CPG’s (Creative Photographers Guild)  first show of the new year, featuring member photographer Ken Martin.

Of his theme, Mr. Martin wrote “One of the subjects I like to photograph is the junction of two opposing things, such as land and water, or solids and air, and explore the boundaries, like life at the edge of something, or the sharp edge of a building, what is at the edge of our nation, or just edgy pictures.”

The exhibit is on view from January 10th – February 1st, 2015. Visit their FB page for updates 

About CPG

The Creative Photographers Guild is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization of photographers, from novice to professional, whose mission is to bring the universally expressive power of photography to the community.

The Guild also aims to provide a vibrant avenue for the promotion and appreciation of the creative and innovative world of photography to the greater New York community, especially Staten Island.

In service of those goals, the Guild opened the CPG Gallery in March of 2009 on Staten Island’s arts-oriented North Shore.

Members also seek other venues in which to exhibit photographs, promote public awareness of the unique artistic qualities of photography, support other artists and arts projects, and share skills and information with the community at large.

All are encouraged to visit the gallery and speak with the photographers, one of whom is always on hand for discussions.

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Sea Shantey Sessions

atlantic-ballina-2Sunday, January 17th and every third Sunday afternoon of the month, the Noble Maritime Museum opens its doors to musicians and music lovers of all ages for a monthy sea shantey sing-a-long.

Formerly held at the Seamens Church Institute in Lower Manhattan, the sessions at the site where music historian William Doerflinger collected many of the world’s most beloved songs of the sea from the seamen who lived here during the early 1900’s. The event is co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York. Refreshments are available, including beer and wine for sale.

2015-01-13_13-54-07Free, but donations are appreciated. All ages welcome.

The sing-in is held at the Noble Gallery, Building D, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY.  Snug Harbor is accessible by the S40 bus from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and by car.

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Staten Island retailers make BID for visitors


via Cara S. Trager/ Crain’s

A growing gaggle of Staten Island’s stores and restaurants are getting their acts together. The borough, which has only two city-chartered business improvement districts—versus 23 across the Verrazano Bridge in Brooklyn—will likely get its third in the spring. Meanwhile, business leaders are laying the groundwork for two others.

The amply demonstrated abilities of BIDs across the city to police, clean up and promote their turfs have provided much of the inspiration, but so too has fear. On Staten Island, local merchants face a double-barreled threat: the growing popularity of online shopping as well as a recently unveiled plan by the island’s largest-by-far brick-and-mortar operator, the Staten Island Mall, to expand by more than a third, to 1.7 million square feet. That is on top of the opening of a 150,000-square-foot Target, the second on Staten Island, in 2013, and the expected arrival of BJ’s Wholesale Club.

“Staten Island is a place where the majority of the people drive, so getting into a car and going to a big-box store or mall is no big deal,” said Gail Castellano, a first vice president for retail banking at New York Community Bank. She sits on the steering committee of what will likely become the island’s third BID, the South Shore Local Development Corp. (The other two are the Forest Avenue and West Shore Industrial BIDs.)


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Dinosaur Encounter!!


“Jurassic World,” the latest installment of the “Jurassic Park” film franchise, isn’t due out until June — but you don’t have to wait for that summer blockbuster to score face-time with dinosaurs.

Eight of the scaly prehistoric creatures are wintering at the Staten Island Zoo, where “Dinosaur Encounters” debuted Thursday, Dec. 18.

A triceratops is among the four species that were welcomed for their four-month stay by about 60 preschoolers who walked over from the Broadway YMCA. The exhibit is now open to the public through April 1 and is free with regular admission to the Zoo.

“They’re not real. They’re like toys,” said one of the adults shepherding the slowly moving wide-eyed tots as they arrived.

Part of Field Station Dinosaurs in Secaucus, the animatronics are part of a 30 life-sized herd of the extinct animals that have been brought to life by scientists, engineers and imaginative artists. Triggered by motion detectors, the eight beasts move heads and tails and grunt and growl hoarsely.

“The combination of science and imagination, education and fun is something that Field Station shares with the Staten Island Zoo,” said Zoo executive director Ken Mitchell.


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Opening date set for 24-hour seafood restaurant in Staten Island Ferry Terminal

Artist renderings of the new restaurant coming to the St George Ferry Termminal.

Artist renderings of the new restaurant coming to the St George Ferry Termminal.

via Pamela Silvestri/SILive

It’s official: Sal Himani says the River Dock Cafe at the St. George Ferry Terminal will open in January 2015.

Due to concerns about staffing during “Christmas and New Year’s, we’re shooting for Jan. 3,” says Himani, a principal in the 24-hour seafood operation.

Note: The gallery of images above was photographed a while back. The final product is being kept under wraps until opening day.

Details about a grand opening party are forthcoming, but for now he offers a peek at some of the menu items in a drafted list that does not include pricing as of yet.


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Be generous: Project Hospitality launches annual winter clothing drive

via SILive

Project Hospitality is seeking donatations of new winter gloves, hats, scarfs and other items for its annual winter clothing drive. (Staten Island Advance file photo)

Project Hospitality is seeking donatations of new winter gloves, hats, scarfs and other items for its annual winter clothing drive. (Staten Island Advance file photo)

Project Hospitality is counting on borough residents to open wallets and hearts this holiday season and donate new scarves, hats, gloves, socks, hooded sweatshirts, thermals and other cold-weather clothing between now and Jan. 6.

Please leave the prices and store tags on the clothing.

The items will be distributed to the homeless and other Staten Islanders in need of warm clothes.

Items will be accepted at Project Hospitality’s administrative offices, 100 Park Ave. in Port Richmond, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, from now through Jan. 6.

The receptionist will provide receipts for all donated items.

For more information, contact Deacon Paul Kosinski, director of community outreach, at 718-448-1544 ext. 134 or email:

This year, Project Hospitality has served more than 35,000 homeless, hungry and otherwise marginalized Staten Islanders.

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Model Home Program Sparks Sales at The Accolade

via The Staten Island Advance – For the 4th time this year, the developer of The Accolade in St. George has unveiled a professionally furnished model home to help showcase the wide range of floor plans and upscale living spaces offered at the new luxury condominium on Staten Island’s north shore waterfront.


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NY Cares Coat Drive 2014


Help keep all New Yorkers warm this winder by donating winter coats at 300 locations citywide or by starting your own coat collection team.

Drop your winter coats at one of our 300 public collection sites citywide now through December 31st. You’ll be guaranteed to find one close to your home or office. Search using our interactive map.

It’s so easy with our handy wish list through Amazon, full of affordable coats you can send right to our warehouse so we can get to them to the New Yorkers who need them most. Just click here to make a real difference in someone’s life. BUY A COAT

Is your company or department passionate about helping members of the community? Is your church group or alumni group looking to bring people together and make a positive difference at the same time? For more info on how to create a collection team click here.

New York Cares will begin accepting applications from nonprofit organizations in New York City starting October 20th and concluding on November 30. Agencies requesting coats can apply here. We aim to collect 100,000 gently used winter coats each November and December and distribute them starting in early December. If you want more info, see our How to Request page. If you’re an individual in-need of coat, see our five walk-in distribution sitesREQUEST COATS NOW

For more information, visit

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See Amy Schumer Live

2014-11-20_11-16-56See Amy Schumer live at the St. George Theatre on Friday November 28th at 7 pm. Tickets are $69, $45, and $35 and can be purchased here. The venue is located at 35 Hyatt St. –  only two blocks from the S. I.  Ferry.

As the funniest, freshest face on television, Amy Schumer is on the rise in the world of comedy with her blend of honesty, and unapologetic sense of humor.

Schumer is the creator, star, writer and executive producer of Inside Amy Schumer, the popular Comedy Central television series which premiered in April 2013 to the network’s highest season premiere ratings of the year. Schumer’s provocative and hilariously wicked mind is on full display as she explores topics revolving around sex, relationships, and life through a series of scripted vignettes, stand-up comedy, and man-on-the-street interviews. The show will return for a 3rd season next year.

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Thanksgiving Day Run!

Thanksgiving-TurkeyTHANKSGIVING DAY, Thursday, November 27, 2014
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, N.Y.

 Schedule of Events:NO ENTRY FEE! SIGN UP ON RACE DAY!8:00AM Boys and Girls ¼ mile (ages 10 & under)
8:15AM “ “ ½ mile ( 11 & 12)
8:30AM “ “ 1 mile (13&14)
9:00AM 3 mile run – ALL WOMEN & Men 40 & Over
9:45AM 3 mile run – Men under 40
Donations of nonperishable food stuffs & money accepted by members of the SUSAN WAGNER H.S.KIWANIS KEY CLUB, BRIGHTON KIWANIS, AND AOH DIVISIONS 1 & 3 SINYProduced by: THE MARLI FAMILY, VICTORY SPORTS, BRIGHTON KIWANIS. AOH 1 & 3

For information contact MIKE BRENNAN, or 347-296-1827 (O) during business hours

More info HERE

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