Wednesday, March 28, 2007
A Prodigal Borough reader sent us the MLS number for this handsome house. This house has LAND! The lot size is 16,800 square feet. That is quite a bit of land, even for Staten Island. The house is a grand 7,100 square feet. The listing boasts 11 rooms, commerical kitchen, library, period detailing, wraparound porch, 3 car garage, loft, inground pool, and more. All for under 1 million dollars! The listing calls the house a "1900's Queen Anne Victorian" but it looks more like colonial meets Queen Anne to me. With all of that land I'm tempted to go and see it myself. For those of you who don't know Staten Island well, Snug Harbor is a beautiful museum complex, across from the water, a short bus or car ride from the ferry. (Take S40 bus on Richmond Terrace outside SI Yankee Ballpark.) Snug Harbor is 2 miles from the ferry terminal. If you go to Snug Harbor check out the Chinese Scholar's Garden. The koi and the extensive ponds are gorgeous and the fish actually follow you as you walk around. (I think they want to get fed. Believe it or not, our own pond fish eat out of our hands). Make sure you stop in and have brunch at Cafe Botanica. It is Prodigal Borough's favorite place for breakfast in all of Staten Island. To visit the Snug Harbor website click HERE. Connie Profaci Realty, Jo Ann Della Rocca, 718-614-2676, firstname.lastname@example.org, MLS#1034289
Cynthia von Buhler: Show & Tell at The Staten Island Museum, April 27, 2007 – June 17, 2007 (EXTENDED until September 23, 2006)
Yours truly is showing at The Staten Island Museum in April. Click the title to go to the museum's website. Here's the press release:
(Staten Island, New York – March 2007) – On Friday, April 27, the Staten Island Museum will unveil Cynthia von Buhler: Show & Tell. The surreal three-dimensional works blend Renaissance inspired portraiture and messianic figures with natural objects. Cynthia von Buhler’s enigmatic paintings impart their meaning through symbol, design, and narrative. In von Buhler’s art, butterflies, snakes, birds, and plants are set into cages, boxes, and peepholes to serve as metaphors for the human condition. The layered gouache paintings and their sculptural, performance, and audio accoutrements are at once poignant and mischievous. Show and Tell is akin to a trip down an ornate rabbit hole.
Cynthia von Buhler states: “I am a story teller who enjoys revealing the hidden. We all have our outward stories of who we are, how we make our living, what we wear, how we want to be perceived - but what truly interests me are the stories we normally choose not to tell.” Her work focuses on three-dimensional using objects such as insects, fruit, or frog skeletons dangle provocatively in shadowy recesses. Live and taxidermy birds can be found seated in cages within the pieces, demonstrating trapped emotions. Ms. Von Buhler raises pet doves and all of the taxidermy doves in her work have died of natural causes.
The exhibit will include sculpted characters and press proofs from von Buhler’s recent children’s book, The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside. The children’s book was released by Houghton Mifflin in September 2006. The book was chosen as “Teacher’s Pick-Best Books of 2006” by Parent & Child and a “Children’s Pick, Winter 2006/2007” by Book Sense.
Cynthia von Buhler is an internationally exhibiting visual artist, illustrator and author living in New York City. Her work has appeared as the cover feature of New York Arts, New York’s Gallery Guide, Communication Arts, Step by Step Graphics, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, and many other publications. Art & Antiques named Ms. Von Buhler as “one of the top contemporary surrealists” in 2006.
Ms. von Buhler has won the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and the Gold Medal from the Visual Club. Her work has been published frequently in the Society of Illustrators Annual, Communications Arts Illustration Annual, and American Illustration, each of which feature the best and most cutting-edge illustration in the country.
April 27, 2007: Opening Reception will take place on Friday, April 27, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
May 6, 2007: Cynthia von Buhler Artist’s Talk will be held on Sunday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. Von Buhler’s Renaissance inspired portraits hold hidden secrets, butterflies, snakes, and birds---while cages and peepholes serve as mischievous metaphors. The Artist’s Talk is part of the Artists/Ideas Series: Supported by JP Morgan Chase.
May 19, 2007: The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside Family Workshop and Book Signing with Artist and author Cynthia von Buhler will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m. Participants will meet the artist and find out how she created her new book with dollhouse charm and a message about patience and giving. A cat figurine workshop for children is included in the program. Admission is $2 per child. Signed books will be available for sale at the event.
August 11, 2007: Cynthia von Buhler Artist’s Talk will be held on Saturday, August 11th at 1:00 p.m. Von Buhler’s Renaissance inspired portraits hold hidden secrets, butterflies, snakes, and birds---while cages and peepholes serve as mischievous metaphors. The Artist’s Talk is part of the Artists/Ideas Series: Supported by JP Morgan Chase. Free with museum admission.
August 25, 2007: The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside Family Workshop and Book Signing with Artist and author Cynthia von Buhler will be held on Saturday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m. Participants will meet the artist and find out how she created her new book with dollhouse charm and a message about patience and giving. A cat figurine workshop for children is included in the program. Admission is $5 per child. Admission is free for children under 12. Copies of the book will be available for sale at this event.
General Museum Information
For now 125 years, the Staten Island Museum (Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences) has been fostering and sustaining scientific and cultural heritage on Staten Island. Founded in 1881, New York City's only general interest museum explores the arts, natural science, and local history through permanent and changing exhibitions and welcomes over 65,000 adults and school children to a comprehensive array of programs.
The Museum’s History Archives & Library is open to the public by appointment and houses a large collection of Staten Island related materials, including 55,000 photos, 6,600 postcards, 3,100 maps, and 15,000 books. Photographic reproduction and research services are available for those who are unable to visit.
The Museum Store offers a selection of New York City and Staten Island related souvenirs, postcards, books and maps. Look out for magnets and mugs featuring the Staten Island Ferry.
Permanent installations include Above the Molding, a selection of unique paintings of New York Harbor and the Staten Island Ferry; The Lenape: The First Staten Islanders, featuring arrowheads and artifacts dating back to ca. 10,000 B.C.; prized specimens from the Museum’s vast insect collection at the Wall of Insects; and the Fluorescent Mineral Room, a glow-in-the-dark display of minerals. And since October 2005 we celebrate one of New York City’s icons in The Staten Island Ferry: The First 100 Years.
Changing exhibitions include the presentation of both established and emerging regional artists, in depth exploration of natural history such as the geology and biodiversity of Staten Island, and periodic displays based on compelling subjects of local history.
75 Stuyvesant Place
Sunday – Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm;
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm;
Admission: Adults: $2; Children, Students, Seniors: $1; Children under 12: free
The museum building is wheelchair accessible.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
We were driving down a road that we had never traveled in Staten Island, and low and behold, we discovered this amazing treehouse on De Groot Street. I wonder if someone actually lives there? It could use a coat of paint and a few repairs but anyone who ever dreamed of living in a treehouse as a child will agree that this is the one they would want. I would paint it purple and green. I bet it even has a view of Manhattan from up there.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
This house is in the St. George historic district and it is near the the ferry. It looks like it probably needs work but it is quite attractive and is priced reasonably. It is 2180 square feet with 3 bedrooms. I'm partial to towers so here you go again. Clove Lake Realty, MLS: 1034568
This pretty victorian house with a tower in Westerleigh caught my eye on the Safari Real Estate page. Click the title above to see the full listing. It looks like it has been nicely maintained and appears to have retained details inside as well. Where else in NYC can you get an amazing house like this for this low price? 10 rooms, 3168 square feet and a yard. Contact: Safari Realty, 718-442-5200, MLS: 5318252
Friday, March 9, 2007
Our friend and neighbor, Kevin Rice, sent us this link. These old postcards and maps give us a glimpse at what St. George once looked like. Try to see if you can recognize buildings that still exist. There is also a great map of the area. There is a "two story brick mansion" on Fort Hill Circle. I cannot locate any pictures of this mansion. If anyone knows where we can find one let us know. The British Fort appears over a bit more than I had been told but perhaps at one point the fort took up more space than this map depicts. Click on the title above to view the link. There is a zoom and pan feature so you can get a close look at the map.