As Giants’ roll continues, Staten Island business owners eye Super bowl windfall


giants1.jpgBig Blue’s march toward Super Bowl XLVI — fingers crossed — has Staten Island merchants seeing green. And that’s good news for an economy struggling to regain its feet.

With each game being win or go home, Giants fans’ football parties are only getting bigger the further the team advances.

Tomorrow, the G-men battle the 49ers in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park for the conference championship. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.

“I am preparing for the big game by shopping for junk food and drinks. I plan to leave work early to get to my friend’s party, just like I have done for the last two playoff games,” said Andrew DiLorenzo, 22, of South Beach. “We treated last week as if it was the Super Bowl; the Giants’ advancing gives us an excuse to do it again.”

Borough establishments are changing their game plans in order to satisfy their customers.

“Two hours leading up to kickoff last Sunday, when the Giants took on the Packers in Green Bay, we saw as many customers come in those two hours as we would on a whole day otherwise,” said Jonathan Chironna, 24, of Westerleigh, who owns Little Caesar’s in Dongan Hills. “We almost ran out of wings, and the pizza flew off the shelf. We expect the same to happen Sunday.”

“Come Sunday, my house will be full of family and friends, all donning blue, screaming for a Giants victory,” said Andrew Scozzari, 18, of Dongan Hills. “I plan on having tables full of Little Caesar’s pizza and wings for my guests.”

Modell’s in New Dorp is likewise cashing in on the Giants’ success, with the store planning to open the minute the game clock reads zero, if the Mara men come out on top against the 49ers.


giants2.jpg“We have been preparing all week for Sunday,” said Modell’s sales associate Jessica Cavallo, 18, of New Dorp. “Truckloads of Giants merchandise have been coming in. It is definitely a great time be a sporting goods store in New York.

“It almost feels like when Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit and we were not able to keep the DJ3K shirts on the racks.”

No party would be complete without a Giant hero — and we’re not talking about Eli Manning. Novelli’s of Oakwood is offering deals on hero sandwiches and party platters.

“The Giants being so close to getting another ring is great for business, but better yet, it is a great opportunity to bring families together,” said John Sparado, the owner of Novelli’s. 

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