STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A leading force in New York City culture showed up Thursday to pay his respects to borough creators in the sleek ARTSPACE at Urby in Stapleton.

Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs, visited the new home of State...

August 22, 2016

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THE LUCKY LIGHTHOUSE, the new adult coloring book by poet Jessica Kratz, shows the beauty of lighthouses. Newly published by Boulevard Books, Jessica R. Kratz has always been inspired by the natural treasures and scenic wonders of her hometown of Sta...

July 10, 2016

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Fathers dancing with their baby girls, Mexican folkloric dance, naps in the sun and seeing that friend you've been meaning to catch up with: It really is a beautiful island.

La Isla Bonita (The Beautiful Island) art and music festival brought hund...

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — They came, they slammed, they conquered.

Five poets who have been meeting monthly for the Advanced Open Mic slam poetry gatherings will be representing Staten Island's very first team at the National Poetry Slam in...

April 23, 2016

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Tompkinsville Park exploded with creativity Saturday afternoon as colorful dragons ruled and kids delighted at the annual St. George Day Festival.

The all-volunteer, grass-roots annual project is billed as "Earth Day and Arts Celebrating Community...

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Island's literary community is getting louder.

In the hopes of sending the first team from Staten Island to the slam poetry nationals, a growing contingent of poets has been gathering each month at Richmond...

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — We've always been a fan of the ADVANCED evenings of poetry slam because, well, who doesn't love hearing the sound of their own name?

But more that that, the spirited monthly gatherings at Richmond Hood Co. are a uni...

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