The Grand Opening Event at the Empire Outlets NYC took place on Wednesday evening. Crowds of people lined up for an evening of entertainment, dancing, giveaways, food trucks, shopping and a camaraderie that I haven’t seen in a long time. The waterfront views of Manhattan were spectacular. The open spaces invite one to sit and enjoy the music, the sights and sounds, people watching and chatting. You can take a bus or the S.I.R.T. to the ferry to easily check out the new shopping venue or park in the nearby enclosed garages at the ferry, the Outlets site or on St. Mark’s Pl. at the Courthouse. Following are some photos from the opening night.










Thank you, Elissa, my gentle reader, for submitting photos below of the Guided Tour of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church during Sacred Sites Open House Weekend celebrating NYC’s religious art and architecture. Led by New York Landmarks Conservancy’s staff architectural historian and neighbor Glen Umberger, the tour focused on the art and architecture of Temple Emanu-El, Calvary Presbyterian Church and St. Peter’s. For more info about New York Landmarks Conservancy, visit:

Did you try your hand at Memoirs OutLOUD--Creative Writing Workshop with Staten Island OutLOUD at the St. George Library, or attended the Forest Avenue Restaurant Stroll and Street Festival, or joined in at the Sea Shanty Session on Sunday or Family Camping: Staten Island? Visit to register to enter the lottery to camp at one of our beautiful parks.

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The Staten Island Fleet Week begins on Wednesday 5/22 and ends on Tuesday 5/28. The Parade of Ships can be seen as they travel into the New York Narrows and New York Harbor along the Hudson River from Battery Park to south of the George Washington Bridge. You can view participating ships at Fort Wadsworth or from Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd. from 8-1 as they pass by.

  • Free Ship Tours will be held at the USS The Sullivans Homeport Pier, 305 Front St. beginning Friday 5/24 to Monday 5/27 from 8-5. Visitors are welcome to tour the ships, meet the troops and enjoy some great music while browsing and shopping the various vendors. Come and honor the brave men and women who serve. Strollers and baby carriages are not permitted on the ships. All guests over 18 will be required to show a valid photo I.D.
  • On Sunday, 5/26, The Fleet Week Music Festival will be held in the Flagship Brewery, 140 Minthorne St. Local bands will perform from 11-4 during the free event. For a complete schedule online visit:

On Wednesday 5/22 from 10:30-1:30 attend a Free Inclusion Workshop with D.C. Attorneys – Know Your Child’s Rights at IBR (Institute for Basic Research), 1050 Forest Hill Rd.! An array of attorneys dedicated to special needs and inclusion will be available. Families Helping Families has arranged this 3-hour seminar with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Know your rights and your child’s rights. Light refreshments will be served. Space Is Limited! You must pre-register at:

Decorate Your Own Apron on Wednesday at 3:30 at the Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Ave. There will be special paints and more to help you get creative. Make sure to wear comfy clothes, because it may get messy. For Ages 3-6. Pre-register by calling 718-984-4636.

Calling all Readers! Come join the Tween Book Club for a book discussion, activity and snack at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. on Wednesday at 4. This month you will be discussing Ogre Enchanted, The Friendship War, and The Bridge Home. Make your book choice and see you soon!

Bring your children ages 3-4 to Tree Tots on Thursday 5/23 from 11-11:45 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Classes take place indoors and may venture outside if weather permits. Space is limited. Registration is required by call 718-351-3450. $3/Free for Greenbelt Conservancy members.

Have you ever painted a rock? Explore the beautiful art of rock painting and join the club--Rock Painting for Kidz on Thursday at 4 at the Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St. For children ages 3-12

Tired of seeing the world in black and white or dealing with the gray areas of life?  Immerse yourself in the stress reducing and meditative world of Adult Coloring at the Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln. on Friday 5/24 at 10:30. This new trend has many health benefits. Coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided. 

The hustle and bustle of everyday life can be tough and stressful on the mind. Escape the stress and frustrations of your daily routine during Meditation Hour on Friday at 3 at the Mariners Harbor Library. Meditation can help quiet the mind or help you embark on your own spiritual journey. Come in comfortable clothing. For adults 50+ only.

Looking for a fun way to kick off the weekend? Participate in Family Game Time on Friday, from 3-4 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. Play tabletop games with friends and family.

Join NYC Parks and the NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for Movies Under the Stars: The Lego Ninjago Movie on Friday from 7-8:30 at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, 625 Father Capodanno Blvd. Video game villain Wreck-It-Ralph must brave the Internet to help Vanellope fix her game, Sugar Rush. You should arrive before 7 to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Celebrate the release of the live-action movie with Storytime and Activities featuring "Aladdin" on  Saturday 5/25 at 11 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave.  Activities to follow; plus get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4!

Attend a free family science inspired event--Con Edison Family Science Saturday: Grow with Science at 11:30 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. This program will connect families with younger children (ages 5-7) to the wonders of hands-on science. To complete each experiment, participants must work within their family unit with parents/guardians assisting and guiding their children. Must pre-register by calling 718-351-3450.

On Saturday from 12-3, attend World Turtle Day at the Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway. Animal encounters, keeper talks, crafts, games and information tables, plus turtle races will be available! Free giveaway for first 100 kids under 14. Free w/admission.

Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers at Ecosystem Explorers: Vernal Ponds on Saturday from 1-2:30 at Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave. You will venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks! Vernal pools welcome a variety of flora and fauna to the environment. Investigate what kind of wildlife lives in this temporary ecosystem.

Meet your friends for a fun science experiment on Science Saturday at 2 at the Todt Hill- Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. Good for ages 5+. Registration is required by calling 718-494-1642.

On Saturday at 2, starting at Christ Church New Brighton, take a Saturday Stroll with an introduction to a Staten Island Neighborhood including Adobe Blues, CPG Photo Gallery, Art on the Terrace Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and Liedy's Shore Inn. $10 fee.  For reservations, call 718-727-6100. 

Attend Art in the Park: Kite Crafting on Saturday from 2-3:30 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  Build a kite out of biodegradable materials that won’t harm the earth if it flies away!  Please pre-register by calling 718-605-3970 x201. Best for ages 8+.

“Wheels, Wheels, Wheels” a FREE Day-long Film Festival with Staten Island Arts and Cinema Connex, takes place on Saturday from 2-8 at 5050 Skatepark at 354 Front St. You will enjoy a day-long film festival dedicated to the Wheel–from skate culture (here and abroad) to motorcycles to world-renowned DJ Bobbito Garcia’s wheels of steel. Enjoy local food and merchant vendors, short films curated by Mitchell Lovell, music spun by DJ Mike Diexverse, Bobbito’s feature documentary “Rock Rubber 45s,” and a Q&A and DJ set with Bobbito himself! For more info, visit RSVP at:

Come down to New Dorp Lane for a Concert Series, sponsored by New Dorp Business Improvement District. On Saturday from 8-10, Patricia Bitondo will perform at Jade Asian Bistro, 331 New Dorp Ln. and on Saturday from 2-4 enjoy Tom Cintula and Buffalo24 at Sip + Maker at 312 New Dorp Ln. No cover! For more info, contact Niles French at

Pack Hike with your Pup on Sunday 5/26 at 12 at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave. Meet other dog lovers for a “Pack-Hike” in the Greenbelt! It’s a fun and informative way to socialize with your dog, while getting the exercise both you and your dog need to stay healthy. Dress for the weather and terrain. Hike will be approximately 2 miles. All dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. For questions, please call 718-351-3450.

The 100th Annual Staten Island Memorial Day Parade steps off on Sunday at 12 beginning at Forest Ave. & Hart Blvd.  Hosted by United Staten Island Veterans Organization Inc.   and Staten Island USA, please show your support to the members of our military who will be marching.  Let us especially remember all the fallen servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country.

SUMMER INTERN OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS - BOROUGH HALL. From Borough President James Oddo. "The start of summer is just around the corner, which means we are getting ready for our summer student interns to begin working with us. Our teams are seeking creative high school and college students who are detail oriented and interested in local government for an exciting opportunity to work at Borough Hall. The hours are flexible (between Monday and Friday, 9 am to 5 pm), but may require a few nights depending on the department’s schedule and responsibilities. We have internships available within our Communications, Tourism, Education, and Accounting Teams, as well as a data fellowship position within our Policy Team." Click here for the descriptions and to apply:

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