Archive for July, 2010

MTA Speak

July 31, 2010 Leave a comment

One of my favorites, “We apologize for the unavoidable delay.”

How in this universe can a delay be “unavoidable?” It’s simply not possible. Something, somewhere, somehow at sometime could have been done to avoid it.

George must be rolling over in his grave, or laughing I guess.

Gem Story’s New Beginning? Clearwire

July 31, 2010 Leave a comment

A post on Queens Central reports that the former Gem Story store on Austin  (next to Martha’s Bakery) has been leased by a company named “Clearwire“, a wireless broadband company. The website “jobs” link has a listing for NYC and they just had interviews in Queens on 7/29.

Show Some Imagination For Pete’s Sake!

July 31, 2010 2 comments

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz

I was just reading this article about the possible sale of the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. I particularly love a quote in it from our Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz: “We could use senior housing, that would be wonderful, but I don’t know what they intend to do,” Koslowitz said.

Senior housing? That is the best you can come up with Karen?

Is this how her mind works? “Hmmm, demolish the tennis stadium, how to get more votes, who votes the most? Senior Housing!!!”

Like a broken record. And a symbol of everything that is wrong with politics in Forest Hills and pretty much everywhere in this country today. A completely selfish perspective where every decision is based on “How can I get re-elected?” instead of what would truly benefit all of Forest Hills’ residents.

Is “senior housing” really the best use for the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium? How about figuring out a way to once again bring this historic marvel back to its glorious former self and host cultural events like classical music, jazz or other concerts? That’s just one idea. And, hey, tennis tournaments might be a good one, too.

But you don’t knock down a grand historic structure just to build “senior housing.”

Show some imagination for Pete’s sake Karen!

Time Out NY’s Queens Issue

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

So they give us some coverage, but not so much for our restaurants, which have really been improving in the past year or two! And what?! Tuscan Hills isn’t on the list?? Are they mad?! At least they mention Homefront’s fudge, which loyal readers will recall I found first! 😉

One thing I am glad about is that they give a much-deserved shout-out to the Kew Gardens Cinemas. What a great place.

Another Article About The Tennis Stadium

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s another article about the potential sale/demolition of the Tennis Stadium:


Detachment Film – Update

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Nary a sign of the filming of "Detachment" could be found in front of the 72nd Ave. site Friday morning.

Well, it looks like those involved with the filming of the movie “Detachment”– Adrien Brody, James Caan, et al. —  have finally moved on to other locations. But not apparently before giving those who live in back of the apartment building where they were filming a wide open look at just about everything they were doing! A reader emailed to tell me that until about 1 a.m. last night the shoot could be clearly seen through a wide open window overlooking the courtyard in back of the building on 72nd Ave. This reader said he didn’t catch a glimpse of any stars, but at one point a scene was definitely being filmed. The place was aglow with lights, cameras and action!

It’s interesting that they chose such an ordinary–albeit pleasantly Forest Hillsian–street to film on. And then that building in particular. It’s a very nice one, but so are all the other apartment buildings on the block. Such a mystery! I wonder if they were filming in a vacant apartment in that building or, if it was occupied, if they somehow knew the person who lives there?

If anyone reading this is involved in the project, or is simply knowledgeable about the film business and has any thoughts to share on the subject, please leave a comment or email me.

A Night in the Hills

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Just a couple of nighttime shots from the hood:

A close up of the new, yet-to-open Twin Value Marketplace on Queens Blvd. near Ascan. Boy those signs are bright!

I snapped this shot of the food spread at the "Detachment" movie shoot on 72nd Ave. When I tried to take pictures of the film crew I was politely asked not to... so I obliged.

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