Hounds & Hunks!

Gift of Giving and Getting this Holiday Season for Rescue Dog & Cat Lovers from Louie’s Legacy

2015-11-23_14-00-29Order a 2016 HUNKS AND HOUNDS CALENDARS by Mike Ruiz and get the gift of giving to Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue. Not only do you help rescue pets find their furever home and live their happy tails,  you can spare yourself ‪#‎BlackFriday‬ and pick up ‪#‎HunksandHounds‬ 2016 for your animal loving friends! It’s stress-free and every dollar saves homeless animals– and well…. hunks.

All proceeds benefit Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity Accepting orders now. Calendars are $19.95 plus shipping, or get both for $34.95 plus shipping.

Louie’s Legacy has saved 6,700 animals from suffering since beginning in 2009. 100% of proceeds from your calendar purchase helps give abandoned and abused animals a second chance.


So many amazing photos, who could choose? Now, you don’t have to. In 2016, two is twice as nice. Purchase one or both Hunks and Hounds calendars benefiting Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue.

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I Want To Go To There!!

2015-10-28_13-12-00via Atlas Obscura – Sitting just off the Staten Island’s poetically named Arthur Kill Road is the last remaining Kreischer Mansion, a lovely Victorian home that is said to be one of the most haunted places in all of New York, which may actually be true if one is referring to being haunted by memories of murder and death.

Celebrate and immerse yourselves in the spooky history and legends of the Kreischer Mansion.
Creepy characters will be brought to life and plot twists that are alleged to have happened in this gorgeous victorian home throughout the night.



Go ahead and dress in costume relevant to the ominous history of the property to better enjoy the night
Dont be shy to participate in the theatre *
Guests are invited to tour the hauntings of the house (Instruction to follow)
The DJ is rad and it’s hoped you get into his grooves curated especially for this event
Food and entertainment will be provided on the lawn as well
Cash NOT accepted for last minute tickets, food or alcohol – CARD ONLY – Save your cash, tip our staff

Ticket on sale NOW!
40$ Early Grave ( admission, tour and performances)
60$ Early VIP ( admission and Exclusive access to the Attic + Seance)
On the door ( Late Grave) 60$ /80$
21+ enforced

FREE shuttles leave Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza 7p (RSVP suggested) * Return LATE
FREE shuttles will collect guests from St George Staten Island Ferry landing (RSVP suggested) There will be 2x shuttle runs per hour (830p-1130p) * Return 2-3a
Rideshare discounts available through LYFT and Uber (watch for promo code in Welcome email)

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BOO! How Brave are You?!

Credit: Michael Falco

Credit: Michael Falco

Rumor has it that Staten Island is home to some restless spirits. Are YOU brave enough to explore Haunted Staten Island?

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is said to be haunted and has been the site of many paranormal investigations.

Every Friday in the month of October, guests are invited to join a “Haunted Historical Tour”, discussing the home’s historical and ghostly residences.  To learn more about the Haunted Historical Tour, visit their website.

 Once a 19th Century summer mansion, the Historic Old Bermuda Inn is now a popular restaurant and catering hall. Featuring a delicious menu and period décor, the Historic Old Bermuda Inn purportedly hosts more than just diners and events. Guests have often claimed to see apparitions or felt “cold spots.”

 The site of a failed Revolutionary War peace treaty attempt, the Conference House is believed to be one of the most haunted spots on Staten Island. The manor house and surrounding land are said to host apparitions of British soldiers, a young boy, and a woman on horseback.

 Before becoming a Cultural Center, Snug Harbor was home to retired sailors. It is believed that some of these “Old Salts” still roam the site’s Greek Revival Buildings and manicured grounds. In fact, Snug Harbor was recently featured on the Syfy show “Ghost Hunters”.

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Have Fun & Learn Something New!

c99dfdb859059f59abb513f995a7fce9Richmond County Pipes and Drums is a family orientated, community band based in Staten Island. The organization was founded in 1976 with several guiding principles that has made the band successful for almost 40 years.

The most important principle is to further and encourage the study and practice in the arts of piping and drumming, its proper execution and its rituals and traditions. The group seeks to foster a spirit of mutual respect, friendship and camaraderie among band, its respective members, friends and supporters.

They are always looking for new members to join in.

The band offers FREE piping and drumming lessons to students of all ages. Beginners are always welcome if you like to have fun and are willing to participate in community activities throughout the year but especially during the month of March. The band participates in events in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island and New Jersey.

Practices are held every Thursday night at 7:30 pm at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in the Eltingville section of Staten Island. Email ahead to richmondcountypipesdrums@gmail.com for more info!

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URL®Staten Island housing complex to open in December

Tracey Porpora at The Staten Island Advance reports on the December opening of Ironstate Development Company‘s URL®Staten Island.

-d511e38ae2bf1142URL®Staten Island, the 900-unit housing complex being built at the former Stapleton homeport, is expected to welcome its first residents on Dec. 1.

URL (Urban Ready Life)®Staten Island — being built by the Hoboken-N.J.-based Ironstate Development Company — is a $150 million project to construct 900 rental units in two five story buildings with 35,000 square feet of ground floor retail, 600 parking spaces and a public plaza at the former U.S. Navy homeport.

“This will be a really different type of residential living for Staten Island. I think it’s going to be a credit to the North Shore community. I think it’s taking an underutilized waterfront area and providing really meaningful public access and programming in the form of restaurateurs,” said David Barry, president of Ironstate Development Company, whose portfolio of projects includes Pier Village in Long Branch, N.J.

URL®Staten Island will be the first of several waterfront projects — including the N.Y. WheelEmpire Outlets and Lighthouse Point in St. George — to take shape on the North Shore.


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Who Make It Best: Pizza Edition

2015-09-11_13-43-26SILIVE.COM is holding a “Reader’s Choice” contest to see who makes the best Staten Island pie.

It’s cheesy but true: Of all the topics that fire up Staten Islanders, superior pie provokes some of the liveliest debates.

Come on, we can opine over the best brick-oven crusts and artisan toppings until the fresh cow’s milk mozzarella comes home. That’s why “Best Pizza” is the next category in our 2015 Staten Island Readers’ Choice Awards.

“Pizza is one food that Staten Island chefs craft perfectly,” says SILive.com’s resident foodie, Pamela Silvestri. “You’ll never find a bad pie in the borough — the problem is finding the best.”

That’s where you come in. Vote for your favorite out the Top 20 finalists.

Voting is open until through Sunday, September 13th and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 14th!


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Has St. George Arrived?



Yesterday, Curbed.com posited this very question in a post regarding the recent $1 Million dollar sale of a Staten Island Penhouse.

Welcome Staten Island to the million-dollar condo club: This year, two penthouse apartments in The Accolade, a building in St. George right by the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, sold for more than $1 million apiece—the first condos in the borough to go for that much. Penthouse 9G closed for nearly $1.3 million in May, and just this week, Penthouse 9H (pictured here) closed for more than $1 million. The three-bedroom duplex has views of the harbor, Manhattan, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Does this mean St. George has arrived? Maybe: The Accolade has sold nearly all of its penthouses, save one (which is currently on the market for $1.35 million), and it’s tempting residents with amenities like a kids’ play room, a gym,a pet spa, on-site parking, and landscaping and snow removal. 

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GrowNYC Presents Stop ‘N’ Swap


GrowNYC will host upcoming Stop ‘N’ Swap events at two Staten Island locations.

The first stop/swap event will take place on September 19th from 10am – 2pm at the Sea View Hospital Community Service Building located at 460 Brielle Avenue.

You are invited to bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you.You don’t have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please. Everything is free!

On September 12th from 10am – 2pm, Staten Island’s GrowNYC Greenmarkets will host simultaneous Book Swaps. You are invited to bring books to give away, and to find books that are new to you. You don’t have to bring books to take books and Everything is free!

The Book Swaps will take place at the St. George Greenmarket (St. Marks Place and Hyatt Street) and at the Staten Island Mall Greenmarket.

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All Aboard the Lighthouse Boat Tour!

Lighthouse-Boat-Tour-2Join the National Lighthouse Museum in their continuing series of Lighthouse Boat Tours on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11 am to 2 pm.

The tour will depart from Staten Island Home Port, 355 Front Street, Staten Island, NY for a cruise up the East River, passing through Hell’s Gate to Long Island Sound. The cruise will go as far as Execution Rocks Lighthouse and learn of its gruesome history. The Stepping Stones Light is not to be missed. This is a memorable three hour cruise with knowledgeable presenters sharing little known facts about the lighthouses we’ll see.

Bring your own snacks or purchase refreshments on board. Rain or Shine Cost: Adults $60.00 Seniors $50.00 children $40.00

To purchase tickets: info@lighthousemuseum.org  or by calling 718-390-0400

Tickets can be purchased at the Lighthouse Museum site – 200 Promenade @ Lighthouse Point (behind St. George Post Office) Staten Island, NY 10301

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Business Spotlight: Cookie Jar

2015-08-03_13-44-08The Cake Chef Cookie Jar is located at 1226 Forest Avenue in Staten Island’s North ShoreThe shop currently has 150 plus different cookies on a daily basis. Each one different from the rest! They also offer eight different delicious varieties of cupcakes.

This is not your typical area bakery that makes one cookie recipe and then uses different color sprinkles and different shapes to add variety. Each recipe is developed and modified by the Master Baker Cake chef and tweaked to perfection or at the very least a very satisfying bite.

Business Motto: After all…if it ain’t worth the calories…Why would you eat it????

Open 7 days a week.  Open ALL holidays! Extended holiday hours.

They also ship all over the globe. Check out the store online at www.cakechefcookiejar.com

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