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Easter Haircuts on Staten Island

by 12/31/2006
Neighborhood: Outer Boroughs, Staten Island

In the mid 1960’s it wasn’t easy for multi-sibling families like mine to get along well financially, but somehow my Mom and Dad made it work on the salary of my Dad, which wasn’t much. But there were times where budget cutting ideas may have went a little too far, like the “Save money on […]

Two Feet of Slippery Vinyl

by 09/22/2005
Neighborhood: Outer Boroughs, Staten Island

Although I moved to New York in 1994 with Manhattan in mind, I quickly became fascinated with the city’s boroughs. On weekends I’d take the subway to Coney Island, Brooklyn, Astoria, Queens, or the Bronx Zoo to see the other parts of my new home. Staten Island, however, remained elusive. In my early days, I […]

None If By Sea

by 02/10/2002
Neighborhood: Outer Boroughs, Staten Island

Ever since my first wooshing ride down a log flume, I’ve been enamored of water. From sprinklers to swimming pools to lakes and the Atlantic,water soothes me like no other substance. Except beer. So when I heard the Staten Island ferry served cold brew on its cross-bay excursions, I knew I’d found my manna. A […]

The View From Staten Island

by Dino D'Agata 11/11/2001
Neighborhood: All Over, Staten Island

It was with a sense of being robbed that I watched, from a television set on Staten Island, the events that unfolded on September 11th. The smoke emanating from the two buildings as if they’d been sliced by some reckless cosmic lawnmower gone berserk, and the camera angle that made the bodies falling look like […]