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May 29 Hurricane Sandy News Staten Island

Berms for Beaches

Tully Construction will soon be erecting the planned berms along Staten Island’s shoreline.  The first phase of the project will consist of two berms: one at South Beach, and the other from New Dorp Beach to Oakwood Beach.  The second phase, whose start date is uncertain, will consist of two additional berms: one at Crescent Beach Park, and the other at Conference House Park.  Overlapped openings will be installed so that beachgoers will have access to the coast.

New Small Business Development Center in New Dorp

The Small Business Development Center has opened up a second location as a convenience to those trying to recover their businesses after Hurricane Sandy.  Previously, the only location for the center was at the College of Staten Island, near Staten Island’s center and far from where much of Staten Island received damage.  Their second office is now located at 1361 North Railroad Avenue, in the Empire State Bank.

Victory Diner Remains Have Been Removed

Soon after it had closed down in 2007, plans had been in the making to erect the Victory Diner at Midland Beach, as part of a project to upgrade the boardwalk.  Unfortunately, the early twentieth-century diner was destroyed when Hurricane Sandy hit Midland Beach.  After a shady operation, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation dismantled and disposed of the diner’s pieces.

Stop Sign Still Needed in Westerleigh

The intersection of Clinton B. Fiske Avenue and Waters Avenue has been the site of many accidents over the years.  Last month, residents near the intersection started a petition to have the New York City Department of Transportation install a second stop sign at the site because the agency had stated that after looking into the traffic flow, the current stop sign on Waters Avenue was enough.  On May 21st, a fire truck collided with another vehicle after passing through the stop sign on Waters Avenue.  While many people debate over whose fault is was, residents near the intersection hope that this will help their case in installing a stop sign on Clinton B. Fiske Avenue.

Construction of New Homes

The most recent updates on new home construction were released this past week by the New York City Department of Buildings.  The update includes housing on Staten Island’s East and South Shores.

Here is a list of what we may be seeing in the future:


  • Two semi-detached one-family homes on Jerome Avenue in South Beach
  • Two semi-detached one-family homes on Seaver Avenue in Midland Beach
  • Two semi-detached one-family homes on Aviston Street in Oakwood
  • One detached two-family home on Canton Avenue in Annadale
  • Four detached one-family homes and four detached two-family homes on Bedell Avenue in Tottenville


  • June 2nd – Benefit for Cancer at the Dugout Pub & Grill
  • June 7th – Staten Island Inter-Agency Council for Aging Annual Luncheon at the Staaten
  • June 9th – Fundraiser to Restore the Perine House
  • June 9th – Annual Holocaust Survivors Event at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center
  • June 12th – Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser at the Staaten
  • June 13th – Richmond University Medical Center Auxiliary Annual Luncheon at the Staaten

Parks Still Closed

  • Lieutenant John H. Martinson Playground: Closed
  • Midland Playground: Closed
  • Seaside Wildlife Nature Park: Closed
  • Tottenville Shore Park: Closed
  • Conference House Park: Playground Closed
  • Faber Pool and Park: Playground Closed
  • Lemon Creek Park: Closed, Aside from Fishing Pier
  • Wolfe’s Pond Park: Closed Below Hylan Boulevard
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