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Retailing on the Edge

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment
From The NY Times:
N.Y. / Region
By CHARLES V. BAGLI
Published: November 12, 2010
Some residents lament the arrival of Duane Reade and Starbucks in Williamsburg’s main shopping district.

Homefront on Austin

Sounds to me like the Williamsburg folks are getting a bit ahead of themselves. If they want to see a good example of how chains came into a charming neighborhood loaded with independent stores and the two have learned to live nicely side-by-side they should journey on down to Park Slope.

Here in FoHi? Not so much. I think Austin is heavily outweighed by retail chains. And the independents we do have tend to be cell phone stores, hair salons, women’s clothing boutiques and optical stores. We can use some more quaint, creative independent shops in town. I always point to Homefront as an example of a charming little independent that gives Forest Hills that little special something.

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New York Makes Safest Cities List

October 12, 2010 1 comment

 

The eastern part of Midtown Manhattan as seen ...

One of the safest cities in the US, again.

 

Amazing! For a city this size to be up there in the top ten with these other places around the country, according to Forbes’ latest list:  America’s Safest Cities

Truly a fantastic accomplishment. The crime rate in New York is at 1950’s levels I believe. I guess we have more of a chance of being ht by a tornado (or hail) then being mugged anymore. Boy, how times have changed:

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

Dissed Again ?

September 23, 2010 1 comment
Jackson Heights 1

Jackson Heights. Image via Wikipedia

Well, “The Bible” of New York City hip is out again with one of its neighborhood issues, and our little nabe has been left out of the mix. Well, at least we’ve gotten some occasional mentions over the past year.

Here’s the Time Out New York coverage I’m referring to: Why I love NYC — The best of each neighborhood: restaurants, bars, shops clubs and more.

The neighborhoods that are included in Queens are Sunnyside, Astoria, Long Island City and Jackson Heights.

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.

Cool!

August 25, 2010 Leave a comment

The City Council has just given its final ok for the new 15 Penn Plaza skyscraper. I’m sorry, but this brings out the little boy in me. Another skyscraper to rival the Empire State Building. I think that is really neat, especially with all the dreary news these days. I can understand people’s concerns about it blocking the view of the Empire State Building from some parts of Jersey, but to tell you the truth, I always thought the Empire State Building looked a little lonely from New Jersey standing up there all by itself!

More to read in The Times here:

By CHARLES V. BAGLI
Published: August 25, 2010
A City Council vote clears the way for another 1,200-foot edifice at the doorstep of the city’s revered landmark.

Empire State Building Rival Gets Key OK

August 25, 2010 Leave a comment

From The Daily News: A new skyline rival to the Empire State Building won key approvals from City Council committees Wednesday morning after the builder pledged to give construction work to minorities.

Read more: City Council committees approve proposed skyscraper at 15 Penn Plaza near Empire State Building

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