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Goings-Ons in The Gardens

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Is it the end of an era? Interesting developments in Forest Hills Gardens. Someone is finally cleaning up the Sheridan house. Talk about “Queens Culture” (see my earlier post from this morning 🙂 )

By the way, this also contains some interesting background about our lovely southern section for those not aware:

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/in-queens-disassembling-a-monument-to-floral-excess/

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‘Homeless’ Group Shut Down

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

The State Supreme Court has shut down The United Homeless Organization, the group you would see with the inverted water jugs asking for money for the homeless. I don’t recall ever seeing them in Forest Hills (which makes me think, what ever happened to that “ANIMAL RIGHTS!” lady?), but they were certainly all over Manhattan for many years. Apparently, they were not giving the money they collected in those jugs to the homeless. I think most New Yorkers probably figured as much. After all, you kinda thought a legit charity would’ve come up with a more trustworthy looking container than an inverted water jug after all these years. Didn’t ya?

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/homeless-organization-is-shut-down/

Queens Culture – Part 1

June 24, 2010 4 comments

Since I moved to Forest Hills years ago after living in Manhattan, it’s always been interesting to me how much of a distinct culture this neighborhood – and Queens overall – seem to have. I mean we are talking about just a river and a couple of miles, but in some respects you would think Forest Hills was an ocean away from Manhattan.
Growing up on Long Island I noticed this as well, but in a much more extreme way. Nassau County might actually have been an ocean away from the city, it was so very different.
Being a child of the Digital Age, one of the first things that struck me when I moved here, for instance, was how the local television channels you received from Time Warner were different. Strippers were replaced by religious programming, in some cases spewing rather vile intolerance. (That seems to have died down. Or at least I haven’t seen it in a while!) Of course there were many other differences, which I will touch on in future posts.
I still can’t quite understand why life here in Forest Hills is so different from that island just a 20 minute express train away. I do think that a big reason is that it is expected to be different by the powers that be, but it really doesn’t have to be.
To be continued….

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