NYC’s bridges will soon be outfitted with festive, choreographed lights

imageTimeOur reports that the city’s bridges are about to get some extra razzle dazzle.

Seven bridges operated by the MTA will soon be covered in blinking, color-changing lights that may just give the skyline a run for its money. The LED lights are set to be installed later this month. Governor Cuomo discussed the sparkly new addition to the cityscape at a press conference earlier this week.

“We’re illuminating all the bridges in New York City with different-colored lights, and the bridges can then be coordinated and choreographed to music,” said Cuomo. “So literally, you’ll have bridges all across the New York City area that are choreographed. Nothing like this have been done on the planet… Imagine New York Harbor, with all those bridges, and all of it choreographed.”

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Total Money Makeover

moneymakeover_flyerPrecise Leaders will be holding a free Total Money Makeover Series at the St. George Library from January-June. The series is for both adults and youth. Attendees will learn about credit, home buying, budgeting, investments/savings, insurance, and ways to increase their income. The goal is to change financial mindsets while breaking generational curses.

Free food and refreshments, door prizes, and a complimentary copy of the Richest Man in Babylon book will be provided.

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Hottest 2017 Home Trends

2017-01-11_14-17-40Pinterest has become our go-to site for all things decorating. Whether we’re looking for some inspiration to redesign our kitchens or in need of the hottest place cards to put at the Thanksgiving table, Pinterest has us covered. As the creative platform inspired all aspects of our lives in 2016, we can’t wait to see what we find in the next year. The site just released its list of the top 10 home trends predicted to take over your boards in 2017 and we’re ready to start pinning! Keep reading to see the hottest home trends of 2017.

Indoor Plants
Plants have been taking over our backyards for as long as we can remember, but this year, searches for indoor plants have climbed over 260 percent.

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2016-12-28_11-08-52via Staten Island Living NYC – Borough President James Oddo is pleased to announce the four dates that he will host free mammography screenings next year on Staten Island. The screenings will take place on January 17th, April 25th, July 26th and October 3rd. The mobile mammography van will be at the Forest Avenue Shopping Plaza in Port Richmond (in front of LA Fitness) from 9:30am to 4:30pm. On the January and July dates, there will also be a van at Bricktown Commons (Michael’s Parking Lot) in Charleston from 9am to 12pm and at Hylan Plaza Parking Lot in New Dorp (near CVS) from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. On the April and October dates, the van will be in New Dorp from 9am to 12pm and in Charleston from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

The screenings will be available to eligible women ages 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past year. All insurance plans will be accepted, and co-pays and deductibles will be waived. The mammograms will be free to uninsured women. An appointment must be made to get screened. To make an appointment at the Forest Avenue location, call (718) 816-2133 or (877) 628-9090. To make an appointment at the Bricktown Commons or Hylan Plaza locations, call (800) 564-6868. The screenings will be funded by Project Renewal and the American-Italian Cancer Foundation.

Staten Island’s Grandma Chefs

Scaravella got his first recruits by placing an ad in an Italian newspaper seeking “Italian housewives to cook regional dishes,” but over time, his roster has grown by references and word of mouth. “I talked to everybody when somebody gets in, we talk about the concept, I always ask them if you know somebody who wants to cook,” he said. “The concept has just mushroomed.” Though some nonnas are Staten Islanders, most come from Brooklyn, with some traveling from as far as New Jersey and The Bronx to cook at the restaurant.

While the nonnas are the big draw, the restaurant also employs one male “nonno,” Giuseppe Freya from Calabria, who makes all the pasta. “He makes the raviolis, he makes the ricotta gnocchi, he makes tagliatelle, he makes the pasta sheets for our lasagna,” Scaravella explained. “He’s fantastic.”

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Bah! Humbug!

DECEMBER 21 & 22 | 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM | TICKETS $8
CUNY College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314, USA (map)
A Christmas Carol College of Staten Island, Spring Hall Sundog Theatre brings you Scrooge, the three Ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim and a host of other Dickensian characters in this beloved tale of redemption and enchantment. The show is geared towards young audiences, and is appropriate for all ages. Directed by Jonathan Fluck and produced by Susan Fenley. To purchase tickets, visit

Centuries-old waterway helps shape new wetlands

01_kensinger-new_creek_dsc_5101-0-0via Curbed – Flowing under wooden bridges and alongside dirt roads, past empty bungalows and into marshy side streets, with deer and turkeys wandering freely along its reedy banks, New Creek does not feel like a modern urban waterway.

Settled by the Dutch in the 1600s, its three branches still retain their rural, small town roots, with isolated houses dotting a sparse landscape of forested glens and open marshlands. But after decades of landfill and development, the creek now requires a radical rehabilitation, and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has begun an ambitious project to bring this wild Staten Island waterway into the 21st century.


Stapleton, Staten Island: Revitalizing Old Homes and Tired Blocks


PHOTO: The New York Times

Danielle Caputo, 37, grew up in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, not far from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, but had never spent much time on the other side of it, in Staten Island.

Then, in 2015, on the way to visit the Staten Island Zoo, she was impressed by the island’s North Shore, including the walkable, architecturally interesting neighborhood of Stapleton, with its spacious houses; at the time she and her family were renting a two-bedroom apartment in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.

“I always thought Staten Island was so suburban,” said Ms. Caputo, a hair stylist. “I didn’t think it could be so old and historic.”

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