Staten Island summer festivals 2021: Every Saturday through August, roads will close for food and fun on Van Duzer Street

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Bring on the empanadas and soul food! Each Saturday for 12 consecutive weeks starting this weekend, restaurants and small businesses will be the draw to the heart of Stapleton with regular block parties. The section of Van Duzer at Wright and Beach Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic on those days to promote community gatherings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Van Duzer Street Civic Association has organized the family-friendly series through NYC’s Open Streets car-free program. It will continue from June 12 through the rest of the summer.

Chicken empanadas at Amira’s in

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UP CLOSE | How a reshaped music major is influencing accessibility, depth and perspective

They started talking about a ‘cantus firmus,’ and I had no idea what that was. I think most instrumentalists are expected to have a grasp on theoretical concerns — but that’s not always the case.

—Marty Tung ’21

The material in new courses like MUSI 100 is generally unfamiliar to all students, which allows classmates to enter the course on the same base level of musical knowledge, Quinn previously told the News.

But according to composer and violist Jacob Miller ’22, these changes may have made music courses more appealing to students in other majors rather than increase

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San Carlos’ J & M Hobby House to close doors for good as owners seek retirement | Local News

J & M Hobby House, a beloved shop for hobby enthusiasts both new and experienced, will be permanently closing its San Carlos doors by the end of March after nearly 60 years in operation.

“Quitting for us is bittersweet,” said Cliff White, a self-proclaimed local guy who co-owns the shop with his wife Pam White. “We love what we do.”

But after 39 years running the shop, about 37 years together, the Whites have decided to retire at the age of 66. Walking away from the family business comes with mixed emotions, they said. Over the years, the couple has

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