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Tech Corner: Back to School Apps

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August 29 News Tech Corner Trending

The greatest element about being a student today is all the gadgets we have access to. Whether Apple or Android, there is an app to get everyone through the school year. While you may already have plenty of apps that you plan on using this semester, here is our pick of the best ones!

Dropbox or Google Drive

Never fear about losing your notes or work ever again! Dropbox and Google Drive are a great place to put your class documents in. They both have apps available for any device so you can always access what you need, wherever you are (as long as you have an internet connection)! It is also an easy way to share work during group projects.

Scribd

Get ready to enter the world’s biggest online library! This app will provide you with various documents and books that you will need to study and perform research. The data has been accumulated from people all over the world and organized by topics.

Cliffnotes

This app is perfect for students who are taking English and literature classes. CliffNotes provide you with information about every character, plot, and theme, as well as summarizing the book.

 

Mathway

For those of us who fear math, this app will indeed help with that challenge! Mathway will guide you step-by-step with the math problems assigned.

Duolingo

Studying a new language? Then you will definitely want this app. It will help you learn new words, get ready for tests, and complete various task to improve your knowledge.

 

Mint (dot com)

As college students, we need to manage our money. Keep track of what you are spending with this app (and website). You can control your budget and see where your money is usually spent on.

Luckily, all these apps are free of charge and are located in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store! Have a fantastic school year!

Need any extra advice for school? Join our conversation on Facebook and let us know what you want us to cover to help you get through this semester!

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Groupon-Style Daily Deals Website is Staten Island Exclusive

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August 28 Economy New York News Special Report Staten Island

Staten Island will be receiving its very own daily deals site, providing subscribers up to 90% off local products and services.

The soon to be launched “Living Staten Island” (an obvious nod to well-known “Living Social”) offers daily discounts through email for residents who sign up for the service. The opportunity seems fitting, since Living Social does not offer business discounts in Richmond County, redirecting Staten Island searches to other parts of the metro area.

Staten Island businesses have the opportunity to reach a local audience and gain visibility through the subscription service, which is free to join. Living Staten Island is currently accepting submissions for founding VIP members. Some partners already mentioned in their promotional video are Atrium Stadium Cinemas, Fun Station USA, and La Strada restaurant.

Deal of the Day websites exploded in popularity with the launch of Groupon in 2008, which provided substantial discounts to consumers during the economic downturn.

The official launch date is scheduled for September 1st. Living Staten Island will have a table at the Richmond County Fair for Labor Day Weekend. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by and see the RealEstateSINY.com van for a chance to win an Xbox One and other great prizes!

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Join Us at the Richmond County Fair– Win a Great Prize From Our Video Contest!

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August 28 New York News RealEstateSINY.com Richmondtown Staten Island Upcoming Events

RealEstateSINY.com Solar Powered Mobile Office

The Richmond County Fair is fast approaching, and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat! Here is the scoop on RealEstateSINY.com’s exciting setup this year (including how you can win an Xbox One!).

As always, our landmark solar-powered van will be parked at our station, running three full color video screens for the crowd. We will be present throughout the three day weekend, and our light up mobile office will be difficult to miss!

Kids can come by to enjoy a free snow cone from our snow cone stand all weekend long! Our colorful prize wheel will be on display, where you’ll get a free spin to win some promotional gifts including phone chargers and frisbees.

So, how do you enter the contest? With the help our staff, you will star in your very own 15-20 second entry video which will be later uploaded on our Facebook page. You’ll be asked to say our tagline on camera:

“RealEstateSINY.com- It’s Real Estate WITHOUT the Bull.” 

Get as creative as you want! Let your personality shine through. Shout, show off your acting skills, do a dance- whatever will get your friends’ attention on Facebook.

After we record your video on our iPad, you will need to “like” our Facebook page before the video goes live beginning Wednesday, September 3rd. Then, encourage all your friends and family to also like our page, then like your video. Each contestant will receive ONE point per like. (NOTE: Only likes for our original video post count. A link will be provided, and the video will also appear in our “videos” album. Each like on a video share cannot be counted by our team).

Our staff will be keeping track of each like until voting closes on Friday, September 5th at exactly 12:00 pm. The contestant with the most likes on their video will then be the lucky winner of an Xbox One! The first runner up will receive a $100 pre-paid debit card, and the third place winner will receive a $35 Target gift card!

So between snow cones, getting your 15 seconds of fame, and a shot at a brand new gaming system, you’ve got plenty of reasons to stop by and say hi. And of course, our award-winning realtors will be there to chat, as well as a representative from Continental Home Loans, providing a networking point for any real estate-related inquiries you may have.

Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with Staten Island’s most innovative media company. The Staten Island community is our backbone, so we can’t wait to meet you!

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Top Ten Things to do Before the Summer Ends

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August 26 New York Staten Island Top Ten List Trending Westerleigh

Officially, Summer ends on September 23rd, but let’s be honest: Summer feels like it ends after Labor Day weekend. You can already feel the chill in the air and back to school cries around the island. Instead of mourning, spend the last days of summer in high spirits…

1. Enjoy the moment, one last time. Pick one day, and spend it doing your favorite summer activity. Go fishing, lie on the beach, go to an amusement park, or hang out in your backyard. It might be a while before you can do any of those things again without a project hanging over your head!

2. Catch one last outdoor movie. You can find a free movie playing at one of New York City’s finest parks. Just visit the NYC Parks’ website to see the line up and locations. Do not want to travel far? The Lego Movie is playing at Westerleigh Park!

3. Read a book. With school returning, you are going to find it difficult to make time to just relax and do things you want to do, like read a book of your choosing. Escape to a new world before your current world gets hectic!

4. Have a GLAM picnic! Plan a picnic in the park with your friends. Be creative with it and dress up by wearing flower crowns and bow ties, make fancy snacks and cocktails, and take Polaroid pictures. Take advantage of the green landscapes and blooming gardens before the colors of autumn begin to appear.

5. Spend an entire day at the pool. Go for a swim! Take one more day to tan by the pool, or relax on a float in the cool refreshing water. Make it a mandatory rule to only go indoors for the restroom and more sunscreen.

6. But oh, these summer nights. While it is still warm enough to be outside at night, enjoy it before it disappears: star gaze, sit around a fire pit, play a board game outdoors. Just remember to bring bug spray!

7. Get up and get out! Release any negative energy in your body by being active. Go on a hike, walk on a nature trail, or join Shape Up NYC for their various core strengthening routines, runs, and yoga! Enter the new month and season with a clear mind and body.

8. Get your style ready for the fall! Reorganize your closet so that sweaters and pants are now easier to reach than shorts and tank tops. Go shopping for a couple of new outfits and cozy pajamas!

9. Begin researching your end of the year plans. Just because the weather gets cooler and the days will become shorter, does not means you have to sit in your house. Begin brainstorming ideas you can do for the last couple of months in this year . . .or just wait for the next top ten ;)

10. Throw an epic Labor Day weekend. Attend fairs, go to every BBQ party you were invited to (or pick one), throw a themed party; go all out! It is the last big summer holiday weekend!

What are your end of the summer plans? Join our conversation on Facebook . . . or find us at the RICHMOND COUNTY FAIR this weekend!

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Upcoming Staten Island Events During the First Week of September!!

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August 25 New York News RealEstateSINY.com Staten Island Trending Trending TV Upcoming Events Video

Events highlighted this week:

0:17 September 3rd– South Beach Civic Association Meeting

0:53 September 4th– Summer Concerts Series: Sinatra/Dean-esque

1:20 September 6th– Street Theater: “Emergency” The Musical

1:48 September 6th– Art Lab Faculty Reception

2:16 September 7th– Life on the Forest Floor

 

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North Shore Braces for High Profile Protest March

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August 22 New York News St. George Staten Island Trending

On Saturday, August 23rd, a political march against the NYPD will be held on Staten Island’s North Shore.

The “We Will Not Go Back” rally, organized by Reverend Al Sharpton, has been set up to raise awareness for unjust police brutality, centering around the death of Eric Garner on July 17. Autopsy results from the city medical examiner concluded that Garner’s death was caused by a police chokehold. The incident occurred when Garner resisted arrest after allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

Thousands of protesters are expected to turn up for the rally, with some estimates reaching to 15,000. Although Sharpton has pledged to keep the march peaceful and that violence will not be tolerated, The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce sent out a warning letter to local businesses in the area, advising them to consider closing their doors.

According to CBS New York, some Staten Island businesses already plan to shutter while the march is taking place. A local bagel shop has already nixed its 7 am to 2 pm shift, after deciding that remaining open was not worth risking the safety of its two employees.

District Attorney Daniel Donovan has referred the investigation over to a grand jury rather than indict offer Panteleo on criminal charges, a decision heavily protested by Sharpton and his organization, The National Action Network.

Street closures in the St. George area will be in effect from 8 am to 6 pm. Vehicles must be removed from the following roads prior to this time:

  • Bay Street, from Hannah Street to Richmond Terrace
  • Little Bay Street, from Victory Boulevard to Bay Street
  • Victory Boulevard, from Jersey Street to Bay Street
  • St. Mark’s Place, from Victory Boulevard to Hyatt Street
  • Stuyvesant Place, from Bay Street to Wall Street
  • Schuyler Street, from Stuyvesant Place to Richmond Terrace
  • Richmond Terrace, from Bay Street to Westervelt Avenue
  • Wall Street, from St. Mark’s Place to Richmond Terrace
  • Hamilton Avenue, from Richmond Terrace to Stuyvesant Place.

Map of street closures on Saturday, August 23rd (Google Maps)

The march is scheduled to begin at 11 am at the intersection of Bay Street and Victory Boulevard, the site of Eric Garner’s death. Protestors will then move to the District Attorney’s office at 130 Stuyvesant Pl. The protesters will then move to the corner of Richmond Terrace and Hamilton Avenue, where they plan to rally against the 120 Precinct. The rally is scheduled to end at 3 pm.

Reverend Al Sharpton predicts the protest will draw supporters from several states, with a minimum of 3,000 to 5,000 participants. The National Action Network will provide caravans to transport protestors from Elizabeth, NJ and Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn.

Employees and residents living on or around the protest area should be aware that the politically charged nature of such rallies can result in strong emotions. The family of Eric Garner will assist in leading the march.

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Tech Corner: Back to School Accessories

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August 22 News Tech Corner Trending

 

It is that time of year when we mourn our summer vacation days and begin getting ready to head back to school. Instead of brooding over this time of year, look on the bright side: there are tons of sales, lots of shopping incentives, and brand new products to buy! You must go back to school with the latest and greatest tech accessories, and we have them here for you!

The Space Bar

This desk organizer will minimize your clutter. The stand provides extra USB ports for your computer. You can use the space below to store you keyboard or books, giving you extra desk room. The retail price is $99.00.

3-in-1 Multifunction Breakfast Deluxe

This product is amazing for those of us who hate to wake up in the morning. Skip the cafeteria breakfast; sleep in a little extra, and just make the most important meal of the day in your room! This is a multi-tasking machine with a mini griddle, toaster oven, and brews coffee. It is sold on Amazon for $30 and comes in black, red, and light blue.

Pivot Power Jr.

Traditional power strips can be difficult to place because they are just blocky, unmovable strips. That problem is a thing of the past once you get your hands on the Pivot Power Jr! It is a flexible power strip that will adjust to any corner or spot you place it! It has four outlets and a two-feet cable. This awesome product goes for $19.99.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

This final product we are very excited for! Samsung and Barnes & Nobles have teamed up to make a Nook tablet! This tablet will be perfect for the school year. Upon purchase, you will get $200 worth of free content: best seller books, magazines, and TV shows. Plus, you will receive $5 starter credit. It also features everything you can do on an android tablet: apps, videos, multi-window feature, and incredible display! You can purchase it within store or online with free shipping for $179! It is available in black or white.

What back to school tech accessory will you be purchasing? Join our conversation on Facebook.

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Clean, Bright Townhome Stands Tall and Elegant [20 Elise Court]

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August 21 Home for Sale Listings New York Real Estate RealEstateSINY.com Richmondtown Staten Island Townhouse Trending

In the Richmond Town neighborhood of Staten Island lies a friendly little developement of townhouses. Along this private and quiet street, you will find an end unit townhouse for sale! 20 Elise Court is a residential, one family attached townhouse. It is three stories tall with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This house is in perfect condition! Every room has been treated with the utmost care and the home comes with newly installed hot water heater and central air conditioning. This home also has use of a side yard with a pool and deck.

Meander up the walkway past the alluring brick front, and you are welcomed by the first floor. Here is a warm, cozy family room with a large double closet and access to the garage. This room also has clean off-white carpeting and a large front window.

Ascend the first flight of stairs, and you will enter into the home’s central zone. The living room is carpeted while the dining room and kitchen have tiled floors. The living room and kitchen both feature high hat lighting. The kitchen has beautiful wooden cabinetry and the countertops include a breakfast bar. Attached is a large, delightful dining area with hanging light fixture. There is access to the modest balance that overlooks the quiet development. The second floor also has a half bathroom with marble tiled floors.

The three bedrooms and full bathroom are located on the third floor. With large windows and extensive closet space, the master bedroom offers comfort and style. The other two bedrooms are humble, yet delightfully cozy. This floor also features carpeted floors and a hall skylight.

This home is conveniently located near Staten Island’s gem, Historic Richmond Town! It is also close to King Fisher Park and Sidenburg Park. If you have children, there are numerous schools within a close distance to the house: P.S.23, P.S.32, P.S.R37, Francis School, and St. Patrick’s School.

For more information on this house, or other Real Estate listings in Staten Island, you can contact Michael Kustin, licensed Realtor with RealEstateSINY.com, at (718) 966-9669. Be sure to watch the video tour for 20 Elise Court featured above.

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Top Ten Ways to Makeover Your Living Space While on a Budget

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August 19 Top Ten List Trending

Whether your space is your bedroom, a favorite room in your house, your dorm room, or your very own apartment; you are going to want to decorate it in a way that defines you! But until a decorating show comes and offers to redecorate or give you a huge check to do so, we must settle with our own budget. Luckily, we have come up with ten very affordable, perhaps free, decorating makeovers!

1. DIY Pixel Art. After obtaining a collection of paint swatches, trim off the numbered ends, and arrange them on a poster board like mosaic titles. For extra inspiration, you can add your favorite quote! –OR- if you cannot paint your walls (and the white is driving you insane) just use the collection of paint swatches and hang them on your wall!

2. Upcycle bottles. Soak an empty bottle in warm, soapy water to clean it and help remove the label. Decorate the bottle and give it a new purpose! You can use it as a vase or even a candleholder. The options are endless!

3. Photo display. Since the dawning of the smart phone age, photos are being showcased on social networks rather than in your home. Get crafty and transform your Instagram into art! Instead of just putting photos in individual picture frames, make a collage or homemade snow globe.

4. Display your mugs. Add hooks under your kitchen cabinets or to an empty wall in your kitchen and hang your coffee mugs on them. This will give you extra space in your cabinets and you’ll never have to search the back of the cabinet for that one mug you want.

5. Get Washi crazy! If you cannot paint your wall because your landlord or dormitory does not allow it, there are other ways to add color to your living space. In addition to the paint swatches idea from above, you can go crazy with Washi tape! Use as temporary wallpaper designs, cover your cabinets and furniture, and even decorate window blinds!

6. Repurpose the space under your bed. Instead of allowing it to collect dust, use it as storage. If the gap can be easily seen, and a bed skirt is not an option, get storage crates that will match your bedroom color scheme. Try storing things here that you do not want lying around: shoes, supplies, scarfs, etc.

7. Spray Paint Wooden Furniture. This is good if your budget only allowed you to buy used furniture, or have hand-me-down items. You can spray paint the chairs in any color you desire to give the set a bit more of a pop!

8. Style your bookshelf. While books are magical and magnificent, the place they are stored may not be. Try adding a design to the backdrop of your shelf. Use wallpaper, washi tape, or paint to do this.

9. No headboard? No problem! Use large scrapbook paper to create a temporary headboard. And if you do have a headboard, but it is plain, you can use the scrapbook paper to add color to it (or even Washi tape)!

10. Finally… This one will cost you money, but it will be worth it! Invest in a nice throw rug. Rugs really help tie together a room with plain walls. We are not saying you have to get an expensive rug, but find one you are going to love that will last a long time.

We just gave you ten great points to start from, but the decorating ideas are endless! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for many, many more ideas!

What are some of your favorite DIY decorating projects? Share your thoughts in the comments below or join our conversation on Facebook!

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Upcoming Staten Island Events During the Final Week of August!

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August 18 New York News Staten Island Trending Trending TV Upcoming Events Video

0:18 August 24– Bikers for Bini

1:10 August 26– Staten Island Job Fair at JCC

1:55 August 28– Summer Concert Series: Rock, R&B, and Jazz

2:19 August 30– Shape Up NYC: Couch to 5k

2:42 August 30– Shape Up NYC: Mind Body Fusion

3:17 August 30 – September 1– Richmond County Fair

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