Amanda Gough

Amanda Gough

Amanda is a freelance writer and photographer. She likes classic music, modern art, indie films and getting lost in new places. A Staten Island native, Amanda enjoys writing about her favorite local people, places and things.

PrideFest 2017 begins today!

Pride Center of Staten Island’s annual celebration will highlight the rich diversity of our LGBTQ and allied community for the next nine days by featuring 11 events hosted at local businesses and community centers across the borough.

With its remarkable buildings and colorful history, Stapleton has been and continues to be a major commercial center due to its proximity to the New York Harbor, the ferry (which transports approximately 75,000 people daily) and the Verrazano Bridge.

Richmond City Media recently released its sizzle reel for March on YouTube. Watch the video above for a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operations behind and in front of the cameras.

Corinne Caputo, author, comedian and Staten Island native, recently published her first book, “How to Success!”

Every once and awhile I get lucky and find a book that truly speaks to me and “How to Success!” is one. I felt like I was having a conversation with a fellow writer, commiserating about the trials and tribulations of our chosen profession over a glass of wine, rather than reading a stuffy how-to manual.

Staten Island’s Matthew Provenzano, filmmaker, critic and YouTuber, debuted a feature-length film last week at the Atrium Cinemas in Great Kills.

“Martini Shot!” (trailer above) tells the story of Ryan Wise, a young amateur filmmaker with big dreams of making one day as a director, if he can only overcome the many obstacles in his way, including a band of less-than talented characters and a bad case of Murphy’s Law.

Last June, CBS 2 reporter Elise Finch ran a story asking New Yorkers if Staten Island is turning into the “new Brooklyn” and shedding its reputation of being the “forgotten borough?”

Staten Island’s North Shore will be transformed once the $2-billion St. George Waterfront Redevelopment Project is complete in 2018. Millions of people are expected to visit the new attractions, especially the Empire Outlets and the New York Wheel.

Take a trip down memory lane and watch this cool video by Maxine Wilde that’s sure to pique the interest of local history buffs.

The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation invited more than 200 middle school students from the John W. Lavelle Prep charter School to see the movie Hidden Figures at Atrium Stadium Cinemas on February 7, 2017.

A one-of-a-kind immersive art installation is coming to Staten Island. Created by photographer Christine Cruz, Project Alice is a year-long adventure that will commence with the opening of an immersive, interactive art gallery in September 2017.

With the holiday season behind us, and the spring still weeks ahead, January can be tortuously slow and boring for adults and kids alike — even pets are antsy to get out of the house.