STATEN ISLAND, NY – Sunrise of New Dorp, a four-story, 120-plus-unit seniors’ residence across from New Dorp High School, is now officially open and welcomed its first residents last week.
Operated by Sunrise Senior Living, the property includes a range of custom-designed suites equipped with an emergency response system, a multi-functional bistro space, a theater room and a nail and hair salon. A large enclosed courtyard spanning the full width of the community is accessible to residents year-round.
“We are thrilled to welcome residents to our community in New Dorp,” said Cheryl Bambach, CEO of Sunrise of New Dorp. “We look forward to providing the best possible experience for our residents by helping them live the lifestyle they want and deserve.”
Founded in 1981 and currently operating more than 270 communities in the United States and Canada, serving nearly 30,000 residents, Sunrise Senior Living provides independent living and assisted living services, as well as care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, as well as nursing and rehabilitation services.
The assisted living agency, which has an existing facility at 801 Narrows Road North in Concord, is well known in its industry for Reminiscence Quarters, living spaces specially created to provide comfort and safety to residents with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other forms of memory loss. These quiet and secure areas are designed with resident suites located adjacent to the living and dining areas to promote easy navigation and social interaction.
“Sunrise’s cutting-edge innovation is underpinned by its mission to champion the quality of life for all seniors,” the company notes on its website.
The six-acre site, which housed a supermarket for decades — first an A&P and then Waldbaum’s — was home to Frank’s Nursery until 2005. Vacant since then, the property has caught the eye of major corporations like Target and Kohl’s , both of whom were never able to reach a deal. The School Construction Authority (SCA) also considered the plot for a primary school before Sunrise purchased the land in 2019.
Designed by Moseley Architects and decorated by Sunrise’s in-house design team, the facility was built to “support resident comfort and safety”.
“The community combines an elegant blend of modern and interior design touches in its common areas and private spaces, and features custom-built furniture built for the needs of residents,” Sunrise noted in a statement. “At the heart of the community built in partnership with KBE Building Corporation and PWC Companies, is a bustling, multifunctional bistro space, offering a spot for coffee and snacks, as well as seating options for lounging in front of the large slab of stone fireplace, eating, playing games and socializing.”
According to the supplier, the location was chosen because of its access to surrounding shops, restaurants and more.
“With proximity to the Staten Island Freeway, residents will have access to quick day trips to Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City,” the company noted in a press release. “The community is located minutes from the shops, restaurants and beaches of Staten Island’s Hylan Boulevard, which offers various new options, and surrounded by many independent parks, including Miller Field. Residents will enjoy activities and events capitalizing on the vibrant location, including excursions to the Midland Beach boardwalk and surrounding green spaces. Beyond the lifestyle options in the area, residents of Sunrise will have peace of mind with close proximity to medical support from Northwell Hospital, as well as numerous private medical practices based in the New Dorp area.
The Sunrise of New Dorp dining room will be under the direction of chef Daisy Maria Martinez, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and cookbook author who has made appearances on cooking shows on The Food Network and PBS. The Brooklyn native and mother of four infuses her French training with her Puerto Rican heritage in her cooking and will work within the Sunrise of New Dorp community to create an eclectic menu that incorporates local, seasonal produce that meets the needs of residents. and elevates their experience.
Community administrators also plan to partner with New Dorp High School to provide intergenerational learning opportunities. The National Honor Society at New Dorp High School has already begun working with the Sunrise community, writing and creating welcome materials for new residents upon arrival.
“Our location next to New Dorp High School provides our residents with many wonderful options for connecting with students. From programming within our community to school field trips, we look forward to seeing how we can build an intergenerational program that builds meaningful, long-term connections,” said Aprillynne Cruz, Sunrise of New Dorp Sales Director. has already booked and we look forward to continuing this partnership.”