Giant Oktoberfest Celebration Coming To Staten Island

2017-08-07_13-16-34A large stretch of Staten Island’s busy Forest Avenue will close to vehicular traffic for a giant Oktoberfest celebration on October 1st. The retail-heavy stretch of the avenue between Hart Boulevard and Bard Avenue will be populated with live entertainment, children’s rides, a food court and a beer garden, according to SI Live, as part of the Forest Avenue BID’s continued efforts to introduce large scale food events to the West Brighton neighborhood.

Artist renderings for the Forest Avenue Oktoberfest by Natalie Wisniewski show picnic-style benches and tables set up on the eastern end of the avenue near Metropolitan Avenue, mimicking the beer halls and Oktoberfest celebrations in places like Munich, Germany.

A full vendor list is expected closer to the event, but SI Live notes that local businesses including local haunt Jodys, popular coffee shop Beans ‘n’ Leaves, Burrito Bar and other Forest Avenue business are all represented in the Events Committee.

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2017 Neptune Ball

2017-neptune-ball-save-the-date-final_page_1_crop-624x869Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden’s 34th Annual Neptune Ball, Carnevale dell’Arte, is inspired by a dazzling Venetian masquerade and celebrates the strong tradition of performing and visual arts programming on our campus, as well as the fascinating multicultural elements of our grounds.


Tickets are available to artists in the community upon application: Apply here

Your support of the Neptune Ball will position Snug Harbor as a leader in New York City’s arts and culture, and allow us to produce vibrant, cutting-edge programming alongside classic favorites.

Performance and Awards Ceremony: Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden
Cocktails and Gourmet Fare: The Great Hall

My Violeta

Sat, May 20, 2pm – 3pm
Snug Harbor Cultural Center – Building T
Admission: $10

In this stunning performance celebrating the 100th anniversary of visual artist Violeta Parra, Chilean choreographer Elizabeth Rodriguez invites audiences to discover the colors, textures, materials, characters, and emotions of her work.

Violeta Parra was a Chilean composer, songwriter, folklorist, and visual artist. She pioneered the “Chilean’ New Song,” the Nueva canción chilena, a renewal and a reinvention of Chilean folk music which would extend its sphere of influence outside Chile, becoming acknowledged as “The Mother of Latin American folk.”

Tour de Staten Island 2017


Sunday, April 23rd

The Tour de Staten Island is a friendly, non-competitive ride. Cycle through diverse Staten Island on the cusp of spring. Both the 35 and 50 mile routes cover some of the most breathtaking – and lesser known – spots of Staten Island. Rest stops include some of Staten Island’s most bucolic and stunning spots: Freshkills Park, Great Kills Park, Historic Richmond Town and the oceanfront with its striking views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and New York Harbor.

Invite your friends and family to cheer for you along the route! There are no road closures so riders are asked to please stay to the right of the road. Be sure to ride at a safe speed and obey traffic laws at all times. Ride rain or shine. Limited to 2000 riders so register early!


2017-02-06_11-50-34The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle easy DIY projects for an updated home you’ll enjoy all year long. These five simple home improvement projects are incredibly easy, affordable and can be completed in three hours or less.

Marvelous mirrors

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you’re looking a little shabby. Mirrors are timeless decor options, but the frames can look dated over time. Breathe new life into an old mirror by painting the frame a rich, modern color that pops within the current color scheme. Another idea is to clean the frame and adhere mosaic tiles along the edge for a crafty, custom look.

Handsome hardware

Old hardware makes any room look like a relic of yesteryear. A complete replacement can be costly, so instead opt to paint existing hardware. Simply remove and clean to eliminate grime. Then use one of 11 colors of Krylon(R) Premium Metallic, like Pewter Gray or White Copper, to create a lustrous, high-gloss metallic finish in just a few coats. A tip for painting hardware is to use an old egg carton. Turn the egg carton upside down, secure the hardware to the egg cups and spray away!

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