The majority of today's society has heard of the Salem Witch Trials of late-seventeenth-century Massachusetts. Those who are familiar with the origins of the trials know that the mass hysteria erupted due to the beliefs of Puritans. The Puritans were English Protestants, similar to the French Huguenots we speak of so often on here, who had a very strict belief system. They believed that anyEnglish Style Colonial Home Staen Island hardships they had were due to the work of the devil and that anybody who strayed even the slightest from their beliefs was in cahoots with the devil, and persecuted as a witch.

These beliefs began with the Puritans in England and accompanied them in the years between 1620 and 1640, when the "Great Migration" took place to New England, in America. While their…

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Well, as or real estate company continues to grow, we continue to provide better and improved online services and interaction for our visitors. As part of our upgrade your real estate searches, you will now find the newest MLS listings within the last seven days marked with a "NEW" banner.  Clients have told us, there's nothing better than getting an easy to see visual of what new homes just came out on the market. It's one thing many people have asked us to do a few times over the last several months, and of course, we listened. It will appear like the picture below.


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Federal Style Home in Silver Lake Ct., Staten Island NYThe American Revolutionary War took place between the thirteen well-known North American colonies and the British Empire between the years of 1775 and 1783. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by Congress and the United States of America was established. The time period from the end of the 1780s until the turn of that century was known as the Federalist Era, due to the prominence of Federalists, who supported George Washington, as opposed to Thomas Jefferson.

During the War, a new architectural style was introduced to the United States. The style began as the Adam Style, which was named for the Scottish brothers, Robert and James Adam. The Adam brothers had study ancient monuments and used this style as inspiration for…

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The Dutch Colonial Home... A mainstay of the architectural lanscape of Staten Island's more established communities.

Dutch Colonail Home on College Ave. WesterleighAs you may know, Henry Hudson explored the eastern shore of the United States in 1609. This exploration led to a settlement being established in 1613, which in turn led to the creation of New Netherland, which included parts of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. The primary motive for settling in this area was to trade with the Indians, who inhabited the land. Eventually, more Dutch emigrants settled in the area, along with Huguenots, who were fleeing Europe, and began to build homes for themselves out of stone and wood. The signature style that was used in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and…

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The Goethals Bridge, Staten Island


 Gothals Bridge from Staten Island

For years, ferries serviced the island, taking residents from Staten Island to New Jersey and vice versa.  During the late 1860's, the idea of a bridge connecting the two was introduced.  In 1890, a railroad bridge was constructed, connecting Elizabethport, New Jersey and Staten Island's Howland Hook Marine Terminal.  After the First World War, which lasted from 1914 to 1918, the demand rose for a bridge that could accommodate automobile traffic.  By 1923, the New York and New Jersey Bridge and Tunnel Commission announced that they would be constructing two bridges that would serve such a purpose; one connecting northwestern Staten Island to New Jersey and the other connecting southwestern Staten Island.

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The Bayonne Bridge, looking west

During the early part of the twentieth century, residents requested that a bridge be built which would simplify the commute into Bayonne, New Jersey from Staten Island. The governors of both New York and New Jersey accepted their request and sanctioned the Port of New York Authority to have the bridge built. On September 18, 1928, construction commenced, using the designs of Othmar H. Ammann and Cass Gilbert. By November of 1931, construction was complete and the bridge opened on the 15th of that month in the neighborhood of Port Richmond, making it the longest steel-arch bridge in the world. Over the years, of course, longer bridges have been built, but it is still currently in the top five, being the fourth-longest in the world and the second…

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Sign at the entrace to the Staten Island MallIn 1935, 250 acres of land in the neighborhood of New Springville/Heatland Village were being converted into an airport by Ed McCormick.  By 1941, the airport opened as the Staten Island Airport beneath Richmond Hill Road, adjacent to a drive-in movie theater.  The drive-in movie theater remained while the airport closed in 1964.  By the next year, a building was constructed for an E.J. Korvette department store, completely changing the neighborhood from its rural setting of chicken farms.

After the department store chain went bankrupt in 1980, it closed down.  During the early part of the prior decade, however, another building was already under construction nearby.  The construction of this building and its accompanying parking lot was so large that…

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Staten Island's gateway to the east.

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge looking tward Ft. Wadsworth

Ten years before the consolidation of New York in 1898, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad had announced that the North Shore Railroad in Staten Island would have a railroad switch which would lead to a tunnel across the Narrows and into Brooklyn. Financial difficulties, however, prohibited the project from being put in motion. In 1910, another attempt at a crossing along the Narrows was considered-this time as a 260-foot-high bridge. The military dismissed this idea, as they believed the bridge would be a nuisance during wartime.

By 1913, another plan for a tunnel was proposed. After being accepted, the project was started in 1923. However, just like the first tunnel attempt, this project was discontinued due…

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17 Ft. end unit townhouse is a good as a semi-detached minus the price.


Hosted By Elizabeth DelPriore, Licenced Sales Associate with

Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 13-3

Located in the Woodrow section of Staten Island, This super-wide 3 Bedroom town home is quite unique. At 17 feet its a rare breed of this type of real estate. Not to mention it sits on a 27 Square foot lot with both side and back yards.

The home has many great features, including a full finished basement and recently installed pavers in the homes side yard. For listing information on this home wide 3 bedroom townhouse located at 788 Bloomingdale Rd. or if you need a closer look at Woodrow homes for sale on Staten Island, you can follow the corresponding links.

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Open House from 12- 2 this Sunday Seacrest Ln. Tottenville


seacrest_living_final_400The Featured open house on 20 Seacrest Ln. in Tottenville, Staten Islandwill be hosted by Kerry DeBellis, Licensed Sales Associate with

Seaside living with pool amenities at a great price.

This two bedroom townhouseis located only several blocks from the shoreline of Raritan Bay. Not to mention you have use of an Olympic size pool which is part of the private club. Outside common areas are completely maintenance free and the home comes with private parking.

The home has had recent upgraded to the roof, windows, heating system and kitchen, just to name a few. The basment comes completely finished with a half bathroom to boot. The home has its laundry room in the…

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