In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Staten Island’s beaches reemerge as little-known gems of their communities and building blocks for ongoing economic recovery.
Some of New York City’s hardest-hit communities in Hurricane Sandy were those along Staten Island’s East and South Shores. While rebuilding and flood-protection efforts continue apace, one initiative for the area’s economic recovery is the reactivation of one of its most significant assets: its beaches.
Less well-known than many others in the region, Staten Island’s beaches offer over seven miles of continuous, public beachfront. They are one of the borough’s greatest natural and recreational assets and attract two to three million annual visitors for swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, boardwalk strolls, and other active and passive recreational opportunities.
NYC Parks and New York City Economic Development Corporation, together with their partners at the National Park Service and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, have committed to strengthening these key assets with a series of physical and programmatic improvements both in the short- and long-term.
Staten Island Beach Fest
The Staten Island Beachfronts RFEI was released in November of 2013, with early results announced at the beginning of the 2014 beach season, including a new amusement park (Fantasy Shore), plans for new food concessions, and an array of new events and programming.
Summer 2014 events and programming will be curated by The Berman Group, who also partnered with NYCEDC on the Water Street POPS initiative. Check out their Staten Island Beach Fest website for more information and the 2014 schedule. Also click onto the NYC Parks Website for more general Staten Island beaches event information.