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Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 9:51am. 201 Views, 0 Comments.
If you take a look at the residential sales over the months following Hurricane Sandy, you can see that the storm definitely had an impact on the amount of homes being sold. In November of 2012, home sales had dropped almost 15%. The next month seemed to make up for the lack of homes being sold, with 244 home sales—an increase of over 34%.
After December, however, there seemed to be a steady decline in the number of homes being sold. By March of 2013, that steady decline showed up at 20% from the beginning of the year, with only 179 homes being sold. However, this seems to be rather normal for the number of homes being sold in March, though that number has been steadily decreasing over the past four years.
Looking back at…
Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at 3:36pm. 132 Views, 0 Comments.
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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 1:53pm. 232 Views, 0 Comments.
Before the mid-nineteenth century the neighborhood of Huguenot was originally known as Bloomingview. Huguenot got its name from the many Huguenots, members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France that had moved to the area. The Huguenots were being prosecuted in France for not converting to Catholicism during the mid-to-late seventeenth century, so many of them fled to America.
By 1851, the Huguenots had established and built their first church in Bloomingview, called “The Brown Church” or “The Church of the Huguenots”. The church had caught on fire in 1918 and was rebuilt on the site that it sits on now, in 1924. Today, this church is a New York City Landmark and is known as The Reformed Church of Huguenot Park.
Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 3:32pm. 163 Views, 0 Comments.
The neighborhood of Huguenot began to be established in the middle of the seventeenth century. At this time, the area was known as Bloomingview. Pierre Billiou and his wife Francoise were some of the first Huguenots to settle on Staten Island. Huguenots were people that were a part of the Protestant Reformed Church of France. At that time, their people were being prosecuted for not converting to Catholicism and those who were lucky enough fled their homeland for America.
By 1849, there were many Huguenots living in Bloomingview and, thanks to religious freedom, the Church of the Huguenots was established. Just two years later, the church was built and was known as “The Brown Church” or “The Church of the Huguenots”. By 1918, the church…
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 3:40pm. 145 Views, 0 Comments.
The Staten Island neighborhood of Westerleigh became a popular place a couple of decades after the formation of the Prohibition Party in 1869. Around the late 1880s, twenty-five acres of the current Westerleigh neighborhood became home to the National Prohibition Campground Association, also known as Prohibition Park. Prohibition Park started off as a campground with some recreational facilities for its visitors. Soon, people began to settle there instead of having to visit.
In the early twentieth century, the neighborhood of Westerleigh started to become more a residential area. As a result, the National Prohibition Campground Association started building homes and transferred some of their land to the City of New York. By the mid-1900s,…
Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 12:22pm. 233 Views, 0 Comments.
When you look at the numbers, one thing has become clear: the real estate market locally has stabilized after 5+ years of some of the most tumultuous times in American history. By no means was it an easy go of it locally—especially after Hurricane Sandy made it to our shoreline back in October of last year.
The impacts of the hurricane were clearly evidenced in home sale numbers for this past November, a month after the storm. With just 182 home sales, it was a drop of over 14% from the prior month, and a whopping 33% from a year prior. However, a brighter side emerged after the storm, rebounding a little over 32% in December.
All in all, it was enough to put the market as a whole above 2011 in many facets and it’s the first time the…
Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 3:43pm. 144 Views, 0 Comments.
With the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964, many residents of Brooklyn and other nearby places began to move to Staten Island. With the increase of Staten Island’s population and housing, a decrease occurred in Staten Island’s undeveloped areas and many of the natural habitats found in the borough began to disappear. Many of Staten Island’s current parks would today be plots of land taken up by houses and buildings if it were not for the residents of Staten Island who did not want to see the beautiful natural habitats destroyed. If you look into the past of Staten Island’s parks, you will hear many stories about how members of the communities worked together to preserve these places. One such story is that of Last Chance…
Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 3:48pm. 60 Views, 0 Comments.
On the North Shore of Staten Island, you can find Maple Woods. This is a woodland park that is in a community sometimes referred to as Park Hill. Maple Woods is bound by Richmond Road and is between the streets of Steuben Street, Rhine Avenue, and Pierce Street.
In 1938, the State of New York had given the City of New York the parcel of land that makes up Maple Woods, but on a contingent basis. The City of New York had to use this land for either a park or a playground. From the time the City of New York had received this land up until 1991, the site was left to its own devices. Weeds and vines started to take over the land, while people began to dump items in the park, and it started to become what looked like a vacant lot. In 1991, the New York City…
Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 9:13am. 156 Views, 0 Comments.
On Staten Island’s North Shore, you can find the neighborhood of Park Hill. This neighborhood is close to the eastern shore, right above the Staten Island Expressway. Within the neighborhood are a few parks—one of which is Sobel Court Park.
Before this neighborhood was known as Park Hill, it was called Fox Hills after Lewis Henry Meyer’s estate. Lewis H. Meyer was one of the founders of the Staten Island Savings Bank and was their President for ten years. When he bought his property on Staten Island, he built a nice estate that he named Fox Hill Manor, after his love of fox hunting.
Sobel Court Park stretches between Vanderbilt Avenue and Bowen Street and is located between Roff Street and Sobel Court. Prior to this land becoming a park,…
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 12:46pm. 122 Views, 0 Comments.
On the North Shore of Staten Island, there is the neighborhood of Graniteville. This neighborhood received its name from the quarry of granite that ran through the area. Between the mid-to-late 1800s, the granite was quarried for the building of roads and walls on Staten Island. It was not until years later that it was found that the quarry was actually made up of diabase, and not granite.
After the quarry was closed, excess dirt from where new houses were being built was filled into the quarry and it turned into a vacant lot. In the mid-1970s, Dr. Alan Benimoff, a current professor at the College of Staten Island, was surveying the land and found a rare stone within the diabase. This stone is called trondhjemite and is only known to be found in Wales…