An illustrated Staten Island primer for children and families, with a twist


Si ABCSTATEN ISLAND — “A” is for the Alice Austen House, where Staten Islanders Nancy and Chris Benbow first met Advance photographer Bill Lyons.

“B” is for the book they wrote together, “The ABC’s of Staten Island,” that features the best of our borough.

“C” is for city, as in the Museum of the City of New York, where the collaborators are planning to host a book-signing and reading Sunday.

“D” is for discovering Staten Island through the alphabet.

You get the idea.

According to Lyons, a St. George resident who has practiced his craft for more than 35 years (, “our original idea was to present Staten Island to children and families in a way that was both informative and fun.”


Adorable Emu Chicks Hatched at Staten Island Zoo!

via  Nicholas Rizzi, DNAinfo

A pair of adorable emus have Staten Island Zoo visitors in a flap.

The chicks were hatched on April 9 and 10 to adult emus Darla and Mr. Manushin, the website  Gothamist reported.

The zoo posted a picture of the siblings enjoying a sunny spring day on its Facebook page to celebrate Earth Day. One chick has already been named Lynne, but the zoo has held off naming the second until they can determine the sex of the chick, the Gothamist said.

When fully grown, emus can reach up to 6-and-a-half feet and are the largest native bird from Australia, the zoo said. They trail behind the ostrich as the largest bird in the world by height.

Their eggs, which have a $20 price tag at farmers markets, are bright emerald green and are the size of a dozen chicken eggs.



Native American treasures unearthed during excavation for Staten Island pipeline

SI Native American ArtifactsBy: Stephanie Slepian, Staten Island Advance

Long before Henry Hudson arrived, Native Americans utilized Staten Island’s natural resources. During a recent excavation for a natural gas pipeline, a large cache of Native artifacts – nearly 30,000 pieces between 3,000 and 5,000 years old – was unearthed. The Staten Island Advance reports that these artifacts will find a future home at the Staten Island Museum.

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“Express your heritage through Art”

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Rebbitzen Bonita (Bonnie) Sussman is displaying photos that cut across all Jewish ethnic heritages at the Art at the J Community Art Show that runs through Aug. 31 at the JCC in Sea View.

The show of 32 photos, paintings, watercolors and mixed media was created by people of all ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds. 

The free show, which opened yesterday,is available for viewing when the building is open to the public. Hours are: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m..-10:30 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 a.m..-6:30 p.m.

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