Most of the year you can get away with hating the MTA outright, for the lack of service, service disruptions, ever-increasing fares, or just 'cause you can. But at holiday time they pull out the big guns, and suddenly you can't help but feeling ever so slightly warmer-and-maybe-even-fuzzy abo ... More >>
At last it's Friday afternoon. As the day retreats into a shroud of seasonal gloom, it's time to look back on the week that was. Lauren Shockey, a lifelong New Yorker, lists her top ten childhood restaurants that still exist. Our Man Sietsema goes to Staten Island for some meat and murder. 'Brook ... More >>
Cyclists on Staten Island are getting worked up over a decision by the city Department of Transportation to strip away the bike lanes along Capodanno Boulevard in favor of a bus lane and a parking and turning lane. City officials, including a city councilman, the transportation commissioner, ... More >>
You wouldn't notice Gourmet Dog's small presence on the waterfront if it weren't for the bright signs and the cute dog. Sometimes, the wildest gastronomic experimentation takes places in the most unexpected places - witness Staten Island's Gourmet Dog (40 Richmond Terrace, 718-727-1234).
The eyeball-popping parking lot mural was a harbinger of what was to follow. It was a gothic conclusion to a very gothic day. It started out with a trip on the Staten Island Ferry to New Brighton, to a neighborhood overlooking New York's Upper Bay that was once the site of a Revolutionary Wa ... More >>
The Wu-Tang Clan is hip-hop's most enduring family. Thanks to seemingly unbreakable bonds both artistic and familial, the now eight-strong crew of rappers is still together, despite frequent -- and usually shoddily sourced -- media claims that they're about to implode due to rampant bickering ... More >>
A Staten Island couple has been given the right to sue the city for keeping their deceased son's brain, according to a ruling from Brooklyn's New York Appellate Division. Consider this something that we will now worry about when we can't sleep at night.
Remember the Brooklyn/Staten Island/Queens tornado of less than two weeks ago? The one that knocked down a bunch of trees and freaked out a bunch of hipsters and led to this amazing video? Well, charge up your camera phones. There's a tornado watch currently on for the tristate area -- includ ... More >>
wherestherevolutionConcordia cum veritae.Just as the lament over the end of peach season begins to take hold, Concord grapes have swept into local farmers markets, making us forget all about our stone fruit infatuation. These bright bluer-than-blueberry blue orbs are bursting with such Welch' ... More >>
All the way out on the south shore of Staten Island lies a quiet, tucked-away community called the Cedar Grove Beach Club, a "poor man's Bermuda" for the few Staten Islanders who knew about it and summered there. That's all over now, as the city's Parks Department plans to turn the 200-acre p ... More >>
The 26-year tenured Staten Island health teacher who allowed students to use slang sexual terms when she taught a lesson about AIDS filed a $1 million suit against the city for wrongfully suspending her, and has now agreed to settle the case for $45,000 -- an amount comparable to a first-year ... More >>
Staten Island is the smallest borough in New York City. Amazing, then, that it's had such a preponderance of bias attacks lately, including a new one under investigation involving a 15-year-old Mexican boy.
That's what I just heard, and as someone who has Italian-American friends in Staten Island, I'm certain that this will be another wow-apolooza. In fact, no coaching or scripting will even be necessary. These people act up like gangbusters!
The NYPD is asking for the public's assistance in identifying two suspects wanted in connection with a Staten Island assault that occurred on Wednesday, July 7. A 50-year-old hispanic man was walking on Port Richmond Avenue toward Harrison Avenue at about 4 p.m. when he bumped into a black female. T ... More >>
Fried shrimp po'boyCharleston, the dive bar/music venue on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, used to offer free pizza with each drink. It was a good deal, but not nearly as tasty as what's going on in the kitchen now. Honeychiles' is a new restaurant within the bar, opened by Jesse Crawford and ... More >>
• Prepare to feel depressed: According to new estimates, "an amount equivalent to the Exxon Valdez disaster could be flowing into the Gulf of Mexico every 8 to 10 days." Ugh. President Obama is asking to meet with BP execs next week, and Congress is pressuring BP to stop paying shareholders ... More >>
New York City's five boroughs -- the crowded streets, big buildings, Central Park, Staten Island and the rest of this huge beautiful mess -- are under an extreme storm alert, including a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. It's the first such wa ... More >>
The signs sometimes do align, as in the case of tomorrow, which is our humble nation's official Bike to Work Day. It's been bike month all of May, in fact, but if you've been focused on other things -- masturbation month, anyone? -- well, it's not too late to get involved.
The Staten Island Ferry Crashed. Do You Know Where Your Mayor Is? Last weekend, Mike Bloomberg waited until the show was over at the White House Correspondent's dinner in Washington before heading back to town to check into an attempted car bombing on the most crowded street in his city. Thi ... More >>
It's running almost constantly, provides a beautiful view and best of all, it's free. But the magical Staten Island Ferry had a little mishap this Saturday morning, when it crashed into the dock, injuring multiple people. Hopefully no one using the ferry to trek to work on this rainy Saturday ... More >>
A Staten Island resident would like to relay a message to the thief who plucked the outdoor lights from her Great Kills Lawn: If you're going to steal something, at least make it something good, a-hole!
Are you or do you happen to know a Staten Island millionaire? If so, you may want to get in touch with Vinnie Potestivo, 32, who's currently casting the fourth season of Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker, reports SILive. (We admit a certain sick pleasure related to that programming. "We" meaning ... More >>
The National Weather Service says it's pretty much definitely going to rain all weekend, so indoors is good. Go see the Wizard of Oz today and tomorrow at the Film Forum (double feature, with Captains Courageous)
While Punxsutawney Phil was predicting an extension of the freezing hell of winter in Pennsylvania, the avatar of our local wildlife cult, Staten Island Chuck -- known as "Charles G. Hogg" to schismatics -- made his appearance to the natives of the isolated island community this morning. Th ... More >>
"I can't go on anymore. I just hung myself." An unnamed man in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island put this and other disturbing notes on his Facebook page this afternoon, the Staten Island Advance reports. Friends saw the notes and, unable to reach him by phone, contacted authoritie ... More >>
Well, here's an industrious, if misguided, little robber: He drove an SUV through the window of a laundromat on Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island, then popped in through the hole he made and stole all their quarters, or whatever cash was on hand. Cops says he's white, 35-45, 5'7", 170 pounds. ... More >>
Homeless man found dead A homeless man was found dead in an abandoned Staten Island house on Sunday. Terry Troia of local charity Project Hospitality says the man, a Mexican day laborer named Luis Reyes, probably died of exposure. There was no heat or hot water in the house on Morningstar Road, of ... More >>
A guy bolted from cops as he was walked from the St. George police station to a paddy wagon in St. George this morning. Police rushed to shut down the Staten Island Ferry and Staten Island Railroad trains while they looked for him, which was a good idea, because they found him at the Ferry te ... More >>
Here's a holiday perennial we expected would come around eventually: the Christmas suicide. Fortunately the victim has in this case survived. Christopher Lombardo, 47, of Staten Island set himself on fire at his home at 222 King Street yesterday, but then thought better of it, ran outside a ... More >>
East Meets West Holiday Parade Little Italy and Chinatown Merchants Associations are sponsoring a parade from Mulberry to Mott Street, featuring marching bands, martial artists and acrobats, Italian American singers and Lion and Dragon Dance troupes.
If, God forbid, we should be killed in a terrorist attack, and our remains scattered to Kingdom Come and even Staten Island, we request that our relatives and friends not attempt to have the ton of debris among which our remains may be scattered removed to a burial site, costing our fellow ci ... More >>
Last week we showed a picture of a man who robbed the Northfield Bank at Hylan Plaza in Staten Island. So did the Staten Island Advance, and one of its local readers recognized the perp as a "homeless man suspected in a number of recent petty thefts in the New Dorp area," says the paper. The ... More >>
Last Christmas season, Staten Island D.A. Daniel Donovan cracked down on shoplifting at the Staten Island Mall by putting pictures of offenders in an attractive video display. This year he's doing it again. You can see the video at the D.A.'s web site, complete with 1980s movie theater trai ... More >>
Staten Island gets a bum rap and God knows we try to show the Forgotten Borough in a positive light. But japes like SNL's Gossip Girl: Staten Island threaten to undo all our good work. (See Islanders' reactions here.) And the new film Staten Island by first-time director James DeMonaco won't h ... More >>
This is turning into a trend. Like our own two robbers on Staten Island, the young man in the picture helpfully provided the police with a picture of himself taken with the cell phone he stole.
Italian-American heritage groups and residents of the Jersey shore are threatening boycotts over a new reality series, Jersey Shore, which MTV is promoting as a look at nine of the "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos" displaying big hair, good abs, and various forms of lack of continence in a ... More >>
The rules have been tightened for behavior on the Staten Island Ferry. No loud noise, including "plainly audible" earbud leakage. You can't hand out pamphlets, either. Also, no "feeding animals, exposing oneself, or fishing from a ferry or ferry dock." A full list can be found here; they are mostly ... More >>
We have to admit, we laughed when we read the Advance headline, "Staten Island senator faces backlash over same-sex marriage vote." Backlash? In Staten Island? Where "the first openly gay club in more than a decade" opened in August, and preachers inveigh against homosexuality on the Ferry? (Well, ... More >>
Early this morning a sewage plant in Port Richmond, Staten Island was evacuated after a DEP worker and a couple of electricians were overcome by fumes there. Investigation suggests that the ill effects werre caused by a petroleum product that smells like gasoline and was not supposed to be i ... More >>
We've been having a bunch of bank robberies around these parts. Can you help out? On November 4, the woman at left hit the Banco Popular Banco Popular located at Broadway and 145th Street. She's said to be white, about 40, 5'2" and pock-marked, and to have a distinctive tattoo on her left a ... More >>
The local economy is so bad it's eating into train ridership. MTA's figure, recently reported down 4 percent, appears to be leveling out, and MTA even holds out hope that it's not as bad as it looked. But things are worse in Staten Island. The 14-mile Staten Island Railway is on pace for a 6 ... More >>
We love Staten Island. These two guys broke into a Dunkin' Donuts in St. George in the wee hours of November 13, and stole about $3,000. However, they did not take precautions as to the security cameras, as this still from the Staten Island Advance shows. (Guy #2 is in the lower right hand ... More >>
These cowboys have been flying around Staten Island's North Shore, usually on Forest Avenue, since August, pulling their dark-colored 2002-to-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee up to nail salons, dry cleaners, hair stylists, and others among the remaining businesses in that part of the island, and snatching ... More >>
View Larger Map DATE: Nov. 14, 2009, 5:37 a.m. LOCATION: 23 York Ave., Staten Island. Staten Island isn't known as a murder hotbed, but this weekend, two men were shot and killed in the borough. The first of the fatal shootings took place early Saturday outside of the above address. The victim, id ... More >>
View Larger Map DATE: Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 12:27 a.m. LOCATION: In front of 44 Yale Street, Staten Island. In the second of two weekend murders in Staten Island, two men were shot, one of them fatally, while they sat in a Lexus outside the above address early Monday. One victim, a male, 24, was ... More >>
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.