Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Popular Forest Hills bakery Bonelle to close after all

According to the Queens Chronicle the Ascan Avenue Bonelle Pastry Shop, one of the older bakeries in Forest Hills, will close in January. This, after a local outcry by Forest Hills residents who have treasured the small independent shop for decades. There was even a petition signed by hundreds of shoppers to try to keep it open. But the manager now says they will have to close their doors. Read all about it here: Bonelle Pastry Shop in Forest Hills to close in January

Monday, July 27, 2015

Forest Hills Book Signing


Forest Hills grew out of an experiment--the transformation of 142 undeveloped acres into America's first garden city. From the early renderings of 1909 came a "fairy-book suburb," as Sinclair Lewis wrote, with architecture that was inspired by medieval villages. The success of the community bred development of homes, churches, and businesses on nearby plots. Forest Hills landed the most prestigious tennis tournament in the country. Theodore Roosevelt visited. Helen Keller moved in. Only generations later would the peace shatter when residents viciously protested a historic proposal for public housing.

Local author Nicholas Hirshon was a reporter for the New York Daily News from 2005 to 2011, covering community news, breaking stories, and features. This is his second book. His first, Images of America: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (2010), is the only book on the Long Island arena known for hosting the NHL's New York Islanders.

Vivid sky over The Hills

Captured this amazing sky Friday evening over Queens Blvd.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Latest on Genovese Murder Film

Deadline Hollywood has a lot more detail about the film being shot on Austin Street about the Kew Gardens Kitty Genovese murder all those years ago, and, I'm sorry to say, it doesn't sound good. Especially for the residents of Kew Gardens. If the plot they detail in the article is indeed the plot of the movie, this will be rehashing a story that forever stained the reputation of the residents of Kew Gardens, and Queens, and all of New York City for that matter—and has since been revealed to be untrue, a gross exaggeration of what actually took place when this young woman was murdered. See my coverage about the case here if you haven't been following the latest revelations about the Kitty Genovese murder case.

From Deadline Hollywood:
Samira Wiley & Michael Potts Head Ensemble Cast For ’37’, Drama Inspired By Kitty Genovese Murder
37 examines the lives of a group of families living in the Kew Gardens area of Queens, New York in the 1960s who witness the murder of 28-year-old Genovese (Brucato) and do not intervene. 37 is an expansion on the short film by Tisch alum Puk Grasten, which premiered at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival.

Why stain the reputation of our neighborhoods here in Queens? If you're a filmmaker, wouldn't you want to portray the truth about what really happened? I was hoping this film was going to be a documentary of some kind revealing that truth, not rehashing the sensationalistic erroneous news reports that forever tarnished the city's reputation.

Hit and Run Case Getting International Attention

The hit-and-run case involving Forest Hills resident Aron Aranbayev has now gone global, as various media outlets point out that Aranbayev's Manhattan jewelry store serviced quite a few major celebrities.

Aranbayev was killed while being dropped off in front of his home on Sunday night.

From Britain's Daily Mail: New York jeweler to the stars and father-of-four run down and killed in front of his home 'in dispute over a parking space'
  • Aron Aranbayev, 40, run down in front of Queens home 11pm Sunday
  • Store Rafaello & Co served celebrities such as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
  • Father of four remembered as family man and had child born six month ago
  • Police ruled case a homicide and are looking for driver of Dodge Magnum

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Moca Asian Bistro Has Reopened

I walked by it today and noticed it had reopened, a few days after being closed by the NYC Health Department.

Mocha Asian Bistro, seen here last year, had been closed a few days due to health code violations

Recommended Restaurants Page Updated

Eagerly awaited by millions the world over, it happens rarely, and today is one of those days. Yes, the Blog's Recommended Restaurants Page has indeed been updated! The first time since Thanksgiving, in fact. This month's update has already generated quite a stir over on the Blog's Facebook Page, btw.