NYCEDC in Your Neighborhood: Staten Island
New Tenant at St. George Ferry Terminal
Earlier this year, we announced that the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) would be the newest tenant at the St. George Ferry Terminal, creating a culture and arts community space they expect to open by the end of this year. The new COAHSI Culture Lounge will serve as a meeting space and forum for community art presentations with a focus on local artists and placed-based artistic pieces. With 2 million tourists passing through the St. George Ferry Terminal each year and 75,000 passengers using the station each day, the new Culture Lounge will have a positive and lasting impact on Staten Island’s cultural landscape.
“We are excited to welcome COAHSI to the St. George Ferry Terminal,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. “Arts and culture play a direct role in our City’s economy, with thousands of organizations supporting nearly 40,000 jobs, while also improving quality of life and attracting top-flight talent to the five boroughs. This new arts and cultural space will truly enhance the ferry terminal for years to come, and provide a tremendous benefit to Staten Island and the entire City. Thank you to Borough President Molinaro for his partnership in this effort, and for his work in ensuring that Staten Island has a bright economic future.”
Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro said of Culture Lounge, “This new home for COAHSI is yet another step in developing St. George as Staten Island’s gateway and anchor for the arts.” Borough President Molinaro contributed a $175,000 capital grant to help fund the Culture Lounge.
The Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island strives to broaden the reach of artistic and cultural activity in Staten Island, with a particular focus on underserved areas of the island. “COAHSI is excited and proud to reach this moment. Culture Lounge creates a platform for both visual and performing artists to expand professionally, present their work, and grow their audiences. Moreover, visitors and commuters that pass through the St. George ferry terminal will experience ideas that are special, important, and relevant every day, furthering COAHSI’s goal of promoting arts, culture, and the humanities on Staten Island,” said COAHSI Board Director Donna Maxon. COAHSI is working with architect Vincent Appel of Medium to develop the 2,500-square foot Culture Lounge space.