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It’s Finally Happened

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Free Eggs !

November 3, 2010 3 comments

Well, almost. Our newest natural food store, Greenline Organic, on Austin St., is giving away a box of eggs with any purchase of $12 or more. One of the employees told me this promotion will last another month or so, as long as supplies last. So if you’re into eggs, and haven’t paid a visit to this attractive new organic store, now is the perfect time!

Chic No More

November 3, 2010 1 comment

Sadly, the cute little purveyor of make-your-own salads, tasty soups and supposedly free wi-fi, Chic & Green, near the corner of Queens Blvd. and 72nd Road, has called it quits. A visit to the place this afternoon revealed quite a sad and lonely little empty storefront where all that healthy fare used to be doled out of. This is disappointing, as Forest Hills most desperately needs a make-your-own salad place! We are like one of the only neighborhoods in New York City without one now. What is so hard about this? Chic’s biggest problem no doubt was its location. 72nd Road is not the most well-traversed part of our shopping district and a salad and soup place needs heavy foot traffic for its food to stay fresh. It would be nice if Chic reopened somewhere else in town.

Organic Competition Heats Up

October 17, 2010 1 comment

I stopped into the new Greenline Organic store on Austin today. As I walked inside I heard one lady exclaim: “Our neighborhood needs more places like this!” And that about sums up my impression too. I think it’s a charming addition to our local food shopping choices here in Forest Hills.

The first thing I noticed is the store is very upscale-looking, and it overflows with a very attractive arrangement of produce onto the sidewalk in front.

The store has everything you’d expect from an organic market, and everything they stock looks very fresh. I noticed they have some meats and salads like chicken salad and tuna also.

I’m not going to complain, but I have to point out that the store may test your shopping patience a bit! As you head to the back where the store splits into two sections, one for veggies and one for dairy, there is room for only one person at a time to fit into those spaces, unless you are thin as a rail. But like I said—as I munch on the delicious red grapes I bought from the place today—I am not going to complain. We definitely can use more stores that are as inviting and pleasing as this in Forest Hills.

Speaking of the grapes I bought, they cost me $3.38 for the bag. I also bought a couple of apples which together came out to 83 cents. I also bought a box of organic tea for $3.39 (the same box is priced $4.99 at Natural).

So there you have my report from my brief sojourn into our new organic store here in The Hills. I am interested in hearing your impressions as well, so feel free to share them below. Also see the previous post about this store for more info on it, including another detailed review of one shopper’s experience there.

Open 24 Hours

October 16, 2010 1 comment

Just  a quick FYI — the new Greenline Organic store on Austin St., which opened today, is open 24 hours, according to one reader who stopped by there already. I will pay it a visit this weekend to check it out and then post my impressions.

Retail Theory

October 5, 2010 14 comments

I’ve had this theory for the past several years that you can tell when a neighborhood is improving by the appearance of very specific types of retailers or restaurants. I came up with the theory during the time I spent living in Park Slope and watching that neighborhood change. Let me explain.

The first thing was the appearance of Thai restaurants, believe it or not. Thai food places were among the first places to open in Park Slope when it began to gentrify. Here in Forest Hills we have certainly seen those open over the past few years, along with other upscale Asian fusion restaurants.

The other kind of retailer that began to move heavily into Park Slope were organic markets. And lo and behold, we have begun to see them begin to multiply here in Forest Hills as well.

And that leads me to the real reason for this post: the opening of another organic food place, Greenline Organic, this time on Austin St. between 72nd Ave. and 72nd Road.

Pizza Habits of New Yorkers

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment
NYC - Greenwich Village: The Famous Ray's Pizz...

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Now this is an important news item that needs to be thoroughly digested if I ever saw one: Thursday night and the living is cheesy

Lunchtime in the Hills

September 23, 2010 7 comments

Just some stuff I noticed today during a nice walk around Forest Hills on this delightful Indian-Summerish day:

The empty space on 71st Continental, near Queens Blvd., is being filled by another optical store.

Some before and after tornado shots of the Queens County Savings Bank on Queens Blvd.

The Queens County Savings Bank on Queens Blvd. right after the tornado...

... and the Queens County Savings Bank today.

And the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot has busted out all over town!

Oh, and one other thing…. what is with the Fay Da Bakery, over near the T-Bone Diner? I walked in there and it was P- A – C – K – E – D !!!!! Is the place that good? Just what have I been missing all these years?

Goings-On In The Big City

September 5, 2010 Leave a comment
Eataly Common Tables & Wine Bars

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As we wait for things to finish being built here in Forest Hills (the new seafood restaurant on Austin, the new Mexican place (pray for the return of Cactus Fresh!) on 71st Continental, etc., etc.) , here is a little update on some stuff that is either being built in Manhattan or has recently opened there and is ready for you to visit:

  • I paid a visit to the new Italian food mecca Eataly a few days ago at Fifth Avenue and 23rd St. It is incredible! It is a world of food and absolutely stunning. A real experience. Here is the website if you are not yet aware of it: http://www.newyork.eataly.it/index.php. The photo is of one of the cafes there. Imagine a mixture of sit-down cafes, housewares shopping, upscale sodas, beers, coffees, desserts, gourmet meats, pastas, fish, and you are just scratching the surface of this place.
  • I also went to the new Limelight Marketplace in Chelsea. This is a very upscale indoor mall in the church where the Limelight nightclub used to be. It would be very easy to burn through all of your cash extremely quickly in this place. I see it as a nice place to maybe shop for that special, unique holiday gift for someone. Otherwise, I’m waiting for them to open the Grimaldi’s pizza there. But if you want to see an architecturally-stunning venue, the likes of which reinforce New York City’s place on the map as a unique shopping mecca, then there is no better place to visit these days.
  • And lastly, there is this great article in The Times about the progress being made at Ground Zero. Finally, finally, they are making real progress building 1 World Trade Center (formerly referred to as the Freedom Tower), and the September 11th Memorial.

Unbridled Pizza Enthusiasm

September 2, 2010 1 comment
Pizza

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I just realized I have never had a piece of pizza that wasn’t delicious. Even the worst piece of pizza I ever had was at least somewhat delicious.

I will eat frozen, fresh, cold, day-old, left-overs, soggy, crisp, you-name-it.

I had a recent argument about this with some friends, but they did not change my point of view.

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