Friday, June 3, 2011

Edwards Indicted

So John Edwards was indicted today. The charges, if true, are quite disgraceful. But not to sound shallow or anything but what really irritates the hell out of me is what he is doing in this photo— that little hand gesture that was so popular with a lot of these politicians for a while. There was that little Kennedyesque gesture they all started doing, and there was also this Buddhist-like hands together bow that Al Gore, John Kerry and a bunch of the others started doing at one time also.

Why do I bring this up? Partly because admittedly I am a little nuts, sure. But also because I think it is these smaller, seemingly insignificant gestures that always say so much about a person's character. If a politician starts mimicking the physical gestures of other politicians, the "gestures of the moment," so to speak, what does that reveal about his or her character? For one thing, that they are probably a follower, not a leader.

Do you remember when John Kerry was told during one of his debates to promise he won't raise taxes? I'll never forget how he looked directly into the camera and did as told. That moment revealed just as much about his character as the thousand and one times George W. tensed his shoulders when he said just about anything, because deep down he knew he didn't have what it took to be President, that his whole presidency was a scam and he'd rather be somewhere else raking brush.

Notice how you never, ever see President Obama make any of those "political gestures of the moment" bows or hand pointings.

Card Store Humiliations

I usually don't "piggyback" on other message board's postings, but I really want to call attention to this particular one on Queens Central because I had a similar irritating experience with this Austin Street merchant:

http://www.queenscentral.com/forums/topic.php?id=6152

Sounds like this person is really getting out of control, that is if these other posts are also true...

Nero Tweeted While Rome Burned

BUSINESS DAY
Hiring in U.S. Slowed in May With 54,000 Jobs Added
By CATHERINE RAMPELL
Published: June 3, 2011
The unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent, raising concerns once again about the underlying strength of the economic recovery.


For some reason, I woke up today with this post's headline in my head, knowing this morning they were issuing the closely-watched monthly unemployment report. I guess I am partly thinking how sad it is that with all the problems facing this country, much of the week was spent obsessing over whether or not our local Congressman tweeted a lewd picture of himself. But I have to admit I am torn. I am also extremely disappointed with Congressman Weiner's response to valid questions about this controversy. If he is indeed spending his time taking these photographs of himself when he should be focusing on getting our country back to work, then, yes, he is indeed one of today's Neros in my headline above.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Weiner Controversy Takes A More Serious Turn

This Congressman Weiner thing has suddenly taken on a much more serious turn. I was just dismissing it as not worthy of even posting about here, that is until this...


Published: June 1, 2011
Mr. Weiner told MSNBC news he "can't say with certitude'' that a lewd photo sent from his Twitter account does not depict him, though he said he was not the one who sent it.

By the way, I really did not mean the double entendre in this post's headline when I wrote it, but, hey, as they say, if the shoe fits, wear it.

Tornado Watch in Effect Until 8 p.m.


Tornado Watch Until 6/1/2011 8:00:00 PM
WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 411
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
106 PM EDT WED JUN 1 2011
CTC001-009-NJC003-013-017-031-039-NYC005-047-059-061-071-079-081-
085-087-119-020000-
/O.EXT.KOKX.TO.A.0411.000000T0000Z-110602T0000Z/
TORNADO WATCH 411...IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE
FOLLOWING AREAS

IN CONNECTICUT THIS WATCH INCLUDES 2 COUNTIES

IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT

FAIRFIELD NEW HAVEN

IN NEW JERSEY THIS WATCH INCLUDES 5 COUNTIES

IN NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY

BERGEN ESSEX HUDSON
PASSAIC UNION

IN NEW YORK THIS WATCH INCLUDES 10 COUNTIES

IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK

BRONX KINGS (BROOKLYN) NASSAU
NEW YORK (MANHATTAN) ORANGE PUTNAM
QUEENS RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)
ROCKLAND WESTCHESTER

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Back to the Grind

I hope you had a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend. Wasn't the weather just great, especially Saturday and Sunday? Think of it this way, now only four days left to the weekend...

Here's a shot of Central Park from Sunday:


Friday, May 27, 2011

Cupcake Coverage


Here's an idea - since the owner of Magnolia Bakery grew up in Forest Hills, maybe he can open one here, too? Don't worry Martha's... with the insatiable appetite Forest Hillers seem to have for sugar, I am sure you would still do more than fine.

Magnolia really blooming: Bakery founder knew how to get things cooking



Thursday, May 26, 2011

Greenline Has Flatlined

Well, that is apparently the end of Greenline Organic.... As a commenter posted here this afternoon -- and I just confirmed with my own two eyes -- the organic grocer has been taken over by the marshalls. It's a sad development, but probably not a huge surprise given Natural and the Organic Market so close by... nevertheless, it is always sad to see a business try and fail, especially here in Forest Hills.




An 8 on the Mothball Scale

Um, not sure how to be diplomatic about this - but the Mothballs are driving me freakin' crazy!

It is 2011. Who, might I ask, buys mothballs any more?

Well, apparently someone in my building, in one of the other apartments quite close to mine, too! If you are a long-time follower of this blog then you know I have been waging a low-grade mothball battle in my apartment building for quite a while now. Unfortunately, over the past few months the sickening smell has only worsened. But we may be coming to a turning point, an end to the mothball stalemate as I believe one of the suspect apartments recently became unoccupied and not necessarily through the choice of the rather long-term occupant (if you get my drift.)

In any case, I am off to the store to buy some Glade or something. And in the meantime, for all you mothball owners out there, please...please.... this is 2011.. I beg of you... Please go and invest in some cedar chips for your closets instead! They do exactly the same thing, but without the stomach-turning, lung-scorching side affects.



4:02 P.M. Update:

Well, I have two Glades now installed in the affected area. My apartment is rapidly beginning to smell like a French brothel. But is is indeed better than the mothballs. And good God, what a to-do they have made over these air fresheners in the, oh, 25 years or so since the last time I bought one! You have to plug them in and put batteries on them and this and that. Some even just activate when you walk by them thanks to motion sensors! Ridiculous! I bought the one you just pull open and it seems to be working just fine.










Some Refreshing Political News

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi seeks new direction for old political club

"Political clubs are the stuff of New York legend - smoky, wood-paneled rooms where deals are cut and public careers are made or broken. Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi said he is trying to change that image by revamping his old political club into a quasi-civic association. The new group, the Community Empowerment Democratic Association, held its inaugural meeting Tuesday at Manor Oktoberfest in Forest Hills."

Monday, May 23, 2011

This Week's Poll

First, let's take a look at the results from our last poll, which was posted back on April 5th.

45 people voted in the poll which asked where your doctors are located...

The winner, probably as expected given the reputation of doctors there, was Manhattan, with 40% of the vote (18 votes)

Coming in second were people who said they went to doctors in both Queens and Manhattan, with 26.6% of the vote (12 votes)

Followed by just Queens, with 24.4% (11 votes)

Long Island 6.6%, with 3 votes

and Another NYC Borough 2.2%, with just 1 vote


Now on to this week's poll:


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Barnes & Noble Renews Lease

Now, this is the type of article about Forest Hills I love to read. This really does say it all:

Here's Something: A New York Barnes & Noble Doesn't Decide to Close

What's Up With Greenline Organic?

From my sick bed I am being told by a few folks that the store has remained shuttered for the past couple of days, mail is piling up inside and the fruit and what-not is still visible just sitting there.

If they have closed, this is indeed a sad ending to what had originally looked like a nice store. Although some had speculated from the beginning it would be tough to make it with Natural so close by and the cute Organic Market on 71st Road just a couple of blocks away.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Twin Value Name Change?

One of the readers sent this photo in this evening. Here's a link to other Fine Fare locations: http://www.finefaresupermarkets.com/Locations.aspx

Awesome Video

I just love this... My awesome video of the day:

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/an-uplifting-lift-off/67k4jvf

Heavy Weather Moving In

The tropical-like rain continues this afternoon. This was just posted from the National Weather Service:

108 PM EDT WED MAY 18 2011
...TORRENTIAL RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE INTO THE NEW YORK
CITY AREA INCLUDING NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY STARTING AROUND 2 PM AND
CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST THE FIRST PART OF THE EVENING RUSH
HOUR...

AT 100 PM EDT...A LARGE AREA OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EXTENDING
FROM PHILADELPHIA TO ATLANTIC CITY AND WELL OFF SHORE WAS MOVING
NORTH AT 30 MPH.

THIS HEAVY RAIN WILL LIKELY RESULT IN PONDING ON AREA ROADWAYS FOR
THE EVENING RUSH HOUR.

Time Out Reviews Four New Queens Restaurants

They certainly didn't venture very far into our borough, but, hey, we all know by now what to expect from these outer-borough-phobic-Manhattan-centric magazine types don't we? (I kid the publishing world. I know some of you even live right here in FoHi!)

Restaurant reviews: New Queens restaurants

Another Review of Agora

While I recuperate from one of the nastier colds I've had in a long time, I direct you to a review of one of our new restaurants, Agora Taverna, from fellow blogger eateryROW

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hate to Say I Told You So....

.... but I told you so...

Non-Story They're Trying to Make Into A Big Story

Yes, it seems Donald Trump's hair problems were insurmountable and he has decided not to run for President. Trump Says No to Presidential Run

Boy, seems like hair styling is certainly the theme of this week so far... :)


And my next "Non-Story They're Trying to Make Into A Big Story" award goes to..... Newt Gingrich! Not a chance in hell.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Battle of the Hair Stylists

Yes, somewhere in the back of my mind I have at times thought to myself: "Hmmm, I wonder what life would be like if I cut hair for a living?" Not that I have the slightest bit of talent, or interest for that matter, in this profession. Just that it kind of looks like a fun job: you get to pretty much stand in the same place all day long and gossip and shoot the breeze with your customers. And it seems like you get pretty good tips, etc.. And, at our local Supercuts anyway, you also get to listen to rockin' disco club music all day! What could be wrong with that?

Well, apparently, hair styling can be just as cut throat as pretty much any other business! I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it does indeed seem like the underside of the hairy styling business has recently reared its ugly head on Austin St. Apparently, a former employee of Supercuts must've quit recently and gone to work at another hair salon in the area. Only the employee came up with the enterprising idea of parking a car in front of the Supercuts with a sign advertising their new gig! You have to admit it is enterprising, with a bit of Chutzpah mixed in. And in this tough economy, a little Chutzpah can sometimes go a long way!

Well, Supercuts apparently is not very happy at all with the development. They have posted a note in their store window informing their customers that they have nothing to do with the sign, or for that matter, the car displaying it that has been parked in front of the store for several weeks now. And, the Supercuts notice goes on to state something to the effect that the whole matter is quite beneath them professionally.

So The Battle of the Forest Hills Hair Stylists has commenced! Perhaps not a surprise, given how many there are of them. We must have more hair stylists per capita than any other neighborhood in the country, if not the world. In any case, as a satisfied Supercuts customer for quite a few years now, I have to admit I am rooting for them to emerge victorious!


By the way, while we're on the subject of beautifying ourselves, here's a pic of the Queen's Nails & Spa in their new location on Austin St. They are one of the refugees from the north side of Queens Blvd. near the Key Food, to make way for the CVS or whatever other big retailer they decide to move in there...



Friday, May 13, 2011

The Queensboro Bridge Art Contest


The Queensboro Bridge Art Contest is the LIC Art Open's (licartsopen.org) invitation to the students of Queens, ages 5-18, to memorialize the Queensboro Bridge through art. Thanks to the efforts of curator Alyssa Ratkewitch and the Queens Paideia School, art
teachers and parents throughout the borough have mobilized young artists to produce more than 1,500 breathtaking submissions. The result is an unprecedented exhibition of color, imagination, poetry, possibility, and joy.

An awards ceremony for winning submissions representing 4 age categories will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the Street Festival on 22nd St., between 43rd and 44th Avenues. Council member Jimmy Van Bramer will be on hand to present awards
and personally congratulate the winners (who will be notified in advance).

An exhibition of ALL of the works will be held at the LIC Art Center on May 21& May 22, noon to 6 p.m. Please stop by to view this marvelous display of youthful creativity as well as a documentary about the bridge produced by Queens Paideia’s students especially
for this event.

LIC Art Center / 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, NY 11101
Children's Art Exhibition: 5th-floor hallway gallery
Queens Paideia School Bridge Docu-Learning: Studio 214

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Around Town: CVS' New Chelsea Store

I passed by this just yesterday and just had to mention it here. It really is the coolest setting for a drugstore I have ever seen. CVS has taken over the old Balducci's location, at the corner of Eighth Ave. and 14th Street in Manhattan, which used to be a bank many years ago:

CVS Gives Chelsea The Most Opulent Drugstore

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Emily's Sugar Rush Pictures

If you haven't yet had a chance to visit Forest Hills' new candy store, located at the corner of Austin and 72nd Ave., here are some photos of the inside. I think it's a cute addition to our main shopping district.











Review of Moca Asian Bistro

I ran across this pretty comprehensive review, just published on Sunday, of one of our better restaurants here in Forest Hills: Moca Asian Bistro, Forest Hills: Contemporary Asian fusion or confusion?

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Little Old World Charm

I, for one, really like what they have already done to the look of the former La Terrazza restaurant site next to the Midway Theater, as they transform it into the Old Vienna Cafe. Notice in the upper left portion of the photo below how they are changing the windows to give them a touch of that old world look and feel... How cozy and European of them! This was taken on Friday and I believe they have already finished these changes to the exterior. I can just imagine myself going to Old Vienna Cafe on a cold, dark day in winter and cuddling up with a hot cup of coffee. I am very intrigued to see what they do with the inside.







And here is a shot of the new store that has come in to where the old Cards N' Such used to be on Austin. Welcome Prima Donna, which from a quick glance, seems to stock many a lady's handbag:

Friday, May 6, 2011

Emily's Sugar Rush Opens Tomorrow

Reposting this comment from blog reader 'Andrew' in case you missed it:

"Yes, Emily's Sugar Rush will be opening tomorrow, Saturday May 7, right on time for Mother's day! and it will be a great place to get all your chocolate, cupcakes and candy needs. :) I will be there for the opening.
I wish them well, Austin needed something like this and it's great to have them."

I, for one, am most definitely eagerly looking forward to this new candy store. I agree with Andy, it's just what Austin Street needed:


Silly Idea of the Day

Do we really need this? It's this new self-parking car I've seen ads for. My first thought upon seeing the commercial was, "It won't work anyway." But, apparently, according to this video. It does. Ok, so my second thought is, "Really, with all the challenges facing humanity, do we really need a car that parallel parks itself?" And then my third thought was, "If I owned a car, would I really trust its parking to a robot? How do I know it won't suddenly just smack the damn thing into the cars in front and back of me? And then I am totally screwed! Thanks robot!!"

Watch the video and notice that quick moment of fear even in this woman who is demonstrating the car's self-parking ability, when her head whips around. That is how I would be, too. So I ponder: which would I choose? The moment of fear and stress that occurs every time I try to parallel park the car myself? Or the newly-discovered moment of fear and stress when I let the robot take over control of the car from me? I ask you...

Happy Friday

Kind of a slow news day here in the Hills. But with temps predicted to reach 70 degrees, who really cares??

Anyway, I thought you all might enjoy some pics I snapped from the tippy top of the Parker Towers yesterday.  I hadn't been to Parker Towers in years, so it was fun to visit them and see what Forest Hills looks like from their perspective for a change...






Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tennis Stadium Rejected for Landmark Hearing

This is, well, laughable....
Iconic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium Rejected For Landmark Hearing

If this isn't all about politics, big-business connections and that kind of bullshit I don't know what is... it all comes down to development - if they landmark it, the developers aren't free to do anything they want with the site.

What is most offensive about this is their arrogance - they think the public is stupid.

Here's another article about the ruling: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium Denied Landmark Status

For those of you new to this blog, I have always been in favor of preserving this historic stadium. I am all for progress and moving forward, if anything, to an extreme degree. I believe Forest Hills needs more development, not less. We need more modern spaces for big retailers and big restaurants to come in, but at the same time preserving our smaller restaurants and retailers. Any long-time resident who has a problem with that should've taken it up years ago with the City when it plowed its lovely Queens Blvd. through the center of Forest Hills. That fantasy is over and it is now important that we make the best of what we have. We can do that through proper, attractive new developments.

However, as far as I see it, we have a few charming elements left here in Forest Hills:
  • Austin St.
  • Station Square
  • Forest Hills Gardens
  • The Tennis Stadium
  • Many of the coop buildings. I have to say many of them do the best they can to beautify the area with some pretty stunning landscaping and the excellent upkeep of their properties.

If the Tennis Stadium is to be developed in some way, the charm and amazing history of the site should somehow be incorporated. And of course it should be done for common use and hopefully as a tourist draw so our local retailers get more foot traffic on Austin and get more business. That would ripple across the surrounding areas as well, I would think, including the very dilapidated, sad state of affairs along Queens Blvd. heading towards Kew Gardens.