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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — 5050 Skatepark wished the Staten Island Ferry a happy 200th birthday by holding a fundraiser for a local hospital Saturday night in Stapleton.
The free event offered live music, food and featured dozens of paintings and photographs of Staten Island’s iconic boat — which were donated by numerous local artists.
Photographs and artwork were submitted by Vin Barone, Mark Blasko, Jozette Carter-Williams, Michael Defuri, Eric Isaksen, Kristopher Johnson, Nick Jones, Ryan Lavis, Scott Marceau, Maggie Rose Melito, Carol Mitteldorff, Don Arangio, Chad Rachman, Valentiono Scaramella, Michael Sent, Mike Shane, Virginia Sherry, Adam Smith, Sean Sweeney, Tabitha Leee Turchio and Scott Van Campen.
The goal of the night was to raise money for construction on Richmond University Medical Center’s (RUMC) new emergency room in West Brighton.
Eric Isaksen, an EMT at RUMC, helped organize the event along with 5050 co-founder Ed Pollio.
“This is something I feel really passionate about,” said Isaksen. “I love riding my bike here at 5050, I love photography, but most important is helping people that need better emergency health care on the North Shore.”
As for Pollio, anything that involves “showing off art” and “raising money for a hospital” is something he’ll always be a part of.
Staten Island Ferry 200th year Anniversary & Art show.
Proceeds go towards Richmond University Medical Center’s New ER.
Open to all Ages. Live Art, Music, & Food by @thehopshoppe
Saturday September 23 @ 7pm
@5050skatepark 354 Front st Staten island
Free event, Suggested donation at door.
Featuring Framed Ferry photos you can purchase from Vin Barone, Mark Blasko, Jozette Carter-Williams, Michael Defuri, Eric Isaksen, Kristopher Johnson, Nick Jones, Ryan Lavis, Scott Marceau, Maggie Rose Melito, Carol Mittelsdorff, Don Rangio, Chad Rachman, Valentiono Scaramella, Michael Sena, Mike Shane, Virginia Sherry, Adam Smith, Sean Sweeney, Tabitha Lee Turchio, Scott Van Campen and More. Confirmed Artists are Chris Malfi – Makerspace –Prez – Assembyl 3D- Projectivity – Richmond Tattoo.
Music provided by @makerparkradio
What’s Your Story? – Phil Marius – Political Activist #8
“To represent the voice of the voiceless here.”
Phil Marius, a political activist, sits down and talks about his road to running for city council and his experience growing up in a progressive household as a young man. From growing up in Queens, going to school in Budapest, and working for State Senator Bill Perkins; Marius joined a mission in helping people find places to live and ways to keep their homes, home. Marius shares his story of who he is, what he’s doing, and why he’s doing it.
Why he is running for office and what he will do if he doesn’t win. Please listen and Share with your friends.
Filmed/ Edit by Ed Pollio
Lyric video created by intern for “Dreams” by Tekst produced by J. Glaze.
Download full song at soundcloud.com/ProjectivityMovement
5050 Skatepark’s Summer Sessions camp starts July 3rd. Camp drop off is 8:30am, pick up 4pm, with the option for extended day ($3 per additional hour). Campers get to enhance their skills, create art, exercise, and make new friends, with the guidance of trained BMX, Scooter, and Skateboard instructors. Did we mention lunch is included! Come to 354 Front Street 10304 today to sign up. 347-857-6007. email@example.com
Park is closed off from the public during camp hours. Open session 3:00pm
5050 Skatepark has a new event in the works to celebrate the Staten Island Ferry’s 200th birthday. More details will be released in the weeks to come, BUT for now you can enjoy some of our new clothing featuring the ferry.
T-shirts, pullover and zip-up sweatshirts are currently available in youth and adult sizes.
Check out this Cool Cross Over with 5050 Skatepark and SI Bar Crazy.
Remember Sharing is Caring!
Check out this Article here for more info on SI Bar Crazy.
Check out all these behind the scene images from artist, Caster, leaving his mark on our wall at NYC Arts Cypher!
“We like the building, and the location is awesome, but the rent is ridiculous,” said Ed Pollio, who owns the custom-built 8,000-square-foot recreation center with partner and 5050 Skatepark founder Angelica Popolano.
“Since we first moved there our rent has almost doubled,” said Popolano of the 5050 Skatepark location at 354 Front St. — just a mile from the Staten Island Ferry.
NEW LOCATION PROPOSED
The good news is the skatepark owners already have their eyes set on a new site. Their vision is not a new one, as it is a concept they have had for several years now.
Pollio and Popolano would like to move their park to the historic, vacant hangar at Miller Field, and already have a 26-page proposal and renderings of their plans.
The owners, who first brought their idea to the National Park Service (NPS) in summer 2015, are just waiting for NPS to release a request for proposal (RFP) for the site.
“The current construction effort to save Miller Field Hangar 38 is underway and should be completed by the end of the year,” said Daphne Yun, acting public affairs officer for Gateway National Recreation Area.
Yun noted that a decision about an RFP will be made in 2018.
Borough President Oddo said he agrees with the owners’ plan to “reuse the hanger at Miller Field for active recreation.”
“5050 Skatepark, which is the city’s only indoor skate park, offers a unique service and would be a great addition to the facility,” said Oddo, who added, “Having new and increased sports opportunities on the grounds of Miller Field would encourage more young people to get active while socializing with others, which is always a positive thing.”
A POPULAR SPOT
Will Kane, a 13-year-old Westerleigh resident, has been riding a BMX bike for almost a year now. Heading to 5050 Skatepark each week is one of his favorite things to do.
“Everybody likes the setup there..the ramps are fun. They like to change it up a lot,” said Kane. “Sometimes they build new ramps and sometimes they move them around. It doesn’t ever get boring.”
The young biker said he’d be upset if the park moved to New Dorp, as it’s farther away from where he lives.
He pointed out that many “BMXers” are from the North Shore and some even travel from Manhattan and Brooklyn to the park.
MILLER FIELD LOCATION
However, Popolano pointed out that Miller Field offers a great central location in the borough and is close to all public transportation. The size of the location also provides many opportunities to expand the business.
She said she feels it would be a great place to continue to serve not only as a recreational hotspot but as multi-use facility for the borough.
“We already welcome schools….we do a summer camp, we host fundraisers, music events, art shows, auctions, community meetings, music videos, commercials, movies, birthday parties– we do everything,” she said, adding, “With a larger space, we can expand on everything we do already.”
Renderings done by 5050 Skatepark for the proposed site include space for a community center, live music venue, art building and World War I and II museum, in addition to the skatepark. The plans also include a computer lab and space for rock climbing, according to Popolano.
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