Points of Interest

Staten Island has numerous hidden gems. We spotlight locations or upcoming events that families may be interested in checking out or attending.

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Notre Dame Academy is a private Catholic Girls' school in Staten Island and is located on 134 Howard Avenue. As a private school, Notre Dame isn't owned by the Archdiocese, but they maintain a close affiliation with the Archdiocese. Notre Dame Academy is located on a 13-acre campus on Grymes Hill, consisting of an elementary school (Pre-K3 - 8) and high school (9-12), Notre Dame has about 700 students. While providing an education in the Catholic tradition, Notre Dame Academy is open to girls of all faiths.


Notre Dame Academy was founded in 1903 when Mr. William Miller-Jones traveled to Montreal to seek the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame and asked them to come to Staten Island to open up an independent school. After his appeal,

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The Miller Field Hangar

Before its military days, Miller Field was home to one of the most prominent American families of the 19th century. In 1836, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt began purchasing farmland in New Dorp and owned most of what became Miller Field by 1843. The farmland was inherited by his son William, who transferred this property to his son, George Washington Vanderbilt in 1885. By 1906, he moved the 24 room "White House" to the center of the farm. George Washington Vanderbilt's claim to fame is for building Biltmore in North Carolina. Biltmore is still today, the largest home in America. The "White House" was a periodic home to him until his death in 1914. Vanderbilt's heirs sold the property to the federal government in

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What is the ketogenic diet?

The ketogenic diet (or keto for short) is primarily based on a low carbohydrate (or carb), mid protein, and high fats intake. This may be a surprise since most people think "eating fats make you fat," which is utterly false. The fact is that eating fat isn't fattening. Our bodies need fats for energy, cell growth, hormone regulation, and absorbing nutrients. Your body definitely needs fats. 

The combination of low carbs, mid proteins, and high fats puts the body in a state of ketosis. When the body reaches a state of ketosis, the liver produces ketones which become the main source of energy for the body. When someone eats something high in carbs such as a big bowl of pasta, the body makes glucose and insulin.


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Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices have been a staple of Staten Island's summers for the past 90 years. They offer hundreds of flavours and many different types of ices, smoothies, drinks, sundaes, and more. 


Ralph's Famous Italian Ices began in the hands of Ralph Silvestro. Silvestro came to the United States from Italy when he was a young man and began making his ices in 1928, selling them throughout Staten Island without any retail locations. His treats quickly became a Staten Island summertime favourite and earned him enough to open his first retail location in 1949, on Port Richmond Avenue. 

In 1966, Ralph decided to retire and left his two daughters, Lucile and Elise, to continue the family business. They expanded the business further and

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Looking for a fun way to spend a summer weekend? Every year, on the first weekend in June, the Governors Ball Music Festival, known also by GovBall, takes place on Randall's island. This festival features dozens of your favourite artists, showcases hundreds of food places, and is an absolute delight to attend. Originally starting in 2011, it was an instant success and has grown exponentially ever since. 

What happens during the festival?


The primary festival of any music festival is of course, music. That's why Gov Ball invites dozens of artists (over 60 in 2018) from a variety of genres to perform on its multiple stages. In 2018, some of the most popular artists performed, including names like Eminem, Travis Scott, Jack White, Halsey,

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South Beach is a neighborhood on the East Shore of Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, USA. It is situated immediately to the south of the Staten Island side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and directly east of the beach are the two land masses of Hoffman Island and Swinburne Island.


Once referred to as Graham Beach, the area was originally a summer beach colony consisting of many  bungalows and tents. In fact, in the early 20th century, summer homes used to be the dominant type of real estate in South Beach, even with an organized and developed series of homes known as Bungalowtown,

Located nearby was Warren Manor, a residential development that was demolished in the 1950s. It was destroyed because the government

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Staten Island Mall is a located in the New Springville neighborhood. It is an indoor shopping mall and the largest retail center on the island. The mall is owned by GGP Inc. of Chicago, Illinois and has been around for many years. 

Before it was the mall, the land was once occupied by the Staten Island Airport, which opened in 1941. However, the site was later sold in 1955 with a shopping and amusement center, known as the Staten Island Center. The construction didn't start until 1970 and it was open later in 1973. The mall's original developer was Feist and Feist Realty Corp. When the Rouse Company acquired the mall in 1980, they remodeled the mall by adding additional escalators, and additional trees and several new fountains throughout the mall.

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Tottenville is the southernmost neighborhood of Staten Island, New York City and New York State, with an area of approximately 1.7 square miles.


Tottenville, a region on Staten Island's southwestern waterfront, can be rich in contrasts. Old Civil-War era houses sit near modern new mansions. Cars can fill up every parking spot on the street, but in another part, a pedestrian may be alone on a street with only birds for company. In another are old tugboats are aground in an old dirt lot while shoppers shop for Italian delicacies in a marketplace. There is modern, there is old, there is large, there is small, But this is definitely a very peaceful and quiet community.

Tottenville is bordered mostly by water, the Arthur Kill, and Raritan Bay,

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The construction of the Empire Outlets has brought new excitement to New York City residents and tourists alike. Its prime location at the base of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal is perfect for those coming from all five boroughs. St.George's transformation into a desirable destination for residents and tourists alike can be awarded to companies such as BFC Partners and Goldman Sachs who invest millions of dollars to revamp beautiful NYC destinations such as St. George. The outlets are being built adjacent to the New York Wheel, which is going to be the tallest observation wheel in the world, as well as walking distance from the Staten Island Yankees ballpark, Lighthouse Point, and the St.George Historic Park. 

The opening date was first set to be

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New York City is known for its bustling art and culture scene. In any of the five boroughs, one can be greeted by a mish-mosh of creative expression unique to its residents.  However, this city is also known for staying chic and contemporary; So how do you maintain this balance of redevelopment and preservation of culture, especially in the ever-changing Staten Island? Nationally recognized project incubator, Design Trust has a plan. 

About Design Trust 

Since 1995, Design Trust has been working to re-purpose and revitalize New York City's public shared spaces with art. According to their website, their mission is to "bring together city agencies, community groups, and private sector experts to make a lasting impact–through design–on how New Yorkers

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