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

Let’s Keep the Animals Warm!


Don’t you just love snuggling up in a nice cozy blanket like CC, the two toed sloth does?

Don’t you just love snuggling up in a nice cozy blanket like CC, the two toed sloth does? So do many of the animals at the Staten Island Zoo!

The zoo is asking for donations of gently used and preferably pre-washed blankets, towels, sheets, pillowcases and comforters for the animals to use.

You can drop off your donations anytime from 10am to 4pm at any Zoo entrance.

Thank you from all of the animals at the SI Zoo!!

BOO! How Brave are You?!

Credit: Michael Falco

Credit: Michael Falco

Rumor has it that Staten Island is home to some restless spirits. Are YOU brave enough to explore Haunted Staten Island?

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is said to be haunted and has been the site of many paranormal investigations.

Every Friday in the month of October, guests are invited to join a “Haunted Historical Tour”, discussing the home’s historical and ghostly residences.  To learn more about the Haunted Historical Tour, visit their website.

 Once a 19th Century summer mansion, the Historic Old Bermuda Inn is now a popular restaurant and catering hall. Featuring a delicious menu and period décor, the Historic Old Bermuda Inn purportedly hosts more than just diners and events. Guests have often claimed to see apparitions or felt “cold spots.”

 The site of a failed Revolutionary War peace treaty attempt, the Conference House is believed to be one of the most haunted spots on Staten Island. The manor house and surrounding land are said to host apparitions of British soldiers, a young boy, and a woman on horseback.

 Before becoming a Cultural Center, Snug Harbor was home to retired sailors. It is believed that some of these “Old Salts” still roam the site’s Greek Revival Buildings and manicured grounds. In fact, Snug Harbor was recently featured on the Syfy show “Ghost Hunters”.

Have Fun & Learn Something New!

c99dfdb859059f59abb513f995a7fce9Richmond County Pipes and Drums is a family orientated, community band based in Staten Island. The organization was founded in 1976 with several guiding principles that has made the band successful for almost 40 years.

The most important principle is to further and encourage the study and practice in the arts of piping and drumming, its proper execution and its rituals and traditions. The group seeks to foster a spirit of mutual respect, friendship and camaraderie among band, its respective members, friends and supporters.

They are always looking for new members to join in.

The band offers FREE piping and drumming lessons to students of all ages. Beginners are always welcome if you like to have fun and are willing to participate in community activities throughout the year but especially during the month of March. The band participates in events in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island and New Jersey.

Practices are held every Thursday night at 7:30 pm at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in the Eltingville section of Staten Island. Email ahead to for more info!

URL®Staten Island housing complex to open in December

Tracey Porpora at The Staten Island Advance reports on the December opening of Ironstate Development Company‘s URL®Staten Island.

-d511e38ae2bf1142URL®Staten Island, the 900-unit housing complex being built at the former Stapleton homeport, is expected to welcome its first residents on Dec. 1.

URL (Urban Ready Life)®Staten Island — being built by the Hoboken-N.J.-based Ironstate Development Company — is a $150 million project to construct 900 rental units in two five story buildings with 35,000 square feet of ground floor retail, 600 parking spaces and a public plaza at the former U.S. Navy homeport.

“This will be a really different type of residential living for Staten Island. I think it’s going to be a credit to the North Shore community. I think it’s taking an underutilized waterfront area and providing really meaningful public access and programming in the form of restaurateurs,” said David Barry, president of Ironstate Development Company, whose portfolio of projects includes Pier Village in Long Branch, N.J.

URL®Staten Island will be the first of several waterfront projects — including the N.Y. WheelEmpire Outlets and Lighthouse Point in St. George — to take shape on the North Shore.


Who Make It Best: Pizza Edition

2015-09-11_13-43-26SILIVE.COM is holding a “Reader’s Choice” contest to see who makes the best Staten Island pie.

It’s cheesy but true: Of all the topics that fire up Staten Islanders, superior pie provokes some of the liveliest debates.

Come on, we can opine over the best brick-oven crusts and artisan toppings until the fresh cow’s milk mozzarella comes home. That’s why “Best Pizza” is the next category in our 2015 Staten Island Readers’ Choice Awards.

“Pizza is one food that Staten Island chefs craft perfectly,” says’s resident foodie, Pamela Silvestri. “You’ll never find a bad pie in the borough — the problem is finding the best.”

That’s where you come in. Vote for your favorite out the Top 20 finalists.

Voting is open until through Sunday, September 13th and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 14th!


Visit Clay Pit Ponds This Summer!


Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve Provides Great Summer Programs for Everyone

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 260-acre natural area near the southwest shore of Staten Island. Once the site of clay-mining, the Preserve contains a variety of unique habitats such as wetlands, fields, sandy barrens, spring-fed streams and woodlands. As a terminal point for some northern and southern species, this area is rich with plant and animal life. Clay Pit Ponds is New York City’s first State Park Preserve. It is managed to retain the unique ecology of the area. The Preserve is an Audubon Bird Conservation Area and is home to the historic Gericke Farm.

The Interpretive Center at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve strives to provide educational and recreational programs for people of all ages.

62384d3b-bbdb-42d6-8d22-b0f083c0da14The Interpretive Center also offers in-house and outreach programs for schools, summer camps, and other groups throughout the year. These programs are designed to fit your curriculum needs and to enhance your visit to our state parks. All programs are FREE of charge unless otherwise noted. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Check out the schedule of Summer Programs!

Enjoy hiking on our designated foot trails. Bring your own horse and ride our 5 miles of horse trails. All trails are open from dawn until dusk. Wildlife has free run of the Preserve. This is their home and you are their guests. Visitors must please follow Preserve rules.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is located at 2351 Veterans Road West, Staten Island, NY 10309

The Park is open Tuesday–Saturday 8:30 am to 5 pm. Gates are locked at 5 pm

About Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 265-acre nature preserve near the southwest shore of Staten Island. It contains a variety of unique habitats, such as wetlands, ponds, sand barrens, spring-fed streams and woodlands. The preserve is managed to retain its unique ecology and to provide educational and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Evidences of the Leni Lenape Indians, European settlers and the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground provide a rich cultural history. Educational programs, such as nature walks, pond ecology, birdwatching and tree and flower identification, are offered, as are many activities geared to school children. School and group programs are also welcome by advance registration. In addition, visitors may picnic or hike on designated trails. Horseback riding is also permitted on over 5 miles of bridle paths. Please note that horses are not available to rent.

The Interpretive Center at Clay Pit Ponds is now open to the public. This fully accessible building features interpretive displays of the history of the park and of its natural elements. The park’s educational and community programs will take place in the interpretive center located at 2351 Veteran’s Road West Staten Island, NY 10309 Phone: (718) 605-3970 or visit their website.

Check out Beyond Borders this Saturday

A celebration of Puerto Rican heritage with music and dance, featuring Plena Dura y Bomba Group and Jose & Nydia Ocasio, at Tappen Park in Staten Island, NY.

A celebration of Puerto Rican heritage with music and dance, featuring Plena Dura y Bomba Group and Jose & Nydia Ocasio, at Tappen Park in Staten Island, NY.

Saturday April 18
Location: Gazebo @ South Beach Boardwalk

Ed Morales of the Village Voice once wrote that “life [in immigrant NYC] is tolerance for ambiguity.” This “tolerance for ambiguity,” he speaks of, is not only the tolerance for, but the ability to see the inherent strength in, living in-between: languages, cultures, perspectives, and approaches to daily life. Such a lifestyle requires constant improvisation on the part of the individual as they move between the myriad of cultural worlds they inhabit.

In honor of immigrant heritage celebrations in NYC, Beyond Borders-A Meeting of Cross-Cultural Improvisations seeks to explore this very concept through the medium of music. The three hour open-air concert brings musicians from varying cultural traditions present on Staten Island, together on the same stage to explore cross-cultural approaches to musical improvisation. The concert will be presented at the gazebo on the iconic Staten Island Boardwalk as part of SIA’s collaboration with the Boardwalk Events Initiative Group programming from (April) May-June.This boardwalk initiative is led by Mark Tranchina at the Vanderbilt/South Fin Grill and NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation. Curated around themes of improvisation and cultural heritage the line-up will feature Sri Lankan Hevisi drumming, Afro-Puerto Rican bomba y plena, Ghanaian percussion, Middle Eastern folk musics (North African, Turkish, Arab and Jewish), and American Jazz. The program will combine individual performances with a jam and artist talkback/Q&A session.

This “encuentro,” to borrow the spanish term, or impromptu meeting between musicians from diverse backgrounds and traditions, will showcase several distinct approaches to time and improvisation in music. As the performers will elucidate however, the cultural significance of such methods and techniques reaches far beyond the bandstand and can also be used to find points of connection and inter-cultural collaboration.

Event sponsored Staten Island Arts

NY1 Online: 36 Acre Waterfront Community Near Completion


NY1 VIDEOWhile a lot of attention is being put on development projects in St. George including the NY Wheel and Empire Outlets, another development project just down the shoreline is getting closer to completion. The project is transforming 36 acres on the former Stapleton Homeport into a sustainable waterfront community.  It will include 900 units of housing and 35,000 square feet of retail space. NY1’s Bree Driscollsits down with Dave Barry who is the President of Ironstate Development Company.


“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.