Staten Island

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    NASCAR abandons Staten Island

    ​International Speedway Corp. (ISC), whose plans to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island set off a "near riot" at a public hearing, announced the sale of the site to a Texas company at a $30 million loss yesterday.

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    November 6, 2009

    Post-Parade Chaos on the Staten Island Ferry

    Not necessarily happy with today's Yankee parade: some Staten Island commuters caught in the crush of revelers who were making their way back to the Forgotten Borough afterwards. "'It was chaos,' says commuter who was stuck in overcrowded Whitehall Ferry Terminal," reports the Staten Island Advance. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Straphangers Award "Pokeys" for Slowest Buses; M42, B63 Big Winners

    The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives have announced their eighth annual Pokey Awards for the city's slowest buses, and the surprise winner is the M42 that lumbers between the Javits Center and First Avenue on 42nd Street. By the sponsors' calculations, the M42 achieves a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Have You Seen... Staten Island Livery Car Stabber-Robber

    On Sunday a little after midnight this guy at caught a ride from a livery driver near the Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. He had the driver take him all the way out to Mariners Park on the other side of the Island, then started hitting him in the head. They both tumbled out of the car around Neth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Blogger Dan de Lara (a/k/a Asian Dan) Professes His Love for Battles, Irving Plaza, and A-Trak

    We recently published the Voice's Best of NYC issue, our annual opportunity to bestow arbitrary awards like Best Rapper Twitter Feed and Best Radio DJ. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. Dan de Lara may hail from the forgotten borough, but th ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 20, 2009


    Staten Island sure is scary

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Times: New Storefront Art Shows Like Old Kind, Except Fancy, Curated

    ​Last week we mentioned that some city-owned rental space, even in buildings one imagined would be very rentable (the Staten Island Ferry terminal, for example) were being offered free to artists to use as exhibition spaces. Today the Times tells us the city's not the only landlord to give ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2009

    Court: city, not God, responsible for Staten Island sewage flood

    Lucyann Sciacca of Staten Island, representing herself in Small Claims Court, won $5k in her suit against the city for damage done when raw sewage flooded her basement during a 2007 storm which left Staten Island a Federal Disaster Area. The city has defended itself against $1.3 million in previous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Staten Islanders Take (Traffic) Law into Own Hands, DIY Speed Bumps

    ​The folks on Staten Island are the freewheeling DIY types, as was revealed by the homemade speed bumps that recently appeared on Locust Avenue in New Dorp. The residents, who worry about fast and reckless drivers on their street where their children play, and have seen the apparently feeble s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Staten Island Town Brawl Goes Pretty Much As You Would Expect

    Local tea party people warned in advance that Monday's Staten Island health care town brawl with Congressman Michael McMahon would be lively. And voila -- "Health care reform foes dominate meeting with Staten Island congressman," writes the Staten Island Advance. The peeps seem to have gone for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    World Food Situation Dire; School Bake Sales Now a No-no

    ​An Australian scientist says that the world's food situation is so bad that we will have to produce more food in the next 50 years than we ever have in history. A growing population and climate change will make the task more difficult. [ABC News] Small farms are all the rage, according to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2009

    Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free

    ​ Leaf peeper map of New York State Saturday Korean festival and parade Dance, taekwondo, food, music and cooking lessons. Chile Pepper Fiesta, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Music, chile-chocolate cooking, Qigong lessons, and hot stuff samples. Free with admission to the Gardens ($8 adults, $4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Health Care Town Brawl (with Tea Partiers!) (on Staten Island!) Monday

    Hey, great: Health care town brawls are being revived -- and in Staten Island! "This is the kind of thing that the whole Tea Party movement is geared around," says Frank Santarpia, an organizer for the Staten Island Tea Party, about Monday's event, sponsored by Congressman Michael McMahon at the Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Local Candidate Smiles, Votes

    ​ We thought campaigns had stopped sending these, so we were pleased to receive this picture of Staten Island council candidate Debi Rose entering the voting booth at Summerfield Methodist Church on Harbor Road this morning. Staten Island has never elected a black person to anything, but this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    New School Bus Policy Terrifies Parents on Staten Island

    This year some public grade school students are not eligible for school bus service, which prompts concern on Staten Island. "City forces seventh- and eighth-graders from their comfort zone -- namely, the yellow bus," reports the Staten Island Advance. "At 7 a.m. in the wintertime," they lede, "Anna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Staten Island 9/11 Memorial Defaced; Bronx 9/11 Memorial Restored

    ​As long as we're looking for 9/11 outrages, here's a defaced memorial: Kathryn Cronin, 56, of York, Pennsylvania visited the "Postcards" tribute in Staten Island and started beating it with a metal pipe*. She defaced images of two or more 9/11 victims, and has been arrested on charges of thir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Staten Island Skinhead Arrested for Trying to Burn Down 7-11

    ​One of the things that makes Staten Island a unique part of our gorgeous mosaic is, while the rest of us are all cosmopolitan and tolerant, Staten Island has skinheads -- and we don't mean conscious peace punks, but skinheads like they have in Russia and at Idaho survivalist compounds. Witnes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Indian Restaurants

    ​ Check here tomorrow for Fork in the Road's 10 Best Indian restaurants. We've ranged around the city, stuffing ourselves with Chettinadu fish curry on Staten Island, dosas in Flushing, khandvi and other regional snacks in Jackson Heights, and pongal in New Jersey (true Desi-land). We're pitch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Sheepshead Bay Remembers: Old Roll-n-Roaster Commercial

    Well, Movable Type is a fucking mess today, and who knows when the previous post will be visible. Bitter experience has taught us that the best way to make sure MT is working is to post something you might regret. So here's an old commercial for Roll-n-Roaster, the "not-so-fast fast food restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Staten Island, Anthony Weiner Town Brawls Bring a Little American Rage to Our Communist City

    ​That Staten Island Health Care Town Hall seems to have had some of the now-traditional bellowing, but not enough to work up a good segment for Glenn Beck. The Staten Island Advance said the New Dorp event was "a chance for many to vent frustration over the plan," which sounds promising at fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Giuliani Speaks at Staten Island Golf Event, Criticizes Obama and "Nationalized" Health Care

    Staten Island golf events are tumultuous affairs, apparently. Last week a local golfer sued because he perceived he'd been tossed out of a tournament unfairly. This weekend, Rudolph Giuliani, a good friend to Staten Island, spoke at the Richmond County Country Club event to raise funds for the CIAO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Banned for Cursing, Staten Island Golfer Sues Club, Association

    ​Gotta love Staten Island -- even the golfers are contentious. Christopher DeMenna of Bay Terrace is suing Richmond County Country Club and the Staten Island Golf Association because they banned him from a tournament after he cursed out an official. In September 2007, it seems, DeMenna got int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Vox Populi: Staten Islanders Complain of Bad Drivers, "Guidos," "Doot-Da-Doots"

    ​We love the Staten Island Advance. Today they asked readers, "what are your most annoying encounters with road rudeness?" You may not know this, but Staten Island is much like Jersey, and its inhabitants rely mostly on motorized vehicles to get around. While the first commenter says, "get a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Staten Island Pol Gets Real Estate Taxes Frozen; Staten Islanders Attack Pol, Russians, Etc.

    One thing we love about our Staten Island paisans: they aren't easily appeased, especially by politicians. Today the Staten Island Advance gave credit to local assemblymember Janele Hyer-Spencer -- last noted here for winning funds for a new community center, and thus stirring up Staten Island's st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Mayor, Cops Warn Against Illegal Fireworks, Rooftop Parties, Fun

    We know homemade fireworks are illegal in this town, but we were hoping that, with tourism down this summer, they might go a little easier on 4th of July street pyrotechnics. Alas, Mayor Bloomberg and the cops remain on our ass about it -- in fact they're even against rooftop parties to watch the Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Lessons in Bloomy Speak: It's a Hard Landing, Not a Crash

    From the Mike Bloomberg City Hall Lexicon:A packed Staten Island ferry that loses power just at it is pulling into the dock and bangs very hard into the pier , thus injuring 15 passengers or less, is a hard landing, not a crash. A crash is a packed Staten Island ferry that bangs very hard into the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Staten Islanders Displeased with Bike Lanes

    People complain about bike lanes elsewhere in the city, too, but Staten Island seems to have more trouble with them than most. The Staten Island Advance tells us that new bike lanes are planned for the borough even as "half of the paint forming the Bay Street [bike] route has worn away" because of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Our Ten Best--Pizzas

    New York City boasts the best pizza in the world. Period. But which ones to choose for Our Ten Best? There are so many kinds: We've got thin Neapolitan slices, and thick Sicilian slices, with Staten Island slices in between. We've got individual pies, and gang-size pies. We've got clam pies, and zit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Staten Island School Excludes, Scars Kids with Poor or Cheap Parents

    It was the kind of scarring childhood experience that might be discussed at length in a therapist's office someday: When I was growing up on Staten Island and didn't have enough money to attend my school's end-of-the-year carnival, I pressed my face against the school-yard fence and watched all the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Carter Center Latest Staten Island Development Catastrophe

    Staten Island seems to have the kind of problems with development that the rest of the city had years ago. We mentioned in passing the troubled state of the Lighthouse Museum, which the Staten Island Advance and others consider a frustrating boondoggle. Recently the paper covered the magnificent but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Why Don't Staten Island Tourists Get Past the Terminal?

    Did you know that Staten Island had tourism? It makes the attempt, anyway, via SINY, Staten Island USA, and NYC & Co. But the Staten Island Advance frankly admits that it hasn't been working -- tourists may take the ferry over, but they don't wander too far inland. Part of the reason is poor sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Janet Redmond-Mercereau Guilty of Murder

    After jury requests for information that extended the wait for a verdict, Janet Redmond-Mercereau, the Staten Island woman accused of killing her fire marshal husband, has been found guilty of second-degree murder. She had claimed that she did not know who shot Douglas Mercereau in his bed in Decem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Authorities on the Trail of the "Staten Island Vandals"

    The Staten Island Advance! Exclusively! Takes us "inside the clubhouse of alleged Staten Island vandals." This would be a bunch of youthful mooks who robbed and vandalized a few places near their encampment, at which they apparently "used a generator to power a television so they could play vide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Staten Islanders to Tie Up Verrazano Bridge with Pennies on Monday

    Hey, you can have your Tea Parties -- Staten Island's having a Penny Protest! As few outside the forgotten borough noticed, the recent Albany MTA bill added a dollar to the Verrazano Bridge's $9 toll. So local "self taught artist" Scott LoBaido proposes that at noon on Monday, drivers protest the hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Staten Island Thieves Smarten Up, Use ATM Cams to Steal $500G

    Staten Island, home of the world's worst bank robber, is now the target of a savvier band of thieves who are wanted by the NYPD for stealing from than $500,000 from local Sovereign Bank customers. According to the police, the pudgy-looking thieves (see photo) installed card skimmers and pinhole came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Quick Hits

    Well, it is a nice shot, but $329,000 is a little over our standard freelance rate. Best of luck, Luis Caldera. Great medical PR headline of the day: "Overeating to blame for U.S. obesity epidemic." The face transplant lady still loves her husband, who shot her face off. Brownsville Recreation C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Chuck Schumer Avenges Humanity Against Urban Wildlife!

    At last, one of our elected representatives is fighting back against nature, which as we previously reported is at war with New York, sending cows, wallaroos, feral parrots and other agents to smite us. Chuck Schumer strikes on two fronts: first, he has put in a bill requiring airports to report bir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Senator Lanza Keeps Staten Island Secession Alive

    The dream of Staten Island secession would seem to have died with John Marchi, but the Times tells us today that state senator Andrew Lanza is working on a Staten-Island-Out-Of-New-York plan, which he has been proposing since last year. He decries the "legacy of neglect" under which the forgotten bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    John Marchi, 1921-2009

    John Marchi, longtime state senator from Staten Island and two-time Republican mayoral candidate, died Saturday while vacationing in Italy. Marchi was first elected to the state senate in 1956 and retired in 2006. He chaired the state senate's finance committee during New York's fiscal crisis in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Russians Invade Staten Island Community Center, Elderly Bigots Fight Back

    When Assemblymember Janele Hyer-Spencer announced that she'd scored $4 million in public funds to finance a new community center in Staten Island, complete with pool, we figured her constituents would be pleased. But it was weird when the Staten Island Blog said, "although the Russian community is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Hotel Latest of Staten Island Builder's Projects to Fizzle

    It's not just Manhattan that's getting hit hard by this economy. The Staten Island Advance tells us the Staten Island Hotel, jewel of the forgotten borough's hospitality industry, has gone into foreclosure. Its builder, Leib Puretz, is heavily invested in Staten Island real estate, with extensive pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    International Fugitive Found Cleaning Boats on Staten Island

    Have we told you lately that we love the Staten Island Advance? This is from one of this morning's stories, headlined "Police chase suspect through Staten Island cemetery": "It's unknown at this time what crime the person committed, but there's a lot of police activity in the area." And occasionally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    In Case You Haven't Looked Out Your Window Yet...

    ...we got snow. Weathermen predict over a foot of it. The storm extends greatly beyond our districts and has been playing havoc in the south. We're sure it will be a nuisance for us too, but then, these days, what isn't? Enjoy it before rush hour turns it into black slush. Update 9:50 a.m.: The MT ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Was Staten Island Pol's Cartoon Racist? You Be The Judge!

    Artist's rendering. It's too bad no one is letting us see the allegedly racist email cartoon that Salvatore Ballarino, a member of Staten Island's Community Education Council appointed by borough president James Molinaro, is reported to have forwarded to colleagues. True, the comic strip sounds ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Quick Hits

    99 Problems but a cookie ain't one His assailants in the Staten Island Election Night Hate Crime Spree have all pleaded guilty. Now victim Ali Kamara has been arrested for stealing a car. About 11 years ago 172 Stanton Street started to crumble. City officials hustled the tenants out and demolish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Bobcat Captured in Staten Island

    Okay, this is more like it: someone in Staten Island caught a bobcat. The 45-pound kitty was stalking the Grosmere section and a citizen decided to take matters into his own hands, drawing the creature into a game cage "using raw chicken liver as bait," a tip you may want to save. The animal is said ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 7, 2009


    A new play explores a teenager's worst nightmare

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    December 23, 2008

    Staten Island, Epicenter of Terror

    The Staten Island Advance tells us that Javed Iqbal of Mariner's Harbor had been using his backyard full of satellite dishes to help local traitors receive broadcasts from Al Manar, a Lebanon-based TV station backed by Hamas. Hamas is officially considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. That m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Ho-Ho-Ho's Up: Santacon New York

    That Santacon thing we VoiceChoiced happened Saturday, and hundreds of Santas descended upon the city in full jollity. They were well YouTubed, and you can see them dancing on the Staten Island Ferry, and to Michael Jackson under the warming lights of some hotel awning; here's a Santa in a crow's ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    4 NYFD Engine Companies Stop Working Nights

    Even when announcing cuts, city officials are careful to tell us that police and fire services will continue as usual. But that claim is getting harder to make. Fire Commission Nicholas Scoppetta announced today that, in order to make up a $60 million shortfall in the NYFD budget, four engine compa ... More >>

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