Staten Island’s eerie, abandoned Farm Colony to be transformed into senior housing

Housing, like the cottages pictured here, is designed to dialogue with existing historic structures. (Courtesy v+b)

Housing, like the cottages pictured here, is designed to dialogue with existing historic structures. (Courtesy v+b)

Staten Island‘s abandoned New York City Farm Colony is being redeveloped into Landmark Colony, a $91 million residential community for seniors 55 and older. The architect is Staten Island–based Vengoechea + Boyland Architecture/Urban Planning.

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Archtober Building of the Day 24> Mariners Harbor Branch Library

Architecture, East
Saturday, October 24, 2015
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Mariners Harbor Branch Library (Courtesy Julia Cohen)

Mariners Harbor Branch Library (Courtesy Julia Cohen)

Archtober Building of the Day #24
Mariners Harbor Branch Library
206 South Avenue, Staten Island
A’PT Architecture

In Mariner’s Harbor in Staten Island, Ana Torriani, AIA, and Lorenzo Pagnamenta, AIA, of A*PT Architecture (formerly Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani) have harvested an oyster intended to produce many pearls of wisdom. Mariner’s Harbor Branch Library, with its luminous, asymmetric zinc roof “cracked open” by a glass spine, resembles an open bivalve, referring back to the neighborhood’s history as an oyster farming community while inviting its current residents inside. Read More

Archtober Building of the Day 15> Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor

Architecture, East
Thursday, October 15, 2015
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(Julia Cohen)

(Julia Cohen)

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Snug Harbor Campus, Building A Staten Island
Gluckman Tang Architects

The recently reopened Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, housed in a former dormitory for aged and decrepit sailors, has a renewed vitality in a historic setting. “When restoring historic buildings, make interventions as quietly as you can,” Richard Gluckman told Archtober enthusiasts gathered at the museum today.

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New York City launches interactive maps that reveal the minutia of neighborhood-level data

East, News, Technology
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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(Courtesy City of New York)

(Courtesy City of New York)

Busybodies and neighborhood know-it-alls rejoice: today, New York City, in partnership with civic data managers Vizalytics, launched a beta version of neighborhood.nyc, a new website that maps street-level information derived from 311 calls and city agencies.

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Archtober Building of the Day 9> Staten Island Zoo Carousel Enclosure

Architecture, East
Friday, October 9, 2015
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(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

Staten Island Zoo Carousel Enclosure
614 Broadway, 
Staten Island
Slade Architecture

Our intrepid Archtober team ventured across the New York Bay to usher in the weekend with a visit to the Staten Island Zoo. After a breezy ferry ride (along with some time on the subway, bus, and our own two feet), we met up with James Slade, who, together with his wife and partner Hayes Slade, designed the Staten Island Zoo Carousel Enclosure.

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Gluckman Tang’s $24 million renovation of the Staten Island Museum opens after a decade

Architecture, Art, East, Interiors, Preservation
Friday, September 18, 2015
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(Courtesy Bruce Damonte)

(Courtesy Bruce Damonte)

Ten years in the making, the renovation of one of Staten Island‘s oldest buildings—part of the Staten Island Museum expansion—is finally complete. Well, almost.

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Construction is about to begin on the New York Wheel, the Western Hemisphere’s largest Ferris wheel

Architecture, Development, East
Thursday, September 3, 2015
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The Wheel will provide some spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan. Courtesy New York Wheel

The Wheel will provide some spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan. (Courtesy New York Wheel)

Architecture firm S9, a division of Perkins Eastman, is moving ahead with plans for the New York Wheel, what will soon take shape as an enormous Ferris wheel on the Staten Island waterfront.

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If these five architecture teams get their way, the library of the future will look a lot different than today

An public library outpost by L+. (Courtesy SITU Studio)

An public library outpost by L+. (Courtesy SITU Studio)

New York City’s public libraries need cash—and they need it fast. Over the years, the city’s three library systems—the New York Public Library (serving Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island), the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Public Library—have racked up over one billion dollars in capital needs. And that’s not money needed for new educational tech tools, like iPads and laptops, but for renovations just to keep the old buildings in a state of good repair.

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Eavesdrop> Staten Island to Get a Subway (Simulator)

The New York Wheel is planned for Staten Island. (Courtesy New York Wheel)

The New York Wheel is planned for Staten Island. (Courtesy New York Wheel)

The planned giant Ferris wheel in Staten Island—one of kookier of the Bloomberg-era megaprojects—is apparently still happening. Eavesdrop always thought the step-Borough deserved more than a tourist trap wheel and a giant outlet mall, but hey, apparently Amanda Burden thought differently. According to the Associated Press, New York Wheel CEO Rich Marin said the project will include a thrill ride that will “simulate a ride in a subway car.” Here’s a better idea: buy a MetroCard.

SCAPE Landscape Architecture’s “Living Breakwaters” wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Living Breakwaters. (Courtesy SCAPE)

Living Breakwaters. (Courtesy SCAPE)

Living BreakwatersSCAPE‘s proposal to protect to the South Shore of Staten Island with a reef of living oysters—has picked up another accolade. First, the plan scored federal funds in the Department of Housing and Urban Development‘s Rebuild By Design competition, and now it has won the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The competition was launched in 2007 to honor ideas from architects, engineers, scientists, designers, activists, planners, and entrepreneurs that addresses “humanity’s most pressing problems.”

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Landmarks Preservation Commission approves 45-acre senior housing development in Staten Island

New York City Farm Colony. (Flickr / ataferner)

New York City Farm Colony. (Flickr / ataferner)

Staten Island’s abandoned, graffiti-covered, New York Farm Colony is poised to become “Landmark Colony”—a mixed-use development with retail and 350 units of senior housing. Curbed reported that plans for the 45-acre project were unanimously approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) after updated designs were unveiled by Vengoechea + Boyland Architecture late last month. Read More

Archtober Building of the Day #4> Stapleton Library by Andrew Berman Architect

Architecture, East
Monday, October 6, 2014
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(Inbal Newman)

Archtober Building of the Day #4
Stapleton Library
132 Canal Street, Staten Island
Andrew Berman Architects

Libraries, according to architect Andrew Berman, principal of Andrew Berman Architect, do not age gracefully. As technological innovations and transforming communities change the role of these public institutions, fixed programmatic layouts become obsolete. During a tour of Stapleton Library in Staten Island, Berman explained that flexibility and openness became two key components that guided its renovation and expansion.

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