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5050 Skate Park Staten Island is the only indoor skate park in NYC, family owned and operated, and much more than just a skatepark. Interview and photos of owner/founder/builder Ed 5050, by Aaron Nardi.
Aaron: What’s going on with Staten Island lately? It’s coming up like a new WBBK?
Ed 5050: Staten Island, aka Shaolin is in a mini boom, especially on the North Shore Area – St George, Tompkinsville, and my neighborhood of Stapleton. Small brands like 5050 Skate park, Cobra Sun Studio, Richmond Hood, Flagship Brewery, Techbox, Makerspace and restaurants like Beso, 120 Bay Cafe(AKA Cargo), Craft House and Pier 76 are just some of the new hip businesses that are drawing some serious crowds. Investment companies are noticing the change people have been waiting for is finally happening. Our businesses bring people from all over NYC to the North Shore of Staten Island. For example, 5050 Skate park has over 4,000 registered attendees from 14 counties and 32 States.
We Staten Islander’s hate being compared to Brooklyn. We don’t want our island to be like Brooklyn, and if we did we would move there. Most Staten Islander’s left Brooklyn because they couldn’t find parking.
The 5050 Skatepark, an 8,000-square-foot indoor park on Staten Island for skateboards, BMX bikes and scooters, rejiggered its passwords after being hit with a denial of service attack last fall that made its website unavailable. The skatepark, which generated $100,000 in revenue in 2014, attracts skateboarders from all over the world, said one of its founders, Edward Pollio. Having the website closed down was a blow to revenue, he said.
“The attack caused havoc,” said Mr. Pollio, who still has a day job as a carpenter. “People were asking if we were still in business. Not having a website is like being closed.”
Now, 5050 Skatepark is more strict about its passwords; it follows longstanding recommendations to use different ones for different accounts, like on Instagram and Twitter. And Mr. Pollio, who helped start the business with $50,000 of his own savings, monitors the site every day.
Employee training is also inexpensive, but important. Since most hacking episodes occur when employees click on malicious links or websites, education is the best defense, many security experts said.
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A stalwart band of civic leaders and local business owners braved the frigid cold on Monday afternoon to hold a press conference in Tappen Park, announcing priority issues they are asking the city to address as plans move forward to re-zone and develop the Bay Street Corridor.
The corridor — now zoned for manufacturing — extends from Sands Street in Stapleton to Victory Boulevard in Tompkinsville, between Van Duzer Street and the Staten Island Railroad tracks.
Residents and business owners laid out a series of community priorities they want funded in order to gain local support for the city plan that is designed to transform the corridor with new housing and commercial uses.
“Some of the top priorities for my members are increased ease of public transportation for Stapleton commuters, enhanced safety for pedestrians along Bay Street, and the creation of new public schools for the anticipated influx of new families,” said Priscilla Marco, president of the Van Duzer Street Area Civic Association. “These items must be addressed in conjunction with the rezoning of the Bay Street Corridor.”
The grass-roots coalition called for funding of the construction of a new public school, intermediate school and high school within the Bay Street Corridor area “to ensure that sufficient seats are available for the current residents and future population growth.”
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$9.99: Season 10: Ep. 6 – Stay Indoors
Looking for things to do when the weather is bad? Maybe you’re just not into the outdoors? Join Dave Evans as he explores fun things to do indoors in New York City on a budget!
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Having a summer job may not give kids much of a financial leg up for the future, but it does help keep them out of trouble, according to a study published this week.
The study, which tracked the wages, mortality and incarceration rates of 200,000 14 to 26 year olds who applied or participated in New York’s youth employment programs, found that participants who held steady summer jobs were not only less likely to end up in prison, they were also more likely to stay alive.
“We were particularly surprised about the mortality results: In essence, the program saved about 20 lives per year over the four years that we studied,” wrote the researchers, who were from the Wharton School of Business, the University of California at Berkeley and U.S. Treasury Department.
To determine the number of lives saved, researchers compared the mortality rate of those who were offered a spot in the summer employment program between 2005 and 2008 and compared it with the mortality rates of those who did not end up participating in the program, said Judd Kessler, assistant professor of business economics and public policy at Wharton. In total, they saw a nearly 20% reduction in the mortality rate among those who participated in the program.
“Those of us who have been in this field for many years have always known intuitively that the program, while only a six-week program, kept people engaged and out of trouble,” said Bill Chong, New York City’s Commissioner of Youth and Community Development, which oversees the programs the researchers studied. “What I think surprised us from the study was the long-term impact.”
However, working during the summer did little to boost the participant’s future earnings potential or the likelihood that they would go on to enroll in college, the researchers found.
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