STATEN ISLAND, NY – How often can you dine and dance in the middle of a normally busy thoroughfare? In Stapleton, this can happen from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday on Van Duzer Street between Beach and Wright Streets. Thanks to the Open Streets program, the Van Duzer Street Civic Association closed this section of the road to vehicular traffic from Saturday to August.
Stapleton Saturdays are aimed at attracting newbies to the area and promoting the area.
Each week features a different set of artists and performers for a family reunion. This Saturday, Thomas Fuculoro will read his poetry at 12:30 p.m. The pop duo Hegazy will perform their soul tunes at 2:30 pm and Nancy Figueroa-Galarza will present “Sound Bath”. Visual art exhibits will be provided by Julie Benson.
An art and makeup station will be offered throughout the day.
The event is free and food is available for purchase at local restaurants. On the block apart from Richmond Tattoo, there are four highlighted businesses. Amira Cafe serves Puerto Rican and American dishes as well as gourmet coffee and smoothies. The Hop Shoppe is a popular spot for burgers and local beers from Tompkinsville’s Flagship Brewing Co. Shaw-naÃ©’s House is a new restaurant with soul food. Also in this tape Van Duzer is acclaimed after the underground hours The Coupe, which opens at 6 pm.
The organizers of Stapleton Saturdays are neighborhood residents Peter Lisi, Priscilla Marco and Gary Moore, aka the “This Old Guy” Advance columnist.
Marco said: âResidents of the CÃ´te-Nord have been greatly affected by COVID. This festival is a return to the communities of Stapleton and North Shore after a dark period in our lives. Get out safe and enjoy! â
For inquiries or supplier questions, there are two ways to contact the organizers – 718-720-6336 and [email protected]
Pamela Silvestri is Editor-in-Chief of Advance Food. She can be reached at [email protected].