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NYCEDC and Downtown Staten Island Council Announce Arts Programming at Lighthouse Site in St. George

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Downtown Staten Island Council (DSIC) today announced new arts and entertainment program, “Summer at the Pier,” to take place at the Lighthouse site in St. George for the entire month of July. The program, which includes live music and movie screenings, is an initiative of the NYC Performs program, which activates city-owned properties to showcase performing arts throughout the five boroughs. “Summer at the Pier” will kick-off with a live music performance by Witness and a movie screening of Goonies outside in the public plaza, on Saturday, July 10, 2010.

NYC Performs was developed as part of the City’s efforts to support and grow the vital arts and cultural sector. The Program aims to increase the availability of affordable performance space and simplify the permitting process for local arts groups NYC Performs provides New York City based arts organizations with publicly-accessible outdoor space, free of charge, at locations throughout the City.

“We are pleased to help activate this space for quality arts and entertainment programming that will further enliven the St. George area this summer,” said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky. “The space will be an ideal location for Staten Island residents and visitors to enjoy the wonderful schedule of events Downtown Staten Island Council has planned.”

DISC partnered with Community Board 1 and other local not-for-profit organizations to make sure artists throughout Staten Island know that the space is available. DISC is also working with Port Richmond C.E.R.T to maintain the site.

Musical performances presented as part of “Summer at the Pier” will be held on the following dates. All performances will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Witness: Saturday, July 10, 2010
  • Jazzmobile: Thursday, July 15, 2010
  • Joan Caddell & The Midnight Choir: Friday, July 23, 2010

Movies screened as part of “Summerfest Movies at the Pier 2010”. All shows begin at 8:30 p.m.

  • Goonies - Saturday, July 10, 2010
  • Kung Foo Hustle - Friday, July 16, 2010
  • Shrek II - Saturday, July 17, 2010
  • Ferris Buller's Day Off - Friday, July 23, 2010
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Saturday, July 24, 2010
  • Ghostbusters - Friday, July 30, 2010
  • Airplane! - Saturday, July 31, 2010

“This is an amazing opportunity for the Council because our primary mission is to promote the district and attract visitors to Downtown Staten Island – this is an excellent venue to achieve this,” said DSIC executive director Kamillah Hanks.

“I want to thank DSIC, especially their Executive Director Kamillah Hanks for developing such an exciting and dynamic series of events. It is festivals like this that will highlight what we all have known for years; St. George is the place to be for art, music and entertainment. I also want to point out that this could not have happen without the leadership at NYCEDC and their commitment of opening up Staten Island’s waterfront,” said State Senator Diane Savino.

"It has long been the desire of CB 1 to have public programming at the former Coast Guard site. The beautiful pier, public plaza and building are a perfect backdrop for festivals, art shows and small theater events. We want to thank all involved for allowing us to publicly program this great space. Our special thanks to the Downtown Staten Island Council for agreeing to serve as the umbrella organization to assist local artists who wish to perform in the space," said Leticia Remauro, Chairwoman of Community Board 1.

New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.

About the Downtown Staten Island Council:
The Downtown Staten Island Council is a non-profit organization is dedicated to continued community development and commercial revitalization of the Downtown Business District and surrounding neighborhoods in St. George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, Clifton and Rosebank. Through general meetings, committees, special events and programs, we seek to further our common goals of improving the economic environment, encouraging public and private investment, expanding business and employment opportunities and neighborhood beautification. We act as a liaison between our members, City agencies, and elected officials to disseminate information, troubleshoot problems and address quality of life issues which impact on businesses and residents alike.


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Contact Info

David Lombino/Kyle Sklerov
(212) 312-3523 

Kamillah Hanks
Downtown Staten Island Council
(917) 757-8851