TMYK: Borough Hall Murals

PHOTO:  Vinnie Amesse

PHOTO: Vinnie Amesse

Staten Island’s 100-year-old Borough Hall is the seat of government for the Borough. Featuring beautiful French Renaissance design elements and a high clock tower, it is one of the most recognizable landmarks on Staten Island.

The grand marble lobby contains a series of Depression Era bas-reliefs and murals which allow visitors to take a walk through history. The 13 murals are 6 ½ by 13-foot oil-on-canvas masterpieces and depict significant moments in Staten Island’s past. They are the first comprehensive series of paintings to decorate a public building on Staten Island, and the murals are the largest and most accessible WPA collection in New York City.

www.statenislandusa.com

Hours
Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm
Admission
Free

Address
10 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY
718.816.2000

via VisitStatenIsland.com

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Comedy Night (The Second Coming) @ SIABC Gallery

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February 19 @ 8:30 pm11:00 pm

SIABC is proud to present to you our second monthly comedy showcase right here at 73 Wave St!

Last month we had a sold out packed house and a lineup of great performers all from Staten Island and other parts of New York City! Clips of that show are available online now!

This month’s bill includes Staten Island talent:

Anthony Mustacchio
Joe Romby Jr.
Tommy DaddyTom Re
Zach Sharif
Susan Golden
Andy Nadler
John Kurschner
Jeffrey Paul
Jay Miller
Eric D’Alessandro
Jen Remauro

Tickets will be available from Pauline, Calvin, or any of the featured performers above.

$15 pre-sale
$20 at the door

ABOUT SIABC (from their website)

The Staten Island Artist Building Corporation (SIABC) is proud to be located in the Stapleton area of Staten Island.  It serves to building a stronger community by offering studio work space for creatively minded individuals. Artists and the community have embraced SIABC as a hub for creating, collaborating on, and showcasing their works.

Set in a beautifully designed building, SIABC is open to all different genres of art.  Currently accommodating artists in photography, painting, silk screening, writing, video, and glass designing, SIABC is open to consider new and innovative genres and welcomes artists involved in cutting edge creative works.  The SIABC building includes private artist studios in a modern space including a common lounge area and kitchen.

Aside from the main building, the SIABC Art Gallery / Performance Space has already seen its fair share of fantastic exhibitions from local artists, musical performances, and formal gatherings.  It is open to everyone and is available for reservation.  Several theatrical plays have been performed at the Gallery’s mini theater & stage and it is also available for smaller theater productions, business meetings, private parties, art showcases, and a host of different types of events.

Caffe Artisti is located right next door to the  Gallery.  Whether it’s to take an espresso break during any Gallery events or enjoy a delicious fresh food meal, Caffe Artisti is ready whenever the mood arises.

Staten Island Artist Building is pleased to share it’s space and resources with all Staten Island creatives with an outreach to all artists in New York City.  We look forward to the future of art and many more enjoyable experiences at our space with everyone.

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A Neighborhood of Contrasts: Living in Staten Island’s Tottenville Neighborhood

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Tottenville, a self-contained enclave along Staten Island’s southwestern waterfront, can be rich in contrasts.

Brightly painted wood-frame houses from the Civil War era sit near beige 21st-century stone mansions. Lines of cars snarl Amboy Road, but on wooded paths by Raritan Bay, a walker may have only cardinals for company.

And on a recent afternoon, along the industrial Arthur Kill waterway, tugboats sat marooned in a dirt lot, while next door at La Bella Marketplace, shoppers browsed the Italian delicacies.

“There is modern, there is old. There is large, there is small. But this is definitely a very quaint and quiet community,” said Mildred Merlucci, who relocated to Staten Island a few decades ago from Brooklyn in search of more light and space.

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“Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark” at Alice Austen House

Alice Austen with a friend playing music on the porch of her home, Clear Comfort. (Courtesy of the Alice Austen Museum)

Alice Austen with a friend playing music on the porch of her home, Clear Comfort. (Courtesy of the Alice Austen Museum)

Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Austen House’s significance in New York City history and tells the fascinating story of the saving of the house from threatened destruction.

The exhibition explores the many layers of history represented in the house, including its Dutch origins dating back to the 1690s and the many architectural changes over time.  Select photographs by Alice Austen of the home convey the strong ties and pride she felt toward Clear Comfort, her home of 78 years and her artistic muse. The hardships faced will also be presented through the tragic story of Alice Austen’s eviction from her family home when she could no longer afford mortgage payments. Stories of other residents of the house over the centuries will be revealed, including Alice Austen’s lifelong companion Gertrude Tate, as well as later renters and caretakers. Clear Comfort also represents a preservation success story about a group of concerned citizens and prominent photographers and architectural scholars who came together and fought to save the house from development in the 1970s and open the home as a public museum in 1985. The exhibit will also look at the restoration efforts around preserving the house in the 1980s and recent restoration work in 2014. The Alice Austen House stands on the north shore of Staten Island as a reminder of the power of place and the importance of preserving history.

An early photograph by Alice Austen shows her playful style. In the photo, she and a neighbor pretend to light cigarettes in their undergarments. (Courtesy of the Alice Austen Museum)

An early photograph by Alice Austen shows her playful style. In the photo, she and a neighbor pretend to light cigarettes in their undergarments. (Courtesy of the Alice Austen Museum)

Becoming Clear Comfort is co-curated by Paul Moakley and Shiloh Aderhold, with essays by architectural historians Francis Morrone and Barnett Shepherd. The exhibition is generously supported by the New York Council for the Humanities and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Becoming Clear Comfort celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Alice Austen House and is presented in association with the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law.

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The Revitalization of Staten Island

New York City’s “forgotten borough” is no longer that. Staten Island is fast on the rise, with an astonishing number of new developments, from sleek tech companies to cultural centers to waterfront amusement parks

via Mike Dunphy/ NewYork.Com

5-fantasy-shores_650When Dutch explorers arrived in New York harbor and spotted land, the old joke goes that they asked “s dat en island?” thereby bestowing the name on Staten Island. Probably even less funny is the question from many visitors today: “s dat New Jersey?” Indeed, New York City’s “forgotten borough” accepts short shrift daily, especially in tourism, with few visitors embarking on anything more than a round-trip ride on the famous free ferry. But, things are changing on Staten Island — in a big way. New tech companies are moving in, taking advantage of one of the best broadband infrastructures in the nation — and inspiring headlines like this one: “Can Staten Island become… Silicon Island?” Also, retailers are setting up shop on the island, snapping up the least expensive commercial space in all five boroughs. Plus, the island is also starting to draw tourists seeking an alternative to the usual selfies in Times Square, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. But there’s no need to wait for rotations on the world’s tallest Ferris wheel before launching your own expedition here. Staten Island is rapidly evolving month by month, as you’ll see from our timeline below. Visit now, for the chance to see an island in flux.

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One of Staten Island’s Tallest Buildings Will Soon Be Built

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One of tallest new buildings in Staten Island will soon be built in St. George, at the northern tip of the borough, the Staten Island Advance reports. The height? A whopping 15 stories.

The property is located at 315-325 St. Mark’s Place and was just sold two weeks ago by owner Hyatt Development LLC for $9.5 million. The 37,000-square-foot site was purchased by a group of “international investors” who plan to build a cute luxury residential building with “360-degree panoramic views of Manhattan” (which is, unfortunately, impossible).

“This will be a high-end, Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, shiny building,” says Michael Schneider of Schneider Realty, who brokered the deal. The adorable little building—right at the cusp of adulthood—could eventually hold 140 to 180 units, with parking and commercial space on the lower levels.

According to the Advance, the Castleton Park Apartments at 185 and 165 St. Mark’s Place are likely the tallest buildings in the borough, at 20 stories.

Read More HERE

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The EDGE at CPG

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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

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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.)

FULL ARTICLE

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Dinosaur Encounter!!

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“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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