Staten Island has around half a million residents. What is the island missing that would be a huge asset to those living here? Correspondent Hannah Jay and Co-Owner Anthony Licciardello discuss some ideas!
1. North Shore Railway, which once existed along the northern part of the island and could be revived from existing tracks. This would be a boon for North Shore commuters and for property values in the area.
2. Monorail to the city via Hylan Blvd that would sail above the Hudson River where the Staten Island Ferry and other boats travel. Alternatively, we could complete the ill-fated Brooklyn Subway Tunnel which began right before The Great Depression.
3. The Cheesecake Factory, a diverse and beloved restaurant across the country.
4. Dinner Theatre Cinema- this is already planned for the new Hylan Plaza. It will be a wonderful leisure activity for anyone who takes their business to Menlo Park Mall's dine-in movie theatre in New Jersey.
5. Professional hockey team with ice skating arena open to public outside of practice hours. This would be a year-round skating facility and a home for Staten Island's first professional sports team.
6. Landmark building, such as a skyscraper in St. George for our skyline. We lack well-known landmark buildings and although this may be controversial, we feel the North Shore would benefit from one high rise building.
7. Seawall along Staten Island's vulnerable shorelines with an attractive bike path. This would double as a shore protection feature and a new route for exercise and enjoying the beauty of nature.