Friday, September 16, 2011

One Year Anniversary of Tornado

It was one year ago today, around 5:40 p.m., that the tornado tore threw Forest Hills. I am reposting the photos I took that day. It's remarkable that there weren't more injuries or worse given all the destruction and the fact that it occurred during rush hour. Sadly, it did claim one life: that of Aline Levakis, 30, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., who was driving on Grand Central Parkway and had just pulled over near Jewel Ave. when a tree fell on her car.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Work Next to Midway Theater

The rumors are true - there is indeed work going on in the former pizza place next to the Midway movie theater. Couldn't quite tell what is going in there. But there was a truck in front for kitchen equipment - but that could be either coming, or going, I suppose.

Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

Yes, it is almost one year since our twister here in FoHi (The one year anniversary is actually tomorrow, Sept. 16th.)

But here's a fitting photo I dug up from the archives that I thought you'd all enjoy.... Anyone remember this damage that the tornado did to Bob Turner's billboard? It was one of the first things that caught my eye when I emerged after the tornado went over my building...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Kudos to the Midway Theater for the clever way it is promoting the film "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Check it out for yourself - after dark of course. My camera didn't do it justice as you can see by my photo, but you can just make out that the theater's marquee is dark only around the name of this movie. Their clever little trick got me interested in this movie so I took a peak at the trailer. And it is kinda creepy... see for yourself... Enjoy!'

By the way, why do they always stay in these houses so long? I freak out when the ceiling fan goes on by itself. For me, at the first disembodied voice telling me to GET THE #$#!! OUT!! of the house, I'm gone! I learned that tip back in the 70s when I saw The Amityville Horror. Oh, you didn't see that one? Let me refresh your memory then.

Truly Bizarre Indian Food News

A friend of mine ran across this story in Gothamist... Lawsuit: Indian Restaurant Forces Indians To Tip, Or Else They'll Get Beaten Up

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Don't Forget to Vote!

Remember, today is the special vote to determine who will take over Anthony Weiner's congressional seat. Be sure to cast your vote for Democrat David Weprin! If you don't love Weprin, at least you'll be voting against the radical Bob Turner! Just what we need, more Bush-era policies to make our economy even worse! Vote for Turner and I predict if you think things are bad today, just wait. Check back on this blog in a couple of years from now. You think things are bad today? More of the Bush-era policies of supporting only the interests of the super rich over the rest of us. My God, these people even had the audacity to try to harm our entire nation by refusing to raise the debt ceiling, all in an attempt to score political points against Obama! Treason if I have ever seen it!

Vote for Bob Turner and I predict your head will be spinning in a couple of years things will be so bad here. You read it here first! :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sushi Yasu Moving to Austin

A reader tells me they were recenty in Sushi Yasu, the popular restaurant on Yellowstone, and was told they are moving to a location near Barnes & Noble on Austin St. in a couple of weeks. They wouldn't give an exact location yet, but said they'd be in their new, larger space by the end of September. Currently, they are located down on Yellowstone across from the retirement home.

"Personally," this reader wrote,  "I feel that Sushi Yasu is not only by far the best in all of Forest Hills/Rego Park, but the quality of their fish puts them near the top of my all time sushi joints.  The fish is a fresh as can be."

Then goes on to say, "The storefront however is a real dump.  They used to also be a fish market, although they got out of that business about a year ago."

 You can check out the write up on eateryROW here http://eateryrowforesthills

 The reader also says when they move in to their new location, they'll have a liquor license. "They're packed now in the evening," says this reader, "their business should explode once they move closer to the shopping district.  People should be excited to hear that they're moving."

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

I thought I'd post some of the photos I took back on that day ten years ago. I hadn't looked at these photos in a long time. But looking at them today reminded me of how everyone who was there that day forgot about themselves. We all became one. You can see it in my photos below.

I remember when the first tower fell. An elderly lady was left howling in the crowd as we all ran away. I didn't even think about it - I put my arm around her and comforted her, telling her it was going to be all right. We took a few steps together and then I looked up and saw a police woman looking at us both. I passed the old lady to her without a word, and kept stumbling up the street, heading away from the destruction.

So we all became one. And if anything the insanity of those who were behind this horrible act had the opposite effect—instead of pulling us apart, it brought us all together.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Brooklyn vs. Queens: A Comedy Throwdown

Root for your favorite borough at Brooklyn vs. Queens: A Comedy Throwdon at Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO

On Saturday, October, 1 at 9pm comedians Liz Simons, Selena Coppock, and Sue Funke are producing a show at Gleason's Gym in DUMBO titled,  "Brooklyn vs. Queens: A Comedy Throwdown." The premise is to have similar standup comedians from either borough perform back-to-back. The match ups include: Brooklyn Gay vs. Queens Gay, Native Brooklyn vs. Native Queens, Blonde Brooklyn vs. Blonde Queens and, of course the girl comic-on-girl comic action of  Brooklyn Chick vs. Queens Chick. Borough pride is on the line and the comedy brawls will be intense and hilarious!

Kendra Cunningham (Brooklyn)
Leah Bonnema (Queens)
Garry Hannon (Brooklyn)
Adam Lehman (Queens)
Ophira Eisenberg (Brooklyn)
Carrie Gravenson (Queens)
Selena Coppock (Brooklyn)
Liz Simons (Queens)
...and special secret guests!!

Gleason’s Gym, 77 Front Street, 2nd floor - A/C to High Street or the F to York Street
$10 at the door plus 1 FREE drink just for coming.
Hosted by Sue Funke and Sean Donnelly.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Brownies on Hold

We will have to wait until next week for the new store Brownies & Cream to open. But they promise free treats when it does... Also La Boulangerie has had to close for a couple of days this week because of electrical work in that building at night. They say they are not able to make the bread overnight...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Trouble With Vienna

I spent some time at the relatively new Cafe Vienna over the past couple of days, the restaurant/cafe/wine bar next to the Midway Theater. My friends and I talked a lot about the place while we sat there and our conclusion: while this is certainly a very nice restaurant, with a bit of an overhaul it could be a smashing success.

The restaurant wasn't very crowded this past Saturday night - and perhaps that is not a surprise. Cafe Vienna lists a Coca-Cola on its menu for $4.50. I point that out because it is kind of symbolic about the things that are wrong with this new restaurant -- for one thing a menu of rather exotic desserts and food offerings at often steep prices that kind of seems more at home in Vienna itself, than here in New York City.

What does Cafe Vienna get right? They did a really nice job in renovating the space. It's airy, inviting, pleasant. But it could also be better. Our conclusion: Cafe Vienna should remake itself along the lines of Ozzie's Coffee in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Inside Ozzie's on 5th Ave. in Park Slope.
If you haven't been to Ozzie's this photo gives you kind of the idea of what we are talking about. It's a relaxing coffee shop where people can find a spot on a sofa or a comfy big chair, spend time reading, chatting, spread out with a newspaper and kick back for an hour or so. It's eclectic, hip but fun, relaxed - just the kind of spot we could use here in Forest Hills. And what's more, the space next to the Midway Theater where Cafe Vienna is right now would be ideal for this type of place.

Cafe Vienna has begun to embrace the nice weather this time of year brings with it - its big windows were open Saturday night to their outdoor seating area. Good move! But change up the place by throwing some comfy couches into the mix, lose the Viennese-style and go with more of an American coffee house feel with a more classic American coffee house menu, scatter around tables with books and magazines and newspapers. And I really do think, this place would be a huge hit.

If you want to see one new local place that has already captured this feel, check out La Boulangerie. I hear that Saturday morning its comfortable, inviting new space was packed with people just hanging out and enjoying this French bakery's freshly made offerings.

Blue Bloods in Forest Hills

Ah, so that's why he's always here...

“We have a house that we use in Forest Hills for Donnie Wahlberg’s character,” he says. “In Bay Ridge, we shoot mainly on Narrows Avenue and Shore Road. There are also great views from the 69th St. pier. Throw on a long lens and you’ve got this amazing view of New York City.”

Read more:  On the lookout: ‘Blue Bloods’ combines domestic and crime locations

Defeat Bob Turner Sept. 13th!

Let's hope Bob Turner does not win the special election on Sept. 13th. I actually wasn't very motivated to write about this special election to fill Congressman Anthony Weiner's seat, until that is I received Republican Bob Turner's latest flyer stating his position that religious education should receive more funding!

My God! That's one of the most radical, dangerous positions an American politician can stress! Why would he do that?? With all the problems facing this country today, we are supposed to turn to religion to solve them? Does he want us to reenter a Dark Ages? Jesus!

Defeat Bob Turner Sept. 13th
So, thank you Mr. Turner for clearing that up for me, and motivating me to blog about this election! Edge of the City supports Democrat David Weprin for Congress on Sept. 13th. We certainly have enough problems without having to drag God and one of the most personal things a human being can treasure, his or her faith and spirituality, into it.

Here is some information about Mr. Weprin's political position, pretty much all of which are progressive and sound:

Weprin's views are generally characterized as liberal. He generally supports increased revenue to balance the budget instead of reducing spending or cutting government. He opposed the Budget Control Act of 2011 which raised the debt ceiling and created the super-committee to find spending cuts because he favored an increased revenue approach He believes in man-made global warming and supports cap-and-trade.

Elect David Weprin on Sept. 13th.
He supports gay marriage, and voted in favor of the law legalizing same-sex marriage in New York while noting that it was the right thing to do. Weprin is opposed to privatization of social security or any other changes to the program. David Weprin has been very supportive of gun control by the government. He has supported or sponsored legislation to outlaw the purchase of firearms for people involved in a domestic violence incident in New York, and legislation to end the sale of toy guns in New York to prevent accidental shootings by cops.

State Assemblyman Weprin practices Orthodox Judaism and is a strong supporter of Israel and the US-Israel relationship. He was critical of President Obama's comments that Israel should consider returning to pre-1967 borders in an effort to engender peace with the Palestinians. He also objected to President Obama's treatment of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He opposes further Israeli concessions and land-for-peace deals.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

If anyone is looking for a nanny or asst. preschool teacher, feel free to contact Lynn Mendelsohn at . She says she has over 7 years of experience working with children along with a Masters in Elem. Education and Working with Students with Disabilities. She will be moving to the area soon.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Place Your Bets...

... on what will eventually move into the abandoned OTB space here in Forest Hills. But until then, you can read the following article. All I can say is that is one prime piece of real estate here in town...
N.Y. / REGION At OTB Parlors, Ghosts of Wagers Past Linger By DAVID W. DUNLAP Published: August 28, 2011 The 50 or so Off-Track Betting Corporation parlors across the city have been closed since December, but very few of the spaces have found new tenants.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Good Ground Zero Overview

Confused about what is going on at Ground Zero, what is being built there, and when things will be finished? Here is a good video that pretty much explains it all:

Brownies & Cream Update

Brownies & Cream, the new store on Austin, says it expects to open on September 8th or 9th.