Things to Do this Weekend

Things to do this weekend in Staten Island


Things to do this weekend in Staten Island

Photo by Yelena Rozov 

“NYC braces for 3-5 inches of snow” read one of today’s headlines in the local newspaper.  Really? Let the panic begin!

Well if you are brave enough to get out of the house this weekend, here are some events around town:

1. Meditation with Ven. Thupten Phuntsok

Join in for a morning meditation session with Ven. Thupten Phuntsok. The aim of meditation is to bring inner peace within our self in a positive and spiritual way. This can be a very nice, soothing way to start your weekend.

When: January 21st, Sat. 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: 338 Lighthouse Avenue – Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Tickets: $10 members/$12 non-members

2. Tavern Concert – String Fever

The band features tight three and four part harmonies, award winning songwriting and tasteful soloing. Bluegrass is the heart of the group’s music along with many other influences such as country, folk, jazz and blues.

Additionally, M. Bennett will be hosting “One Pot Wonders” dinners every Saturday evening at 5:30PM for Tavern Concert attendees.  Reservations are necessary by calling (718)370-3835. The cost is no more than $25.

When: January 21st, Sat. 7:30PM – 8:45PM and 9PM – 10:15PM.

Location: 441 Clarke Avenue – Historic Richmond Town

Tickets: $18 per person/ $15 for SIHS Members

3. Wintry Fun

Winter makes us excited for snow. If you’re looking for some fun, play in the “snow,” and create a craft to take home this weekend. The Wintry fun program is suitable for ages 4 to 8 with an adult chaperone. Registration and pre-payment required, call (718)351-3450.

When: January 21st, Sat. 1:30PM – 2:30PM

Location: 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue – Greenbelt Nature Center

Tickets: $4 Greenbelt Conservancy members/ $6 non-members

4. Health & Fitness at JCC

Flash Mob Fitness

Frank Moresh leads this week’s class in this fun, free, different kind of exercise experience every Sunday. For more information call (718)475-5210.

When: January 22nd, Sun. 11AM – 12PM

Tickets: Members free/$5 non-members

2nd Annual Staten Island Slimdown

The 2nd Staten Island Slim Down starts this weekend, offering free help to residents looking to lose weight and avoid the ailments associated with being overweight. The kickoff will include information on the 10-week program, health screenings and an appearance by Alfredo Dinten, a former contestant on The Biggest Loser and a Slim Down ambassador.

When: January 22nd, Sun. 2PM- 5PM

Tickets: Free

Location: 1466 Manor Road – Bernikow JCC

5. Up for Art – Tin Reliefs

Celebrate the Chinese New Year by creating reliefs with Chinese motifs.

When: January 21st and 22nd, Sat and Sun. at 1,2 and 3PM

Location: 1000 Richmond Terrace – Children’s Museum

Tickets: Free with admission

6. Opening Reception: Staten Island, Remember When?

Step back in time with stunning Staten Island scenes by watercolor painter, Fred Sklenar.

When: January 21st, Sat 1PM – 3PM

Location: 1000 Richmond Terrace – Staten Island Museum

Tickets: Free

7. And if you don’t want to go far, get outside and make a snowman!

Stay Warm Everyone!


MTA Bus Time comes to Staten Island

MTA Bus Time in Staten Island

Few days ago, Staten Islanders were the first to receive real-time bus information for every bus route in the entire borough. The service, MTA Bus Time, allows riders to access the system from their cellphones or computers to get an updated arrival time of a particular bus. This bus-tracking technology was designed to enhance the daily commute and save valuable time.

“But Time is going to transfer the way that our 2.5 million bus riders use the bus system every day, and we’re thrilled to start here on Staten Island,” said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota. Staten Island Borough President, James Molinaro, also plans to install display screens at some bus shelters to provide information to those who lack technology skills.

Bus Time marks a big step for local commuters. This means less time waiting for a bus and more time with your family.

Top 3 Most Expensive Staten Island Homes Sold in 2011

#1 Most Expensive Staten Island Home sold in 2011

Recession? What recession? The slowing economy has in fact been providing some great real estate opportunities for the wealthy, and it certainly has not changed their lifestyle. The proof is in the numbers. It will come as no surprise that the 3 most expensive real estate transactions this year took place in the most exclusive Staten Island neighborhood, called Todt Hill – a neighborhood that is  not only known for being the highest natural point in the five boroughs of New York City, but also for its sky high prices for custom made homes. Without further ado, I present to you the Top 3 Most Expensive Staten Island Homes Sold in 2011 (don’t be jealous).

#1 Most Expensive Home Sold in 2011 – Benedict Rd, Todt Hill

Original List Price: $4,299,000

Sold Price: $3,700,000

#1 Most Expensive Staten Island Home sold in 2011

This stunning colonial with European flair is situated on superb park like lot. The detailed and customized interior features high-end amenities including 6 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, home theater, library, gym, several terraces overlooking the pool area and perfectly manicured gardens, and of course an elevator for convenient access to all floors. One look at this home and you get the feeling of a special inviting space with an old world charm.

#2 Most Expensive Home Sold in 2011 – Julieann Ct, Todt Hill

Original List Price: $2,999,999

Sold Price: $2,600,000

#2 Most Expensive Staten Island Home sold in 2011

This beautiful all brick mansion features well appointed rooms with many amenities. The structural columns on the front porch add drama and are sure to impress anyone who approaches the entryway. The formal rooms are to the right and left of the open two-story foyer. Designed with entertainment in mind the house offers 2 family rooms, banquet size dining room, formal living room, gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry, home theater and much more.

#3 Most Expensive Home Sold in 2011 – Charter Oak Rd, Todt Hill

Original List Price: $2,900,000

Sold Price: $2,350,000

#3 Most Expensive Staten Island Home sold in 2011

Here’s a look at the 3rd home that rounds up our list of Top 3 Most Expensive Staten Island Homes Sold in 2011. This spacious home is a fine example of quality craftsmanship. The overall design of the house is traditional, combining rich fabrics and textures. There’s no doubt the new owners will have plenty of space to entertain family and friends inside this timeless classic.

All information and photos are courtesy of the Staten Island Board of REALTORS®, our multiple listings service.



Happy New Year 2012!

On December 31st, when the clock strikes twelve, people all over the world cheer and wish each other a very Happy New Year. On this delightful day let me wish you that the New Year brightens up each day with joy, warmth, and new promises! May all your days be beautiful and prosperous!