Fall Foliage on Staten Island

There’s nothing quite like fall foliage on Staten Island. Take some time and explore the local Staten Island parks and Staten Island Greenbelt – a network of lush parks, wetlands, open meadows and hiking trails to catch a glimpse of nature’s splendor.

The following locations are known for an extraordinary display of fall colors, incredibly diverse wildlife and for being the most visited in the five boroughs.

Don’t let the season pass you by: Here are the fall places to check out before winter sets in.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

Enjoy moments of peace along the manicured gardens of Snug Harbor. This season features the most beautiful autumn colors in the Tuscan Gardens, New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden and the Front Meadow. Striking setting and an ideal location for lazy strolls on one of those beautiful autumnal Staten Island days.

Fall Foliage on Staten Island - New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden
Fall Foliage on Staten Island – New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden
Fall Foliage on Staten Island - New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden
Fall Foliage on Staten Island – New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden
Fall Foliage on Staten Island - Tuscan Garden
Fall Foliage on Staten Island – Tuscan Garden
Fall Foliage on Staten Island - Tuscan Garden
Fall Foliage on Staten Island – Tuscan Garden

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Located on a hillside, far off the beaten path, with mesmerizing views and serene grounds is the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tobetan Art. Once you visit, helpful staff and an interesting story await you at this hidden gem of Staten Island. Discover this amazing place on a quiet afternoon with an away-from-it-all feel and grounds suitable for rest or meditation. Unique museum that evokes the Himalayas with its location at the top of Lighthouse Hill.

 

 

 

Fall Foliage on Staten Island - Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Fall Foliage on Staten Island – Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Fall Foliage on Staten Island - Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Fall Foliage on Staten Island – Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Greenbelt Conservancy

This Staten Island oasis has 2,800 acres of natural areas and offers 35 miles of trails through parks and woodland. Four scenic trails in a rural setting take visitors on a tour of red maples with blazing colors and Highbush blueberries, along with hawks, deer, owls and dozens of migrating birds. Visitors can talk to naturalists, ride the carousel, lounge along the picnic areas and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding treetops. The overall effect is very calming and serene…

Fall Foliage on Staten Island - Greenbelt
Fall Foliage on Staten Island – Greenbelt

Bloomingdale Park

Located on the South Shore of Staten Island, this 139-acre park underwent a substantial renovation in 2004. It now features fields for softball, baseball, and soccer; a new playground with a spray shower and swings; two basketball courts; a bocce ball court; and a comfort station. Bloomingdale Park is also a great place to visit to get in tune with nature: It features lush woodlands filled with hiking and running trails.

Fall Foliage on Staten Island - Bloomingdale Park
Fall Foliage on Staten Island – Bloomingdale Park

Willowbrook Park 

Willowbrook park offers a wonderful chance to escape into a more peaceful setting. It is worth the trip to see vibrant leaves of the season and enjoy vivd colors of the scenic fall foliage.While you’re there, take a moment to glance away from the leaves and give your attention to the five-acre lake. Amusements for people include tennis courts, playgrounds, ballfields, hiking, and an archery range (every month they host s free class where the park rangers teach you how to shoot an arrow with a bow, register online at nycparks.gov in advance). One of its most unique draws is the Carousel for All Children with 51 hand-carved wooden animals circle panels depicting Staten Island scenes. Willowbrook park serves as a constant reminder of the beauty that lies within the changing seasons. 

Fall Foliage - Willowbrook Park
Fall Foliage – Willowbrook Park
Fall Foliage - Willowbrook Park
Fall Foliage – Willowbrook Park
Fall Foliage - Willowbrook Park
Fall Foliage – Willowbrook Park

All photos by Dmitriy Mirochnik Photography, for more visit Shutterwhisper.com

 

Most Beautiful Holiday Light displays on Staten Island

Staten Island homeowners take holiday home decorations to new heights this holiday season. So we’re picking our favorite properties and neighborhoods to cruise this Christmas. Nothing says holidays like a family home covered in decorations and lit up at night. Celebrate the magic of the season with these most decked out homes on Staten Island!

Staten Island most decorated homes for the holidays
Staten Island’s most decorated homes for the holidays. Spring St and Ridge Ave.
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. Sprig St and Ridge Ave
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. Sprig St and Ridge Ave
Most Decorated homes for the holidays on Staten Island
Most Decorated homes for the holidays on Staten Island. Spring St and Ridge Ave

Staten Islanders are adding some warm and festive touches to create holiday winter wonderlands, ice castles from the movie “Frozen” and magical North Pole scenes. One can only wonder how many hours elves spent working tirelessly decorating these homes to accomplish such beautiful and creative design.

Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. Amboy Rd and Bland Pl
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. Amboy Rd and Bland Pl
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. Amboy Rd and Bland Pl
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. Amboy Rd and Bland Pl
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. Amboy Rd and Bland Pl

Most homeowners invite visitors to walk around and within the beautiful displays they’ve created to enjoy the magical selection of holiday homes and fabulous facades. These amazing homes are worth the trip. One glance at these treasures and I guarantee you that you’ll be in the holiday spirit.

Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island.  107 Sharrotts Rd.
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. 107 Sharrotts Rd.
Holiday Light Displays in Staten Island
Best holiday decorated homes on Staten Island. 107 Sharrotts Rd
Holiday Light Displays in Staten Island
Best holiday decorated homes on Staten Island. 107 Sharrotts Rd

Elaborate light displays make the spirits brighter and our hearts warmer. It’s that time of the year to celebrate the season and generate your own brilliance.

Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. 580 Woolley Ave
Most Decorated homes for the holidays on Staten Island
Most Decorated homes for the holidays on Staten Island. 580 Woolley Ave

Delightful decorations are putting smiles on everyone’s faces as the families tour the houses and children’s faces light up with excitement. And the frosty weather outside is no longer frightful.

Holiday Light Displays in Staten Island
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. Kingdon Ave and Algonkin St
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. Kingdon Ave and Algonkin St
Most decorated holiday homes on Staten Island. Kingdon Ave and Algonkin St

Join the holiday cheer and make beautiful memories with your loved ones. Hope today you are spending the time in the comfort and warmth of your family and friends. May this holiday season sparkle and shine. May all your wishes and dreams come true and may all of you feel this happiness all year round. Merry Christmas my friends!

10 Best Halloween Decorated Houses on Staten Island

 

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

This Halloween, experience some thrills and chills at the 10 best decorated homes on Staten Island.Get ready to spook up your day with these Spooktacular homes. They are, without a doubt, the creepiest, craziest and most frightening homes you’ll ever see. Sound effects, fog and synchronized lighting complete the spine-chilling atmosphere around each home and add a terrifying twist.

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

While some of the homeowners seek out the best decorations available to create a haunted home, others spend their time actually making the decorations from scratch for months! All are equally impressive and very scaaaaryyyyyyy. Take a ride and get your dose of frights at homes that have been transformed into a Halloween nightmare, but beware, you never know what’s lurking in the darkness. They are waiting for you with special treats…..Are you that fearless soul brave enough to pay a visit? Will you make it through the list or will you run??!!!

 

#1. 19 Bolivar St.  This home has added a lot of character to the front porch with these Halloween decorations.

This home has added a lot of character to the front porch with these Halloween decorations.

10 Best Decorated Halloween Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Decorated Halloween Homes on Staten Island

 

#2. 29 Ellsworth Ave. This next house will surely give trick-or-treaters and Halloween party guests a scare with these larger-than-life-size figures.  Are you brave enough to enter?

10 Best Decorated Halloween Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Decorated Halloween Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Decorated Halloween Homes on Staten Island

 

 

#3. 41 Kingdom Ave. This next home will be a crowd-pleaser for all the Halloween guests, don’t miss it.

10 Best Decorated Halloween Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Decorated Halloween Homes on Staten Island

 

#4. 78 Lindenwood Rd. A very creative 12 year old boy with big imagination lives in this next home. Every year he spooks up his house with all the handmade Halloween decorations he can craft.

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

 

#5. 580 Woolley Ave. This next home is bumping up the creep factor with oversized spiders, brain-hungry zombies and witches. The owners present a frightening show at 8pm, make sure to go!

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

 

#6. 238 Caswell Ave. This home is adding a Halloween spirit to their front yard with some seriously spooky details.

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

 

#7. 30 Edison St. This home is ready for the arrival of the trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests with some creepy-crawly characters and big graphic figures.

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

 

 

#8. 120 Ainsworth Ave. The next house features creepy creatures and terrifying realistic sets.

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

 

 

#9. 32 Santa Monica Ln. This horror-filled front yard will make your skin crawl with terrifying realistic props. This haunted house will make you run and panic!

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

 

#10. 92 Beacon Ave. This home is deathly serious with the display of realistic-looking graves, skeletons other undead monsters.

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

10 Best Halloween Decorated Homes on Staten Island

 

 

Wishing everyone a Happy and safe Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Black and White” Art Exhibition

I hope you support my excitement about all the art events popping up all over town. One area that is receiving a lot of hype in the media lately is the naturally occurring cultural district in the town of St. George, Staten Island. There’s a lot of activity and talk about the revitalization of the neighborhood surrounding the ferry and the waterfront to benefit the local development. Some of the plans include the building of the world’s tallest Ferris wheel “The New York Wheel”, development of the Harbor Commons, a 350,000-sq.-ft. outlet center and the transformation and the proposed branding of the St. George cultural district as the “Art Hill.”

In the addition to all of the above plans, the Staten Island Arts Building Corp (SIABC), a three-story former warehouse was converted into an artists’ work space complex and recently opened it’s doors in Stapleton.  The Staten Island Artist Building claims to be the first professional rental studios for Artists in Staten Island NY. “A place to build, perform and receive recognition.” Moreover, one of the art exhibitions that is going to take place in this new and exciting place on March 8th through April 11th is  The “Black and White” event. The upcoming show is being curated by Raul Barquet.

“Black & White” is a group exhibition exploring the versatility of the black and white

image. From medieval woodblock prints to modern black and white photography, a lack

of color has been used by artists as a strength instead of a weakness in their work. Over a

dozen artists will showcase their black and white pieces together on Staten Island.

Raul Barquet, curator of Port Exhibitions said “I am very excited about how this show is

shaping up, there will be a great group of very talented artists represented.” The

majority of the artists involved in this exhibition are based out of the five boroughs of

New York City, however there are artists from Pennsylvania and California showing

their work as well. Just a few of the types of artwork featured are photography,

painting, and etching.

Port Exhibitions strives to develop a safe harbor for creative exchange. By exposing

emerging and mid-career artists to new markets we hope to further appreciation for the

works they create.

An opening reception will be held from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Saturday March 8th at

the Staten Island Artist Building located at 73 Wave Street, Staten Island, NY 10304.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Saturday & Sunday

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. And during the week by appointment. For more information or to

book an appointment to see the show during the week please direct emails to

portexhibitions@gmail.com.

Valentine’s Drawing with Inna at Alor Cafe Pasta

We are super excited to host this social drawing, First-Time-Ever, event called “Valentine’s Drawing with Inna at Alor Cafe Pasta” on Staten Island and be able to bring this to our wonderful community. This event will be instructed by an incredible and very talented artist, Inna Ivd of Drawing With Inna and taking place at, where else? The delicious – Alor Cafe Pasta! Presented by Staten Island Lifestyle.

Only 4 days left to an amazing Love Day! Hopefully all of us get to celebrate every day and appreciate wonderful and beautiful things that we have in our daily lives. Valentine’s Day is the day on which we show our Love to the very special people in our lives and with whom we get to share those daily wonders.
Are you ready to show your Love?

On February 11 @7:30pm at Alor Pasta cafe, you’ll have an unforgettable experience creating your very own, beautiful and unique piece of art painted on a canvas to give to a very special person in your life. Even if that person is YOU!

Set your love birds free to explore the beautiful world of creativity.
The tickets are $65 (Cash Only) and include the following:

3 Glasses of Wine (White or Red)
A choice of 2 delicious and freshly baked flatbreads
( Flatbreads:
1. Mushroom roast, chorizo, chili flakes, parmesan
2. Mozzarella, ricotta, onion jam, prosciutto
3. Goat cheese, spinach, red onion, bacon, charred tomato
4. Fresh mozzarella, tomato, red onion, rosemary, pesto)
Coffee or Tea

Plus

2 Hours Of Fantastic and Professional guided artistic instructions and all the necessary paint materials.

We hope you can join us for a night full of fun and inspirational experiences. At the end of the night you’ll walk away with your very own masterpiece, lots of fun memories and maybe, even a few new friends! Get ready for a fun night of “painting and tasting”. No previous art experience necessary.

Update:    Feb, 15, 2014.

 

Wanted to thank everyone that came out and shared this amazing experience with us. It turned out even better than we expected. It was an absolute pleasure meeting everyone and having the best time. Hope to see you all again at our next event. Here’s a video capturing our incredible night!