A Forest Hills, NYC Blog
I'm not a drinker but this seems like a fantastic location for a store like this.
Sure does. The only wine stores I know of in the area are much further away from 71st and Continental and a further distance away. The closest one is further away on Austin Street assuming it is still in business and is rated average.
At least retailers are taking up the empty spaces in town.A few more are still vacant or in transistion. Blockbuster will be shutting down very soon as well in the coming weeks. Will be nice to see the store out of the area and the disgusting signs down.Never liked Blockbuster with a passion. That location will finally be freed up.
I envision all the MTA workers getting their booze from here because of the eventual discount that the store will offer to lure them in.
A wine shop should do well in this location, & I wish them luck. Let's hope the interior ties in with the Tudor character of the facade, and those awful faux granite tiles on the lower facade are removed, to potentially reveal the original brick underneath. Does anyone have contact information for the owner? Rego-Forest Preservation Council can make some architectural recommendations, which may enhance the atmosphere of the shop. Wouldn't it be great if the wine shop appeared as if it was always there?
Agreed r-f! Have you ever approached any local, state or federal officials about having the Austin St area funded for upgrades so that the Tudor style is both implemented and enforced?
Thank you! Great we see eye to eye. This is something Rego-Forest Preservation Council has been considering. It would be great to have the storefronts & signage tie in to the Tudor character of the buildings above, and if a Colonial building exists, a Colonial front should apply. In some cases, original fronts and bricks may have been covered up with lackluster & cheap aluminum siding.
As long as its kept up in good shape, you can fight about how you want the outside to look. New Stores mean the area will be kept up better.
I don't refer to it as a "fight." I encourage friendly dialogues, offering suggestions on how it would enhance the streetscape and the environment for patrons and the owner(s).
I hope this isn't another mediocre wine store. We already have enough of them in the neighborhood.