King Charles of England named Richmond Country, after Charles Lennox Duke of Richmond, who was Charles II’s illegitimate son.

What's In A Name?

Staten Island, and the other boroughs, became a part of Greater New York City in 1898; Staten Island then became known as the Borough of Richmond. Less then one hundred years later, the Borough of Staten Island suffered another name change. The Borough of Staten Island became the island’s official name in 1975.

There is a rumor that Staten Island became a part of Greater New York City because a New York sailing team beat a New Jersey team when they sailed around the island in one day.

Then And Now

Richmond County was a rural community; it was well known for farms, mills and shell fishing. Although…

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Every year families go pumpkin picking in search for the right jack-o'-lantern to ornate their porch. You take the time to carve the best face and cross your fingers hoping it won't rot and mold.

Let's first identify why Jack's scary face turns into a frown after a week or two. The pumpkin guts that you throw out actually keep the vegetable from rotting; without those guts, the pumpkin becomes dehydrated and fungus attacks the inside. It's important when you pick your pumpkin that there are no gouges or bumps, and avoid soft spots! Imperfections can make Jack different from the others, but he will also become the first to be invaded by bacteria.

Try To Buy Fresh

Choosing a pumpkin from the local grocery store is convenient, but not the best…

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Staten Island Spooktacular
Tom, Ryan and Suzanne Crimmins (left to right)

Staten Island Zoo had a fun and fright filled weekend with their sold out Spooktacular. Some attractions included a doll house and Transylvania tour. Tom Crimmins Realty's very own Tom Delese had hosted a souvenir family portrait booth which was inspired by a pop-up Halloween card. All money and donations that were raised were given to the zoo.

"I bought six Halloween cards to get an idea from," said Delese. "I wanted something that I wanted to step into. I wanted to step into a graveyard."

The idea originated nine years ago when Delese, a former toy and industrial designer, worked at the Staten Island Advance. The Advance offered Spooktacular keychains and newspaper as…

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Date Time Place Event Description Contact & Fee  Info

                 Fri, October 25-26, 2013


St. Andrew's Church, 40 Old Mill Road "Scary Tales" Fright Night Get a scare at St. Andrew's haunted church/house. Admission is $15 or $20 for a fast pass              . 


Fri, October 25-26, 2013


7:00 p.m. -        11:00 p.m.



NYC Arts Cypher Building, 12 Broad Street. 2nd FL


The Return of the Haunted House Experience

  $10 - kids under  

$12 with school ID                   $15 - general admissions.



 Fri, October 25, 2013


                      Sat, October 26, 2013


9:00 p.m. - 9:50 pm


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Date Time Place Event Description Contact & Fee Info


 Fri, October 18, 2013


   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


   African Refuge, 185 Parkhill Avenue, Ste LB


   Healthy Fall Festival

Learn about healthy lifestyles. Programs and services offered through Staten Island University Hospital.




 Fri, October 18, 2013


     7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.


NYC Arts Crypher Building, 12 Broad Street 2nd FL


Return of the Haunted House Experience


Haunted house with live actors. 

 $10 for kids under 14, must  be accompanied by parent. $12 with school ID and $15 general admission. 

917-295-0017 or email…

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What 20 something-year-old isn’t dying for the right opportunity to leave their parents’ home? It is difficult to leave though because you may not have a lot of disposable income, have poor credit and perhaps even student loans.

However, investing in property at a young age can bring you a lot of advantages. When you invest long-term, you will start building your financial independence.

Some might believe that it is impossible for a young person to start investing so early in life, but investing in your 20s is completely possible. You will need a little bit of money to get started, but often you can purchase your first property with as little as 3.5% down.

If you want to get started early, here are some tips that will help you along the way:

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John Vanderbilt first purchased Westerleigh Park, and the neighborhood of Westerleigh, in 1848. In 1887, Vanderbilt sold the 25-acres of Westerleigh to Christopher S. Williams and William H. Boole; Williams and Boole bought the property in hopes of a summer retreat courtesy of National Prohibition Campground. Originally named as the National Prohibition Park, the neighborhood changed their name to correspond with the Westerleigh Collegiate Institute of Staten Island. This was the first institute that provided a kindergarden-college education. 

Bandstand 'Comfort Station'
Benching Flagpole 

Westerleigh became popular around the time of the temperance movement; which is why the park was an…

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Although there were already settlements in Manhattan by the 1620s, Staaten Eylandt was uncolonized until years later. It took many decades to be colonized because of feuding between settlers and tribes on the island. The disputes between the two were diminished, the Dutch established a colony called Oude Dorp, or Old Town, near South Beach in 1661. Cornelis Melyn was a patron of Staten Island who wanted to insure the island would be in good hands. Melyn had sold his rights to Staten Island to the West India Company for five hundred dollars; grants of the land were handed to.

Stuyvesant's mission was to put the lands in better condition. He did this by having the vacant lots about the fort either built upon or cleared. The hog-pens, which had been in…

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Every homeowner is constantly thinking of improvements they would like to make to their home. These renovations will make your living space a little more lovable for you and will appeal to future buyers if you’re thinking of selling in the near future.

A Fireplace

Whether you have one or none, adding another fireplace to your home will only increase its coziness quotient. If you live in a warmer climate area, consider an outdoor hearth to extend your living space outside on cool evenings. Make sure your insulation is up to date too! You want to make sure all the warm air that your fireplace is making stays in your house.

Big Ideas for Small Baths

This upgrade will require a little bit of saving, but the price tag is worth investment. Replacing…

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Date Time Place Event Description Contact & Fee Info
Fri, October 11-13, 2013


 Main Hall Theater, 1 Campus Rd.

 "Little Shop of Horrors"

 Last chance to watch Wagner's spoof of 1950's sci-fi movie.


Fri, October 11, 2013

 2:30 p.m. -

 New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Lane

 "The Big Read: Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe"

Staten Island OutLOUD is hosting  this program designed to revitalize reading in American popular culture


 Fri, October 11, 2013

 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 Jean's Fine Wines, 642 Forest Ave.

 Weekly Wine Testing

Featuring Sabrina Reserve…

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