Thursday, September 20, 2012

More Pics of Zero Hour TV Shoot

A reader sent me these late today. In case you missed my earlier posts, this was for a new ABC show called Zero Hour. They filmed in Station Square yesterday, transforming the Jade restaurant and surroundings into early 20th Century Germany.

New Gym Coming to Austin St.

The name of the gym is Title Boxing Club.

Here's an excerpt from the email I received. I asked him where exactly on Austin it will be and when I find out, I'll let you all know:
We are very excited that we have found a home in Forest Hills on the famous Austin Street. Our grand opening date is still to be determined, but we have just signed the lease and are preparing the community of Forest Hills by reaching out to your blog to to offer some insight to our services.

Title Boxing Club is a fitness facility that incorporates the techniques of boxing. This is not one of your typical sweaty, smelly, male dominated boxing clubs. This actually is a female friendly state-of-the-art gym with a 54 bag station and professional instructors that lead the "Power Hour" classes. Once members pick their stations and glove up the energy and music takes them through a high level, intense, fun workout regimen that is second to none, burning between 850 - 1000 calories GUARANTEED! No other club offers this lifestyle change.

Our goal is simple, to help our members reach their personal mile-stones, lose weight, tone up and gain fitness levels they never thought they could achieve.

Please feel free to visit our corporate website for further information

More on Zero Hour Filming

The Forest Hills Patch website has some really good photos of the shoot yesterday for the new ABC show Zero Hour. 

ABC Drama Turns Back the Clock in Forest Hills

I couldn't believe how many trailers they had lining up on Austin yesterday afternoon. We were transformed into a mini Hollywood for a day. Unfortunately, I had a dinner appointment I had to make in Manhattan so I didn't have time to stop and take my own pics as I was racing to get to the subway. But I came thiiis close! It's sometimes very hard to put down the blogger hat, even when running late for dinner.

As Patch reports, they were mostly using Station Square for the backdrop of the show which went back in time to early 20th Century Germany. Is that cool or what?

Commenting on this Blog

I just wanted to correct some misconceptions about this blog. I have no patience for negative people. Life is too short. This is my choice as a human being. So, if you think you are going to visit this blog and just post comments deriding our neighborhood for no specific reason, you'll find your comments will be deleted or, in the worst cases, you will eventually be blocked. I don't do this out of anger. There are a lot of important things to be angry about in this world and this is far from one of them. Here's an example: the fact that countries are now trying to mine the North Pole for the oil that has appeared there after they melted the ice by burning oil in the first place.

So, no, I do not do this out of anger. I do this for pretty selfish reasons actually. I find negativity overall and negative people terribly boring. And if there is one thing I hate it is being bored, and having to spend time with boring people. I don't do that in my personal life, why would I want to read the comments of boring people here?

Now, be careful and note I am not saying you cannot post a negative comment about something here. Just try to make it about something specific. Try to refrain from things like writing off Forest Hills as "a mediocre neighborhood," or worse, as one fool did this morning. As long-time readers of this blog know, I am no blog Nazi. I have better things to be doing with my life than spending all my time deleting comments. So you have to be a pretty consistent 'Debbie Downer' to raise my ire and inspire my wrath.

Well, that's about all I had to say this morning. Now enjoy the blog and a big thank you to everyone who has helped me with this blog by emailing in news tips or photos—and by writing thoughtful comments as the overwhelming majority of you usually do. All of you have really made this blog a great resource for our neighborhood. Thank you and keep it up!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Office Space Available

Here's the link for more information:
108-21 72nd Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375

New ABC Show Filming on Austin St.

A reader sent me this shot of the new TV show Zero Hour filming on Austin today.

Here's the description of the show from the website:
"To find his wife, one man will have to unravel one of the greatest conspiracies of all time. The countdown has begun!"

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Someone's Been Reading My Blog

Mitt Romney, Class Warrior
Turning the rich against the poor is Mr. Romney’s campaign tactic and his plan for governing.

Speaking of Class Warfare

Now tell me again, just who is practicing class warfare in this campaign?

I think this video reveals more about Mitt Romney than maybe anything we've seen so far. And the most important thing it reveals? His black and white, simplistic way of thinking. Sir, nothing is as black and white as you make it out to be. How dare you paint millions of your fellow Americans with a broad brush and not think of them as individuals. We are all much more complex than that. And if you can't see it, you do not deserve to get our vote.

Remembering The Forest Hills Tornado

Believe it or not, Sept. 16th marked the two-year anniversary of the Forest Hills Tornado.

And here's a short clip I found.

Monday, September 17, 2012

News Update

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to all of the Jewish readers of the blog. Now, here's some news:

1) Today is opening day for the new wine bar/restaurant on Ascan, Jack and Nellie's.

2) Also, someone wrote in to tell me that the Quest Fitness property on Queens Blvd. has been seized by the NYS Marshall, leaving members who have already paid their memberships high and dry.

3) Brownies & Cream on Austin St. has reportedly shut its doors for good, with Sunday being its last day.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Newest Frozen Yogurt Place

This is coming to the space where Europan was. From what I hear, there's one in Astoria I believe. I haven't tried it though. (This is what happens when I get sick - supposedly this sign has been up on the store for a few days. So sorry for the delay! Thankfully, a reader sent this in.) Oh, and by the way, I don't know what a webside is either, in case you were wondering.

Does anyone not yet have this horrible cold that is going around? If you don't have it yet, I don't envy what you have to look forward to.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Full Lincoln Trailer

Just released this eve...

More Media Musings

The last time I dealt with CNN and Anderson Cooper, it was about their over-hyped coverage of Hurricane Isaac hitting New Orleans. Well, there's something else CNN and Anderson have been up to for quite a long time now that annoys me so much I just couldn't help but rant about it.

Has anyone else noticed that Anderson Cooper's 8 p.m. show on CNN is simply replayed in the 10 p.m. time slot and disguised to look like it's a new, live show?? ARGH!!! What kind of journalism is this??

Watch it next time you have a chance. At 10 p.m., Cooper comes on for like five seconds and says, "It's 10 p.m...." and then they immediately replay the show that he did at 8 p.m.! It would be hilarious if it wasn't so insulting to every viewer's intelligence!

While I am on the subject of Anderson Cooper, this person seems to have a HUGE problem with what the term "Live" means. His daytime show, which was rebranded as "Anderson Live" airs here in NYC at 12 p.m. and is actually recorded at 9 a.m. that morning. Um, how does this merit the word "Live" in the title? OY!

Getting back to CNN, I watched last night at 8 and then tuned back in at 10 and noticed that the live report from Cairo they aired at 8 p.m. was replayed in the 10p.m. show, with the word "Live" still on the screen! How do they freakin' get away with that?

I'm sorry, but if you are a news organization, you have one purpose, one job to do: To relay accurate information (FACTS) to your audience. If we can't even trust you with the most basic of facts – what is really being broadcast "live" — then how are we supposed to trust you when it comes to anything else you report?

It is not for you to decide what is reality, CNN. That power is beyond even you. And it shows the utmost arrogance to just assume your viewers are stupid and that facts are not important to them. At this point, what is the difference between you and simply an entertainment network? Walter Cronkite is probably rolling over in his grave.


Kind of convenient for the Republicans, isn't it, that suddenly there's all this anti-American tumult in the Middle East. Also kind of convenient that it should suddenly happen right on the heels of President Obama's big post-convention bounce. Also, kind of interesting that it hits Obama at one of his strengths: foreign policy. Also, kind of interesting that it was all started by a trailer on youtube for a movie that doesn't seem to actually exist. Also, kind of interesting this trailer was made by some mystery man with what seems to be a false identity. Also, kind of interesting that the trailer appears to have been funded by right-wing activists. Hmmm, coincidence? More likely Mitt Romney's October Surprise come a month early, and meant to derail Obama's momentum after his awesome Convention, and Romney's disastrous one. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

73-Year-Old Woman Raped in Central Park

What a horror. A 73-year-old bird watcher was raped in the Central Park Ramble in broad daylight just before noon today. She had taken photos of her attacker a week ago. They are included in the link below. Let's hope they catch this individual as soon as possible.
Woman, 73, Raped in Central Park in Broad Daylight The victim told the police she had a confrontation with her attacker about a week and half ago, when she took a photograph of him masturbating in the park.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lincoln Movie Teaser

Soda Ban Explained

A very entertaining video tries to explain the soda ban proposal. The Board of Health is scheduled to vote on it this Thursday.
‘Soda Ban Explained’
The filmmaker’s guide to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s proposal to restrict the sale of big, sugary drinks.

New Classifieds Section

Check it out here. To have your ad listed, email us at, or just post it to the comments section on the page. It's a great way to reach the local community, and all listings are absolutely free. 

Homefront Closing

I've gotten a couple of emails about this and have been meaning to post something about it. Such a shame to see this charming little shop closing. It would be nice to see them re-open on Metropolitan Ave. where rents are cheaper and where smaller, independent stores seem to be doing well. By the way, along those lines, I was in Kew Gardens over the weekend. I don't know, but I think things are going to start happening in that 'hood. I think it's going to become a very "in" little NYC neighborhood.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Local Yoga Groupon

A reader sent me this link to a Groupon for all you local yoga practitioners. She writes: "I am not an owner of the studio, but I do practice at this studio and think it is a wonderful place and deserves community support." Zen & Yoga – Forest Hills

Calm After The Storm

Truly was a gorgeous day today and a fittingly beautiful late summer evening to top it off.

A Slice of Heaven...

.... Nick's Pizza. Especially their pepperoni.

Saturday Storm Pics

A couple of photos readers sent in of Saturday's storm.

This amazing photo is looking south over the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium.

This shot is in the direction of the Walgreens on Queens Blvd., and 69th/Yellowstone. 
By the way, I find it kind of interesting that the Police Commissioner visited the areas affected by Saturday's tornado. If my memory serves me correctly, I don't remember him visiting Forest Hills when we we suffered a lot worse damage a couple of years ago from our tornado. Strange... The only thing I can conclude is this formula: Amazing Video of Tornado + Media Picking up That Amazing Video = Police Commissioner Visitation to Affected Area.

When our tornado hit, we didn't have video of the actual tornado hitting Forest Hills - only the aftermath of the damage. The closest thing was this footage shot in Park Slope just before it hit us here:

By the way, just to set the record straight, we here in Forest Hills had a tornado on September 16, 2010 and also a "macroburst." There were two tornados that day, one of which went over a portion of Forest Hills. How do I know for sure? Because I was in the tornado. It went right over my building while I was home. I didn't grow up on a farm in Kansas, but I've heard enough descriptions of a tornado to know what it was that went over my building. I heard the rumble approach, and it sounded like a freight train as it passed over my location and the entire building shook. I looked outside just as it was hitting and saw nothing but swirling debris and white. The whole experience lasted like about 45 seconds as it moved over my building and then subsided quickly. I've experienced straight line winds, which accompany a macroburst, and this was nothing like that. There isn't a loud rumbling associated with them and they hit with a sudden punch and then that's it, it's over in a second.
Read more here: Two Tornadoes, Macroburst Confirmed in New York City

This incredible video kind of captures what I am talking about. Listen as the tornado goes over the Georgia Dome and you'll hear that freight train sound.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tornado in Queens

This is what happens when a tornado comes off the ocean and hits Queens... Unbelievable

Now, we stil have to get through this...


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Chipotle Construction Commences

I can taste those burritos now.. Can't wait. It will be so nice to have 'em here whenever I so desire!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Local Restaurant for Sale

A reader sent me this tip... Biu Bella, the restaurant that moved from where Agora Taverna is now to the space right across from the Post Office, is up for sale:
Coffee Shop/Restaurant - $400000 (Forest Hills - NY)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Chipotle Getting Underway

I'm at the Edge of the City Mountain Compound for part of the long weekend. But one of my readers had sent this in. So thought I'd post it...this is on the storefront where they're building the new Chipotle, next to Martha's on Austin St.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Clint Eastwood Speech

Personally, I thought Clint's speech was probably the only interesting thing I saw in the convention. And I thought the 82-year Eastwood used a creative, and very memorable, way to drive home his point.

But, therein lies the problem.

It was too memorable, and as a result, a huge strategic blunder, on par with, for example, Mike Dukakis allowing himself to be photographed in that tank (see below).

Think about it — even the right-wing rag, the New York Post, which would love more than anything to see a Republican in the White House, couldn't resist putting Eastwood, not Romney, on its front page the day after what was supposed to be Romney's big night!

What a strategic blunder! And that is what I think is the most important thing to come from the Clint Eastwood speech. It says something not about Eastwood, but about Romney's decision-making capabilities and poor judgement. After all, Romney made the decision to have Eastwood speak right before he did. It also reveals Romney's poor judgment in choosing his campaign staff. Did not one of them think Eastwood might overshadow their candidate? So their misjudgment ended up probably costing their candidate all the positive exposure his biggest speech was supposed to give him.

These types of gaffes are probably more important than any speech in showing us the true capabilities of a candidate. It can be argued that the real value of our incredibly overly long presidential campaigns come in these moments. When mistakes in judgement reveal the real capabilities — or lack thereof in this case — of the candidates.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More Media Criticism

... and while I'm criticizing the media today, I have to say CNN is getting worse and worse. Just their anchors' general editorializing about stuff. Where's the objectivity? Disgraceful. Not journalism. On a related noted, watching the coverage of Hurricane Isaac today, I really have the feeling that this storm is being hyped way more than it merits. We'll see if what I'm saying proves to be true. Yes, they're evacuating some people from low-lying areas right near the Gulf that are prone to flooding. But from everything I've read, the levees in New Orleans proper, which led to the catastrophic flooding from Katrina 7 years ago today, are not close to having any problems whatsoever. You wouldn't know that from watching CNN! They are doing their best to make this a disaster that rivals Katrina. And I believe from all I've read and heard, that that is a very inaccurate exaggeration.

By the way, if people are out in a hurricane, being blown about, that by definition means that the hurricane is not that bad. Think about that when you see those photos of people in the wind and rain on The NY Times website and on CNN . What you're not seeing is it's probably college kids having fun. I did it when I was that age. If the hurricane was really bad, you would not be seeing people standing up in it!

Enough already.
Along those lines, Anderson Cooper, please sir, enough already. Get out of the rain.

Really bad jobs by the news media are one of my pet peeves. Excuse me for my ranting.


I'm sorry, but the Republicans are having Condoleezza Rice speak at their convention tonight for what reason exactly? Are they aware that this person was part of the most incompetent  administration we've had in the White House maybe, like, ever? Why would they want to be associated with the team that brought us Iraq and other disasters? I don't get it. And I never understood their — and the media's for that matter — love affair with this person. What am I missing? Someone help me out here. I'm all ears.

Vacant Locations

Just a couple of vacant locations around Austin that have some nice potential:

1) The Organic Market next to the Windsor. Very excited about this location. It's part of a new condo so could house a very nice restaurant or another upscale grocer. (It's already set up to sell food, etc.) A bit cozy in terms of size. My choice would be a nice, new restaurant there. I would imagine the rent is pretty high though given it's a new construction. But, it's also on a side street. Hmmm, maybe we'll be looking at another fantastic food place like La Boulangerie, which also managed to afford a side street near Austin. And has found a huge following.

2) The former Marianella's Mexican spot. Right next to the McDonald's this location I see for another fast food chain. Chipotle is already coming next to Martha's, so while that would have been a no-brainer for them, that chain is out. (The location they chose is obviously better for them. Much better visibility in that highly-trafficked corner, right there visible even by Restaurant Row-goers.) What other fast food chains could come into that spot? 

Article About Metropolitan Ave.

Taci's chose Metropolitan Ave. over Austin St.
A reader sent me this link. It's an interesting look at Metropolitan Avenue discussing how and why it's rapidly becoming a "restaurant destination."
Affordable rents boost Forest Hills’ other retail strip

Now, if only they'd build that long-delayed trolley from Austin St. to Metropolitan through the Gardens I'd be there in a second! (Kidding! Don't all you Gardeners get upset. Just a joke. No one's building a trolley through your neighborhood....yet.)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Arctic Sea Ice Lowest in Modern Era

Dot Earth: Arctic Sea Ice Hits New and Early Summer Low for Satellite Era The biggest retreat of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean in the modern era gives some polar experts chills.

There are things we Forest Hillers can do every day to save our planet, and ourselves. If you drive, how about taking public transportation to work? At least a couple of times each week? We're lucky to have access to a great subway and bus system here in FoHi.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Lincoln Movie Poster

Can't wait for this movie. By the way, I got the new Jaws Blu-Ray last week. Really great!

Huntley Charged with Corruption

A busy news day for us Forest Hillers...

Queens State Senator Charged in Corruption Investigation
Shirley L. Huntley was charged with tampering with evidence, conspiracy in the fifth degree and falsifying business records.

Proposals Rejected for Stadium

Seems like members of the West Side Tennis Club have decided to selfishly deny residents of Forest Hills future use of the Tennis Stadium as a center for music, theater and other arts. So sad. So disappointing. But, at least there's still some hope. The latest proposal would at least not touch a hair on the famous, iconic Stadium which is so well-known it was even recently the setting for an episode of Mad Men.

I'm glad the members have at least not decided to just sell it off to builders who would demolish it (to me, that would be as horrible an act as what was done to the original Penn Station. And look how that turned out. Today, you get to circumnavigate claustrophobic tunnels more fit for rats than humans. You used to catch your trains in a palace, a sister to the gorgeous Grand Central Station we thankfully still have today. But I digress...)

I'm also very glad that local City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz has come around and called for the use of the stadium in a manner that can benefit all of the residents of the community.

Here's the article with this information: Forest Hills Courts Could Be Sold

Oh, and by the way, you're welcome for providing you with enough laughter to get your Monday off to a rip-roaring start. Yes, I too laugh hysterically every time I read that the Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected a proposal to make this amazing stadium - so pivotal in the history of sports in the United States and architecture overall - a landmark, thereby protecting it from demolition. After, all (excuse me, the laughing hurts so much I can barely type), what better structure to deny landmark status too, then a landmark? Ha!!

Poll Results

Here are the results so far from the August 14th poll that asked: "What do you dislike most about living in Forest Hills?"

216 people responded

1. The Supermarkets (47 votes)
2. Not enough fun stuff to do (45 votes)
3. Not enough good restaurants (40)
4. Queens Blvd. (32)
5. Not enough good take-out places (24)
6. The Shopping (14)
7. Other (14)

Hmmm, looking these over it occurred to me that a Whole Foods where the stalled construction site is on the north side of Queens Blvd. near something called a "Key Food" would solve most of these complaints, wouldn't it? Are you reading this Mr. Whole Foods? This is just a small, rinky dink blog so you can assume there's like another 10,000 non-voters living in Forest Hills for every vote in my poll. You do the math!

And here are the write-in responses:

Other Answers
the new homes being built
Basement flooding
the projected Windsor II
the narrow sidewalks on Austin St.
Rude people who take over the entire sidewalk
Rude residents
lots of grumpy people
need more daycare centers
not enough fitness center options
No Chipotles
Not enough coffee shops or cafes for writerss

I had to just remove one racist answer - not bad!! Keep it up guys!

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Apple iPhone Patent Case

This makes me so incredibly happy!
From the NY Times:
Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple in Samsung Patent Case
The jury found that Samsung infringed upon a series of Apple patents on mobile devices, in a closely watched court case that could have broad implications for the industry.

I despise, DESPISE, copycats! I HATE IT when companies, people, whomever, just blatantly rip off someone else's idea. For years now, every time someone took out their Android phone and showed it to me, saying, "Look! It's so much better than the iPhone!!! Isn't it great??" I always thought to myself, "It's a freakin' illegal copy you moron! Don't you have any respect for ingenuity???"
Steve Jobs said that Android was "a stolen product." I hope he's resting easier tonight.

Empire State Building Shooting

My friend, a local Forest Hills resident, found himself in the midst of the commotion today during the shooting. Here's a couple of the pics he took:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

So, so true, and so nicely explained, as usual. Just makes me want to throw up....
From The NY Times: 
Just Think No 
Why do Republicans have a gender gap when they ascribe superpowers to women, like the ability to block rape sperm with sheer willpower?
I cannot believe in this day and age the Republican Party actually has as part of their platform that a woman must give birth to the baby even if the result of rape or incest. So revolting. What kind of people are these? Who supports this bullshit?! At this point, I think the Republican Party should just be ruled illegal - it is an affront to decency.

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...

.... Frozen yogurt, as in Red Mango. Wow! What happened to that OTB facade? It seems like it was there just last week.

Just a clarification: I don't know if this is what the Red Mango storefront is going to look like. This is what the adjacent space to it looks like, and we don't yet know what it will be.

My friend took the pic so I didn't realize this pic doesn't include the Red Mango space on the corner of this building.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fire Pics

Here's some dramatic photos a friend sent in of a fire near the corner of 71st Ave. and Dartmouth St. yesterday.