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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By NYC & Company
NYC & Company just announced its newest Family Ambassadors: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a crime-fighting foursome that grew up (and ate a lot of pizza) on the streets of New York City.
Campaign artwork features the Turtles experiencing iconic attractions in each borough (see Staten Island artwork, at left). As part of the campaign, NYC & Company will produce bilingual, kid-friendly travel materials, guides and itineraries at nycgo.com/family
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
By Scouting New York
There’s a saying when it comes to location scouting in New York City: if you can’t find it anywhere, try Staten Island.
While Staten Island often fights for recognition amongst the boroughs that don’t require a ferry for access, it nonetheless features some of the most interesting and unique filming locations anywhere in the city.
Friday, May 22, 2015
By Anthony Pascale / NY1
Marty Markowitz of NYC and Company sits down with NY1's Anthony Pascale to discuss the organization's latest tourism initiative which highlights two Staten Island neighborhoods.
Watch the full story on NY1.
NYC ARTS recently profiled the Noble Maritime Collection for a segment called “Curator’s Choice.” Be sure to check it out here, or in the video player below.
October 14th, 2014
By: Patrick McGeehan / The New York Times
Does luring a Brooklynite to spend an afternoon on Staten Island count as tourism?
Maybe not. But New York City’s tourism promotion agency is giving it a try in a campaign it plans to announce on Wednesday to get New Yorkers to explore more parts of their hometown. Called “See Your City,” the ads from NYC & Company spotlight sections of all five boroughs that might appeal to adventurous local residents.
Stylized posters will appear on bus shelters, banners will hang from light poles and a video will run in taxis urging residents to “go somewhere new for a change.” The message is that 54.3 million visitors cannot be wrong, said Fred Dixon, the chief executive of NYC & Company.
Mr. Dixon said that going after New Yorkers was not a signal that the influx of tourists to the city had run its course. To the contrary, he said, his agency expected the number of annual visitors to continue rising steadily, to 55.8 million this year and 57 million next year.
Still, Mr. Dixon, who took the top job at NYC & Company earlier this year, said “we’ve really adopted a broader definition of tourism.” The city is competing for the disposable income of its own residents, as well as the travel budgets of people from other places, he said.
May 13, 2014
By: Vincent Barone (SI Advance)
Staten Island Arts will open its new Culture Lab in the St. George ferry terminal on the weekend of Saturday, June 7.
The 2,500-square-foot multi-use lounge will include offices, exhibit space, performance space and a 400-square-foot retail Artist Market. It also will be the nation's first permanent art space in commuter quarters, according to Melanie Cohn, executive director of Staten Island Arts.
"We're excited on the national level to put art in a transit hub," Cohn said. "We really want to be a national example for what can done."
The space will be open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m and on weekends, from noon to 5 p.m. On Tuesdays, the lounge will be open until 10 p.m. to offer evening classes geared to local artists on topics like how to deal with law enforcement while performing in public spaces.
Everybody has a favorite place to go on Staten Island.
Make sure to take a picture in it.
Be it the tranquil Greenbelt, the busy Staten Island Mall, the relaxing South Beach boardwalk, or one of the many delicious pizzerias here, borough residents are being called upon to snap a selfie in their go-to spot.
Residents and folks visiting the borough are encouraged to post photos of themselves at Island locations and add the hashtag "#siselfie" to the photos they post on social media.
The initiative was launched by the Borough President's Office Friday afternoon -- fittingly with a selfie taken by Borough President James Oddo and his staff outside of Borough Hall in St. George.
February 20, 2014
By Staten Island Advance
The Staten Island Zoo is proud to announce it's newest resident, MJ the anteater.
MJ is the first recorded tamandua zoo birth in the New York metropolitan region. The birth of the baby tamandua on Jan. 12 -- the day the Jets won the Super Bowl back in 1969 -- is only the second surviving zoo birth in New York State. There are about 70 tamandua specimens in public zoos across America.
Baby MJ was born to mother, DJ, who has resided at the Staten Island Zoo since 2011. The father is EJ, who arrived at the Zoo in 2011. MJ weighed only 14 ounces at birth, and has already grown to two pounds and three ounces.
January 31st, 2014
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In a move that is nearly 50 years in the making, the Staten Island Museum will soon occupy one of the buildings at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. The former dormitory is being transformed into Staten Island's first "green" historic location and will be using the earths natural resources to regulate temperature throughout the museum. The city allocated almost $27 million dollars to renovate the building but now the fundraising kicks into gear to outfit its exhibitions and galleries.
"We are a smaller museum in New York City but we have been around just as long as almost anybody has been. So we are an old time museum that we are a general interest collection. So we do art, science and history. There is no other museum that does that," said Staten Island Museum Director of Exhibitions and Programs Diane Matyas. With this new and expanded space, the museum will be able to show much more of its collection that has mostly been in storage. The current Staten Island Museum site will remain in operation. Construction is expected to be completed by summer and the museum is expected to open to the public this Fall.