Tag: Frank Camuso
With over 11,000 New Yorkers, proudly calling Staten Island home, it should come as no surprise that jobs on the island are often in high demand, and even in higher competition. While many Staten Islanders, like Frank Camuso choose to start their own business and are in fact, creating jobs for others. This new generation seems to have a strong focus on education and finding employment before they can even think about building a dream of their own.
Civil servants or employees represent over 70 city agencies, from teachers, firefighters, police officers, to parks workers, and sanitation workers, these jobs provide many Staten Islander’s a level of stability previously unseen before. Frank Camuso having lived on the island for years, knows a number of firefighters and police officers. “It seems like more than half of my high school class became either a police officer, firefighter, or sanitation worker, it’s a dream job for a lot of on Staten Island” said Frank Camuso. Despite his entrepreneurial spirit leading to a number of business ventures, including restaurants and more on the island, not many shares that drive or the “hustle” it takes.
With civil service jobs currently in high demand, thousands of hopeful’s head to the new civil service testing center in St. George, trying for a shot at one of the few available spots. The last wave of testing saw over 79,941 individuals submit exams for everything from sanitation work, to the park’s department. Many see the guarantee of a good salary, and the ability to retire with a pension as well as other benefits. This makes it hard to pass up, especially for a borough of people who have classically chosen early entry into the workforce over advanced education. With so many applicants and so few openings, many may have to adopt the entrepreneurial spirit of someone like Frank Camuso.
The first big hurdle in becoming an NYC civil servant is with the wait. In the months between July of 2016 and February of 2018, 227,429 people have taken civil service exams, 110,230 of such people took tests in 2016-2017 and 117,199 from 2017-2018 as of February. That’s 7,000+ more applicants, and it seems like these numbers will continue to rise every year.
The sad news is that, while only a small number will pass the exam of their chosen field, an even smaller number will be chosen to join the ranks. After months, and in some cases years of waiting. Frank Camuso knew of a friend who came from a family of civil service workers, and not wanting to limit his chances he applied to multiple agencies; police, fire, parks and recreation, sanitation, and even an exam for train conductors.
He lived as a paraprofessional to mentally handicapped school children for over 10 years and unfortunately, he aged-out of the running before he could receive a call from the FDNY or NYPD. He is still hoping to hear back about becoming a train conductor having taken the exam in 2017. With such a slim chance at making it, it truly seems that the city of New York has turned becoming a civil servant a dream rather than a reality.Read More »
Snug Harbor or Sailors Snug Harbor as it is also known as, is a famous historical part of Staten Island. Snug Harbor is a collection of well-architected, 19th-century buildings within an 83-acre park along the north shore of Staten Island. It was formerly a home for sailors in their old age, but has undergone an amazing renaissance as a historical site, as well as a home for the arts on Staten Island. Staten Island natives like Frank Camuso are happy to see the site being used to celebrate the history of Staten Island, and to allow future generations to have a place to remember the past.
Snug Harbor is not only just a collection of buildings, but is also home to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and the Botanical Gardens. Locals like Frank Camuso and his wife Christine are pleased that Staten Island is taking an interest in its own beautification and has sites they may attract people from other boroughs. This can help create a more stable economy in Staten Island. Snug Harbor also includes 26 historic buildings, using different styles of architecture. From Greek Revivalist, Beaux Arts, Italianate, to Victorian style buildings are all represented in Snug Harbor. And it is thought of as a landmark that pays homage to Staten Island’s seafaring past.
Due to its eclectic architecture, blending a number of different styles in one well kept 83-acre park, Snug Harbor has done well to attract much of the NYC arts culture. Buildings like the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Arts houses some of the most interesting artistic exhibits in all of NYC, despite this, the arts center is relatively unknown and rarely ever mentioned with museums like MOMA or the Museum of Natural History. Some Staten Islanders like Frank Camuso, appreciate having a center for the arts so close to home, and makes sure to bring his children to the newest exhibitions and to check out the newest events. Other places of interest include the Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, a home for amazing performances such as No More Dances, a play that explores motherhood and a woman’s role, especially as an immigrant. Pieces of art and culture have often been avoided by Staten Islanders like Frank Camuso, but the current internet generation has reinvigorated a love for the arts, and given young people a place to positively enjoy take part in culture.Read More »
Spring is here, it might not seem so with the almost weekly snowstorms in NYC, but we assure you, it is definitely springtime! And with spring comes flowers blooming, birds chirping, and of course the Macy’s flower show! An NYC staple, New Yorkers like Frank Camuso and his wife Christine, have been able to enjoy the festivities since March 25th. This weeks marks the ending of the annual show that comes to Macy’s Herald Square once every year.
The flower show has drawn crowds for years now. Whether you are a local, like Frank Camuso, of Staten Island, or an out of town tourist like Jane Argo, a woman who’s family made a 6 hour drive from Virginia Beach just to make it in time for the last week of the show. For two weeks, people have been able to see the most jaw-dropping floral arrangements. The flower show is known to have some of the most beautiful species of flowers around, displaying flowers known for their amazing shapes and vibrant colors, as well as their amazing blooming schedule. Each year the show has a specific theme, this year’s theme being “Once Upon A Springtime”, inspired by fantasy tales, and scenes from your favorite childhood stories. So it would seem unlikely that a flower show would appeal to adults, especially males. But if you ask Staten Island native, Frank Camuso, he is enjoying the festivities as much as his children and wife! Frank Camuso claimed the nostalgia of seeing his favorite scenes fro childhood stories brought him back, and it is a wonderful event he is glad he can share with his family. The flower show is one of the most notable free events NYC is known for.
The sweet smells of Macy’s foliage can be smelled from down the block. But the sweet smells aren’t the only thing attracting people to Macy’s. The flower show is also an amazing time for economic growth for Macy’s and leads to a lot more money changing hands! Frank Camuso and his family each have a shopping bag in hand. Macy’s reports record numbers for revenue during the flower show, as many, despite coming for the flowers, stay for the shopping. The influx in transactions also leads to a ton of seasonal hiring. The current flower show has allowed Macy’s to hire dozens of seasonal hires for part time, full time, and overnight work. Whether its manning the registers, stocking the shelves, or cleaning up flower petals, a lot of happy New Yorkers are earning some extra pocket change this spring. So if you are in or around the NYC area, this is your last week to catch the 44th annual Macy’s Flower Show, its a beautiful sight to see, not to mention its 100% free.Read More »
When most think of Staten Island, the last thing that comes to mind is the beach. In the shadows of NYC’s tallest buildings Staten Islander’s like Frank Camuso, want the rest of New York City to know that Staten Island is home to some of the best, most swimmable beaches in the 5 boroughs. The beaches on Staten Island offer a number of benefits to citizens like Frank Camuso and his wife and children. Beaches like Wolfe’s Pond Park, offer outdoor activities such as hiking trails, sporting courts, and playgrounds for all ages. The beach is also easily accessible by public transportation, or by car, and the perfect atmosphere for family fun in the sun.
Staten Island native Frank Camuso, an avid fisherman, and sailor, enjoys taking his family to the marina every weekend. The beaches on Staten Island are not like those of any borough. Many of the beaches are very famous for their rare fish or animal life. Rare birds, such as the brant, the Laughing Gull, the Herring Gull, and the Gray Gull all call places like Wolfe’s Pond home. In addition blue mussels, horshoe crabs, and Quahog Clams, are rare collectible clams that have some of the most beautiful shells around.
Beaches like South Beach on Father Capadanno Blvd is one of Frank Camuso and his wife Christine’s favorites. The beach has amazing boardwalks, perfect for biking, long walks, and family fun. And the 835 foot long fishing pier is a favorite of fisherman like Frank Camuso and his children. Other attractions in the area include, a skate park, sporting courts, almost, nightly live music, outdoor movies, fireworks and a host of other local events. If you and your family are looking to take a break from the norm, and venture off into a beach you haven’t been before. Staten Island offers some of NYC’s most fun-filled, family oriented, action-packed beaches!Read More »
For years on end, Staten Islander commuters like Frank Camuso, have relied heavily upon express busses as a means of entering the more populated boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The express busses allow Staten Islanders to travel to the “city” quickly and efficiently, without having to be stuck in Verazzano Bridge traffic.
Express busses are also the only means of mass transit for commuters like Frank Camuso and his wife Christine, as there are no subways or major railways in Staten Island. Despite this, the MTA has decided it is time to rename the express busses using a new system of naming. The busses for years have been known by the X prefix, as it has been in all of the other boroughs. However, they must know get used to the new way of naming the bus routes using the SIM prefix. A Staten Island native, Frank Camuso, is worried that the renaming will cause confusion for the many friends and relatives that rely on the busses for daily transportation.
Now a normal renaming may not be an issue, but what is causing a major area of cover to Frank Camuso and others is the fact that one bus line is now going to be renamed and will take on 3 or 4 different names, to signify the direction the bus is traveling as well as the area in which it is traveling at any given time. For instance, the X1 express bus, a common line for Frank Camuso ’s relatives, is now going to be broken u into the SIM1, SIM7, SIM10, and SIM22. While the X prefix was used for express bus, the SIM prefix now means Staten Island to Manhattan.
There were formerly 27 different express busses leaving Staten Island, that figure is now over 35. For locals, like Frank Camuso and his wife Christine, it truly doesn’t make much sense. Staten Island is already difficult enough to travel in and out of, now it seems the MTA has made it much more confusing. There are only 21 total routes, 11 traveling to Midtown, 8 traveling to Downtown, and 2 traveling to Greenwich Village. So for their to now be 35+ busses on these routes real doesn’t make much sense.Read More »
Staten Island is and pretty much always has been a mostly Italian borough. The Italian citizens of Staten Island, like Frank Camuso, have deep roots within the borough. With some families going back generations on the island. With such a celebrated Italian heritage, it’s no wonder that Staten Island has become an epicenter for the celebration of relatively unknown, mostly catholic, holidays, like St. Joe’s Day. St. Joseph’s day is steeped in tradition for Italians like Frank Camuso and his wife Christine, with offerings of good food, family camaraderie, and overall good times.
St Jospeh’s Day is celebrated Monday, March 19th, and is honoring Jospeh, or Giuseppe, who, in the bible was the father of Jesus Christ and husband to the Virgin Mary. Joseph was revered in the city of Sicily during the time of a great drought in the middle ages. As the story goes, Sicilian peasants, prayed to God through St. Joseph, asking for rain to help crops and saving the people. When the drought ended they celebrated God and St. Joseph with a feast, thus the annual feast. As you’d guess, for Italians like Frank Camuso, authentic Sicilian food has a huge part to play. Some legends even say that if you are ever looking to sell your house, then burying s St. Joseph statue in the yard will help make the sale go through much quicker.
One of the biggest attractions for the feast begin with the “Feast of San Guiseppe Cooking Shows” this year, scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, Wednesday, March 14 and Tuesday March 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. ato Trattoria — 1476 Hylan Blvd (reservations required). We asked Staten Islanders like Frank Camuso, their favorite food items for the feast, and most answered immediately with zeppoles, one of the most famous Italian pastries, made with custard filled fried dough. Frank Camuso also mentioned that its imperative that you make sure to save room for desert, with the parade of food that will undoubtedly be served throughout the day, desert is one of the highlights. Besides the pastries St. Joe’s Day is also known for its amazing breads, Fava Beans (symbolizing prosperity), Pasta Con Sarde, and a host of other southern Italian dishes.Read More »
For the past few years citizens of Staten Island have had constant issues with roadway conditions. Local Staten Islanders like Frank Camuso, say it seems like every year the roads are covered with more and more potholes and when one gets fixed, the construction crew causes another three. One the major issues is that these road issues are all over the highest traffic roadways and cause a huge issue to drivers and pedestrians alike, especially when the weather conditions are bad.
The evidence isn’t just anecdotal either, in recent years statistics have shown that calls made to 311 in regard to hazardous roadway conditions have drastically increased on Staten Island, and even more worrisome, is that roadway accidents have increased by a huge number as well. For a family man like Frank Camuso, who fears for his family’s safety this information is more than troubling. Something really needs to be done.
Much of the roadway issues come from salting and the salt trucks that dispense this salt. Garbage trucks and other municipal trucks often go out on snowy days laying salt over the ground in order to make the roads less slick and protect from icing. This is a welcome service and much appreciated, but the irony is that, the same salt and salt trucks that are meant to protect our roads are causing just as much damage to them. Like most Staten Islanders, Frank Camuso drives most places he goes. Whether its for a quick trip to the grocery store, or a night out with his wife, Frank Camuso isn’t a user of public transportation. One of the major issues with the highway and roadway system in Staten Island is that it wasn’t built to truly hold as many people as it does. And many of the roads aren’t well lit, or well “lined”. This causes the roadway dangers to be exponentially worse in the bad weather. Small backroads are much quicker to freeze, flood and be susceptible to major damages. For the sake of Staten Islanders like Frank Camuso and his family, something needs to be done to increase the safety.Read More »
For the last few years homeowners within the five boroughs of New York, like Frank Camuso have found a tremendous amount of parody in their property values. Many of these homeowners on Staten Island purchased homes in the early 2000’s as part of a booming housing market and an economy where it seems property values were only increasing.
However, as a result of the recession and the real estate bubble or collapse as others like Frank Camuso see it, many of these homeowners have found it nearly impossible to recoup their investment when selling their homes. Despite the trend of poor property values, in recent months a number of millennial couples have helped cause a steady increase in NYC property values, especially on Staten Island. Most of these newly married couples, no matter their financial status are preferring to buy property rather than rent, as was the norm for young couples in generations past. Citizens like Frank Camuso hope the trend continues as the number of homes purchased on Staten Island has provided a much-needed boom to the Staten Island housing market.
Younger couples are taking advantages of increasingly low interest rates and quality property developments in areas that were formerly left barren. In the last quarter of 2017 the home ownership rates in the US as a whole has increased to over 64% and the number of homes owned by people under the age of 35 has increased to over 36%, up close to 2% from the previous year. Long time Staten Island residents like Frank Camuso, feel a lot of the change has to do with increasing rental prices for smaller and smaller apartments, across NYC especially on Staten Island.
Many millennial feel that saving their money and putting it toward ownership is a far better option. Having equity and settling down in order to provide a stable home for the families they wish to build play a huge part in their decisions. This trend has roots that have started during most couples college years. More and more millennial are living at home with their parents for longer periods of time these days in order to settle issues such as student load debt or credit card debt before venturing off on their own. This allows them to enter the real world with far better stability than people of generations past and puts them in prime position to purchase homes, helping to build back the housing market in New York City. And benefitting other long-time home owners such as Frank Camuso. Its a dream for many New Yorkers, mostly made up of renters, to own a home, and with trends in housing markets up and sound financial decision making they can make that dream a reality.Read More »
Staten Island’s Community Resources hosted its second annual Pasta Bowl event. A event created pitting some of Staten Island’s best Italian chef’s against each other, seeing who can create the best unique pasta bowl idea.
The event was well attended by locals Staten Island residents like Frank Camuso. Staten Island has always been known for its Italian population and one of the best ways to celebrate this heritage is a community sponsored competition bringing citizens together along with local restaurant owners for an afternoon of good food and family oriented fun. Attendees like Frank Camuso were treated to “pasta bowls” made by these amazing chefs. When the votes were tallied, Restauranteur Peter Botros ended up coming out on top, and collected the coveted Grand Prize. His restaurant Violette’s Cellar offers the award winning dish and it is a favorite among most of the restaurants patrons. Frank Camuso and his wife Christine Camuso had raved about the dish.
Many of the attendees were happy to be a part of such an event, and hope the Community Resources center plan other events to bring community building to the forefront of a borough that was always known for its sense of community. Frank Camuso hopes events like this and more community groups are established to help Staten Island return to its lost sense of community. Events like this provide families on Staten Island more opportunities to feel a part of their community and spread the importance of family friendly events on Staten Island. The second place prize went to both Mario Gentile, owner of Mario’s Restaurant on Richmond RD, , and Leonardo Giordano of the restaurant Mona Lisa.Read More »