Philanthropists Richard and Lois Nicotra gathered with 34 of The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation grant recipients at their Bloomfield social enterprise eatery, the COMMONS café, on October 18, 2017, to present a total of $34,434 in awards and scholarships; 100% of the profits from the COMMONS café contribute to the funding for these non-profit organizations and scholarship students. Since 2011, The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation has awarded $629,864 to more than 329 Staten Island-based non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients.
Today, the Nicotras welcomed Diana Echevarria from the Newman's Own Foundation and noted during the ceremony that Newman's Own Foundation, founded by Paul Newman, also gives 100% of the profits to charity, inspired their philanthropic model for the COMMONS café. The Nicotras announced plans for a second social enterprise eatery, also located at the Teleport, which will be a part of their newest development, Corporate Commons Three. The new eatery, "Pienza - Pizza • Pasta • Porchetta", will be three times the size of the COMMONS cafè and joins the cafè's mission to "Eat Good. Do Good.", giving 100% of the profits to charity. Corporate Commons Three will be a 8-story, 330,000 square foot Class A office building with a 40,000 square foot rooftop organic farm, beehives to make honey and a vineyard. "Having the Newman's Own Foundation join us and identify the COMMONS café as a leader in the social enterprise movement is not only validating, it's poetic in a sense - we were inspired by their impact on the community and consider Paul Newman a role mode. For the Newman's Own team to ask us to join them in spurring others on to replicate this "do good" movement - well, that's just the stuff Hollywood scripts are made of," shared COMMONS café Founders Lois and Richard Nicotra. Special thanks to Partners In Sound Productions for their support of our Fall Awards Ceremony. Also, heartfelt thanks to Gary Skolnick of Americare Systems who is creating a “ripple of good” and sharing our message and mission.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Hoteliers Richard and Lois Nicotra hosted the Nicotra Group's 9th Annual Employee Appreciation BBQ on Thursday, Aug. 18. Richard shared, “Each day, our team works to provide tenants, clients, and guests with exceptional hospitality and service. Lois and I are grateful for our employees’ efforts — they are truly our company’s most valuable asset.” Read Full Article
Philanthropists Richard and Lois Nicotra, gathered with 63 of The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation grant recipients at their Bloomfield social enterprise eatery, the COMMONS cafe on May 24, 2017, to present a total of $42,329 in awards and scholarships; 100% of the profits from the COMMONS cafe contribute to the funding for these non-profit organizations and scholarship students. Read Full Article
Food with integrity. Find salubrious options at the Teleport's Commons Cafe where (bonus!) all proceeds of the casual breakfast and lunch eatery go toward local charities. Here is a spicy honey chicken with mango and avocado salad, although the options are endless as one can create-his-own salad. If the weather's nice there is an outdoor seating area to enjoy a meal outside of the perky, yellow-themed dining area. Commons Cafe is located at 2 Teleport Dr., Bloomfield; 347-466-4207, CommonsCafeSI.com. Life should be delicious. Breakfast scones, when available, will be prepped with oats, for crunch and an extra dose of fiber. "We always feature the healthier option available that perhaps incorporates more grains or a greater majority of fruits or vegetables into the dish," Nicotra Group chief of staff Kristine Garlisi says. So at the Hilton's resident restaurant, a slew of items are called out on the menu that are low in fat. View this article on silive.com
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Ever wonder who the most powerful people are on Staten Island? Who wields the most influence on the political, cultural, business, non-profit and government landscapes on our borough? Well, wonder no more. A list of the 50 most powerful people on Staten was released yesterday. City & State, a media company focused on government and politics in New York, compiled the "Staten Island 50" most influential men and women. In the No. 1 spot on the list of power brokers and community leaders are hoteliers and philanthropists, Lois and Richard Nicotra, owners of the Hilton Garden in Bloomfield as well as the Commons Cafe, which donates back 100 percent of profits — close to $500,000 since 2011 — to Staten Island non-profits. "We are thrilled that the prestigious City & State media powerhouse thinks we are worthy of this award and we congratulate all the fellow Staten Islanders on the list," said Richard Nicotra of the recognition. Lois Nicotra added, "Anytime a light shines on the great things that happen on Staten Island, especially to a national audience, it makes our hearts sing. We've always loved and believed in Staten Island - and we feel that affection reflected on us." Former Borough President James Molinaro, who still has tremendous influence over the Conservative Party, came in at No. 7. "I'm very grateful to the people of Staten Island who made this happen by giving me the opportunity to serve them," he said during a phone interview. David Sorkin, Executive Director of the Staten Island JCC, and former Councilman Alfred Cerullo III, the President and CEO of Grand Central Partnership, made the Top 10. College of Staten Island President Dr. William Fritz, who has forged countless partnerships with businesses and non profits, also made the list. "It is a real honor and a humbling experience to be named along with so many distinguished Staten Islanders who have given of themselves to make our borough a better place," said Dr. Fritz. "I am also especially proud of the leadership role that the College of Staten Island is taking in the community." Lynn Kelly, President and CEO of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, came in at No. 38. Lynn also leads NYC & Company's mission to promote arts and tourism on Staten Island. "I am humbled to be recognized amongst so many Staten Islanders who love this borough and work for its betterment every day," she said. "I am particularly honored to be in the same company as several of Snug Harbor's board members and eight other accomplished women." The Staten Island 50 most influential people, as compiled by City & State are: 1: Rich and Lois Nicotra, Owners, Nicotra Properties 2: Brian Laline, Executive Editor, Staten Island Advance 3: Vincent Ignizio, CEO, Catholic Charities of Staten Island 4: John Alexander, Chairman and CEO, Northfield Bank 5: David Sorkin, Executive Director, Staten Island JCC 6: Donna Proske, Executive Director, Staten Island University Hospital 7: James Molinaro, Chairman Emeritus, Richmond County Conservative Party and Senior Managing Director, Pitta, Bishop, Del Giorno & Giblin 8: Rev. Dr. Victor Brown, Senior Pastor, Mount Sinai United Christian Church 9: Linda Baran, President and CEO, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce 10: Alfred Cerullo, President and CEO, Grand Central Partnership 11: Vincent Pitta and Jon Del Giorno, Founding Partners, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin 12: John Gulino, Richmond County Democratic Committee Chairman 13: Ed Burke, Deputy Borough President 14: Jim Easley, General Manager, General Growth Properties 15: Allen Cappelli, Attorney, NYC Civil Service Commission 16: Terry Troia, Executive Director, Project Hospitality 17: William Fritz, President, College of Staten Island 18: Yaakov Lehrfield, Rabbi, Young Israel of Staten Island 19: Edward Delatorre, NYPD Borough Commander, Staten Island 20: Anthony Pascale, Anchor/Reporter, NY1 21: Steve Fiala, Richmond County Clerk 22: Anthony Ferreri, Executive Vice President and Chief Affiliation Officer, Northwell Health 23: Pat Caltabiano, Founder and Executive Director, World of Women 24: Frank Siller, Chairman and CEO, Tunnel to Towers Foundation 25: Deirdre DeAngelis, Principal, New Dorp High School 26: Sandy Krueger 27: Stu Brenker, Community Activist 28: James Prendamano, Managing Director, Casandra Properties 29: Farid Kader, CEO, Yellow Boots 30: Dennis Quirk, President, New York State Court Officers Association 31: Ray Masucci, President and Founder, Masucci Developers LLC 32: Kathryn Krause Rooney, Chairwoman, Richmond University Medical Center 33: Tom Cocola, Staten Island Borough Commissioner, NYC DOT 34: Dennis Mckeon, Executive Director, Where to Turn 35: Murray Berman, Real estate developer, community activist 36: Harold Wagner, Chairman, Richmond Country Conservative Party 37: Anthony Lodico, Superintendent, Staten Island Public Schools 38: Lynn Kelly, President and CEO, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden 39: John Fusco, Staten Island Borough Hall Counsel 40: Leticia Remauro, President & CEO, The Von Agency 41: Daniel Cassella, President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726 42: Guy Molinari, Former Borough President 43: Al Curtis, Chairman, Staten Island Salvation Army 44: Grandmaster Jhong Uhk Kim, Businessman 45: Teddy Atlas, Founder and Chairman, Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation 46: Vito Fossella Jr., Managing Director, Park Strategies 47: Bill Smith, President, Staten Island Youth Soccer League 48: Joseph Delaney, Founder, Bread of Life Food Drive 49: Ralph Porzio, Attorney 50: John Hudson Dilgen, Activist View Article on SILive.com...