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Notre Dame Academy

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Located on a 13-acre campus at 78-78 Howard Avenue in Grymes Hill, Notre Dame Academy is a private Catholic girls’ school consisting of an elementary school (Pre-K- 8) and a high school (9-12). Notre Dame serves approximately 700 students and provides an education in the Catholic tradition while being open to girls of all faiths.

Notre Dame Academy was founded in 1903 after Mr. William Miller-Jones traveled to Montreal to ask the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame to come and start a school on Staten Island. The school opened in September 1903 and was called the Academy of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.

Notre Dame Academy High School offers a college preparatory liberal arts and STEM (science technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation, students also have the opportunity to take a selection of Advanced Placement courses and earn college credits through its affiliation with a nearby University. Students are offered an array of electives, activities and athletic teams.

For more information, visit http://www.notredameacademy.org/.

St. John’s University

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Located at 300 Howard Ave and overlooking the scenic New York Bay atop of Grymes Hill, St. John’s University is a private, Roman Catholic, coeducational university serving over 2,000 students who are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Founded by the Congregation of the Mission in 1870, the school was originally located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Beginning in the 1950s, the school relocated to its current location to Utopia Parkway in Hillcrest, Queens. St. John’s has a total of six campuses: Hillcrest, Staten Island, Manhattan, Rome, Oakdale, NY and a Paris campus.

The Staten Island campus offers students 16.5-acres of rolling and wooded lawns, apartment-style student residences and a variety of architectural styles. The site of the Grymes Hill campus was originally purchased in the early 20th Century by immigrant John Gans. For over thirty years between 1930 and 1970 the estate became the home of Notre Dame College, a premier women’s college on Staten Island. In 1971, Notre Dame College consolidated with St. John’s University and the Staten Island campus of SJU became a reality, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, business and education.

For more information, visit http://www.stjohns.edu/campuses/staten-island-campus

Casa Belvedere

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Casa Belvedere is located at 79 Howard Avenue, in the Grymes Hill neighborhood of Staten Island. Originally constructed in 1908 as a mansion, Casa Belvedere is now a cultural center devoted to preserving, promoting and celebrating Italian heritage. Meaning “house with a beautiful view,” Casa Belvedere lives up to its name as it boasts some of the most spectacular views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the New York City Harbor. Over the years it has housed many families, and for several years it was the official residence of the President of Wagner College. In 2006, it was declared a New York City Landmark as the Louis A. and Laura Stirn House. In 2008, the building was purchased by Gina Biancardi and Luciano Rammaironi, and turned into a cultural center. Currently, it hosts Italian language classes for both adults and children, and offers other Italian-oriented events including wine tastings, lectures, films, cooking lessons, book signings, displays and art exhibits. For more information, visit http://www.casa-belvedere.org/blog/.

2014 – Top Ten Staten Island North Shore Developments

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The year 2014 was a time of exciting developments across Staten Island’s North Shore. Last year, Staten Island made national and worldwide headlines through the announcement of the plans for the New York Wheel and Empire Outlets, while locally, a number of small businesses opened up in vacant storefronts across the North Shore that contribute both vitality and service to Staten Island residents and visitors. It has been so exciting to see Staten Island’s North Shore come alive through the revitalization efforts. I am so excited to see what 2015 will bring!

Below is my personal 2014 “top-ten” list in regards to the blog posts and videos that I researched and shared with you through my website and North Shore Buzz. They represent important North Shore developments as well as some unforgettable personal moments that were worth sharing with my clients and readers. I hope you share in my excitement of what 2014 has brought Staten Island and look forward to an exciting 2015!

North Shore Developments

  1. Accolade Condos– Located in the heart of St. George, The Accolade Condos consists of a 101-unit building that offers a combination of studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condominiums. These condominiums are currently for sale and offer elegance, convenience, extraordinary amenities and stunning views. Their prime location in downtown St. George and near the Staten Island Ferry and Verrazano Bridge make them an appealing and convenient choice and are a perfect fit for anyone looking for quick access to Manhattan along with all of the other conveniences and benefits of city living. Their slogan reads, “a step above, a world apart,” and nothing could ring more true for these luxury condominiums.
  2. National Lighthouse Museum– Since October of 2013, I have been covering the efforts of the National Lighthouse Museum to finally have a home on Staten Island’s North Shore. This year, major headway was made, and the museum is finally settling in at its new home located adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry. The museum will be one feature of Lighthouse Point, a development that will include 100 residential units, a hotel, a variety of retail shops and dining options, open space and parking. I can’t wait to see how the museum is able to celebrate and enhance the historical significance and maritime heritage of lighthouses throughout the United States- right here on Staten Island!
  3. North Shore Plaza– BFC Partners, the developers of Empire Outlets, just announced last week that they have great plans in store for a Mariners Harbor apartment complex. The developers plan to buy and rehabilitate the Mitchell-Lama Arlington Terrace Apartments, rename it North Shore Plaza, provide significant upgrades, and make it more affordable for residents to live there. The upgrades will provide increased stability and quality of life improvements to over 500 families, adding to the bright future of the vibrant and diverse Mariners Harbor community. I can’t wait to see how this project unfolds!
  4. Ferry Terminal/Culture Lounge–  If you’re one of the thousands of commuters that board the Staten Island Ferry each day, chances are you’ve seen the transformation that has taken place over the past few months. New restaurants, new exhibits, and a sneak-peek as to what commuters and tourists have to look forward to in the near future… the Ferry terminal has been transformed from a drab waiting area to a bright, clean transportation gateway. One of my favorite new additions to the ferry terminal is the Culture Lounge, located along the strip of restaurants and storefronts. Sponsored by Staten Island Arts, the Culture Lounge serves as their new office, gallery and shop, and is being called a meeting place and a project space for both international and local artists- from visual artists, poets, musicians, writers and performers- to display their artistic projects. Not only does the new terminal provide a beautiful view of the harbor, and improved transportation connections to bus, subway, train and car; but hopefully, it will draw more tourists out of the terminal and into the heart of Staten Island. There is so much to see here!
  5. URL Building- Exciting things are happening in Stapleton, as acres of neglected waterfront are transformed into a thriving, vibrant community. As the New Stapleton Waterfront Development Plan is set into motion, so is the construction of a new housing development, a public esplanade, and other public features including pedestrian pathways, improved transportation and a public boat launching site. The old Homeport will soon become the site of a new, multi-use, residential community, retail space, and mile-long esplanade. As a Staten Island Realtor, I can’t think of a better way to revive a neighborhood than by drawing in young artists and professionals with modern, functional, sustainable and affordable housing like Urban Ready Living can provide. Combine these features with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, Upper New York Bay and the towering Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and you have a sought-after piece of New York City, right here on Staten Island’s North Shore!
  6. Empire Outlets- This year, it was confirmed that Nordstrom’s Rack is scheduled to open in fall 2016 as one of the anchor stores for Empire Outlets. In addition to Nordstrom Rack, there has been speculation that Dolce and Gabana, Gucci and Kate Spade may be some of the other retailers that will occupy the space. Even more exciting, however, is that construction has finally begun. As of December 1st the 300 parking spaces in Lot A, located next to the terminal, will be unavailable until the construction of Empire Outlets is completed. To accommodate commuters, 800 monthly parking permits will be offered for all spaces in lots B and C, and five temporary parking lots will have shuttle service to the terminal. The five remote lots will compensate for any losses of the 300 parking spaces, and are located at 680 Richmond Terrace, 22 Academy Place, 475 Bay Street, 40 Prospect Street, and 355 Front Street. Shuttle service times will be posted at each of the lots. Once the project is complete, parking lots designated for commuter use will be available in the newly constructed parking garage.

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        7. Staten Island Makerspace– This past year I posted two blogs and featured a video on North Shore Buzz  highlighting Staten Island Makerspace, Staten Island’s first small business incubator. Sponsored by the NYCEDC,      Makerspace takes the “do it yourself” idea to a whole new level as it gives both skilled craftspeople and hobbyists the opportunity to make their ideas come to life. What was once a metal shop has been transformed into a creative community workspace for artists, craftspeople, makers, and hobbyists… and has certainly made headlines! Makerspace has proven to be as creative and inspiring as promised, drawing in hundreds of individuals with classes, workshops, events and celebrations. Check out their website for a list of upcoming workshops and classes, open to all ages and skill levels. Use Makerspace to “dream, create, make!”

       8. Flagship Brewing Company– Of all the things that I have covered this year, highlighting new businesses was perhaps my favorite. New businesses are opening up everywhere on Staten Island, especially in the North Shore waterfront neighborhoods of St. George, Stapleton and Tompkinsville. My favorite new business happens to be Flagship Brewing Company, the first brewery to open on Staten Island in over 50 years! Owned and operated by three Staten Island childhood friends, the Flagship Brewing Company brings a unique product and a unique atmosphere back to Staten Island’s North Shore. Located at 38-40 Minthorne Street, Flagship Brewery is in the heart of Staten Island’s North Shore. I have loved watching this story unfold, and this episode of North Shore Buzz gave my viewers a sneak-peek of what so many Staten Islanders now love about Staten Island’s newest attraction.

       9. The New York Wheel- One of the highlights of my career was the opportunity to interview Richard Marin, developer of the New York Wheel. In this exclusive interview, which can be accessed on North Shore Buzz here, I was   honored to learn the intricate details of the wheel’s construction, design and future plans. Never before have I had such an opportunity- I was in awe as I viewed rendered photographs and listened to how Mr. Marin’s vision has become a reality for Staten Island. What a way to start 2014!

      10. Lessons learned from my granddaughter– The most important memories I have, and the ones I will cherish for years to come, are those I have experienced with my family and loved ones. This year has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows. All of these experiences have caused me to reflect on what is truly important. My favorite blog post from 2014 includes the lessons I have learned from my granddaughter. Now that I have two granddaughters, I look forward to many more memories and moments to reflect on my many blessings. I hope you will take the time to learn the lessons that all of our children can teach us: to slow down, enjoy the beauty around you, play, and seek out the opportunities every new day holds. It is these lessons that will propel me into 2015.

What are your goals for the upcoming year? If one of them involves buying a home or any Staten Island real estate, look no further than Staten Island’s North Shore Expert! My website is full of useful information for potential home buyers and Staten Island residents alike. I look forward to bringing you the latest Staten Island news, and getting a chance to put you in a new home.

Please feel free to contact me on Facebook or Twitter. Look forward to meeting you soon!

Happy New Year!

Winter Activities on Staten Island’s North Shore

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The winter solstice, which occurred this past Sunday, Dec. 21, marked the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. To be specific, winter officially began at 6:03 p.m. when the Northern Hemisphere was pointed at its furthest distance from the sun. Although December 21st may have been the longest night and the shortest day, the good news is that from now until the summer solstice, the days will get longer (and hopefully warmer).

If you’re the type who enjoys the winter weather, then you’ll want to read on to find out about the different types of winter activities that take place throughout Staten Island. Even if you’re not winter’s biggest fan, you may want to check out some of the indoor activities listed below, especially if you’re in the mood for getting out of the house or you’re desperate to find something fun for the kids to do. You may just find the perfect solution to getting yourself (and the kids) out doing something fun and creative this winter.

Ice Skating

Staten Island Skating Pavilion
3080 Arthur Kill Road
Visit Website | 718-948-4800
As one of the only indoor rinks in the city, the Staten Island Skating Pavilion offers public skating sessions on weekends (more during school breaks), lessons, events, games, hockey leagues and even birthday parties.

WWII Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink
Clove Lakes Park- Victory Boulevard west of Clove Road
Visit Website | 718-720-1010
Take advantage of the cold weather at Staten Island’s only outdoor skating rink, which has become increasingly popular with local families. The rink also offers skating lessons, public sessions and birthday party packages.

Staten Island Sledding

Although the small hill at Clove Lakes Park (at the corner of Slosson and Martlings) is known as the “official” sledding spot on Staten Island, but there are plenty of other places to get a sled run in. Many kids (and adults) love sledding down “Dead Man’s Hill” in Silver Lake Park, or taking a ride on the hills on the La tourette Golf Course. Either way, many memories will be made on these sleigh-riding hills.

Another Venue for Skaters (that is, skate-boarders)

5050 Skatepark

354 Front Street

347-857-6007

For teens and young adults, Staten Island’s 5050 Skatepark is the place to be. As the only indoor skatepark in the city, this is a great place for teens (or anyone else) who needs the indoor space to work on their scooter, skateboard or BMX bike tricks. There are open sessions, beginner sessions and one-on-one lessons as well. Visit www.5050skatepark.com for more details.

Cultural Offerings

Staten Island Children’s Museum

1000 Richmond Terrace
Telephone: 718-273-2060 / Fax: 718-273-2836

Located on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Staten Island Children’s Museum offers a variety of hands-on educational exhibits such as Block Harbor, House: About It, Portia’s Playhouse, Great Explorations, Bugs and Insects, Ladder 11, Sea of Boats, and DB’s Fantastic Machines. It also provides special programming for children of all ages on a regular basis, such as daily activities like Storytime, weekday programs like Kidz Cook, toddler programs like Artist in Me and weekend family workshops like Up 4 Art. Perfect for anyone feeling cooped-up indoors!

St. George Theatre

35 Hyatt Street

718-442-2900

There is nothing like catching a show at the iconic St. George Theatre. This upcoming week you won’t want to miss “Frosty the Snowman,” presented on December 29, 2014. The theater will also be hosting a series of intimate performances in the mezzanine lounge, ranging from music, illusion, jam nights, original works, cabaret and comedy. Visit www.stgeorgetheatre.com for more details.

Staten Island Museum

75 Stuyvesant Place

718-727-1135

Hosting both indoor and outdoor adventures, the Staten Island Museum is a place for thinkers, doers, explorers and anyone with even just a touch of curiosity. This month the museum is hosting a variety of workshops, including family art workshops, outdoor adventures and bird walks, and even science programs. Visit their website at www.statenislandmuseum.org for more information about upcoming events.

Tibetan Art Museum

338 Lighthouse Ave

718-987-3500

Perfectly nestled on the side of Lighthouse Hill, the Tibetan Art Museum presents the art and culture of Tibet and the Himalayas in order to educate and inspire. Besides offering a variety of exhibits and programs, the museum will also open its doors on weekends in February for guided meditation. Visit their website at www.tibetanmuseum.org for more information.

Staten Island Greenbelt

700 Rockland Avenue

718-351-3450

Staten Island’s Greenbelt has loads of programs available for adults and children of all ages, all year round. If you’re a runner and want a change of scenery, take advantage of the group trail runs the Greenbelt is offering. Or, get your children involved in all of the President’s week activities that will be taking place during their week off from school. Adult artists, little tots and anyone looking to increase their knowledge of the natural world or enjoy Staten Island’s trails should take advantage of these Greenbelt programs. For a list of upcoming events taking place at the Greenbelt, visit their website at www.sigreenbelt.org.

Historic Richmond Town

451 Clarke Avenue

Visit Website |  718-351-1611

Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island’s living history village and museum complex, is alive and kickin’ even in the dead of winter. It’s time to relax by the fire while listening to some of the best folk and acoustic songwriters and musicians in the country. Check the Richmond Town website at www.historicrichmondtown.org for information on the upcoming tavern concerts that will surely transport you back to a simpler time.

Mariners Harbor Library

206 South Ave

Staten Island, NY, 10303

(212) 621-0690

The state-of-the-art Mariners Harbor Library is the first New York Public Library branch to open since the Battery Park City Library opened in 2010. Designed with an exterior of mostly windows and skylights, the 10,000 square foot library is bright and spacious. With no walls, the layout encourages an open community feel. The library contains approximately 17,000 books, DVDs and periodicals, 38 desktop computers, 10 laptops and FREE Wi-Fi. It’s also ADA accessible, has a children’s-only bathroom, a community room, and a garden and terrace. Like all library branches, it regularly hosts programs for all ages, including storytimes, crafts, movie nights, exercise classes and even FREE after-school homework help. To find out more information about New York Public Library offerings, visit http://www.nypl.org/locations/.

Tap into your Creative Side

Staten Island Makerspace

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scott@simakerspace.com

(718) 273-3951

Founded in 2013, SI Makerspace is a non-profit, community co-working space for makers, builders, tinkerers, hardware developers, hobbyists, artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone with a curious mind who wants to make something. For those looking to pursue a hobby or just try something new, SI Makerspace offers memberships to individuals to use the tools and equipment in their facility, and a variety of workshops for adults and children. For more information about their upcoming workshops, visit http://www.makerspace.nyc.

 

Of course, these aren’t the only things happening on Staten Island this winter. The Staten Island Zoo, Staten Island Parks, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center are among my favorite places to visit- even when the cold sets in. If you are looking to buy a home or any type of real estate on Staten Island and want to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact me on Facebook or Twitter. Take a look at my website for helpful information about the different North Shore neighborhoods, photos , local businesses, news and events. Don’t forget to check out North Shore Buzz for video interviews and home-buying tips.

Have a wonderful holiday from my family to yours!

What’s New at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal

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If you’re one of the thousands of commuters that board the Staten Island Ferry each day, chances are you’ve seen the transformation that has taken place over the past few months. New restaurants, new exhibits, and a sneak-peek as to what commuters and tourists have to look forward to in the near future… the Ferry terminal has been transformed from a drab waiting area to a bright, clean transportation gateway.

So, if you’re heading into Manhattan this holiday season to do some shopping or perhaps some ‘touristy’ things of your own, be sure to allot some extra time to check out what’s new in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

A New Look

The new terminal provides beautiful views of the harbor, high ceilings, and a well-lit, open space. Replacement of the harbor side brick wall with a 40-foot glass wall allows for a perfect view of the ferry boat while it approaches the terminal. Transportation connections to bus, subway, train and car have been improved, allowing for a seamless commute.

Also on display in the ferry terminal are rendered photos of Empire Outlets, giving future shoppers a sneak-peek of the new outlet mall.

Restaurants and Cafés

Passengers at the ferry terminal can enjoy a wider variety of dining options as well. Below is a list of current eateries located in the ferry terminal.

  • Au Bon Pain
  • DQ Grill & Chill
  • Eat-a-Bagel Ferry
  • Island Soft Pretzel
  • Statue of Liberty Deli
  • Subway Restaurant
  • Wateredge

Opening soon in the terminal is a 24-hour restaurant, the River Dock Café, which will not only offer seafood and American fare, but views of Lady Liberty and the New York Harbor.

Leasing Office

Commuters interested in rental options in St. George can also take advantage of the convenience of the Empire Outlets leasing office being located in the Ferry terminal. Along with 30,000 square feet of retail space, the plans for Empire Outletalso include space for 900 rental apartments.

Living Roof

“Green” features have been included in the renovations of the terminal, specifically an 18,000 square-foot living roof. Located atop the terminal building, visitors and commuters can enjoy a view of living vegetation of local flora adjacent from the public viewing area.

The Culture Lounge

One of my favorite new additions to the ferry terminal is the Culture Lounge, located along the strip of restaurants and storefronts. Sponsored by Staten Island Arts, the Culture Lounge serves as their new office, gallery and shop, and is being called a meeting place and a project space for both international and local artists- from visual artists, poets, musicians, writers and performers- to display their artistic projects.

One aspect of the Culture Lounge is the Artists Market, which is located at the forefront of the space. It offers a wide variety of unique, handmade goods, created by local artists, and all within a “New York Harbor” theme. Perfect for tourists looking to purchase authentic gifts and as a permanent gallery for local artists to display (and sell) their work.

Parking Updates

Along with the “new look” of the Ferry terminal, and all of the wonderful things it has to offer, commuters and tourists should also be aware of the parking changes that have recently taken place since construction for Empire Outlets has begun.

Currently, the 300 parking spaces in Lot A, located next to the terminal, will be unavailable for about two years, until the construction of Empire Outlets is completed. To accommodate commuters, 800 monthly parking permits will be offered for all spaces at lots B and C, and five temporary parking lots will have shuttle service to the terminal.

The five remote lots will compensate for any losses of the 300 parking spaces, and are located at 680 Richmond Terrace, 22 Academy Place, 475 Bay Street, 40 Prospect Street, and 355 Front Street. Shuttle service times will be posted at each of the lots.

Once the project is complete, parking lots designated for commuter use will be available in the newly constructed parking garage.

As you can see, there is so much happening on Staten Island’s North Shore! If you are looking to buy a home or any Staten Island real estate and want to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact me on Facebook or Twitter. Even better, my website is full of helpful information about the different North Shore neighborhoods, local businesses, news and events. Don’t forget to check out North Shore Buzz for video interviews and home-buying tips.

I look forward to meeting up soon, and have an extraordinary day!

Shop Locally this Holiday Season on Staten Island’s North Shore

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In just a few days, hundreds (perhaps, thousands?) of Staten Islanders will hit the stores and malls in their quest to get the best price for the items on their shopping lists.

Although I’m not much of a Black Friday shopper, I know many folks who look forward to this day every year. For many, it marks the official start to their holiday season.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it seems that retailers are constantly coming up with creative incentives for people to buy their goods. And although I am all for a thriving economy, I want to encourage you to support our local businesses by shopping locally as much as possible this holiday season.

This Saturday happens to be Small Business Saturday, an American shopping tradition that has taken place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving since 2010. Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to patronize small and local business, in contrast to the big box retail and e-commerce stores. So, in honor of Small Business Saturday, I have provided a list of my favorite local businesses on Staten Island’s North Shore. These stores not only have great products, but they’re sure to have something on your holiday list.

 

Bakeries/Sweets

Whether you’re heading out to a holiday party or stuck on what to leave for Santa, chances are, your local bakery has just what you need. Surprise your loved ones with their favorite treats and a gift certificate to one of Staten Island’s infamous bakeries.

 

Wine

I’m sure there is a wine lover in your life who would love a bottle of wine, personalized wine glasses, or a gift basket from their local wine shop. Check out these local businesses, who not only provide the best wines, but the best service.

 

Restaurants

Surely, someone on your list has a favorite place to dine at. Or, perhaps you know of a place they would love but haven’t tried yet. A gift certificate to a local restaurant is a perfect gift that not only supports local businesses, but gives people on your list a reason to get out and celebrate!

There are so many restaurants on Staten Island’s North Shore worth listing, but here are some of my favorites.

 

For Kids

Not sure what to get the children on your list? Stop in one of the local toy stores or children’s boutiques and I’m sure one of “Santa’s Helpers” will help you find the perfect gift.

 

Health and Beauty

The gift that keeps on giving sometimes includes a trip to the local salon or spa. I’m sure that anyone on your list would appreciate a few hours of relaxation and much deserved pampering at one of these North Shore locations.

 

Gifted

Still stuck? Check out Gifted at their new location at 717 Forest Avenue. Here you are sure to find a beautifully wrapped holiday gift basket that anyone would enjoy. Also consider a unique fabulous handcrafted gift from the Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge, located at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

This holiday season; please consider supporting one of your local businesses. There are so many benefits to shopping locally: it preserves the local culture, improves the local economy, creates jobs, enriches the community, and helps build relationships by providing a personalized experience.

Best of luck to you as you tackle your holiday shopping list and get your last minute shopping done. If you’re looking to buy a home on Staten Island or purchase Staten Island real estate please feel free to visit my website for information on listings, local attractions, home-buying tips and neighborhood information. You can also connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday, and look forward to meeting you soon!

Jewish Community Center Aberlin/North Shore

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Located at 485 Victory Boulevard, the Aberlin/North Shore JCC has been serving the Staten Island community since 1929. The JCC of Staten Island provides facilities and programs to all Staten Islanders that include educational programs, sports and recreation, fitness, community services and events.

Specifically, the North Shore JCC provides infant and toddler daycare, full-day or half-day Universal Pre-K (UPK), family programming, and community programs.

Since it was established on Staten Island’s North Shore in 1929, the JCC program has since grown and expanded. Currently, there are two more Staten Island locations: Bernikow/Mid-Island and Avis/South Shore. New programs have developed to serve the needs of the community, including day camp, music programs, fitness and sports programs, and education.

For more information, call 718-475-5290 or visit http://sijcc.org

Holiday Fairs on Staten Island

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As the cold weather rolls in, Staten Islanders are slowly beginning to swap out their autumn décor for garland and holiday lights.

For most Staten Island residents, part of their holiday tradition involves attending one or more of the many fairs and festivals that take place across the borough. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season, get a head start on holiday shopping, connect with neighbors, support local businesses, and visit community parishes, schools and other organizations than through these holiday events. You are sure to find great gift items, handmade crafts, baked goods, and perhaps catch a glimpse of Santa.

Below are some of the Holiday Fair events and festivities taking place on Staten Island during this holiday season. Why not check out a few?

November

Friday, November 21
St. Adalbert Holiday Fair
355 Morningstar Road  718-442-2020
9am-8pm

St. Joseph – St. Thomas Holiday Fair
50 Maguire Avenue  718-356-0452
3-9pm

Saturday, November 22
Christ Lutheran Church Christmas Fair
121 Cleveland Avenue  718-984-6595
9am-3pm
Raffles, gift baskets, bake sale, holiday gifts, Vermont cheddar, and more.

All Saints Episcopal Church Holiday Fair
2329 Victory Boulevard  718-948-4702
10am-4pm
Proceeds will go to help animals. There will be homemade food and 50+ raffle baskets.

Great Kills Moravian Church Christmas Craft Fair
74 Hillside Terrace  718-317-7788
10am-4pm
Holiday decorations, bakery, luncheon, and more.

Assumption-St. Paul Christmas Fair
129 Clinton Avenue  718-447-6362
10am-5pm
Visit from Santa (1-3pm) and raffles for designer bags.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Christmas Fair
63 Cloister Place  718-351-0370
10am-6pm
Raffle baskets, craft table, children’s crafts, baked goods, games, food, and pictures with Santa.

St. Joseph – St. Thomas Holiday Fair
50 Maguire Avenue  718-356-0452
10am-9pm

Sunday, November 23
St. Joseph – St. Thomas Holiday Fair
50 Maguire Avenue  718-356-0452
10am-5pm

Knights of Columbus Hall
397 Clark Avenue 718-667-9852
9:30am

Friday, November 28
Alice Austen House
2 Hylan Boulevard 718-816-4506
11am-5pm
Handmade holiday gifts, local artists and craftsmen.

Saturday, November 29
Alice Austen House
2 Hylan Boulevard 718-816-4506
11am-5pm
Handmade holiday gifts, local artists and craftsmen.

Sunday, November 30
Alice Austen House
2 Hylan Boulevard 718-816-4506
11am-5pm
Handmade holiday gifts, local artists and craftsmen.

December

Friday, December 5
St. Teresa School Christmas Fair
1632 Victory Boulevard  718-448-9650
8am-6pm

Saturday, December 6
Christ Church New Brighton St. Nick’s Fair
76 Franklin Avenue 718-727-6100
10am-4pm
Pictures with Santa, and breakfast & lunch.

St. Roch Church Christmas Fair
602 Port Richmond Avenue  718-442-4755
10am-6pm
Gifts, vendors, and raffles.

St. Teresa School Christmas Fair
1632 Victory Boulevard  718-448-9650
10am-6pm

Stapleton UAME Church Holiday Fair
49 Tompkins Avenue  718-273-2857
11am-5pm
Raffle baskets, craft table, children’s crafts, baked goods, food, and pictures with Santa.

St. Christopher School Christmas Fair
51 Lisbon Place 718-351-0902
12-6pm
Santa will be at the fair.

Art & Craft Sale @ Staten Island Museum
75 Stuyvesant Place 718-727-1135
www.statenislandmuseum.org
10am

Art Lab’s Holiday Arts & Crafts @ Art Lab Gallery
1000 Richmond Terrace (Building H) 718-447-8667
11am-5pm

Sunday, December 7
St. Teresa School Christmas Fair
1632 Victory Boulevard  718-448-9650
8am-2pm

Farrell Christmas Fair
2900 Amboy Road  718-987-2900
10am-5pm
Homemade crafts, refreshments, and live music.

St. Clare’s Christmas Fair
150 Nelson Avenue  718-984-7873
11am-5pm

Monday, December 8
St. Clare’s Christmas Fair
150 Nelson Avenue  718-984-7873
9am-4pm

Thursday, December 11
PS 58 PTA Holiday Fair
77 Marsh Avenue 718-761-2155
6-9pm
Photo booth, arts and crafts for kids, and mini bake sale.

Wednesday, December 17
PS 39 Holiday Fair
71 Sand Lane  718-447-4543
8:30am-6pm

Thursday, December 18
PS 39 Holiday Fair
71 Sand Lane  718-447-4543
8:30am-6pm

Saturday, December 20
New to You Vendors Market & Craft Fair
Zion Lutheran, 505 Watchogue Road  347-979-7726
11am-4pm
Santa visit and pictures.

Stay tuned for more information about other holiday events taking place over the next few weeks. Are you looking to buy Staten Island real estate or a home on Staten Island and want to know more? Please don’t hesitate to contact me on Facebook or Twitter.

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Look forward to meeting up soon! Have an extraordinary day!

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