Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Touch of Glass for Austin

I'm liking what I'm seeing as they start to reveal the new gourmet food shop Mr. Vino's Cucina, on Austin St. Nice and sleek looking...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

This looks great...

New James Bond Theme

.... This is growing on me... what do you all think?
Not sure if it will end up rivaling my faves by Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran and Carly Simon. We'll see.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Restaurant Review: La Vigna

So happy to report that I can add another local restaurant to my list of favorites: La Vigna on Metropolitan Ave.

One person on the blog's Facebook page had been strongly recommending La Vigna for quite some time now. So I finally had the chance to check it out for myself and I was not disappointed. We all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there Friday night.

I have to admit I was also surprised by just how modern and new the place was. For some reason I was expecting an older restaurant showing its age like some of the other places on Metropolitan.

Metropolitan Ave. is really becoming quite a strip for some excellent dining!

Update: The person who recommended La Vigna to me on our Facebook page adds:
 Here is what I love about them- they give you elaborate (free) bread plates, often with different cheeses and olives, and sometimes bruschetta, as opposed to the mediocre store bought rolls that other Italian restaurants offer. They also have an amazing Italian Cheesecake dessert. And, their prix fix menu on Sundays is a fairly decent bargain.

Here's some of what we had. (Sorry. The pics aren't the greatest. I'm looking forward to my new camera—coming soon!)

Clams Casino

Ravioli di Zucca   21.00Homemade ravioli stuffed with pumpkin, butternut squash,& ricotta cheese in butter & sage sauce

Pollo Marsala   17.95Breast of chicken with mushrooms in a Marsala sauce

Ravioli   16.95Homemade cheese ravioli in a light tomato & basil sauce

Friday, October 5, 2012

Soon Staple-Less

.... at least those of us who don't have a car or don't live near Metropolitan Ave. What a pain! Now where am I going to get my paper and ink??

Yes, I received a flurry of emails and tweets late yesterday that the Staples on 71st/Continental is closing at the end of this month. That leaves the nearest one down near Metropolitan Ave., I think near the Trader Joe's if my memory serves me correctly. Out of reach on foot of most of us central Forest Hills residents.

Staples is the kind of store I always just took for granted. Of course there's a Staples nearby! I never gave it a thought really. So this comes as kind of a shock and a really annoying development for our neighborhood.

The only silver lining is this leaves a very nice, large space for another business to come in to the nabe, smack dab in the center of Forest Hills' main shopping drag. Hopefully it will be something useful and interesting...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

First Presidential Debate

These debates are always surprising. They never seem to turn out the way people expect. It will be interesting to see what effect it has on the election. My prediction: very little. I don't think the people in Ohio who have had their jobs saved by Obama care much about a debate. They care that Obama saved their jobs. And that, my friends, is what will turn out to be all that matters.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Arts & Crafts Studio Coming to Metropolitan

The anticipated opening of Oliloli is mid-November. Construction began at the location today: 103-23 Metropolitan Avenue, pretty close to 71st Ave. The owner, a Forest Hills resident for 12 years and a mother of two, envisions a space for both adults and children to take a variety of classes and workshops. Check out the website below. It looks really interesting. 

The website is

Monday, October 1, 2012

Top 5 Best Things

Here it is, the list you've all been waiting for! The first edition of what will be an occasional feature here on the blog: My countdown of the "Top 5 Best Things That Have Happened To FoHi." At least recently, anyway:

5. Martha's Country Bakery Expansion - Was just in there for dessert Saturday evening. What a marvelous job they did on their expansion into the next door space. While their cakes may not be the best in NYC, they more than do the trick. Always exceedingly fresh and top quality. But it's the atmosphere of their new place that is just what FoHi needed. Always packed, the line never ending and the decor is so upbeat and friendly. Just a great place to hang out with friends.

4. Emily's Sugar Rush - Such a cute little shop. Just the kind of charming indie store Forest Hills needed to set it apart from every other NYC neighborhood. Not to mention, the place is packed to the rafters with just about every kind of candy you could ever want.

3. Chipotle - Coming Soon. They can't open this soon enough.

2. La Boulangerie - From the upscale French bakery ambience, to the amazing breads and other baked goods, to the delicious salads and sandwiches, sometimes I wonder: 'What did we do to deserve such a great place?' I mean our casual food scene here in FoHi went from virtually zero to amazing in one day when La Boulangerie opened.

And the No. 1 best thing to happen to FoHi recently:

1. Bareburger - How long has this place been open now? About 7 months? It's hard to remember how I ever got along without it. Basically, it offers everything I'd want from a terrific diner (which I still pray will open here, by the way) - great salads, sandwiches, and of course burgers, shakes and fries. And much healthier to boot. And delicious. And fun. And beer. And pickles. And their sauces. And their panko chicken strips... I can go on and on...

So there's my Top 5 list. Look for my Top 5 Worst List coming soon! :(

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Deadlines at work today and have to pay the bills, so will resume regular programming ASAP. In the meantime, if you see anything of interest, please email it in to the Edge of the City Central Compound at

Monday, September 24, 2012

FoHi Not Immune to iPhone 5 Lines

Some scenes from Friday at stores in our nabe...

Jack & Nellie's Menu

A reader was nice enough to snap this pic of their menu and send it in. If you're not familiar with it, Jack & Nellie's is the new wine bar/restaurant that opened on Ascan last week (across from Nick's Pizza).

Friday, September 21, 2012

More Details on New Gym

The new gym coming to Forest Hills, Title Boxing Club, will be located at 69-40 Austin Street, next to the Eddie Bauer. They predict it could take about 12 weeks for construction.

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.