STATEN ISLAND, NY — Sunrise of New Dorp, a four-story, more than 120-unit senior living development across the street 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 number of individually designed suites equipped with an emergency call system, a multifunctional bistro area, a theater room and a boutique nail and hair salon. A large, enclosed courtyard that spans the entire width of the community is open to residents year-round.
“We are very excited to welcome the residents of our community to New Dorp,” said Sunrise of New Dorp Executive Director Cheryl Bambach. “We look forward to providing our residents with the best possible experience while supporting them to live the lifestyle they want and deserve.”
Founded in 1981, Sunrise Senior Living currently serves more than 270 communities across 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 individuals with Alzheimer’s 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 known in its industry for Reminiscence Neighborhoods, living areas specifically created to provide comfort and safety for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of life of memory loss. These quiet, safe areas are designed with resident suites adjacent to living and dining areas to encourage easy navigation and social interaction.
“Sunrise’s industry-leading innovation builds on its mission to improve the quality of life for all seniors,” the company states on its website.
The two-acre site that for decades housed a supermarket—first an A&P and then Waldbaum’s—was home to Frank’s Nursery until 2005. Since then, the property has stood vacant and has attracted the attention of big companies like Target and Kohl’s, who have never been able to strike a deal. The School Construction Authority (SCA) also eyed the site for a primary school before Sunrise bought the land in 2019.
Designed by Moseley Architects and decorated by Sunrise’s in-house design team, the facility was built to “support the comfort and safety of residents”.
“The community combines an elegant blend of modern and interior design touches in its public spaces and private spaces, and features custom furniture built to the needs of residents,” Sunrise noted in a statement. “At the heart of the community, built in collaboration with KBE Building Corporation and PWC Companies, is a vibrant and multifunctional bistro area that offers space for coffee and snacks, as well as seating for lounging in front of the large flagstone fireplace, dining, gaming and socializing .”
The location was chosen for its proximity to surrounding shops, restaurants and more, according to the vendor.
“Proximity to the Staten Island Expressway gives residents access to quick trips to Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City,” the company said in a press release. “The community is minutes from the shops, restaurants and beaches of Staten Island’s Hylan Boulevard, which offers several new options, and is surrounded by many independent parks, including Miller Field. Residents will enjoy activities and events that take advantage of the dynamic location, including trips to the Midland Beach boardwalk and surrounding green spaces. Aside from the lifestyle options in the area, residents of Sunrise will be reassured by the close proximity to medical care at Northwell Hospital as well as many of the private medical practices in the New Dorp area.”
The dining room at Sunrise of New Dorp is helmed by Executive Chef Daisy Maria Martinez, a French Culinary Institute graduate and cookbook author who has appeared on cooking shows on both The Food Network and PBS. Born in Brooklyn and a mother of four, she blends her French education with her Puerto Rican heritage in her cooking and will work in the Sunrise of New Dorp community to create an eclectic menu that includes local, seasonal produce to meet the needs of residents match and increases their experience.
Community administrators also plan to partner with New Dorp High School to provide opportunities for intergenerational learning. New Dorp High School’s National Honor Society has already begun working with the Sunrise community, writing and creating welcome materials for new residents when they arrive.
“Our location next to New Dorp High School gives our residents so many wonderful opportunities to connect with the students. From programming within our community to field trips to the school, we look forward to seeing how we can build an intergenerational program that builds meaningful and lasting connections,” said Aprillynne Cruz, Sunrise Sales Manager of New Dorp. “We are so grateful for the warm welcome we have already received from the National Honor Society of New Dorp High School and can’t wait to continue this partnership.”