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Staten Island Museum Plans to Move to Snug Harbor


January 31st, 2014
By: Bree Driscoll/ NY1

In a move that is nearly 50 years in the making, the Staten Island Museum will soon occupy one of the buildings at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. The former dormitory is being transformed into Staten Island's first "green" historic location and will be using the earths natural resources to regulate temperature throughout the museum. The city allocated almost $27 million dollars to renovate the building but now the fundraising kicks into gear to outfit its exhibitions and galleries.

"We are a smaller museum in New York City but we have been around just as long as almost anybody has been. So we are an old time museum that we are a general interest collection. So we do art, science and history. There is no other museum that does that," said Staten Island Museum Director of Exhibitions and Programs Diane Matyas. With this new and expanded space, the museum will be able to show much more of its collection that has mostly been in storage. The current Staten Island Museum site will remain in operation. Construction is expected to be completed by summer and the museum is expected to open to the public this Fall.

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Staten Island Chuck to make his prediction on Super Bowl Sunday

January 22nd, 2014
By: Jillian Jorgensen/ Staten Island Advance

World Famous Staten Island Chuck will make his prediction on Super Bowl Sunday as to whether we will be still suffering from the biting cold of the last few months or if we can expect an early Spring. If you'd like to see Chuck in action, fulfilling his duties as "the official groundhog meteorologist of New York City", the Zoo's gates will open at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 2. The event is free to the public, and Chuck will emerge at 7 a.m. Up to 700 spectators have been on hand for previous predictions. Last year the Weather Channel named Chuck as the number 2 "Groundhogs to Watch" right behind Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania.

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Wall Street Journal Names Staten Island Zoo New York's "best small zoo"

Monday, October 23rd, 2013
By: Diane C. Lore/Staten Island Advance

Andrew Hinderaker of the Wall Street Journal set out to rank the animal kingdoms of the outer-boroughs last Fall and determined that the Staten Island Zoo is New York City's "best little zoo".

The Staten Island Zoo boasts 350 species, including our very own Staten Island Chuck who will be making his appearance on Groundhog Day in February.

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Staten Island's St. George winner in NYC 'Neighborhood of Year' contest

January 2nd, 2014
By: Virginia N. Sherry/ Staten Island Advance

St. George has been voted the champion in the annual Curbed Cup competition and has been named New York City's "Neighborhood of the Year."

St. George, seeded number 15, in a field of 16 brought in 77% of the vote, blowing away Brooklyn's trendy Greenpoint, ranked number 8 when the contest launched.

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An illustrated Staten Island primer for children and families, with a twist

Monday, October 23rd, 2013
By: Diane C. Lore/Staten Island Advance

Staten Island authors Christopher H. Benbow and Nancy Myers Benbow,  photographer Bill Lyons, and illustrator Patricia Whitehouse have created a book which features a local attraction to represent  every letter of the alphabet, starting from the Alice Austen House, and winding up with the Staten Island Zoo. The book’s purpose is to convey the beauty and unique attributes of Staten Island while serving as an educational tool for children. It  is now available in gift shops at cultural sites throughout the borough.

The Benbows, along with Lyons and Borough Historian and Advance columnist Thomas Matteo, will host a reading and book signing Sunday from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., North of 90th St.

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Staten Island's Historic Richmond Town home to some of NYC's finest quilt art

Monday, July 28, 2013

By  Michael J. Fressola, Staten Island Advance
 

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Dozens of Staten Island needlewomen are represented in the 170-piece quilt collection of Historic Richmond Town/Staten Island Historical Society.  Richmond Town's collection includes popular designs that are represented in "Work By Hand," including Tumbling Block pattern quilts, Crazy Quilts and Pictorial Quilts.

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This weekend (July 12, 13 &14) on Staten Island

This weekend, three great annual festivals make their return: Back to the Beach, Van Duzer Days, and the Raritan Bay Festival! Also happening this weekend: The opening of classic musical "Oliver!", the Miss New York Pageant, and a free concert from the brass section of the New York Philharmonic. All this, and more, happening this weekend on Staten Island!

Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts: St. George, Staten Island

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By: Summer Brennan, Urban Omnibus

In recent years, more and more artists have come from the other boroughs to Staten Island for the (comparatively) cheap rents and open space. Slowly but surely, the community of St. George has established itself as a home for arts and culture. And there is more on the horizon.

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Sneak Peek at River Dock cafe in Staten Island's St. George ferry terminal

Monday, July 8, 2013

By: Michael Sedon, Staten Island Advance

Coming soon to the St. George ferry terminal: River Dock Cafe. This new eatery will be the first sit-down restaurant in the ferry terminal, featuring American cuisine and seafood.

When it opens in October, it will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Planned Service Changes for the Staten Island Ferry & Railway for July 4th

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Both the Staten Island Ferry and the Staten Island Railway will have changes in their schedule due to Independence Day.

There will be additional runs of the Staten Island Railway on Wednesday, July 3rd, to help people get a jump start on their holiday.

The train will run on a Sunday schedule on Thursday, July 4th.

The Staten Island Ferry will be suspended from 8pm to 10pm in both directions due to the Macy's Fireworks Show on July 4th.

Plan your travels accordingly!

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