit their website at www.Grownyc.org.