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MTA Fare Hike Proposal

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I think this is potentially some of the worst news I have seen in quite a while for the city if you consider how the unlimited MetroCard has transformed riders’ habits and opened up the entire city to its residents. With an unlimited MetroCard you thought nothing of hopping on the express train from Forest Hills to spend an afternoon in Manhattan. Now, you very well might think twice. Bad for Forest Hills, bad for Manhattan, bad all around.

Specifically I am referring to this excerpt from the article: “The unlimited subway and bus MetroCard, which pushed ridership to record levels after its introduction in the 1990s and revolutionized the way New Yorkers imagine their transit system, could also be on the way out. One proposal would place limits on how many rides could be taken on monthly and weekly passes.”

From The Times:

N.Y. / Region
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Published: July 28, 2010
The proposals are to be unveiled Wednesday, just weeks after severe service cuts were imposed on the transit system.

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?

Only in New York?

July 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Saw this on the 4 train this morning.

I assume it might have its uses? 🙂

A Grand Central Indeed

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

I found myself at the food court inside Grand Central Station last evening with a few friends grabbing a quick bite at Junior’s. While I was waiting on line for my food, I was suddenly aware that the place was swarming with Boy Scouts in full uniform. I turned to a couple of the little one’s standing on line next to me — they couldn’t have been more than 12 years old — and asked them where they were all from and why were they in town. I was expecting a short reply, you know the kind, a shy few words that you usually get from a kid that age. Boy was I wrong!

The little guy talked and talked about how they were visiting from Los Angeles enroute to the National Scouting Jamboree that is being held several days from now in Virginia. They came to the Big Apple having first flown into Boston. Him and his buddy went on and on, and I think if I stood on that line all night they would never have stopped chatting away. Their excitement was palpable … and contagious.

Despite the dreadful heat and humidity melting the Big Apple outside, for those few minutes, deep below the glorious Grand Central Terminal, what had been for me a hectic, stressful day was transformed by a congenial conversation with two excited kids. Their openness, self-confidence and genuine friendliness left me feeling really good about this country and about our next, up and coming generation.

And most of all, I was left with another memorable New York moment brought to me by our truly Grand Central Station. Thankfully we still have it, a real treasure not to be taken for granted. A building that while dispersing people fast and furiously to different points around our city, can also bring strangers together, if only they just remember to take the time to turn to the person next to them and say hello.

Making New York A Better Place For Seniors

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

The Times had an interesting article today about ways to make the City a more welcoming place for senior citizens as they become a larger and larger part of the population.

“New York has become a safer city, and we have such richness of parks and culture that we’re becoming a senior retirement destination,” the article quotes one official. Read all about it here:   A Fast-Paced City Tries to Be a Gentler Place to Grow Old

Now if they’ll only extend the WALK signals across Queens Blvd. so us 40-year-olds can cross it in time also !!

Forest Hills Chutzpah – (Part 1 of a continuing series)

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

So I’m just getting on the line at Natural the other evening, when I hear these words spoken at the front of the line:

“Excuse me, do you mind if I just pay for these before you? I’m double-parked outside.”

I can’t believe my ears and turn to glance to the front of the line. I see a well-dressed, middle-aged lady standing there talking to another lady who is at the front of the line with her teenage son. “The nerve!” I say to myself.

“Sure,” says the lady with her son. She then glances behind her and I couldn’t tell if she was embarrassed to have allowed the woman to cut in front of her, or if she herself is repulsed by the chutzpah!

Me – repulsed by the chutzpah, biggie time!!

Have your own favorite Forest Hills chutzpah experience? Email them to me at drakefohinyc@gmail.com. I will pick from the best and post ’em!

Forest Hills And “The City”

July 13, 2010 3 comments

Ever since I moved to Forest Hills it’s always amused me how some people who live here refer to Manhattan as “the city.” As in, “I have to go into the city today.”
I even catch myself saying it in times of weakness.
Because, the question then arises: if we are going into “the city,” then where are we now? You can’t go somewhere if you’re already there, now can you?
For a while there I would always try to correct people. My thinking was, if we want Forest Hills to gain more of a feel of New York City in terms of better supermakets, great restaurants and cafes, charming shops and boutiques, then we had to start thinking of ourselves as living in “the city.”
After all, words can be extremely powerful. Why does the MTA, for example, tell us, “We apologize for the unavoidable delay”? There is no such thing in the universe, including in The New York City Subway System, as an “unavoidable delay.” Something, somewhere, somehow, at some time, could have been done to avoid the delay. But if an authoritative voice on a loud speaker says it, the powers that be think the masses will believe it. The same goes for “smoke condition.” It’s called a “fire!”
But, as I said, words are powerful.
So if you want Forest Hills to gain more of what New York City has to offer, the next time don’t tell someone you’re “going into the city.” Tell them you’re “heading into Manhattan for a bit.” See how that makes you feel, and what kind of impression it makes on your friend.

Forest Hills News Update

July 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Some local news of interest:

The Daily News reports that the owners of a dilapidated home at 93-07 69th Ave. are being taken to court. The City recently deemed it an “unsafe building.” The owners have been using it for storage. http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2010/07/07/2010-07-07_owner_of_trashed_forest_hills_house_faces_hearing.html

And the Heat Wave is pushing the power grid to the limit. There have been outages in Forest Hills, and now Con Ed is reducing the voltage to parts of the area. http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/121672/heat-pushes-power-grid-to-the-limit

Happy Pride!

June 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Happy Pride to all my GLBT readers!

Just Van It! … and other news around town

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Some interesting news from The Times this morning:

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