Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rainbow Over Kennedy House

Caught this after this afternoon's unusual wintertime thunderstorm. Click for a better view.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Live Coverage of Connecticut Vigil

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There really are no words to describe the horror of what has happened. If there is any slim beam of light to cling on to though it is how these tragedies always seem to also bring out the most admirable qualities in people — in this case, the unbelievable heroism of the school's principal, Dawn Hochsprung, and the school's psychologist, Mary Sherlach, both of whom reportedly rushed into the face of danger to try to save these children and gave their lives doing so.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My Fave So Far...

Reader "Jess" sends in this one. The pooch adds that special touch...

By the way, while we're in the holiday spirit, here's an interesting list from the website I thought you'd enjoy: Top 10 Holiday Movies To Watch With Your Kids

Monday, December 10, 2012

More FoHi Holiday Decorations

Erica sends these in from the Windsor House, explaining:
"Our super's wife did a great job decorating our foyer here at Windsor house. And here is my tree and my cool wreath I made out of wrapping paper."

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Decorations

Here's one of the nicer ones, on 71st Road, north side of Queens Blvd. Send me your holiday decoration photos and I'll post them ( email them to ). Indoors or out, it's all good. Maybe we'll even put them up for a vote for "Best of 2012." Happy Holidays!

Bareburger's New Menu

My favorite Forest Hills burger joint has updated their menu. You'll notice they've added some new types of burgers and salads to their already extensive menu. (Click on the images to read)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Movie Quickies - Early Holiday Edition

Lincoln - Seen it twice so far and liked it even better the second time. And I'm up for a third, which is pretty amazing considering the movie is like 2 1/2 hours long. It goes so fast. The performances all around are spectacular, from Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, to Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, to Tommy Lee Jones as the staunch abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Even James Spader is incredible. Truly one of the best films I have seen—ever. Early prediction: Daniel Day Lewis nabs Best Actor (really that's a no-brainer). A+

Argo - It is going to be an awfully hard call come Oscar time as to which walks away with Best Picture, Argo or Lincoln. Argo is thrilling and absorbing from beginning to end. Just thoroughly entertaining. Wow, who ends up winning Best Supporting Actor this year is going to be a really tough bet to call: Alan Arkin in Argo, who is so memorable in this movie, or Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln (I even thought James Spader should at least be nominated for Lincoln).  A+

Skyfall - This was disappointing. I'd heard so many great things about the latest James Bond movie. But, aside from Javier Bardem's terrific villain - you just can't take your eyes off of him every time he's on the screen - the rest was a pretty formula Bond flick. Critics are calling this like the best Bond film ever. I'd pick Casino Royale (the second one, with Daniel Craig). This might grow on me if I saw it again, but after seeing it once, it was just ok... B-

Chipotle - Another View

Here's a better pic of the inside of the Chipotle under construction on Austin St. It's impressive how much more space they were able to create through combining the two former businesses at this location...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chinese / Mexican Take Out, or Something

By the way, last evening, having survived some type of stomach illness I had since Thanksgiving, I decided to celebrate by opening up my extensive binder of Forest Hills takeout menus and ordering from that unique eatery most dear to the heart of all of us New Yorkers - the "no-name Mexican/Chinese food takeout place!" You know, the place that somehow manages to give you a lot of food and the check always comes out to about $2 somehow?

I ordered nachos with everything on it and two hard shell chicken tacos.

I have to say, in a still Chipotless Forest Hills, or shall I say, pre-Chipotle Forest Hills? Whatever... that Chinese/Mexican place is just what the doctor ordered!!! (The one on Austin anyway. Can't vouch for the one on Queens Blvd. Even I am not that crazy.)


Wow there's shit on TV these days, isn't there?

By the way, there's a lot of hype about this new show on NBC, Revolution. I've been watching it and I don't exactly know why I continue to except that there is so little on TV to watch, and I am soooo starved for anything like sci-fi that I still watch it. But honestly, here's the show in a nutshell: They get cornered, fight their way out, get cornered again, fight their way out, get cornered, fight their way out... pretty much it. Oh wait. They get cornered AND threatened by someone who looks scary, fight their way out...Oh, wait, they get cornered again, threatened by someone scary, shot at by someone who has just terrible aim or is maybe partially blind and hits the wall instead, and then they fight their way out.... repeat...

I have been really, really liking the new webisodes of the Battlestar Galactica spinoff prequel, Blood & Chrome, that has been showing on Youtube. Now that's some awesome shit. Here's the first episode for ya'all...

Oh, and I was either dreaming or I actually read somewhere that NBC is planning a new TV drama about, drumroll please, George Washington, to debut sometime next year I think. WHAAAT??? Now that is an amazing idea if I ever heard one. I've been waiting for them to do an historical drama of some type. Seems like we haven't had it on network TV like, I don't know, maybe since I was born?? I think AMC is also readying some other period dramas as well that look really interesting... So, I guess TV sucks big-time now, but maybe thinks are picking up...
Oh, and there's always The Walking Dead. That show continues to kick ass. I also always have my DVD collection of the entire Star Trek TNG series. That always comes in handy in a pinch. Engage!

Jack & Nellie's

Here's some vittles from my visit to Jack & Nellie's, our new restaurant/night spot over on Ascan. These were taken quite a few weeks ago, and I was just about to post them then and then Hurricane Sandy struck.

Overall, I like Jack & Nellie's. My friends and I agreed it's not really a place for dinner, unless you have a fat wallet and are willing to fill up on a lot of small plates. The food we had, and the wine, was very good. But it's more of a place you go with friends for some light snacks/dinner, drinks and good conversation in a very nice, laid back atmosphere.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Inside Forest Hills' Chipotle

This is going into the space where Martha's Country Bakery and Ariana's pizza used to be ...

Mr. Vino's Cucina Sign

Eagerly awaiting this new gourmet food shop on Austin. They put the sign up within the past few days...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving !

Just wanted to wish all my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!

With my recent trip out of town and now preparations for the holiday, I haven't had that much time to post very much. Things should settle down after Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday!

(By the way, I am in an especially good holiday mood this year. I don't quite know why. Some years I am kind of blah about the holidays, others I get really excited. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that a very snowy holiday season is forecast for us. That certainly can only help put us in the mood—if it indeed pans out. Lord knows they've been wrong before.)