Monday, July 6, 2015

Local Food Update

A couple of recent food experiences to share...

Agora Taverna

Is it just me, or has Agora Taverna on Austin St. gotten a lot better with time? The last couple of times I've been there (experiences stretched over several months) I've enjoyed what I've had both times. The latest: their grilled whole trout with lemon potatoes. I also had the hummus as an appetizer. Both were really good. And sitting outside the other evening for dinner in their extremely comfortable chairs made it that much more enjoyable. I have not been disappointed by this place recently, while my early experiences when it opened a couple of years ago were very hit or miss. I'm interested in hearing what other people think.

Agora's whole grilled trout (edited for those sensitive to the site of entire fishies).


What to make of Munch, the little eatery in the Austin St. "mall" ? I stopped in there the other day for a late snack/meal and left with one of their tuna fish hero sandwiches. It wasn't bad. But also kind of reminded me of the tuna fish I'd make myself at home, which isn't saying too much, though I am not the worst cook in the universe. It's an interesting place and I can't speak for all the food there—yet, since I've only had this one sandwich. But it was fine and a nice option to have for simpler, fast-food fare that isn't Chinese or Mexican in the 'hood. They have a variety of salads, burgers and other sandwiches. I posted their entire menu a while back.

Munch's tuna fish hero sandwich

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Shiny New Parking Garage

The Aston's new parking garage—open to the public—and I figured I'd also throw in some pics of the building's entranceway while I'm at it. Why not.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Shake Shack to Open at Queens Center Mall

They're getting closer! Yes, Shake Shack will be opening at the Queens Center Mall. Not optimal, but I'll take it! Joy! They've already had locations in Queens, but at irritatingly beyond-Queens focused spots, like Kennedy Airport and Citi Field. This one's just for us, kinda. Whatevs. It's awesome.

Friday, June 26, 2015


I usually save this to this Sunday, but given today's developments, what the heck! Congrats!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

More on The New York Pops Summer Home in Forest Hills

 By Damien Bosco

Last week we helped announce the decision by The New York Pops to make Forest Hills Stadium its new summer home. Some readers had some questions about what this exactly means and how it all came to pass.

The Pops had been looking for years for the right outdoor venue for its summer concerts and found it right here in Forest Hills. This year they plan to have two concerts in August: with Sutton Foster on August 6, 2015 and with Pink Martini on August 7, 2015. The Pops hopes to have at least three concerts each summer starting next year.

As part of its outreach program called Kids in the Balcony, the Pops will offer free tickets to 2,000 children so they can learn and enjoy the music.

At the Launch Event last Thursday (pictured below), a representative of PS 175 expressed gratitude to Deborah Dillingham, the Queens representative on the NYC Panel for Education Policy; Anne M. Swanson,  executor director of The New York Pops; Roland Meier, president of the West Side Tennis Club and Steven Reineke, the Pops Music Director. Frank Gullucio, district manager of Community Board 6, was also there to lend his support.

Overall, tickets are to range from $10 - $129. So get your tickets! We will have further updates as time goes by.