Sunday, August 19, 2012

Obama Fly-Over

This was an unexpected thrill this weekend...

Organic Market Closing

This store, right near the Windsor building, gave it a go for a few years. But I guess between Natural and the new Farmer's Market it just couldn't make it. I liked their freshly-made sandwiches, way in the back. But I noticed their shelves were thinning out in recent months...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tennis Event in FoHi Saturday

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evian® Debuts The First Annual evian Wood Racquet Cup (via PR Newswire)

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Paying tribute to the heritage of evian and the brand's history with the US Open, evian®(a brand of Danone Waters of America, Inc.) will debut its first annual retro tennis tournament with the evian Wood Racquet Cup taking place on Saturday, August 18, 2012…

Natural Goes Indian

By the way, while we're on the subject of food, I was thrilled to see the other day that Natural on Austin is now selling frozen meals from Cafe Spice. I've been getting these from Whole Foods in Manhattan for years and they are really great.

Yes, I know, some will say, why in the world when we have the best Indian food in all of the US of A an express stop away would we want to have a frozen Indian meal? Well, for those days when we are spectacularly lazy, of course.

Newest Delectable Delicacy

I love discovering delicious food, especially when I find it unexpected places.

I have been getting pizza from the recently opened Gloria Pizza (right next to the Midway Theater) every couple of weeks for a while now and have been liking it more every time I go. My most recent discovery was their Grandma pizza - delicious, tangy and saucy squares of goodness, Though plenty of crust to chew on, the lesser amount of cheese has been especially appealing as I try to fight the battle of the bulge. I find Gloria's Grandma pizza to be the best I've found in Forest Hills. The sauce is so fresh and tangy - getting hungry just thinking about it!

But the real reason for this post is my delightfully unexpected discovery at Gloria Pizza - their house salad. Who on God's earth would've imagine that a simple house salad from a pizza place could be so delicious? Their secret ingredient - their amazing house dressing. I don't know how they make it, what goes into it, but trust me - it just may be the best salad dressing I've had in New York City, or right up there with the best.

I don't say this lightly. Believe me, I am not easy to please when it comes to food. (I'll never set foot in T-Bone again, for instance, since the time they served my Dad their shrimpless shrimp salad like 10 years ago). So when I discover something this good, I just have to spread the word.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

President Obama Calls Mars Rover Team

And here's a color view of the surface of Mars taken from Curiosity. Click on the pic for a very cool larger view.

New Poll

It's a muggy, cloudy day, and they even expect big thunderstorms! Just the type of day to take out all of your frustrations on a new poll! Hooray! And a new poll with a decidedly uncharacteristically negative tone to it! All you poo-pooers will just love it! Enjoy!

Where Can We Fit One of These?

Now, this would be amazing here in FoHi. Where could we fit one?

Cologne-influenced German beer hall opens in Slope
Brooklyn is getting another whiff of Cologne thanks to a massive new beer hall inspired by the German city. A 200-seat pub opened for business on St. Marks Place near Fourth Avenue under the name Die Koelner Bierhalle — the borough’s second tribute to Germany’s fourth largest metropolis.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Project Runway Contestant Lives in Kew Gardens

Despite his success, Budhu plans on staying in Kew Gardens, where he moved a few years ago. "I'm a more reserved guy," he said, "and I like a place that is more quiet and serene."
Read the story here: Queens Designer Ven Budhu Turning Heads on 'Project Runway'

Friday, August 10, 2012

New Information on Chipotle for FoHi

Now we are hearing that Chipotle will probably be coming to Forest Hills, in the old Martha's Bakery space on Austin. A commenter had written about that here months ago and the information now seems more reliable so I am tentatively reporting it.

I believe this will be the first Chipotle in Queens. If I'm wrong, let me know.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Restaurant Review: Taci's

A couple of friends and I recently ate at the new Turkish restaurant Taci's located at 102-07 Metropolitan Avenue here in Forest Hills. I liked everything about this place, the decor, the food, the service. We had a great time.

The atmosphere is bright and relaxed...

As appetizers, we ordered the Tarama ($4.75), a red caviar spread whipped with olive oil, lemon juice and herbs, and the hummus ($4.75). They also brought out a delicious bread and my friend ordered a great salad (sm: $5.50; large $8.00). We loved all of them.

As a main course, I had the chicken kebab ($11.25). It was very good. It comes in an interesting way, on a roll, so you can eat it like that. I chose to just eat the chicken, which I found to be perfectly seasoned and cooked. It comes with a side of vegetables, which were also scrumptious.

Oh, and I washed it all down with a Turkish soda ($1.50), which tasted kind of like Sprite, but was a lot better...

Kind of a more boring review than I'm used to writing here on EOTC, because this place was so good, I can't find fault with anything! The only thing I could say is that while my chicken kebab was quite good, it didn't blow me away. But then again, none that I have had here in NYC or the entire U.S. for that matter, has. I guess I have to go back to Greece or something for a truly mind-blowing chicken kebab. I did find Taci's better than Agora's though. Agora Taverna, the Greek restaurant, on Austin seems to be lacking in the non-fish department.

So, overall, I highly recommend this new addition to our local restaurant scene. For some excellent Turkish food right here in Forest Hills, get yourselves down to Taci's on Metropolitan.

Final Grade: A

Back to Work

We took the train, and bus, and ferry, over to Fire Island for the day, and had the encounter below. Anyway, we now resume regular programming...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Welcome to Mars!

Staying up late to watch the Mars landing.... It helps that I took the day off tomorrow :)

Here's the link if you're interested: NASA Live TV

1:49 a.m. Update: WOW! Was that awesome! What an amazing country we are that we can accomplish things like this. If you couldn't watch this live tonight, try to catch the replay on YouTube or on the site. To watch those first two pictures from the surface of Mars come in just minutes after Curiosity touched down was just amazing.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Mission to Mars

Looking forward to Curiosity touching down on the surface of Mars around 1:30 a.m. Monday. I love it when NASA has these big events during the summer.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What is Queens?

Well, according to The Lite Choice low-fat ice cream chain, Queens is, well Queens. That is all well and good, except its website's locations page has an entire section for stores in New York City. So, I ask you, why isn't our Forest Hills location listed there?

This is one of my big pet peeves. It is not very hard to grasp that Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City. It's not it's own entity, other than being a borough, and therefore does not merit its own sub-heading on your locations page, Lite Choice people.

While I'm on the subject, just to point it out, Queens is also not a part of Long Island. Geographically, yes, it is, physically in fact part of the western portion of Long Island. But politically, again, it is a borough of New York City. We have no government in common with Long Island.

It's always amused me that certain entities in our neighborhood try to blur the lines between Forest Hills, Queens and Long Island, as if we are somehow the third county of Long Island. I guess I could understand that when the City was suffering through its period of urban blight. But that hasn't been the case for decades now. So, let's get things straight. If you think Queens is part of Long Island, or is its own entity somehow, you are misinformed and just plain wrong. If you want for some reason to believe that by living in Forest Hills you are living on Long Island, you are dating yourself by more than a decade or so. There hasn't been any good reason to think that since like 1998.

Storm Brings Flooding to Forest Hills

A reader sent me this shot of Puritan Avenue this afternoon during the intense rainstorm we had:

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012



Bad for India, Good for U.S.A.?

Maybe they won't be so quick to move all our jobs overseas from now on? I wonder who's answering all those calls to my bank today?

Half of India Crippled by Second Day of Power Failures
For a second day in a row, large sections of India were crippled by massive power outages as the country’s northern and eastern electricity grids failed in the early afternoon.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Romney Doing Darn Best to Start Intifada No. 3

Laughable! Moronic! This is an insult to stupid people.... Oh, I can go on and on... What a moronic bunch of crap....

The Caucus: Romney Comments on Palestinians Draw Criticism
Mitt Romney's remarks at a fund-raiser suggesting cultural differences accounted for disparities between the per capita incomes of Israel and the Palestinians, have drawn criticism.
And Mr. Erekat is correct in what he is quoted as saying in this article. The comments are racist——putrid, racist filth. Disgraceful coming from a person who wants to be President of the United States. It's an insult to every American. What is this man even doing there?? It's fuckn' embarrassing!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Busy Sunday Morning in FoHi

Boy, there's a lot going on for a Sunday morning. I think we are going to have to add a special weekend shift here at EOTC.

I'll try to type through my foggy Sunday morning brain.

Some sort of mishap with the Chase Bank at the corner of 71st Continental and Queens Blvd. The entire window was shattered and they were replacing it this morning. Either another crazy Saturday night driver or an attempted "smash and grab" heist? Or perhaps a local street youth had too much to drink and fell into the window during his drunken stumble home. I, myself, just do not know. Perhaps one of you do?

And, here, for you fanatical waffle fans, are a bunch of photos of that waffle truck you all seem to adore so much, parked for the second Sunday in a row on 71st/Continental.

And finally, another Sunday at the delightful FoHi Farmer's Market... My second breakfast this morning (I think the hobbits refer to it as "elevenses") included a blueberry muffin from Bread Alone, and an almond croissant from those guys, too. I wasn't supposed to eat the croissant, but another member of my household passed on it and I couldn't resist. Oh, I also nabbed a bunch of nectarines for the second week in a row (they were among the best I've ever had when I got them there last weekend), and some local honey.

Update: Someone tweeted me that a homeless man smashed the window of the bank. Not sure yet how they know. Trying to find out.

Also, I forgot to mention earlier that I noticed Piu Bello (or Biu Bella, as someone said they are called now) is open again after being shut by the health inspectors. That's one restaurant that has nine lives if I ever saw one.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Storm Pic

Here's a cool pic @knitgrlnyc posted to Twitter of tonight's storm over Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills:

Retailers Fitting In

An interesting article in the Times this morning about how big box retailers are trying to better tailor themselves to cities:

Retailers’ Idea: Think Smaller in Urban Push
As young Americans move to cities, retailers that grew up in the suburbs are following them. And unlike previous efforts, they are doing it the cities’ way.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Last Segment of High Line Acquired

One of my favorite parks in the city will soon, hopefully, be getting much bigger...

City Acquires Last Segment of High Line From Railroad
New York City has acquired the third and final section of the High Line, the old elevated railroad structure on the West Side of Manhattan, from CSX Transportation, clearing the way for completion of the park.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Day in the Country

Actually, all these photos were taken today right here in Forest Hills, along Greenway Terrace in the Gardens.

Lazy Squirrel Sunday

Found this lazy squirrel on my air conditioner this morning. Kind of odd behavior for a Forest Hills squirrel. They are usually so industrious. But after a lot of banging on the window, he finally woke up and reluctantly walked away.

Friday, July 20, 2012

What a horror in Colorado. Prayers go out to the victims and their families.

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MTA Restores Cuts

Some Subway, Train and Bus Services to Be Restored or Expanded
The M.T.A., which two years ago made cuts, plans to phase in the improvements starting this fall.
Another sign of the health of this remarkable city we live in while times are still really difficult for a lot of other parts of the country.