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Volume XXVIII, Number 6001
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013

Seeking Ideas To Enhance Staten Island Beachfronts

Photo by Daniel Avila

NYC Parks and NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability (OLTPS), recently released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the reactivation of Staten Island’s East and South Shores’ public beachfronts and open spaces.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated the shorefront and affected the economies of nearby commercial corridors and communities. This RFEI will seek proposals to help these impacted areas continue to recover and reemerge as destinations for residents and visitors by encouraging the submission of proposals for recreational activities, food and drink concessions, educational programs, and a host of additional possibilities.

Staten Island’s miles of continuous public beachfront comprise one of the borough’s greatest natural and recreational assets and attract two to three million annual visitors to its many beaches, parks, fields, and open spaces which offer swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, boardwalks, promenades, bike lanes and other active and passive recreational opportunities. The RFEI highlights the potential to leverage these assets and generate new uses of appeal to local beachgoers and visitors. NYC Parks and NYCEDC have identified eight Opportunity Sites that offer the potential for greater utilization and could enhance the beachfront and adjacent public spaces, generating economic activity for the benefit of their communities and Staten Island as a whole.

In the months since Hurricane Sandy, New York City agencies have worked to help restore homes and businesses on Staten Island. In addition to providing relief to those displaced by the storm, the City has put forward, in “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” a ground-breaking plan to protect New York City from the risks from extreme weather and climate change.

In a demonstration of inter-governmental collaboration, the National Park Service (NPS) has included Miller Field, a Gateway National Recreational Area, as one of the eight Opportunity Sites defined in the RFEI. Miller Field can attract 10,000 to 15,000 young people over a given weekend and is the location of two historic air hangars for which the NPS is seeking creative adaptive reuses.

The RFEI is seeking ideas for seasonal, temporary and/or permanent proposals, leaving the parameters as broad as possible to encourage the highest level of creativity and engagement from respondents. Submissions could include proposals for:

• Eating and drinking establishments
• Festivals, concerts and performances
• Recreational facilities and/or programming
• Markets, fairs or events to promote local businesses
• Adaptive reuse of historic buildings
• And many other concepts

To access this RFEI, please go to the website:

RFEI responses may be submitted from December 20, 2013 until January 21, 2014. The target implementation date for early-action proposals is Summer of 2014.


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