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Upcoming Staten Island Events: Week of Halloween

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October 20 New York News RealEstateSINY.com Contests and Events Staten Island Trending Trending TV Upcoming Events Video

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October 30th– RealEstateSINY.com Halloween Home Decorating Contest Winner Announced

October 31st– Live Halloween Show at 580 Woolley Ave

Ocober 30th and 31st– “The Littlest Witch”

October 31st– Halloween at Historic Richmondtown

October 31st– After Dark Cemetery Ghost Tour

November 1st– “Untold Stories of Lighthouse Horrors”

November 1st– Art Lab Masquerade Party Fundraiser

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Tech Corner: FBI Fears New Smartphone’s Settings

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October 17 News Tech Corner Trending

For everyday iPhone users, the main concern they have for their new iPhone 6 is if it may bend in their pocket; the instance of which is highly unlikely despite the rumors. But for the FBI, their concerns range wider. Apple, and even Google, has made their new software pretty difficult to crack and law enforcement is not happy about this.

New smartphone operating systems have a new and powerful encryption setting that is making it much harder for law enforcement and surveillance groups, such as the FBI and NSA, to access user’s email, photos, and contacts. This is leading the FBI Director, James Comey, to believe Apple and Google’s new privacy standards could enable criminal activity.

During a press conference, Comey states that it will take “more than five and half years to try all combinations of a six-character alphanumeric passcode with lowercase letters and numbers”. He also states his concerns that “these companies marketing something expressly to allow people to hold themselves above the law”.

He even went as far as placing blame on new technology for hindering federal bureau investigations, causing families to be let down while searching for kidnappers because contents on the victims’ phone cannot be decoded. He goes on to state that the updates in operating systems will prevent law enforcement from stopping terrorists.

Comey believes that Americans do not trust the government. He criticizes the public for their beliefs that government officials access personal messages and emails sent, claiming this is false. He comments of this fear and mistrust by declaring “it is time we have a debate on security and liberty.” But are Comey’s arguments in this conference valid?

Apple and Google have dismissed Comey’s exaggerated claims by stating that access to information, such as geolocation information, call logs, emails, iCloud storage, and other data from different carriers can easily be granted with a police warrant.

Technology companies were not the only ones to make a comment. Laura Murphy, head of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office, released a public statement on the organization’s website, stating “Comey is wrong in asserting that law enforcement cannot do its job while respecting Americans’ privacy rights. Indeed, the federal law explicitly protects the rights of companies to add encryption with no back door.” The Center for Democracy and Technology president, Nuala O’Connor agrees. She explained that law enforcement agents already have plenty of other means to get stored data from devices. She says that “weakening the security of smartphones and trusted communications infrastructure should not be one of them.”

What do you think about this situation? Join our conversation on Facebook and share your beliefs!

sources: New York Times, re/code

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Charming West Shore Semi in Peaceful Neighborhood [25 Watson Ave]

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October 16 Home for Sale New York Real Estate RealEstateSINY.com Staten Island Travis Trending

Our team is willing to bet that you will find this home as charming as we do. 25 Watson Ave is a one family semi-attached colonial home for sale, located on a quiet block in the Travis neighborhood. The warm and inviting home has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Out front, the partial brick front exterior is accompanied by a driveway that fits up to 2 cars.

Entering the home, you’ll step onto the hardwood floors of the living room. The living room has a bay window, ceiling fan, and enough space for family movie nights! Past the living area is the full dining room. This area is open and inviting with a large window and gleaming chandelier light fixture, patiently waiting for you to host your next dinner party here!

The eat-in kitchen is equipped with black countertops, white cabinets, and white appliances, including a dishwasher. There are also sliding doors in the kitchen that lead to the fenced-in backyard. The backyard has a splinter-free Trex deck and above ground pool. On the first floor, off of the kitchen, is a half bathroom.

All three bedrooms can be found on the second floor. Both levels of the home boast 9-foot ceilings. The master bedroom is bright and open with carpeting and a large window. All the bedrooms have ample closet space to accommodate your storage needs. Each bedroom also has a different view of the exterior, such as the third bedroom faces the backyard. The full bathroom is located on this floor.

The home also has a floored attic and a basement. The basement features two rooms which are perfect for a den or playroom and a laundry area, as well as a half-bathroom.

The neighborhood surrounding 25 Watson Avenue is very peaceful. Although the location is convenient to Victory Blvd and the West Shore Expressway, you will feel as if you are away from the Staten Island rush. The home is located behind the new Freshkills Park and very close to Schmul Playground. Also not far away is the main stop for shopping on the island, The Staten Island Mall. Many other plazas are close by as well. Students living here are zoned to attend P.S.26 and the nearby bus stop is the S62.

For more information on this house, or other Real Estate listings in Staten Island, you can contact Maria Cappillo, licensed Realtor with RealEstateSINY.com, at (718) 966-9669.

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Discount Decor: Tranquil Kitchen Designs

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October 15 Discount Decor New York News Real Estate

It is said by many that the kitchen is the heart of the home. For those who enjoy a relaxed, clean feel in the kitchen, our team has come up with five inspiring, money-saving decorating alternatives that will dress up the space using blues tones and a laid-back vintage vibe.

1. Teal Flowered Ceramic Display Plate:

Some plates are just too pretty to eat from. Our color palette was inspired by this fancy flowered plate from Linens-n-Things. Although the dish is gorgeous, we know not everyone can spring $175 for a ceramic plate. We found a very similar design from Walmart that you can get for under $30!

2. Hanging Pendant Light:

Pendant lighting fixtures not only add a touch of class to your breakfast bar, they also provide area-focused light that brightens up the surface being used. Both of these designs are clean and simple, and this beautiful brushed nickel hanging light with a frosty shade is just $50 on LightingDirect.com.

 

 

3. Reclaimed Wood Wine Rack:

Shelves are always a great way to keep clutter to a minimum, and if you enjoy wine you’ll certainly want a fun way to store and display it. Shelves made of reclaimed wood tell a story- these antique pieces had a past life just like a fine aged wine. A variety of furniture stores retailers offer items made from recycled wood. These wine shelves are practical and just oozing vintage charm.

4. Pastel Blue Stained Glass Windows

Nothing adds a color pop to your living space like stained glass windows. Although genuine stained glass can be a stunning edition to a room, the window must be custom made (measured, blown, cut, and sauntered) by a professional, and the final product costs hundreds of dollars- maybe thousands depending on the size. For those who love a bargain, go the cheap route and reproduce the look of stained glass with stick-on window film. You can get an entire roll, from Bed, Bath & Beyond with a lovely blue and green flowers. which can be cut to fit the shape of your windows for under $15! You’ll get about 6 1/2 feet of stained-glass window film, which can be cut to fit several different windows.

5. Stainless Steel Refrigerator

This last tip we have isn’t exactly a cheaper alternative item- when it comes to electronics, you don’t want to sacrifice quality. Instead, we’d like to harp on the wonderful idea of refurbished items. Stainless steel appliances are the standard in modern kitchens today, and the attractive metal fits perfectly into any color palette in addition to staying shiny and easy to clean. So how can you get a like-new stainless steel Frigidaire that is still in the box for nearly 40% less? Check out the outlet stores! Refurbished items are factory tested for functionality and are just as technically sound as a model that comes straight from the factory.

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Quaint, Delightful Cape Home on the Market [107 Driggs Street]

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October 14 Eltingville Home for Sale Listings New York RealEstateSINY.com Staten Island Trending

On a friendly and quiet block in Eltingville, there is a humble one family detached cape home for sale. This 4-bedroom, 1 bath home at 107 Driggs Street was built in 1959. The exterior is adorned with light blue shingles and sizeable grass area front yard. There is also a 1 car garage and driveway as well as available on-street parking.

The first floor includes all common areas. The living room is lovely and spacious with hardwood floors accompanied by white moldings that line the room. There is also a large picture window that allows in gorgeous natural sunlight and overlooks the front yard.

The eat-in kitchen has light wooden cabinetry with granite countertops and backsplash, which pair perfectly with the white stove and refrigerator. While the kitchen does have a ceiling fan light fixture, it also has large windows. Just imagine the natural sunlight shining through while you brew your morning coffee!

The first floor also has two bedrooms and a full bath. Up the wooden staircase, you will find the other two bedrooms. All the bedrooms have hardwood flooring and ideal space. There is also a basement in this home that has a family room and a utility room. This area keeps the home toasty with heaters and a boiler room. And finally, take in the home’s captivating backyard! It is fenced in and has a deck and shed. The grass area is large enough to install a pool if you want!

This South Shore home is close to various transportation stops. Just less than half a mile away from the house, you can find bus stops for the S54, S78, S79, and X1. There are a lot of schools in this area for grades preschool to 8th grade: P.S.8, P.S.32, P.S.42, P.S.53, P.S.55, I.S.24, St Clare School, Francis School, and Eltingville Lutheran School. High school students are zoned to attend Tottenville High School.

For more information on this house, or other Real Estate listings in Staten Island, you can contact Ed Gomez, licensed Realtor with RealEstateSINY.com, at (718) 966-9669.

 

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Top Ten DIY Costumes

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October 14 RealEstateSINY.com Contests and Events Staten Island Top Ten List Trending

Halloween is only weeks away! You have dressed up your house, but have you settled on what you are going to be dressed as yourself? Never fear! We have you covered with the top ten do-it-yourself costume ideas that are easy to put together and inexpensive!

1. Characters from Insurance Ads. No one can resist Flo from Progressive and Jake from State Farm. Dressing up as these guys for Halloween is easy! For Flo, all you need is a blue headband, white shirt, red lipstick, white apron with the Progressive logo, a name tag, and a “I <3 Insurance” pin. For Jake, just wear a red shirt with a small State Farm logo, tan khakis, and a name tag.

2. Starbucks. Join the craze of the Pumpkin Spice Latte fanatics and dress up as a latte. You will need a laundry bag, white cloth for the foam or cap, and a hat with green paper rolled up on top as the straw. The laundry bag serves as your coffee cup, where you will add the Starbuck’s logo. If you rather something simple, dress up as a barista. All you’ll need is to wear is black pants, white button down shirt, and the green Starbucks apron and hat.

3. Rosie the Riveter. Show you girl pride! Wear a long sleeve denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up to your elbows,  jeans, a red bandana, and 1940’s style make-up.

4. Mime. Silence is the key, and this costume will show that. To be a mime, use white and black face paint, wear all black (or black pants with a black and white stripped shirt), red suspenders, and white gloves.

 

5. Film Noir. This is another silently great idea. All you need to do is dress in black, white, and grey. Walk around with a little screen card. Want to go the extra step? Paint yourself grey to actually mimic a black and white film!

6. Get Batty! Whether you want to to dress as the furry flying mammal or make your own batman costume, here is what you will need to get: a black umbrella that you can easily pull apart to make the wings, paired with a black outfit and bat ears. If you want to be the hero, just add your own batman symbol to the outfit.

7. Dora the Explorer. This is an easy costume to put together and is good for any age! All that is needed is a pink shirt, orange shorts, sneakers, and a backpack. You can also wear a short brown wig.

8. Morton Salt Girl. This one is also another good costume for girls of all ages. A yellow dress or raincoat paired with white stockings and an umbrella is all you need. Very simple and really comfortable!

9. Dwight from The Office. Dwight is one of the best television characters to dress up as because his style is easy to mimic and the costume is widely recognizable. Wear work attire: short sleeve button up shirt tucked into black pants, plaid tie, belt, full rim aviator glasses, and parted hair down the middle.

10. 404-error code. For the person who is not that into dressing up, you may enjoy this one. All you will need is a plain shirt. Add “404 Error- Costume not found” onto the shirt. Clever, yet to the point.

What are you going to be for Halloween? We’d love to hear your DIY costume ideas! Add a comment on Facebook!

Check out our Pinterest Top Ten Board for more pictures and how-to links.

Images source: media-cache, carol-hannah, seejaneblog, shrimpsaladcircus, popsugar, images.asadart, polyvore, pinterest

 

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Upcoming Staten Island Events During the Fourth Week of October!!

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October 13 New York News RealEstateSINY.com RealEstateSINY.com Contests and Events Staten Island Trending Trending TV Upcoming Events Video

Featured this week:

0:20 October 22nd– Cabaret Dinner benefiting SI Mental Health Society

0:55 October 23rd– Voting begins for RealEstateSINY.com Best-Dressed Halloween Home Decorating Contest

1:29 October 24th– CF Spooktacular

2:02 October 25th– Westerleigh Park Halloween Extravaganza

2:34 October 25th– Zombie Apocalypse

3:08 October 26th– Bob Saget at St. George Theatre

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Tech Corner: The Inventions are Quirky!

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October 10 News Tech Corner Trending

Quirky is a website we discovered recently and automatically fell in love with! Here’s what they are all about: the company accepts submissions from everyday people with ideas for products they dream of inventing. With these submissions, they leave the decision in our hands to vote on our favorite ideas and provide our helpful input. Then every Thursday, a live debate is held to chose the best idea that they will fund to become the next quirky project!

Now that you are familiar with their method, we are ready to share two of Quirky’s great inventions to use in your home!

Aros Smart Air Conditioner

Summer is over, but it is still a great product to look into for next year! Instead of installing a normal window unit, upgrade to this quirky unit! Aros is smart in money-saving ways! It saves information about your budget, location, and schedule, while also learning about you and the comfortable temperate you normally desire. It can also be connected and controlled by its app from your smartphone!

Cool, right? They have many more inventions on sale that are great for around your home, but we are highly impressed by this newest invention. The king of home devices!

Relay

Relay is a Wink product, a subsidiary of Quirky. They recently announced their touchscreen penal, giving smart home devices, like Nest, a run for their money! Relay looks like a smartphone for your wall. This wall mount controller can easily be installed into a light switch and can communicate with multiple wireless devices. It also includes its own sensor, built-in microphone, and speaker, so you can leave messages for your roommates or family. While it can be run through its app, you can also control it from the wall panel’s LCD screen. The home screen will show you all the devices it is connected to!

 

Now with Relay in the picture, the smart home device Nest finally has competition! Does this mean we will see a trend in multiple smart home products available to us?

Tell us your thoughts! Join our conversation on Facebook.

Image sources: quirky, wink

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Port Authority Bridge Tolls to be Raised… Again

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October 8 Economy New Jersey New York News Public Transportation Special Report Staten Island Trending

Traveling from New Jersey to Staten Island is no cheap feat, and you’ll soon be digging deeper into your pockets at the toll booth.

Increased toll rates for all Port Authority bridges to Staten Island will take effect on December 7, 2014. By the end of this year, fees will be charged as follows: $14 cash, $9.75 for off-peak EZ-Pass users, and $11.75 for EZ-Pass commuters during peak hours.

These increases come as part of Port Authority’s four year annual toll hike plan. They claim the funds collected will be used for projects such as the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, as well as new cables for the George Washington Bridge.

By December of 2015, toll collection is expected to reach $15 on all Port Authority bridges for cash payments, while EZ-Pass users will be charged $12.50 during peak times and $10.50 per trip to New York during off-peak hours.

The toll hikes come in conjunction with large projects already underway on two Staten Island bridges. The Goethals Bridge will soon be demolished in favor of a brand new bridge, currently projected for completion in 2018. Costing roughly $1.5 billion, it will be one of the most extensive transportation projects ever carried out in the Northeast region.

Also under heavy construction is the Bayonne Bridge (pictured above). Needing improved clearance for large shipping vessels, this North Shore link to New Jersey is in the process of being elevated from 151 feet to 215 feet. Both the Goethals and Bayonne Bridges will remain in operation until construction is complete, though hours are limited for vehicular traffic to Bayonne. Currently, the bridge is closed Monday through Friday between 9 pm and 5 am the next morning to permit road work.

The toll hikes come as disappointing news for commuters, after the fee for EZ-Pass users was reduced on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge back in June.

Do you think Staten Island is unfairly shouldering the tax burden for city projects outside the borough? Join our conversation on Facebook!

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Discount Decor: Halloween!

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October 8 Discount Decor New York RealEstateSINY.com Staten Island Trending

It’s that time of year again, and here at TrendingSINY we are counting down the days until All Hallows Eve! Between the costumes, candy, pumpkins, and party supplies, the dollars can add up quickly for this fall holiday. Rather than cutting corners on the festivities, we have come up with a list of low-priced alternatives to some key Halloween decorations that will both scare and enthrall your visitors!

1. Halloween wreath.

Decorative wreaths are not just limited to Christmas! Since the door is the first thing a visitor sees before heading inside, give them a great impression by hanging a scary or fall-themed wreath out front. We found many wreaths that were both dark and colorful at once. This wreath with glittery skulls, spiders, and LED candles in the center that light up can be had for under $10!

2. Black Skull Candle.

Skulls and flames are both great scary additions to include in your Halloween decor- how about combing two in one with a skull candle? Use indoors or outdoors as an addition to the common Jack-O-Latern. You could go the extravagant route and choose this candle from Barney’s which will cost you $85- but we know you can do better. Instead, opt for this black skull candle holder for $18.85. This one won’t melt after a single use either- just replace the tea light after a few hours and burn as many times as you want!

3. Wacky Witch Candy Bowl.

You need a cute way to serve your guests candy- that plastic bag isn’t cutting it. A quirky ceramic witch candy bowl is perfect for the occasion. Both of these are colorful, quality items to display your Halloween sweets. The slipper dish however, in addition to being quite unique, is available for just $14.

4. Ghoulish Groundbreaker.

When it comes to outdoor decorations, the animatronics take the cake. With a ghostly groundbreaker prop, you can scare the pants off trick or treaters- they won’t know what hit them until they almost step over a terrifying ground-crawling creature that actually moves and moans! We found a number of commercially available ground breakers that were impressive, but we really like this zombie-witch with light up eyes who also turns her head! She can be had for $53, while similar animatronics cost into the hundreds.

5. Snack Serving Plates.

If you are inviting guests over for a Halloween party (which is tempting after browsing these inspiring decor options), stock yourself with the perfect tableware! This adorable “All Owl’s Eve” 4 plate set is available from Boston Warehouse, and can be yours for $18.92. You’ll pay about three times as much for these stoneware plates from A Cottage in the City.

Now that you have been freed from the over-spending curse, don’t forget to check out our Top Ten Halloween Decorating Ideas, or join our conversation on Facebook!

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