What we love in NYC

What we love in New York City: A collection of videos and places we find most interesting in the city that never sleeps. New York City is iconic and with the our world played out in video daily. From the awe inspiring to the humorous, we take a hard look at each and give you best on what this town is all about. 

Found 15 blog entries about What we love in NYC.

 

Staten Island was once a very different place than it is today. So many of the things we take for granted about our way of life were not always this way. In this live video segment, we tackle the Top Ten events that changed Staten Island forever.

Correspondent Hannah Jay and Broker/Co-Owner Anthony Licciardello run the gamut through more than three centuries taking us into the modern day. Who were the first European settlers on Staten Island? How much did Staten Island cost to purchase from the Lenape tribe? And, how did people get to the island before the first bridge was built in 1928? What was the main event that changed the infrastructure, demographics, and culture of Staten Island in such a short time?

But many of these events are

121 Views, 0 Comments

In an age of disappearing staples like Toys R Us, it's wonderful to see longstanding businesses thriving. In an earlier post we touched on how to survive the Retail Apocolypse, which it appears Toys R Us has fallen victim to. If these large chains are toppled in such a fashion, what can small businesses do to avoid the same fate?

Be it ice cream parlors, sweet shops, or even records stores, certain businesses still thrive the old-school way. Having that nostalgic charm can set a business apart from most others who are keeping with modern trends. People enjoy that friendly warmth of vintage shops that remind them of simpler times.

In New York City we constantly see new businesses pop up and wonder how long they will last. It's not uncommon to

116 Views, 0 Comments

Over the years, a lot has changed in Staten Island. Many historical properties have fallen into disrepair, struggled to maintain landmark status, or been sold off to developers for their valuable land.

Perhaps the most high profile and most controversial of these over the past few years was Mount Manresa, the Catholic retreat and natural gem filled with some of the oldest trees in New York City. Environmentalists and Catholics alike rallied to save this property and have it landmarked by the City of New York LPC.

When the almighty dollar won out and the property was sold to The Savo Brothers, many in the community were angered to lose this natural beauty. Borough president James Oddo was so peeved that he took revenge and named the streets in the

189 Views, 0 Comments

What are Staten Island's best kept secrets? We're here to let you in on them! On Staten Island's North, Mid-Island, and South Shore sections, Anthony Licciardello and Hannah Jay identify some of the most beautiful yet mysterious locations in Staten Island.

These neighborhoods are home to luxury Staten Island homes and are each charming in their own unique way. Yet, since they lie off the beaten path, these streets offer luxury homes for a great value. This is an depth discussion about the history, home styles, transportation, unique views and amenities each of these neighborhoods has to offer.

PLUS- a discussion about property taxes that may just save you lots of money! There are lots of ways to reduce the property taxes you pay each year, whether

199 Views, 0 Comments

By: Enza Maria

Bedford Interior Design; Contributing Designer for RealEstateSINY.com

Art work is one of the most crucial and overlooked aspects in interior design. A beautiful piece of art has the capability of transforming a well-designed room into something that is breathtaking. It can be a splash of color to modernized a design or help a more classical design achieve that rich, lavish look.

You can even use art to blend two different styles to create a unique design of your own, or tie together a room that is missing that little something. Despite popular belief, you do not have to break the bank.

Having your children’s artwork framed is a good way to brighten up a room with a piece that will not only enhance your space, but

678 Views, 0 Comments

Just because you are not going away for Memorial Weekend, does not mean you cannot have fun. There are plenty of things to do on Staten Island to keep you occupied and entertained.

Beachgoers can sunbathe while taking in the view of the Verazzano Bridge by visiting Franklin D. Roosevelt Broadwalk & Beach on Father Capodanno Blvd. The boardwalk offers a senic bike trail or jog. The boardwalk also offers kayaking, tennis, or fishing off of the Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier. There is also a park on the beach that contains chess tables, benches, and bocce courts. 

There will be an annual Memorial Day foot race on the Island's East Shore waterfront.The race starts at 8:30am and their will be more than 1,000 participants for this 4-mile race. They will

643 Views, 0 Comments

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO

This Featured Sold Home is a breath taking colonial style single family detached home. 120 Golf Ave is located in the Staten Island neighborhood of Princess Bay. It was sold by our agents, Susan Frazer and Geralyn Liverani, for $990,000! Buy or Sell your home with us today!

 

 

494 Views, 0 Comments

If you’d like to see the oldest building still standing on Staten Island, you won’t find it in Historic Richmondtown. It’s actually further north, in the Mid-Island section of Staten Island. Just below Todt Hill, in the Dongan Hills community, you will find the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House, standing at 1476 Richmond Road. This building, which had served as a home for many generations, is one of the oldest buildings in New York, having been built in the early 1660s.

The first section of the home was erected by Pierre Billiou, whose name has been made known on Staten Island not only because of this house, but also because he was among the first permanent settlers on Staten Island. Pierre Billiou left his Amsterdam hometown with his wife in May of 1661

1,057 Views, 0 Comments

The Asbury Methodist Church is one of the many landmarks located on Staten Island. It was named after Francis Asbury, an Englishman who came to America in 1771. Francis Asbury was born in 1745 and had begun his profession as a Methodist preacher by the age of twenty-one. He had volunteered to come to America when John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, had asked his ministers for volunteers to travel to the Thirteen Colonies in 1771. Francis Asbury was a circuit rider, which means that he did not have one specific church at which he preached. Instead, he had travelled around the thirteen colonies, preaching to all those who wanted to listen.

During the American Revolutionary War, most of the Methodist preachers had left America. Francis Asbury, on the

1,154 Views, 0 Comments

Von Briesen Park, also known as Arthur Von Briesen Park, is located on the northeastern shore of Staten Island. The park is bordered by Bay Street and North Road. Von Briesen Park extends outward from Bay Street into The Navon_briesen_park_bridge_400rrows. This park contains about ten acres of park-land and about two acres of water. Von Briesen Park was named after Arthur Von Briesen (1843 – 1920). This park used to hold Arthur Von Briesen's estate before he passed away. He bought this property in 1901 as a summer home, which he named "Gernda", a German term for "wishing to be there".

Arthur Von Briesen was a German immigrant who came to the United States in 1858. He studied law up until the start of the Civil War when he enlisted in the First New York Volunteers. In the war he

3,510 Views, 0 Comments