Tag Archives: Staten Island
Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by Joseph Tacopino.
Hundreds of people crowd onto the ferry each day as part of their commute to Manhattan. Staten Island may be ridiculed by Saturday Night Live for its ethnic idiosyncrasies but the mystique of the ferryboat remains one of the most romantic aspects of New York. For the holidays, the city decided to spruce the place […]
Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by Michael Cohen.
“Rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live.” KRS-One A lifelong Staten Islander and hip-hop junkie, Charlie Balducci founded the NYC Arts Cypher, a government funded non-profit organization, five years ago. The Cypher incorporates all elements of hip-hop to provide potentially rebellious kids and interested adults with a forum, not just for recreational […]
Posted on 21. Nov, 2009 by Michael Cohen.
After eleven years of relentless but seemingly fruitless effort, Staten Islanders hoping to establish the National Lighthouse Museum at the former St. George Coast Guard Station cling to their last shreds of hope.
Posted on 19. Nov, 2009 by Joseph Tacopino.
Mike Bloomberg made a promise. The construction of a new police precinct on Staten Island would be completed in four years. But this was election season, and some were skeptical. “We don’t play politics with public safety,” his spokesman said at the time. That was in 2005 when Bloomberg was vying for his second, and […]
Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by Michael Cohen.
The cyclical narrative of Liberian history is stuck in the middle of an interesting chapter. But for the actual characters in this story, frustration, stagnation and uncertainty nag them daily. Thousands of Liberian refugees in the United States who fled a 14-year civil war face the possibility of a massive forced departure when their temporary […]
Posted on 04. Oct, 2009 by Michael Cohen.
Staten Island is littered with time warped xenophobes who harbor a deep loathing for dark skin. The Island is a microcosm of the U.S.’s racial qualms. The North Shore population of the Island is about 22% Black and 20% Hispanic as opposed to the South Shore’s which is about 1% Black and 6% Hispanic. Long […]
Posted on 24. Sep, 2009 by Joseph Tacopino.
For the unaware, Staten Island is a pretty conservative place. They voted for George Bush, twice, and for John McCain in 2008. The island had a pretty right-wing congressional representative until he got caught driving drunk to his mistress’ house – you can’t make this stuff up. So when I went to Staten Island to […]
Posted on 24. Sep, 2009 by Michael Cohen.
The Staten Island Advance ran a glowing review of Ciro’s Pizza Cafe, but a local restaurant critic can’t give you the inside dope of a former employee turned journalism student. Full disclosure, they fired me from my delivery job but I’m no bitter blogger. And I’m not going to write about all the customers who […]
Posted on 18. Sep, 2009 by Michael Cohen.
The new Raekwon album isn’t the only thing smoking on Staten Island. According to a report from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Islanders have the highest cigarette smoking rate in New York City. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley proposed an outdoor smoking ban […]