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My Hero!

August 21, 2010 5 comments

Another Subway is coming to town, this time in a long-closed car rental office on the south side of Queens Blvd. between 73rd Rd & 75th Ave., in the Traymore Coop and two doors down from The Family Restaurant.

Rockets Fire

August 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Johnny Rockets on Austin St. has been temporarily closed due to a small fire. So those burger cravings will have to be satisfied by Cheeburger (north Hills) or Five Guys (south) until it reopens, which are more than satisfactory options in my humble burger-eating opinion.

I just hope the waiters continue to rehearse their song and dance routines in the meantime. I would hate for them to get rusty. This burger eater, for one, has no patience for amateurs when it comes to sudden bursting into song by my servers!

Thanks to my top-notch sources for the photos!

Farmer’s Market Faltering

August 17, 2010 6 comments

I saw on Queens Central that a visitor to the Farmer’s Market on Metropolitan Ave. this past Saturday found only one vendor there. They said they wondered if it will even survive through to November, after which it is supposed to pack up shop until it returns in the Spring.

If it does not survive it is sad, but understandable. The location just isn’t the best for a Farmer’s Market. These markets have been big hits in the city because they bring fresh local produce to many people who don’t have access to it — in other words, those of us urbanites who don’t own cars. Now, it seems to me Forest Hills is divided into the part that includes more of the car-less (in the area surrounding Queens Blvd.) and then there is the area where the majority is car-reliant (those surrounding Metropolitan Ave.) Now, where is the best place for a Farmer’s Market? Closer to Queens Blvd. it would seem.

Someone once mentioned having the Farmer’s Market in Station Square – once again, a fantastic idea. And of course like all of them these days, one that is not being done for who knows what reasons.

So as for the Farmer’s Market suffering from dwindling business, I am not that surprised given that it’s a schlep for us pedestrian urbanites to walk to, while there isn’t that much of a demand for it among the car owners who are right near it.

The fact that the person who went there saw only one vendor definitely spells bad news – obviously the others are giving up on the location. But, keep in mind, that the business there also isn’t being helped by the opening of the Twin Value this past Friday, and the fact that it is the middle of August vacation season. Heck, even the lines at Natural this past weekend seemed to be much shorter than normal. So I guess we will see how it goes, but an easy way to fix this would be to move the Farmer’s Market to a location near Queens Blvd.

Yes and No

August 14, 2010 4 comments

Yes!!



God No!!

Twin Value Marketplace Photos

August 13, 2010 1 comment

Here are some photos from my visit to Twin Value this morning:

Twin Value Marketplace – Early Review

August 13, 2010 7 comments

I paid a visit to the new supermarket on Queens Blvd. this morning. Bottom line: they are going for a value grocery experience, as the name would suggest. The new store will compete with the nearby Key Food and other similar chains, not the likes of Natural or other organic grocers in our neighborhood, and certainly nothing like an upscale market. The place looks great, no surprise there. But it is nothing special if you are looking for a unique supermarket experience. I noticed several of the products say Associated and Key Food on the labels. So, overall, a nice addition to the neighborhood supermarket experience in terms of cleanliness and an enjoyable shopping experience, but that is to be expected given that it is brand new. If you live far away from the store, I really don’t see why you would make the extra trip unless the offerings you have near you are so dilapidated that you are desperate for a better supermarket experience. I will post photos in a little bit.

Twin Value Supermarket – Getting Ready

August 12, 2010 1 comment

They are getting ready for tomorrow’s Opening Day at the long-awaited new supermarket on Queens Blvd.

Healthy Local Lunching

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The relatively new Organic Market on 71st Road has quickly become one of my favorite places to get a delicious, and healthy, lunch in Forest Hills. The place was even recently highlighted in Time Out magazine’s Queens Issue for its tasty fare. I excerpt from the article:

Ten things we love about Austin Street

5 Healthy wraps at Organic Market
This juice bar and deli is a hot spot for local lunchers looking for nonprocessed meals. A well-presented honey mustard and grilled chicken whole-wheat wrap with a side of couscous salad ($7) should fuel your shopping bender. 107-14 71st Rd between Austin St and Queens Blvd (718-575-0082)

I have found the sandwiches from Organic Market to be a cut above the rest in taste and quality. I am always impressed when an establishment finds a way to make something as simple as a sandwich so delicious that you want to keep coming back for more and more.

And, if you just want to pick up some healthier beverages or groceries, Organic Market has a well-stocked selection. It’s a smaller and faster alternative to Natural given the shorter lines.

Just Cute as a Button!

August 9, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s enough to make a grown man squeal with delight! The Homefront store on Austin, located near the corner of 72nd Road, has gotten some recent attention regarding its exceedingly charming store windows. But just wait to you see what’s inside. Parents – you may want to cover the eyes of any youngsters as they have been known to react excitedly to such tasty treats.

Twin Value’s Hours

August 6, 2010 Leave a comment

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