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The Kennedy House of Kilimanjaro

The mission was a simple one: to bring back a Nick’s pizza, half meatball, half plain, accompanied by two pastries from Bonelle’s next door.

It may sound like an easy task, but first I had to defy one of nature’s greatest challenges: the hurricane-like gales emanating in all directions from The Kennedy House! After all, it was an overcast, rainy day — just the type of weather Kennedy House loves to turn into a wind storm that would make even Jim Cantore flee in fear.

There were times during this fateful journey that I was not quite sure I would make it. I was buffeted by winds that must have been gusting 50 to 60 miles per hour, threatening to take out yet another bargain umbrella from Century 21. Rain pellets stung my face. The pre-Great Recession era priced Nick’s pizza took a bruising, its premium cardboard box being lifted by the wind currents like the wings of a small jet, almost threatening to lift me off the ground with it.

But I finally accomplished the mission, making it back home with the pizza and pastries in hand, all in one soggy piece.

Yes, The Kennedy House of Kilimanjaro had done all it could to make Forest Hills as inhospitable as possible to this pedestrian once again. I could almost hear the voices of its elderly residents shouting out from their rooftop pool above me: “You should’ve drove the couple of blocks!” But I had persevered, and could consume my overpriced pizza with the satisfaction of knowing that I had once again conquered Kennedy House, and its architects, who had erected it where it would cause maximum hardship to the car-less of Forest Hills.

  1. JEFFinFHs
    August 22, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Dude, big fan….have added to the chains quite a few times….
    But, whatcha got against Kennedy House?

    Oh, and by the way….most of the “elderly residents” as you put it have moved on and the building is half “under 50”.

    Whats your beef?

  2. August 22, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Ok, thanks for pointing that out about the demographics of the residents.
    I might not feel so strongly about Kennedy House at all if it weren’t for the fact that its developers apparently gave no thought at all to the pain in the ass it would end up being for people who had to walk around it! This enormous building, which just erupts out of the ground from nowhere, just does not fit into its surroundings. It towers over everything all by itself, and as a result, creates wind tunnels that are ridiculous, as I try to point out in this post. You can’t say you haven’t noticed?
    Actually, it is funny that you point out that there are fewer elderly residents still living there. I think I saw a few fly by my window earlier today.

  3. JCA
    August 22, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    very funny!

  4. fitchy
    August 23, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Looks better than the Pinnacle

  5. JEFFinFHs
    August 23, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Yes, fits in much better than the Pinnacle which has been in bankrupcy 3 times thus stiffing the local municipality in taxes. Plus, its frankly an eyesore.

    The Windsor across from the Midway had zone changes fixed to enable its building after Cord Meyer contributed to a cetain ex-councilmembers campain. They had to build and supply a community room but I have 2 freinds who tried to book it-its a fake.

    Yes the wind tunnel is a drag I suppose – but at least they keep the front looking clean and groomed- many other buildings dont.

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