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Tech Corner: Gadgets To Keep You Warm and Toasty

November 28 Tech Corner Trending

Fall is officially coming to an end soon, but it seems like the winter weather is fighting to come visit us soon! It is time to begin thinking about the chilly upcoming months, and avoid that cold chattering feeling. While you can get by with a traditional fleece blanket, these gadgets will keep you warm no matter where you are!

WARM-TOWEL-570Toasty Bathroom

There are two terrible things that can happen on a cold night in a bathroom: a cold toilet seat and a cold bathroom after a shower. But not anymore! After you get out of a shower, take a cozy towel out of your Towel Warmer. Once dried, apply heated lotion by using the Conair Heated Lotion Dispenser. Finally, remain warm when you plop down on the Heated Toilet Seat.



It is difficult to be productive when you are sitting inside a cold cubicle. The solution? Invest in a Heated Office Chair! Not only will it warm you up, it also has a massager! Then keep your typing hands heated with the Smoko Toast USB Handwarmers.



Stay Snug in your Car

It is torturous to wait for your car to warm up before you can turn on the heat. If you still have a car that does not come with these features, you will appreciate these toasty technological purchases. Your hands will stay warm while driving with the Heated Steering Wheelcover and you will enjoy the pleasure of a Heated Car Seat cover that come in black and grey.

Stay Heated Outdoors

Whether you are commuting or at an outdoor event while the temperatures are low, you can keep warm with battery powered apparel: heated pants, heated socks, heated gloves, and a heated jacket.

What heated gadget will you get to stay warm this winter? Join our conversation on Facebook.

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A Large and Luxurious House in Howell, New Jersey! (1 Alexis Drive)

November 28 Home for Sale Howell Listings New Jersey Real Estate Trending


For those who look outside of the metro area, our neighbor New Jersey is a favorable destination. If you are one of those families, then we have the perfect home on the market for you! 1 Alexis Drive is a stunning 5-bedroom, 5-bath home for sale in Howell, New Jersey.

The single family colonial home is located on the end of a quiet residential cul-de-sac. This home’s exterior is exquisite and large with stunning curb appeal. Perfectly trimmed hedges and a great lawn 20141030174152040745000000-oaccessorize the long curving walkway. On the side of the house is garage that fits up to three cars and a driveway that holds up to six!

Through the grand entrance, you will walk into the home’s two-story entry foyer. With custom painted walls, crown molding, tiled floors, phenomenal chandelier, and a Cinderella staircase, the impression has been set for the rest of this elegant home!

20141030174116487824000000-oTo the left of the foyer is the dining room. It is formal with chair rail and crown moldings, carpeting, and a beautiful bay window. The lighting consists of two wall fixtures and a hanging fixture. There is also a butler pantry in this room.

To the right of the foyer is the living room. This traditional room also has carpet, recessed lighting, a large bay window, and crown moldings, as well has French doors to access the family room. The family room has a wood-burning fireplace with a stone mantel, recessed lighting, and lots of windows for plenty of natural sunlight. It also comes with a wet bar.


Also on the first floor is the very large eat-in kitchen, ideal for anyone who loves to cook! Enter the kitchen through the arched doorway and discover all of its updated features: from ceramic tile floors and backdrop, to its granite countertops, and an island with lots of storage and hanging light fixtures above it. Even the eat-in area has a hanging light fixture. The stainless steel appliances include a dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and a GE monogram oven/stove with a hood and heat lamp. Spacious wooden cabinets offer plenty of storage with plenty of storage room. Also in this area is an additional staircase to the second floor and sliding doors that open into the enormous backyard. The fenced in yard has a large paved patio.

Not only is there a half bath on the first floor, there is also a full bathroom located inside a bedroom. This bedroom can be used a guest room or maid’s quarters. Another feature on the first floor is the garage access and laundry room.

20141030194823216360000000-oWalk up to the second floor and through the open hallways and you will find the other four bedrooms, including the master, as well as three bathrooms. The master bedroom is a two room special ensuite. It has a fireplace of its own in the bedroom’s sitting area, which also includes a ceiling fan fixture. Through the archway is the sleeping area. All rooms have large windows, carpet throughout, and a walk-in closet. The master 4-piece bathroom includes a double sink vanity with granite countertops and a wall length mirror, Jacuzzi bath, and stand up shower. There is another large bedroom with a walk-in closet, while another spacious bedroom is currently being used as a home office. Lastly, the fourth upstairs bedroom is oversized with a walk-in closet as well, and includes a private bathroom.

With all this luxury comes plenty of storage space! On the lower level is a large basement with a French drain. The home is also equipped with 2 zone heating and air conditioning.

For more information on this house, or other Real Estate listings in Staten Island or New Jersey, you can contact Susan Frazier and Geralyn Liverani licensed Realtor with, at (718) 966-9669.

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Discount Decor: Tavern-Style Rec Room!

November 26 Discount Decor Economy Real Estate

For the man (or woman!) who has everything, a fully-equipped recreation room is the ultimate place to get away from it all. Also known as a man cave, or mantuary, we are ready to put these chauvinistic terms to rest- women like their indulgences too! You can set up a grown-up play area in the basement or den where you’ll keep all your creature comforts in one place. You pick out the pool table and the TV, and we’ll show you the rest.

-1. Pool Cue Stick with Antique Accents

-No rec room is complete without the classic tabletop game of pool. You can play with your friends, bond with your spouse, or even shoot billiards by yourself if the mood strikes. Investing in some high-end cue sticks really adds a nice touch. While not exactly cheap (four of these will run you about $280), we wanted to pick high-quality pieces that will look polished while standing the test of time. Plus, considering that four similar cue sticks from Ozone Billiards total nearly $1,300, it’s still a bargain.

-2. Cherry Wood Bar Cart

-The perfect pairing to a game of pool or a telethon is obviously the libations. It may not be in your budget to invest in a full bar, so what else could provide an effective way to serve and display the alcohol? A bar cart gets the job done nicely, and we especially like the grandeur and beauty of cherry wood. A quality wine and liquor cart doesn’t have to cost a lot either- many go for well under $100. This elegant glass-top serving cart from Wildon Home is just over $60! Plus, you will feel like the maitre d’ when you stock the cart and push it around.

-3. Bar Stool

-Whether you have graduated to a professional bar or you have a kitchen nook or simple table, fashionable bar stools can be a stunning addition to the recreational area. In addition to providing spare seating, choosing the right ones lend some credibility to the tavern atmosphere. A variety of stools are available for discerning tastes- short, tall, backless, swivel. After some careful browsing, we took a preference for swivel chairs with black twining frames. Talk about a package deal- we found a set of 3 for only $89!

-4. Entertainment Center

-Finally, the focal piece of a rec room is usually the entertainment center. Maybe you are an X-Box enthusiast, or perhaps you prefer basketball games, or catching your favorite prime time drama or Oscar-winning film on TV. Either way, you will want a good home for the television that has enough room for all your video games and DVDs and still has space for a vase or two. Continuing with our rustic tavern theme, another cherry wood piece is ideal. It’s hard to go wrong with this sophisticated, antique-looking 71 inch entertainment center from Sauder, which costs far less than most smart phones!

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Top Ten Thanksgiving Tabletop Decor

November 25 Top Ten List Trending




Hosting a wonderful gathering can come with just some pressure. It is time to set aside the stress and put Pinterest musings to the test! Thanksgiving is the best excuse and perfect time for tabletop styling! We have the recipe for your success that will impress your friends and family! With just a dash of decoration, sprinkle of perfect planning, and a splash of inspiration, you will be ready and set to throw the most enjoyable dinner!

1. Sliverware. Now is the perfect time to break out the classic cutlery and china sets! However, creating the perfect tabletop does not have to require expensive high-end dinnerware. Be simple, yet sophisticated with your dishes. Pair the plates with linen napkin displays, candlesticks, and a nice centerpiece.

2. Dining Area. Your dining area does not have to be fancy, but should be warm and inviting. Decorate it to be festive and welcoming by adding garlands and painted pumpkins of various hues.

Mini pumpkins3. Centerpieces. Adorn the table with seasonal colors! A lush floral centerpiece that incorporates traditional fall colors will compliment your glassware, giving it a lovely sophisticated touch. Rather not set up a floral piece? There are different centerpieces you can try: fruit centerpiece, candle centerpiece, or even a cornucopia. A DIY favorite is mini pumpkins in a cylinder vase. This is easy to put together and will give a simple, yet festive, touch.

4. Tablecloth. If you want to opt out of the tablecloth and plastic bid, give a runner a try this year! Place the runner down the center of the table, and then assemble the centerpieces to make the view enjoyable from wherever you are sitting. This works especially well for long tables.

5. Place Cards. This is another decorative addition that is straightforward and will help with organization. A simple white card with gold polka dots and cursive lettering will do the trick.

tabletop-36. Place Mats. Place mats keep with the posh feel we are aiming for, but sometimes the panic of dirt and spills scares us away from using them. This year, we absolutely adore the Chalkboard Place Mats. These can be purchased or you can make them yourself! It is a fun way to leave notes for your guest and you can even have everyone write what they are thankful for between courses. Let us not forget the clean up for them is easy and you will not become upset when wine spills.

7. Buffet Style. Consider a buffet table if you are planning on serving copious amounts of food. This will keep the main table from becoming overcrowded. Give the buffet a rustic touch; break out the classic cutlery and serving plates. Finish the look with a big bouquet with seasonal blooms!

Buffet table

8. Bar Cart. A well stocked bar cart is a must! If you have not yet jumped on board with this trend, we advise you to get one! It is a decorative, classy and organized way to display the drinks pumpkin huesfor the evening. It will also give you more room on the table to add extra pies!

9. Keep it modern. A casual and modern dinner etiquette display with plenty of seasonal flair includes white dishes, neutral linens, and glassware. Add extra earthy details by scattering sprigs of berries and fall leaf garlands around the table.

10. Kiddy table. Do not forget about the kids on this holiday! Giving them a table of their own that is festive. Using plastic ware for them may be a better idea. Keep them occupied with Thanksgiving themed arts and crafts.

Kiddy table

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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

November 24 New York News Contests and Events Staten Island Trending Trending TV Upcoming Events Video

December 3rd– National Lighthouse Museum Annual Holiday Fundraiser

December 4th– Levy Playground Community Input Meeting

December 6th– Family Holiday Crafting Workshop

December 7th– Colonial Christmas

December 7th– Space Travel, the Next Frontiers

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Tech Corner: Best Apps For Shoppers

November 21 Tech Corner Trending

The holidays are in the air and Black Friday is just a week away! While the deals on Black Friday may be tempting you to leave your Thanksgiving festivities early, you can instead op to use applications on your phone and websites to help you find the best of deals for gifts! Just download to your iOS device or android and save money this holiday season!



Red Laser

All you need to do with this app is use the built in barcode scanner to scan the desired item you plan on purchasing. It will give you all the retail information for that item, including prices from online and in store retailers. This way you can make the purchase in the store that sells it for less!



Not only does this app have the barcode scanner, it also helps you shop sales and discounts! Tell ShopSavvy what you are looking for and it will inform you when the item is on sale or has a coupon. Now that is indeed shopping savvy!





Retail Me Not

This app shares coupons and sales information from retail shops nearby your current location. You can even create bookmarks of your favorite stores. This way, you can always get alerted when they are slashing prices. This application also has a traditional website you can visit when shopping online, or mapping out your day’s shopping plans.



PriceJump by

This app is for iOS devices only (sorry droids). PriceJump informs you whether Amazon has the lower price for an item. It will provide you with the information on where you can get it cheaper: a thrifty local store, Amazon, or another online store.

What is the shopping app you like the most? Help fellow shoppers find awesome discounts! Join our conversation on Facebook.

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New Smartphone App Sends Complaints Straight to Borough President

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November 21 Economy New York News Special Report Staten Island Trending

BP AssistTired of the same old 311 system? Now you can skip the “call” button altogether.

The new BP Assist App, available for iOS and Android users, allows Staten Island residents to submit quality of life issues to Borough Hall through a modern platform. Community concerns such as graffiti, potholes, and problem traffic lights can be submitted electronically from these devices.

App users select from a drop-down list the option which best describes their complaint. Then, their location is detected and they are given the option to submit a photo. Then, their complaint is followed up with notifications that provide the status of the service request.

Oddo says that the system will be monitored more efficiently than 311 calls. Instead of getting lost in the shuffle, the borough president explained that complaints will reach staff directly.

In addition to having an easy platform to submit public complaints, users will also receive relevant notifications from the city regarding pertinent issues like traffic blockage and school closures. Users will have the option to display their complaints publicly on a map or to keep if private for Borough Hall staff only. For those who prefer to speak to a representative directly, a “call us” button will direct you to the phone lines of the borough president’s office.

While Staten Island residents can use this software to keep their neighborhoods safe and clean, visitors are also provided with neighborhood guides to some of the best events and landmarks that Richmond County has to offer. In addition, links to city social media pages, the official website, and contact info are readily accessible. There is also an option to sign up for their mailing list.

Monitored by developers at PublicAssist, the app was implemented to cater to our increasing reliance on mobile technology. The Borough President’s office hopes that this technology will further establish Staten Island as an ideal and thriving home for growing tech companies.

A video demo for the BP Assist App can be found here.

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Discount Decor: Ornate European Bath

November 19 Discount Decor Economy Luxury Homes

Have you ever seen a French painting, an Italian film, or a Russian restaurant which struck you by its sophisticated style? We have Europeans to thank for much of our culture, education, and of course, home decorating inspirations. Known for their chic taste in fashion and decorating, their styles are well worth imitating. A classy, polished bath which is reminiscent of old-world European decor can be extremely relaxing for you, and impressive for your guests!

.1. Crystal Candle Light Fixture

.There are plain light fixtures, and then there are sparkling stately ones. Your bath will certainly stand out from the rest with the use of crystal accents. Thankfully, with the advent of electricity, an electric candle will stay bright in the long-term and there’s no dripping wax. Combine the beauty of old-fashioned candles with the functionality of light bulbs, and install one of these on each side of your mirror. Get the royal touch for $87 from Bellacour. A little bit story book? Perhaps, but who says it isn’t nice to escape once in awhile?

.2. Gilded Rectangular Mirror

.As one of the main pieces that draw your attention when you enter the restroom, an elegant mirror can really make a statement. Hanging a mirror adorned in scrolling metal around the edges adds plenty of antique glamour to your bath. Your reflection will be glowing in this ethereal beveled mirror from, and for under $200, it’s a great investment.

.3. French Shower Curtain

.Ou est le bain? The bath, that is, will be concealed behind a swirly grey and white French shower curtain, which provides a lovely backdrop behind some of the statement pieces without overpowering the design flow. It is common for retailers to overcharge for anything with “French” on the label, because of the reputation for quality and artistry. But we did find an array of cute French shower curtains available online, such as this one from Cynthia Rowley, which is offered by an Ebay supplier for around $30 as opposed to hundreds!

.4. Regal Fleur de Lis Bath Mat

.And of course, the savvy decorator never neglects the floor. With all that traffic from dirty feet and splashed water, you need an attractive quality piece that won’t stain easily to cover the tiles while you towel off or brush your teeth. This inexpensive flour-de-lis bath mat from New Egg is so beautiful, your eyes will be drawn to its intricate patterns while you’re sitting on… well… you know.

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‘Godfather’ home in Todt Hill is on the market

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November 19 Economy History Home for Sale Home Value Housing Market Luxury Homes New York News Real Estate Special Report Staten Island Todt Hill Trending

Fans of the Frances Ford Coppola crime drama classic The Godfather are abuzz with the news that a home from the film set is now up for sale.

That is why local real estate agents are trying to determine which showing requests for 110 Longfellow Avenue are serious as they attempt to filter out the aficionados who just want a peek inside. The extravagant English Tudor home is currently listed by Conni Profaci Realty for a cool $2.895 million.

Nestled in affluent Todt Hill among other multi-million dollar properties, this 6,248 square foot home is used in the opening scene of the 1972 film involving the marriage of Don Vito Corleone’s daughter.

The interior was not actually used for the indoor film sets, as the filmmakers preferred to use studio locations to create the antique, brooding feel of the mobster film. It was however renovated in 2012 to resemble the rooms used in the original set. Included is new gourmet breakfast nook, a revamped mafia-esque study, a saltwater pool and a finished basement with an “English pub” and “man cave.”

Built in 1930, the home has only been sold once since the making of the film, fetching $1.688 million when the current owners purchased it in 2012. Properties in the Todt Hill area have shot up in value recently, with their median sale price climbing over 80% in the past year alone.

The grounds span an amazing 24,000 square feet, making this estate’s size a rarity in New York City. But don’t be nervous- criminals won’t have much room to hide from the home’s full security system, so you’ll be unlikely to wake up with a nasty surprise in your bed.

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Top Ten Ways to Decorate Your Work Desk

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November 18 Top Ten List Trending

Your home is personalized to fit your taste and lifestyle, so why not have your workspace promote the same feeling? Make your work area motivating, energetic, and productive with these creative decorating tips!

Laptop Lifter1. Keep your computer at eye level. Slouching all day is not good for your back and neck. If you work on a laptop, place it on top of books or invest in a handy laptop lifter. If you work on a desktop, get a stand for the monitor.

2. Have a unique calendar. Organize your deadlines, meetings, and events on a calendar that expresses you! Blotter calendars come in different colors, or choose from the variety of hanging calendars just in time for the New Year.

3. Personalize your desktop. Add a picture of your favorite work of art, a dream vacation location, or a motivating quote. Let your desktop inspire you, just as long as it is work appropriate!

Potted Plants


4. Add plants. Whether they are real plants, or faux, some flora will keep your desk looking lively. Succulents are great because they do not need much care and will not irritate your co-workers who have allergies.

5. Fix the lighting. Fluorescent lights are very draining and dull. If your desk/cubicle is not located in a spot that gets a lot of natural sunlight, add a lamp to your desk. You can even try adding white Christmas lights that do not flicker. Just make sure these additions fit within the atmosphere of your working environment.

6. Give your desk a “home sweet home” feel. Decorate your work space by adding framed pictures of your family, a chair cushion or throw pillow, and buy an air freshener with a scent that reminds your of home.

Homey desk

7. Create a vision board. On this board, add motivating words of advice, inspirational enhanced-buzz-23213-1412193339-13quotes, or even images to remind you of your goal. This will be especially helpful for when you are working on a deadline, or just on a bad or stressful day.

8. Stay organized! Get trays and colorful hanging folders to stay organized. Some offices may provide these supplies, but they tend to usually be plain. Try adding washi tape to them on your lunch break for some personal flare.

9. DIY Backdrop. It is a known fact that cubicles do not usually come in the most attractive of colors. Invest in fabric or wallpaper to add as a backdrop to the ordinary walls. You can also try this if you have a file cabinet. Do you not have a cubicle? Add some confetti to the wall around your by simply cutting circles out of patterned or colored paper.


10. Let your desk define you! While staying professional, you can still add a little personal flair. Maybe a desk toy or two? The rubix’s cube is our personal favorite. A bobblehead or pop vinyl of your favorite character, animal, or sports team is another good idea. Just be sure not to clutter you desk!

tumblr_dwight bobblehead

What are some ways to make your desk personal? Share thoughts by joining our conversation on Facebook!

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