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Record Increase In tourism Benefits Staten Islanders

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A new report finds that the record increase in tourism to New York City over the past two decades has spurred hundreds of jobs on Staten Island and benefited thousands of additional borough residents who work in tourism jobs elsewhere in the city.

The report — released by Center for an Urban Future, a Manhattan-based think tank — reveals that the number of hotel jobs on Staten Island has more than tripled since 2000.

In fact, the Nicotra Group, which owns and operates the Hilton Garden Inn and Staten Island Hampton Inn & Suites in Bloomfield employs nearly 500 people, according to Kristine Garlisi the company’s chief of staff.

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XOXOX sculpture delivered to Hilton in time for Valentine’s Day

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Richard and Lois Nicotra say they are all about love.

After erecting a Love sculpture in 2016 in front of their new medical building on South Avenue in Bloomfield, they wanted to continue the theme with a vivid red, 905-pound XOXOX counterpart.

“We built ‘Love’ on the corner of South Avenue and Lois Lane for the community, and everyone is coming — families — and it’s a great opportunity to take photos and we love that. But this is something special to the brides and grooms who get married at Above or at Nicotra’s Ballroom here at our Hilton Garden Inn,” said Richard Nicotra, principal of The Nicotra Group.

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Scott LoBaido immortalizes Nicotras’ beloved pup Lorenzo

Staten Island, N.Y. —  If you’re lucky enough to own a pet, you know that the memories you make are priceless. You know that the unconditional love of a furry friend makes your bad days manageable and your good days even better. And, sadly, you also know the enormous heartbreak that comes with losing that pet and the resulting void in your heart.

This past August, Lois and Richard Nicotra, owners of the Hilton Garden Inn, said their goodbyes to their tiny Maltese, Lorenzo.

Lorenzo the pup had a public presence on the Island and a namesake restaurant located in the Nicotras’ hotel. When the news of his passing spread, the couple were overwhelmed by the kind words and actions from the comforting Staten Island community.

“We know that some people might say, ‘Well, he’s just a dog,’ but to us, Lorenzo was a companion for nearly two decades of our life – and as our lives changed and we grew businesses or lost loved ones, Lorenzo was a constant, and this past year was really a long goodbye for Lois and me,” shared Richard Nicotra.

After sweet Lorenzo passed in late August, Richard and Lois took a vacation to clear their minds of the devastating event. A couple of days later, Staten Island artist Scott LoBaido contacted the Nicotra Group Chief of Staff, Kristine Garlisi, and shared that he had also once lost a beloved pet named Nunzio and knew the emotional pain it imposed on a family.

LoBaido then asked Garlisi for images of Lorenzo so he could give the Nicotras a special memory to cherish. Garlisi agreed and sent him a few photos, including a candid shot she had snapped a few years ago as Lorenzo eagerly waited among some coworkers for his little taste of cake at one of the Nicotra Group’s office birthday parties.
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