Saturday, October 20, 2012

Just thought I'd share a cool photo I took today near the Meatpacking District. Click on it for a larger view.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Beer Hall Coming to Forest Hills?

A reader sent this in to me tonight, scanned from a QR Code on the window of what formerly was Marianella's, the short-lived Mexican restaurant near the LIRR station (next to McDonald's). The reader says there are also work permits up on the window. Needless to say, this would be awesome for the neighborhood.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Construction Moving Forward

Construction of the CVS and the new condo that some are calling the "Windsor 2" is moving forward on the north side of Queens Blvd., next to the Key Food.
Here's what the construction site looked like this afternoon:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Second Debate

I thought that was a masterful job by President Obama in last night's debate. His tone was perfect, right on target, clear, and forceful when he needed to be. Check out the segment in the video at around 1:12:00 :

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Classifieds Section Updated

The classifieds section has been updated...


A crisp autumn afternoon made it a good day for a game of chess, or two, in MacDonald Park.


The Atari 2600 turns 35
On October 14th, 2012, the Atari 2600 turned 35. As one of the oldest game systems (Magnavox Odyssey is a bit older), gamers owe most of the infrastructure of the game industry to the pioneers at Atari.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Frozen Yogurt for Metropolitan, Too

Thanks to a reader for sending in this pic of yet another frozen yogurt place opening in Forest Hills, this time on Metropolitan Ave. I think the location is between 71st Drive and 72nd Ave.

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. 

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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.