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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.

Boulevards of Death

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I love how this article calls these “crashes,” as if it is too hard to simply acknowledge that these are slaughters of pedestrians by drivers, clear and simple. How many times I have almost been killed or maimed crossing Queens Blvd. by some irresponsible driver I don’t even know because it has happened so often. I always wait for the walk signal too, having so many, many years ago realized that to try to cross Queens Blvd. against the walk signal would almost surely eventually result in my demise.

There is so much revealing–and potentially life saving information from this City study and the Times article–that this blog will be digesting it and referring to it for probably quite a while.

Queen Blvd., after all, is one of the worst parts of living in Forest Hills. It’s a horrible mistake the way it is currently is, and one that needs to be dramatically altered to save future lives.

Here is one interesting excerpt from the Times article:

Transportation officials say they are planning a media campaign to educate New Yorkers about safe driving practices — including a reminder that the standard speed limit for the city’s streets is 30 miles an hour, a fact that Ms. Sadik-Khan, in an informal poll of her friends, discovered that almost nobody knew.

The study found that 43 percent of pedestrians killed in Manhattan did not live in that borough, and that Brooklyn had the most pedestrians killed or seriously hurt and Staten Island the fewest — both in raw numbers and per capita.

Pedestrians would be well advised to favor sidewalks to the right of moving traffic — left-hand turns were three times as likely to cause a deadly crash as right-hand turns — and to stay particularly alert at intersections, where three-quarters of the crashes occurred.

Read the entire article here:

N.Y. / Region
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Published: August 16, 2010
A study of crashes involving pedestrians offers insight into the life on the streets of New York City.

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.

Queens Blvd. Construction

August 9, 2010 1 comment

Noticed this going on along Queens Blvd. today, but a quick web search hasn’t been able to turn up anything about what it is. Anyone have any idea?

Disgraceful

August 6, 2010 Leave a comment

This makes me sick:

Boulevard of Death strikes again: 76-year-old man killed on Queens Boulevard


What a tragedy that we should still be mourning pedestrians killed simply trying to cross Queens Blvd!

Local politicians – it is criminal that you sit by and watch this continue to happen. As the article says, The Daily News monitored three random Queens Blvd. crossings and watched elderly residents have to run across just to make it in time. I am in my 40’s and I have to hurry across. It is disgraceful.

The walk signals allowed pedestrians plenty of time to cross up until about two years ago when overnight they were suddenly changed. Who made that decision?? You are out there somewhere. It didn’t just happen by itself. And you are putting residents’ lives at risk? Who the hell do you think you are?

Lengthen the damn walk signals and prevent further tragedies like these from occurring!

A Night in the Hills

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Just a couple of nighttime shots from the hood:

A close up of the new, yet-to-open Twin Value Marketplace on Queens Blvd. near Ascan. Boy those signs are bright!

I snapped this shot of the food spread at the "Detachment" movie shoot on 72nd Ave. When I tried to take pictures of the film crew I was politely asked not to... so I obliged.

New Supermarket – Some Quick Thoughts

July 21, 2010 2 comments

Just some quick comments about the new Twin Value Marketplace:

  1. I like the look of the sign they put up. It’s appearance is inviting and refreshing (see my previous post for a photo if you haven’t already). Quite a change for what is a mostly rather dreary Queens Blvd.
  2. It should be interesting, if what I am hearing is true and Key Food owns this new supermarket,  to see just how the company will differentiate this new format from its namesake store just a few blocks away on 71st Road.

Trade Fair Now Twin Value Marketplace

July 20, 2010 8 comments

My top-notch sources do indeed confirm this evening that the sign is up – the former Trade Fair on Queens Blvd. will now be known as Twin Value Marketplace.

Supposedly, it is owned by Key Food. Hopefully, it is a better version?? 🙂

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 !!

What, Oh What To Do About Queens Blvd.?

June 22, 2010 Leave a comment

For those Forest Hillers who live on the north side of town, it is pretty much a daily part of existence, at least during the many times when they need to venture to Austin St. to do some shopping or grab a bite. For many other Forest Hillers – it can be put mostly out of mind. Until, that is, they need to pay a visit on foot to their friends up north.

Of course I am talking about Queens Blvd.

I’ll put it quite frankly: if we want Forest Hills to be more attractive and more inviting, something has to be done to improve the look of Queens Blvd.

Planting more trees in the central islands like on Park Avenue would be nice for starters.

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