Kristin Pitanza

Kristin Pitanza

Kristin Pitanza is an adjunct lecturer at the College of Staten Island and Saint John’s University in which she teaches writing and education. Her dedication lies with her writing and her students. She facilitates a program through Saint John’s University titled $30,000 degrees in which she helps high school students achieve a four year college career path. She is a native Staten Islander and likes writing about her hometown. Kristin also takes a large interest in adolescent development and literacy while helping students develop writing skills through the scaffolding of grammar to written text. She has helped develop department wide curriculum for her writing courses at the college. She has a Masters Degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University.

The College of Staten Island Observatory is located on the College of Staten Island Campus. Go take a gander, you’ll see things you’ve never seen before. The observatory is open to the general public and college community approximately once per week during the Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions and on special celestial events. There is no charge but donations are always appreciated.

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is located in the Staten Island town of Tompkinsville. It is a preserved home of two of the most influential men of the 19th century. During the years of 1851 – 1853 Giuseppe Garibaldi and Antonio Meucci co-habitated in this Gothic Revival Cottage.

The South Beach Amusement Park was a Luna Park located on Sand Lane in Staten Island. Although off the beaten path of the actual boardwalk, it was quite popular and always crowded during the summer months. It had a fun house, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, arcade and covered eatery. As a kid, I fondly remember when my family and I would attend this timeless attraction.

The French Huguenots that settled in Staten Island during the latter part of the 1600s were refugees. They were from the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They were subject to severe religious persecution in their native France.

Kristin went to In The Wings’ production of Beauty and the Beast at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and got som exclusive photos!

The Alice Austen House is a historical landmark that sits on the Upper New York Bay in Staten Island. In this post, we showcase a video about Clear Comfort. Viewers can take a tour of the grounds through the eyes of the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

I have to say that Major Records has brought back a moment in time for me. They offer a variety of records that are both new and old at extremely reasonable prices. Their collection is large and interesting. I could spend at least twenty minutes in there every time I go.

Staten Island Isla Bonita 2016

Staten Island’s North Shore has grown considerably in the past ten years. The culture, growth and art that has been added to the scene has added a New York City element of liveliness to the community. This year Staten Island’s Faber Park will be hosting La Isla Bonita Summer Festival 2016. It will tale place on July 10 from 3:00 – 8:00pm.

“Summer”, there is nothing that says it more than the line that forms outside of Ralph’s Ices on Port Richmond Avenue in Staten Island. Its founders create and sell over 100 flavors of the best ices in the world. This fine establishment is indigenous to Staten Island and Staten Islanders can’t get enough of it. Dozens of people line up outside the white brick building with the blue awning.

This past weekend Kristin had the pleasure of attending “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in High Rock Park. The show was directed by Frank Williams (who you might recognize from Staten Island’s premier jug band, the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies) and had an ensemble cast of highly talented actors and musicians.