, Tue, September 15, 2020
Photos courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
The farmhouse once owned by one of the most famous landscape architects in the United States could soon become a national landmark. The New York State Board for Historic Preservation this week recommended Frederick Law Olmsted’s former two-story home in the South Shore of Staten Island for the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Once part of a 130-acre farm, the property is significant for the role it played in Olmsted’s discovery of landscape design and parks as a public good, which later influenced his ideas for Central Park and Prospect Park. Despite its designation as a New York City landmark in 1967, the house, while intact, has deteriorated over the years and requires significant restoration work.
Rendering via Governor Cuomo’s office
Governor Cuomo announced a $151 million plan on Tuesday to build an elevated promenade to improve the resiliency of Staten Island’s east shores during natural disasters. The seawall will stretch from Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach to protect residents from coastal flooding, while simultaneously creating new wetland habitats and recreational amenities. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a series of community-based design forums, allowing for Staten Island residents to offer direct input into the project’s final design, which will be complete in the winter of 2018, with construction expected to begin in 2019 and a completion date of 2022.
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It’s only a matter of time before Staten Island gets pinned as the next Brooklyn. As new developments pop up along the northern tip, the oft-forgotten borough is seeing the tides turn in its favor. Today the Times ran a piece on some of the biggest projects coming to the island, and unlike those popping up in Manhattan, this bunch is far more focused on livability and community building. Moreover, with rooftop beehives, shared vegetable gardens, small-batch espresso, pet spas, artisanal shops shilling specialty olive oils, and cheese caves in the pipeline, Staten Island is also starting to sound a lot like some of the city’s most hipster-run areas. In fact, in casting its net for local testimonials, the Times was able to find Ridgewood and Bushwick refugees that have already high-tailed it southwest. And it’s no wonder, with real estate being offered at just a fraction of the price—one couple in the story closed on a house with “numerous porches and six bedrooms, for $620,000″—it’s only a matter of time before we turn to our significant others and say, “Let’s move to Staten Island!”
More on Staten Island’s next steps here
Broadway in Brooklyn via wallyg via photopin cc
Last week we took a look at why there are three Broadways in Manhattan–the thoroughfare proper, East Broadway and West Broadway– and learned that Broadway actually extends through the Bronx and into Westchester. There’s even a one-block street in Harlem called Old Broadway. As if that weren’t enough confusion, though, there are four other Broadways in the outer boroughs–one in Brooklyn, one in Staten Island, and two in Queens.
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- Move over Uber, Lyft and Hailo, SheTaxis are coming to NYC. The New York Times reports that this e-hailling app service will only have female drivers for female riders.
- Proving our point that Staten Island is the new cool place to live and play, Thrillist featured a list of 11 reasons why you shouldn’t dismiss the oft-forgotten borough.
- Because your little pooch only deserves the best. Check out these spiffy, yet functional and fully customizable dog-sized trailers made from eco-friendly materials on Freshome.
- All board the 81-year-old steamship to visit the Floating Library! AM New York reports that for the next four weeks, the Lilac Museum Steamship will be home to the pop-up, mobile device-free public space.
Images: Dog trailers via Freshome (left); Floating Library by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe for AM New York (right)