Date Time Place Event Description
Fri, September 27-29, 2013  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd.  Exhibit: The New Street Types of New York This is the last weekend to check out photographers display their documentation of our ever-changing city like Alice Austen's “Street Types of New York”.
 Fri, September 27, 2013  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Staten Island Musuem, 75 Stuyvesant Place  Exhibit: They're Baaack! Return of the 17-year Cicadas  Come learn more about the insects that evaded Staten Island this summer.
 Fri, September 27, 2013  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln  Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Come join our new Teen Advisory Group and get hands…

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Going head to head to cash buyers is always competitive. Cash buyers are seen as desirable because there are no banks involved and they’re almost always a guaranteed quick close. But don’t freight; there is still hope of getting your dream home!

Here are some ideas to help beat out those cash buyers:

20 Percent Down Payment

Save up a higher down payment for the price range. If you can come up with 20 percent or more, then you’re in a position to wave the appraisal contingency for financing with the bank. In simpler terms - the more cash you have saved, the better.

Take-It-or-Leave-It Home Inspection

This means that based on the home inspection, you’ll take the property with all its issues, but you still have the option walk away. What you…

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Islanders surrounded by tourists seem to be the biggest fear since the unveiling of St. George’s new plans. What is it about tourists that put such a taste of disdain in our mouths? I bet the memory of walking with a huff under your breath behind a tourist with a camera popped into your mind. There are some contributions for Staten Island from these picture happy tourists:


The hope of having 4 million visitors per year to St. George provides an idea of a vast increase in value for the area. Tourists and even locals visiting the newly revitalization area, which includes The Wheel and Empire Outlets, will generate $480 million private investment, and create over 1,200 construction jobs and 1,250 permanent jobs. Plans also include a…

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Before Staten Island was known as the Forgotten Borough, it was actually named 'Monacnong,' by the original Indian inhabitants, which means Enchanted Woods. The main groups that lived along the outskirts, rivers and lakes, and mountains of Staten Island and New York were the Algonquians, Iroquois, and the Lenape people. Staten Island had mountains? Yes, the last ice age created landforms like mountains and valleys when glaciers had covered the land.  

The tribes traded and grew plants among the Hudson RIver, Delaware River, and the Long Island RIver. Their famous crops were called the "The Three Sisters." "The Three Sisters" were the corn, bean and squash.

The Algonquians and the Iroquois have made many contributions to the Staten Island and New…

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What happens if you find the dream Staten Island property that you want to buy, before you have made the sale on your old property? Ideally you would have sold your current home before you buy your new property. However, sometimes the transition doesn’t work out that way. You don’t want to give up the sale if you have found a bargain on your dream house, so is it possible to buy the property before you have made the sale?

The answer is yes, it is possible. You will need to find a financing option that will allow you to secure your next home before you have sold your existing property.

Getting a Bridge Loan

One option is a bridge loan. This is designed to wrap your payments for your current home and your future home into one loan, which can last…

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