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The Hills Are Alive…

October 14, 2010 Leave a comment

… with the sounds of stores opening — — Greenline Organic on Austin opens this Saturday, October, 16th — and lively chatsĀ  — such as the one in our chat room tonight at 9 pm with Michael Perlman, local preservationist. We hope you join us!

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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.

Chic Shopping

October 1, 2010 Leave a comment

I like this new banner that the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce has come up with:

Morning Coffee

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

The homestead is being battered this morning by gusty winds from the tropical storm moving up the coast. I hope the old shanty holds together after the pounding it received a couple of weeks ago.

From one of my favorite meteorologists (yes, I admit it, I have a favorite meteorologist – major geek here) :

The eastern arm of rain that was drenching New York City is moving north, so they will probably have a significant period with little or no rain today. However, as the north-south river of moisture moves slowly eastward, the risk of heavy rain in Philadelphia, and then New York City, will increase.

Aside from that, here’s a little news:

On a lighter note, our annual Fall Street Fair returns this Sunday all along Austin!

By the way, if you have a chance, check out this blog’s new Local Shopping page and add to it as you see fit. It’s just getting started. And don’t forget the Local Restaurants page either. If you have recently discovered a store or restaurant in our area that you really love, I for one would love to hear about it, and I am sure so would the blog’s readers.

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?

Going to the Dogs

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment


Is it just me, or are a lot of new pet grooming stores opening in Forest Hills all of a sudden? Anyway, here’s the latest one I spotted – My Dazzling Doggies. It’s opening on the north side of Queens Blvd., between Ascan and 75th Ave., if I recall – I forget the exact block. If anyone knows, please share it below.

In any case, it’s good to see this rather dilapidated portion of Queens Blvd. suddenly pepping up a bit, between the new Subway store opening in the same vicinity and now this new dog grooming place.

Goings-On In The Big City

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

Image by feministjulie via Flickr

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.
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