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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bagel Mercato on Bay St.

Bagel Mercato

I’m not good at keeping secrets when it comes to good food places on Staten Island. Maybe, because there are so few and far in between. So I’m telling you, you have to visit the Bagel Mercato. This is the kind of sleek, trendy cafe you expect to find in West Village or Soho. The owners have decided to fix our community’s problem by serving delicious breakfast and lunch items Staten Island has been missing, on the North Shore, at 70 Bay St, and we sure are glad they did. It’s about time!

Bagel Mercato

Bagel Mercato has an excellent menu of bagels, sandwiches and salads, and they’re all very reasonably priced. The salads are fresh with crispy vegetables and delicious sauces. Large selection of freshly baked, hand rolled bagels and a great variety of flavored cream cheeses make for a complete and satisfying breakfast and lunch menu.

Bagel Mercato

The best part is, this place has that laid-back, community-friendly vibe. The people are nice and the place is always full of regulars. Sometimes the line can get backed up, but you’ll never wait more than a few minutes, plus that’s how you know the place is legit and it will be well worth the wait. The guys behind the counter, along with the owners who are there to greet you as you walk in, are professional and courteous. After listening to your order carefully and making their own suggestions of the menu-must-haves (go for it, you’ll be glad you did), the workers make their way back to start the process of creating something special. While you wait for your food to be meticulously prepared, take delight in a homey atmosphere and feast your eyes on a fun decor offering a bit of glitz with two large chandeliers. Even though the kitchen in this establishment may be smaller than in a fancy restaurant it doesn’t make the dishes any less filled with love. Here you can have a quick bite and enjoy a high quality meal at the same time.

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The space is on the smaller side, but nevertheless, quiet impressive. Design architect Nina Ferrer, whose career includes design of luxury homes for celebrities and high-end retail spaces, a run as a TV Host and Designer on Clean House NY, and participation on HGTV’s highly popular Design Star (Season 5), designed this relaxed and casual yet absolutely classy space. The room is decorated with subway tiles, handcrafted countertops, chandeliers, multiple serving stations and a seating area for those who wish to dine inside. For more on Nina’s concept of the store and design style visit The Bagel Caffe I designed “Bagel Mercato“.

During my visit, I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Nina, who was perfectly happy and excited to tell me a little bit about this place. She also happens to be the wife of Stefano, one of the owners, lucky guy!

Bagel Mercato

How did you come up with the concept for this space?

Nina: “When I met my husband Stefano, he was looking to create a bagel shop with a more attractive presence and it just so happens that this is what I do, so I sketched this cafe on a napkin on our first date. And anytime we would go out to eat, we would talk about the cafe, and do research on the floors, tiles, chairs and all the other elements of the design. I finished the design, filed it with an architect and oversaw the management. The two counters was Stefano’s idea and the concept was to serve both, business professionals on a morning commute and those who stop by to amuse their leisure, Manhattan urban situation. We also love giving back to the community and that’s where the idea of displaying local artists’ work on rotation came into play. Over time we have developed a relationship with many local artists (St. George is known in the community as an art center of Staten Island), they often come in for a bite and become a part of the regular crowd. There’s a sense of a neighborhood destination in this cafe.”

Bagel Mercato

What do you think the future of the neighborhood holds with the new projects like The New York Wheel, Harbor Commons, Lighthouse Point and Navy Pier moving into the area?

Nina: “There’s a lot of development in the area and we are noticing positive changes in the neighborhood. Much more young professionals are moving into the area and it is a lot nicer to walk around. More restaurants and art galleries are opening up in the neighborhood and we are hopeful that more Staten Islanders will come here as a destination. The waterfront has a lot of potential – it’s happening in Red Hook, it’s happening in Williamsburg, it’s happening in Greenpoint, in Jersey City, in Hoboken….it’s going to happen here! ”

Creative young minds are flooding the area and I completely agree with this vision. New York City is making large investments and planning many new projects in our area. The future developments are about to change the waterfront as we know it.

One thing’s for sure, I’ll be coming back to this lovely spot for excellent breakfast selection and lunch time winners. If you come here once, I guarantee you’ll permanently plant this spot in your weekly routine. At the very least you can always enjoy the fact that someone took the time and put a lot of effort into making your meal here simply awesome!”

Bagel Mercato

“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.

3 Tips to help Increase the Sale of Your House in the Winter

The popular statement that ‘selling a home during the winter season is more difficult’ is not always the case. It is true that during the winter time there are fewer buyers and sellers on the marketplace. However, make no mistake, those that are looking at homes in this cold and snowy weather are the most serious, motivated and ready to buy.  Quite often those buyers face a life changing situation, such as a job relocation or a growing family, and have to move because they need to, not because they want to. Also, note to the winter sellers: buyers that need to move in quickly will often pay top dollar for the property. Please watch my ‘top 3 tips for selling your home in winter’ below and create a more attractive home for the potential buyers.