Archive for July, 2010

Filming on 72nd Ave.

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

A film crew person for the movie Detachment told me the shoot will be taking place today in front of the building at the corner of 72 Ave. and 112th St.

Back to the Future

July 28, 2010 1 comment

My top-notch sources report this morning that those unsightly signs tacked onto Austin St. trees by one of our neighborhood psychics had been removed by last night. By whom we don’t know. Now I wonder if Pamela predicted that??

Getting Ready for Film Shoot

July 27, 2010 Leave a comment

The scene on 72nd Avenue this evening as the neighborhood awaits the filming of local scenes for the movie "Detachment."

Wild Weather

July 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes, New York City does get tornadoes, though they are quite rare. And our fellow outer borough, The Bronx, is the latest to have experienced this phenomenon just this past weekend.

From The Times:

N.Y. / Region
Published: July 27, 2010
The tornado that sent winds of 100 miles an hour through Riverdale on Sunday was not a first. Six tornadoes have been confirmed in New York City since 1950, when records were first kept.

Paranormal Activity on Austin St.

July 27, 2010 2 comments

A concerned reader has emailed me about an apparent case of “marketing gone wild” on Austin St. The culprit, this person reports, is one of our very own neighborhood psychics who has taken it upon his or herself to start nailing ads to Austin St. trees.

Here is what the reader wrote to me via email:

Late Sunday night/early Monday morning, Pamela, a neighborhood psychic, nailed & screwed plastic advertisements to over a dozen trees on Austin St & 71st Ave.

We all have differing opinions about our neighborhood, and some of us are more tolerant than others about flyers posted on street lamps and other public property.

Not only is Pamela vandalising healthy trees – THIS ACTIVITY IS CRIMINAL.

Neon signage for Pamela’s business is visible in a window above the Vitamin Shop on 71st Ave & Queens Blvd. Pamela’s number is 718-835-5890. I called Pamela last night to express my outrage at and was met with a less than polite response. I then called 311 to report this, and called Pamela again to let her know I will report her to every agency in this City that will take a report.

I read these forums everyday and post when I feel I have something important to contribute. I know there are a dedicated group on here who will find this destruction of public property as offensive as I do.

Today, I will continue to contact anyone I can to report this woman, and I urge everyone to do the same.

Life in this City has its share of headaches and this might not be that important to most people. When I walk down Austin St. I see an escalation of people who don’t think twice about throwing their garbage on the street. Traffic lights and stop signs are ignored constantly and I fear that a unique street in our neighborhood will continue to erode if concerned neighbors don’t start speaking out.

Thanks to everyone who will make a few calls today to let this woman know her behavior is unacceptable. Please call Pamela (718-835-5890), 311, our local City Council representative, and even Anthony Weiner’s office. If anyone has contacts at any neighborhood newspapers, please call them as well.

A concerned Forest Hills neighbor

Cleanup of Sitting Park at 67 Av and Queens Blvd

July 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Sounds like a nice way to spend a couple of hours. Just think about it this way, you’d probably feel a heck of a lot better after doing this than watching another several hours of those New Jersey Housewives pulling each others’ hair out! 🙂 Contact Steve at if you are interested in lending a hand:

Many of you already know of the deplorable condition of the small sitting triangle park at 67th Av and QB. As mentioned earlier, I have just submitted to NYC Parks and Recreation the following proposal to clean it up:
Powerwash pigeon droppings from benches and sidewalk (Imagine people who utilize this park having to sit in this toxic setting!)
Parks is working on a way to eradicate the pigeon problem. Any ideas?
Paint the benches and perimeter bollards
Prune the trees of dead branches.
Plant in the 2 empty tree pits– something creative for all to enjoy
Rake and sweep the park.
The project should take approximately 2 hours.
Proposed dates: August 14th or 21st, depending on Park approval and volunteer support.
Time: 9:00 – 11:00
I will need at least 8 volunteers.
Free breakfast will be offered.
Let me know if you can spare the 2 hours.
I can drive anyone who needs a ride.
Thanks for your support in helping make Forest Hills a better place in which to live.
(I realize MacDonald Park needs more attention, but witnessing senior citizens sitting in this poor excuse for a park, really hit a nerve.)

Guest Who’s Buying an Aspirin?

July 26, 2010 5 comments

What’s with the cashiers at Duane Reade calling the customer “guest” all of a sudden? I’m not checking in for an overnight stay, am I?

How You Can Help Save the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium

July 25, 2010 2 comments

I am sharing an email I received from Michael Perlman, Chair of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council, about how we can all help save the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium:

The best way to help preserve the historic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium is 2 ways:

1. Inform any contacts (members) that you know of at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium to vote against the plan to sell the historic Stadium to a developer, who will very likely demolish it for a condo. The vote to sell the stadium is slated for August 19th.

The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium is truly an American icon in terms of tennis of course, musically, and architecturally. It was the first concrete stadium of its type in the country, is internationally known, and was referred to as the “World Capital of Tennis.” The facade is embellished with eagles, shields bearing the West Side Tennis Club logo, and grand historic archways. It was the home to the U.S. Open, singles championships, Wrightman Cup, Davis Cup, and a number of firsts in tennis history. It was also home to music festivals starring Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Diana Ross, Judy Garland, Trini Lopez, The Who, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, The Monkees, etc. The Tudor Clubhouse dates to 1913 (Famed Architect Grosvenor Atterbury & John Almay Tompkins), and the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium dates to 1923 (Famed Architect Kenneth M. Murchison). The West Side Tennis Club helped establish the sport of tennis in the US. Forest Hills is known for tennis, and tennis is known for Forest Hills.

: Based on the above significance and your own sentiments, please write a letter supporting landmark status to Chair Tierney of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Clubhouse, interiors, and grounds should be calendared for a public hearing ASAP. It is unfair how the board of the West Side Tennis Club feels that only the members should vote on its potential sale on Aug 19th, and how the greater public (who the stadium was conceived for) is being excluded. If restored and adaptively reused for concerts and smaller tennis matches, it would enhance the appeal of the neighborhood, and preserve a historic icon. Green “historic” space is prime, and we don’t need typical condos in a neighborhood accustomed to overdevelopment. City landmarking will preserve the historic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Clubhouse, grounds, & interiors for future generations to cherish, increase the chances of funding for repairs, & ultimately enhance our quality of life.

Please e-mail the Landmarks Preservation Commission a letter requesting landmark status ASAP. It can be brief, yet meaningful. Contact:


Photos, memorabilia, history (paste link into browser):

Please help and also forward this letter campaign e-mail to all your contacts. Time is of the essence!

Thank you,
Michael Perlman

Rego-Forest Preservation Council, Chair (Rego Park & Forest Hills)

Four Borough Preservation Alliance Corp, Queens VP

Queens Preservation Council, Bd. of Dir.

Central Queens Historical Association, Bd. of Dir.

Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre, Chair

Friends of The RKO Keith’s Flushing Theatre, Member

Committee To Save The Forum Diner/Cheyenne Diner/Moondance Diner, Chair

A Little Charm on Austin

July 25, 2010 1 comment

Now this is what I call creative retailing and something we could use a lot more of on Austin.

The always cute Homefront store has decided to bring a little bit of a vacation feel to our main shopping strip this summer by playing up something its always had: fudge!

Why can’t other stores on Austin bring a little more quaint charm to their windows like Homefront has?

In case you’re not familiar with Homefront, it is located near the corner of 72nd Road.

New Movie Filming in Forest Hills

July 24, 2010 5 comments

Update: The filming is reportedly going to be taking place at at Parkway Hospital, 7035 113th St, though I haven’t confirmed this yet.

They will be filming the movie “Detachment,” on the north side of Queens Blvd. in the vicinity of 72nd Ave. from this Tuesday through Thursday.

The photo is of the signs they posted along 72nd Ave.

Here is some information my top-notch sources have been able to scrounge up on the Internets about this movie:

From Wikipedia:
Tony Kaye (born 1952, London, United Kingdom) is a director of films, music videos, advertisements and documentaries.  His feature film debut was American History X (1998), a drama about racism starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. Norton was later nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film.
Kaye is currently in pre-production on the film Detachment (2011). A surrealist drama about the decline of the education system in American high schools
From IMDB:
Adrien Brody, James Caan & Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle & Breaking Bad) are rumored to be in the film.
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