Archive for June 18, 2010

Fire Hits Queens Blvd. Bagel Store

June 18, 2010 Leave a comment

A fire today destroyed the Forest Hills bagel shop near the 75th avenue subway stop on Queens Blvd.

Read all about it here :

A Cut Above

June 18, 2010 1 comment

That Supercuts on Austin should have a sliding scale. If you are balding or have less hair and you take only a fraction of the time to get a haircut then you should be allowed to pay less than those blessed with a ravishingly thick head of hair. It’s the least they can do for the folically challenged amongst us!

The ‘Great Recession’ and Forest Hills

June 18, 2010 Leave a comment

There’s been some discussion on the blogs about the end of the recession and the resumption of new development in Forest Hills.
My prediction is (and this is based on my background as a news/business journalist and some personal observation thrown in) that we will be very slow to emerge from this Great Recession and new projects in Forest Hills will be few and far between over the next couple of years. This is depressing for me to even write because I love the fact that so many new restaurants and stores have been opening around the neighborhood over the past few years. What we have to enjoy locally has really improved since I moved here more than a decade ago.
That said, I think the trend of older businesses renovating their spaces – such as the supermarkets on Queens Blvd. – is a welcome development.
I still get frustrated over Trade Joe’s decision to place their shop out of the reach of the car-less population of the neighborhood though, especially with all these empty storefronts now. But I guess I can understand they want people to buy trunk-loads of groceries, not just one or two bagfuls, so parking was a major factor for where they went.
The American economy is truly remarkable, and incredibly resilient, so I may be pleasantly surprised about all this and we may see some strong rejuvenation within the next year or so.
But for now, enjoy the new EuroPan cafe, the Green Market coming to Metropolitan, the new NY Falafel on Austin – all these things are great for the neighborhood and will continue to make Forest Hills a desirable location for other new businesses.

Hollywood Hills

June 18, 2010 Leave a comment

The weekend is just about upon us, so now’s the time to think about what you’re going to see at the Midway Theater, or those other little ones on Austin or Metropolitan. Or if you’re feeling particularly high-brow, a jaunt to the Kew Gardens cinema might be in store.
The problem is this summer’s movies have been underwhelming! Where’s Steven Spielberg, Jeff Goldblum, sharks, Will Smith and dinosaurs, aliens, Nazis?? Where did they all go?
I think Hollywood is suffering from a bad case of laziness. No, making a bad movie and then turning it 3D won’t fool me! But it sure seems to be just the thing for the teenage demographic. I guess that’s why they keep making them.
By the way, Sex in the City 2 was not nearly as bad as the critics said. It was just as good as the first one, which means it’s fun while it lasts and then easily forgettable after. Not a bad way to kill a couple of hours on what’s supposed to be a hot summer weekend.

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