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Moscow on Austin

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s always interesting living here in Forest Hills, ain’t it? So today we learn our LIRR station was the scene of secret Russian spy exchanges. The Hunt for Red October

From The NY Post: “Metzos turned over an orange bag of cash to a Russian government official in May 2004 when they passed one another on a stairway at the Forest Hills LIRR stop. Other hand-overs and meetings between spies occurred in coffee shops in midtown and Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a Sunnyside, Queens restaurant and a subway entrance at Columbus Circle.”

And I always thought those were local kids blocking my way as I tried to walk up the steps!

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/us_nabs_russians_accused_of_spying_5rbFZJrbLkgnRoXrJ5HlzL#ixzz0sCd8DxCl

More from today’s Times: “Secret exchanges were made at busy locations like the Long Island Railroad’s station in Forest Hills, Queens, where F.B.I. watchers in 2004 spotted one defendant who is still not in custody, Christopher R. Metzos, the charging papers say.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/world/europe/29spy.html

By the way, didn’t the Cold War end a long time ago?

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Facelift Progressing

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Is it just me, or did this look quite a bit different just a couple of days ago?

It seems the makeover of the Associated Supermarket on Queens Blvd. (formerly Trade Fair) is moving along quite nicely.

Open… and Aggressive!

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve noticed that the real estate agents around town are getting ever more aggressive with their open house beacons or signs, or whatever you call those little things that are popping up everywhere. I guess it’s just another sign of the cooled off real estate market in the city. Anyway, they are putting the little signs everywhere pointing potential buyers and renters to their open houses. I saw one left in front of the Key Food on Queens Blvd. all by its lonesome. Years ago someone would have made off with it. So if there’s good news here it’s that the crime is so low you can apparently leave little signs in Forest Hills wherever you want and they will remain there unmolested.

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