Ground has been broken on a new office building at the Teleport site but it's not your ordinary office building. The 330,000 square foot space includes a vineyard and new restaurant that will benefit local charities. The project is the work of Richard and Lois Nicotra who sat down with NY1's Anthony Pascale to talk about it. Watch Video Here
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation awarded more than $30,000 in grants and scholarships to employees' children and grandchildren, and as aid to non-profits dedicated to helping Staten Island. The foundation awarded $34,433 at the ceremony, which took place at COMMONS Cafe in Bloomfield on Wednesday. The Nicotras announced plans for a second social enterprise eatery similar to COMMONS Cafe, also located at the teleport as part of their newest development, Corporate Commons Three. The new eatery, "Pienza, Pizza, Pasta & Porchetta," will join the cafe's mission to "Eat Good. Do Good.," giving 100 percent of the profits to charity. Corporate Commons Three will be an eight-story, 330,000-square-foot Class A office building. It will feature a 40,000-square-foot rooftop organic farm, beehives to make honey and a vineyard. Read Full Article Here
"Philanthropists Lois and Richard Nicotra gathered with 50 non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients at The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation Fall Awards Ceremony at the COMMONS café on November 22nd, 2016. The Nicotras presented $66,199 in awards and scholarships; 100% of the profits from the COMMONS café contribute to the funding for these Staten Island non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients. Since 2011, The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation has awarded a total of $548,898 to more than 292 non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients." Read Full Article on SILIVE.com
The Bloomfield Conservancy The Template for this effort is the Bloomfield Conservancy, the non-profit branch of the Nicotra Group, a real estate company owned by Richard Nicotra and his wife, Lois. Their properties include seven office buildings, the Hilton Garden Inn and the Hampton Inn, all located within a 415-acre natural preserve in The Corporate Park of Staten Island on South Avenue. "I want this to be the Park Avenue of Staten Island," Mr. Nicotra has said about the West Shore thoroughfare. The Bloomfield Conservancy, which was established in 1998, has history of working with the city, along with corporate and business sponsors, on maintenance of the environment and on long-term public projects. "The Parks Department has limited funds and we need to help them and help ourselves to keep this area of Staten Island beautiful," Mr. Nicotra has pointed out.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As previously reported, parents who have lost children to cancer or whose lives were affected by it had requested of the Empire State Building's "Lighting Partner" program to light its spire for the cause. They were turned down, despite the fact that the building has been lit to highlight numerous other special causes. Thus, the Empire Go Gold movement was born, gaining momentum from other boroughs and Long Island for buildings to be lit gold in the month of September. Read the full article on SILIVE