Your Next Destination…

img-06From a day at the beach, to a night at the theatre, Staten Island has it all. We’re home to great cultural attractions, a wild zoo, fun nightlife, and more than 170 parks. No wonder people say “If you haven’t seen Staten Island, you haven’t REALLY seen New York!”

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JUNE Session 2: 5k Run

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Kills Boro Run Club: Second June Session

It’s the time again! Join us for another 5k run this Wednesday, June 27th. It’s simple…

REGISTRATION: 6:30 PM
RUN: 7:00 PM

There’s even a free beer waiting for you once you’ve completed the route. Consider it you “carrot on a stick.”

See you then!

Summer Tablescape Ideas

summer-tablescape-2-copyWelcome to the summer edition of 10 Minute Decorating!  Today we’ll all be sharing some simple outdoor decorating ideas that reflect that more relaxed summer vibe that I love.  You can find all of the beautiful projects from my blogging friends at the end of this post.  They’re all quick, easy, and add that pretty summer touch!  But first, some simple summer tablescape ideas from me!

Summer is my absolute FAVORITE season of the year!  I look forward to it all year.  The weather, the more laid back schedules, the fresh fruits and veggies, evenings on the backyard patio – I love it all! {well… except the mosquitos!}.  We also love BBQing and having our meals outdoors.  Our patio is east facing so I can get some morning sun while having my breakfast and enjoy the cooler shade once the later afternoon hits. Continue reading at .cleanandscentsible.com >>>

Staten Island Dining 101

2018-06-11_13-25-36For a city getaway, how about cruising to Staten Island? The free ferry is full of tourists snapping selfies and shots of the Statue of Liberty, disembarking at St. George only to ride it right back to Manhattan. Next time, stay for a spell. Several restaurants make it worthwhile, including the Italian nonna–run Enoteca Maria and the German beer and wurst specialist Nurnberger Bierhaus. Another favorite, Bayou, has been delivering a taste of the Big Easy for more than a decade while steakhouse Ruddy & Dean has served up dry-aged steaks and spectacular views of New York Harbor since 2000. Read on to find a mix of old and new places, from classic pizza joints to an adventurous Sri Lankan buffet. Some are within walking distance of the ferry terminal while others require a bus ride or a few stops on the Staten Island Railroad (or better yet, a car). On your return ferry trip to Manhattan, be sure to stand on the deck like Melanie Griffith in Working Girl and take in the panorama. Continue reading on NYCGO.com >>>>

Jam & Toast Brunch

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via Project Hospitality

Please join us for Brunch! 
May 9, 2018 
at the Hilton Garden Inn

Join us as we toast the following community leaders for their outstanding support of our community!

John Calabrese Financial  
Rabbi Marcus Kramer Humanitarian Award

Robert King Kee
Reverend Roland Ratmeyer Founders Award

Judith Cohen  
Sophie Matthews Memorial Award

Elwood Kuszel
The Bishop Patrick Ahern Achievement Award

For tickets: https://projecthospitality.ticketspice.com/project-hospitality

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christopher Hellstrom (Director of Agency Advancement) chellstrom@prohecthospitality.org 718-448-1544 (116)

Cabaret Night: “All That Jazz”

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Friday, April 6th at 7:30 PM

The Conference House Association’s 
Cabaret Night: “All That Jazz”
with The Jazz Union performing
and featuring talented vocalist Rita

Includes hors d’oeuvres, “jazzed up” punch, dessert, coffee, and tea.

Conference House Members will receive a free raffle ticket at the event with confirmed membership!

Note: All reservations must be paid by April 5, 2018 and are non-refundable.

For more information call 718-984-6046 or visit our Facebook page.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Conference House is owned by the City of New York, operated by The Conference House Association, and is a member of The Historic House Trust.

MORE INFO

Maple Syruping Saturdays

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1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Please let the environmental educator know you are coming before the program by calling 718-605-3970 x201 or email emily.becker@parks.ny.gov.

THE ULTIMATE 12-MONTH “SELF-CARE” CHALLENGE THAT TOPS ANY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

2d7436b1c1293c8a2722b99810332275Now that we’ve officially crossed the half-way mark of January, I thought it was only fitting to take a second and check in on each other. How are you doing? How is the new year going so far? I finally took the plunge and tossed out our Christmas tree last weekend. Even though it sure was hard to say goodbye to that bone-dry mini fir, I convinced my husband to leave up a few strands of lights around our apartment. That way, we can enjoy the spirit of the holidays for just a tad-bit longer. Plus, those warm white bulbs always illuminate such a cozy vibe, don’t you think?

Anyway, enough of my off-tangent rant. Time to get back on track.

How are your new year’s resolutions coming? I know I mentioned some simple resolutions to revitalize your body, mind and soul here that are totally doable any time of the year, but then I got to thinking: What about the people that are looking to grow and evolve but aren’t really keen on resolutions in the first place? And that’s why I’m here today.

Instead of creating one, two, three (four, five, six) giant self-care goals to achieve throughout the next 365 days, why not take the year one month at a time? That way, you can tackle smaller challenges with each 30/31 days that pass and revel in just as much (if not more!) self-improvement success by the time December rolls around. Enticing, right?

Now of course, everyone is unique so your idea of self-care might differ with what I’ve listed below, but I’m hoping it will at least help you get started on your journey!

January: Infuse your mind with inspiration.

With the cheerful holiday decor all packed up and the outdoor temperatures consistently dropping, it doesn’t take much for January to seem a bit dreary. But don’t let the cold frigid weather get you down. Instead, take time to infuse your mind with inspiration. Plan a trip. Add adventures to your bucket list. And if you don’t have a bucket list, create one. The excitement of having something to look forward to will be the heat needed on even the coldest of days. FULL ARTICLE AT WIT & DELIGHT

50 COCKTAILS TO GET YOU THROUGH HOLIDAY DRAMA

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HAVE ONE GLASS (OR SIX) OF THESE COCKTAILS AND PUNCH BOWLS—WHO’S COUNTING DURING THE HOLIDAYS, ANYWAY?

via Alyse Whitney at Bon Appetit

All you need are two steps to survive Christmas: Take a deep breath and make a cocktail, stat. Cozy mulled wine, spiked egg nog, and dangerously-strong bourbon punch will help you get juuuust drunk enough to survive everything from fake-smiling through bad gifts to your post-feast food coma.

Take me to the cocktails! >>>

Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread

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‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.”

ApartmentTherapy.com has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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