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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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!!

Dinosaur Encounter!!


“Jurassic World,” the latest installment of the “Jurassic Park” film franchise, isn’t due out until June — but you don’t have to wait for that summer blockbuster to score face-time with dinosaurs.

Eight of the scaly prehistoric creatures are wintering at the Staten Island Zoo, where “Dinosaur Encounters” debuted Thursday, Dec. 18.

A triceratops is among the four species that were welcomed for their four-month stay by about 60 preschoolers who walked over from the Broadway YMCA. The exhibit is now open to the public through April 1 and is free with regular admission to the Zoo.

“They’re not real. They’re like toys,” said one of the adults shepherding the slowly moving wide-eyed tots as they arrived.

Part of Field Station Dinosaurs in Secaucus, the animatronics are part of a 30 life-sized herd of the extinct animals that have been brought to life by scientists, engineers and imaginative artists. Triggered by motion detectors, the eight beasts move heads and tails and grunt and growl hoarsely.

“The combination of science and imagination, education and fun is something that Field Station shares with the Staten Island Zoo,” said Zoo executive director Ken Mitchell.


MJ the Anteater – Newest Resident at the Staten Island Zoo

The Staten Island Zoo is proud to announce it’s newest resident, MJ the anteater.

MJ is the first recorded tamandua zoo birth in the New York metropolitan region. The birth of the baby tamandua on Jan. 12 — the day the Jets won the Super Bowl back in 1969 — is only the second surviving zoo birth in New York State. There are about 70 tamandua specimens in public zoos across America.

Baby MJ was born to mother, DJ, who has resided at the Staten Island Zoo since 2011. The father is EJ, who arrived at the Zoo in 2011. MJ weighed only 14 ounces at birth, and has already grown to two pounds and three ounces.

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Thanksgiving With The Beasts!

SIZooWhen: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: Staten Island Zoo

Cost: Free with paid admission

Website: Http://

Resentatives, Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe, will delight and inform you with stories and chants about animals and humans living together in harmony, as they perform authentic blessings on the wildlife in our care. Learn about “Dream Catchers,” too.


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.