Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tea Time

Yikes, I feel like my posts today have been kind of angry. What can I do? Can't help it! On a lighter note, I am absolutely loving Downton Abbey more and more. Not sure if you heard that PBS saw its biggest ratings since the Ken Burns Civil War miniseries with this past Sunday night's Season 3 premiere. Deservedly so. A jolly good show! I just wish they'd stop making poor Mr. Bates and his lovely wife Anna suffer so much. Can't they catch a break? (Now I'm getting mad again...)


Al Jazeera Buys Current TV

Here's an editorial from The NY Times about the recent sale of the struggling cable channel Current to Al Jazeera, which intends to turn it into some type of an American version of its global news channel:
Al Jazeera in America
Doubts about the independence of Al Jazeera do not justify removing it from cable and satellite systems.

Of course the news reports about this were so poorly done that I was left quite baffled as to what exactly the new Al Jazeera America channel will be. And also, who it is meant to appeal to. While I am forcing myself to maintain an open mind about this whole thing, I have to say that initially the entire thing kind of enraged me. My first thoughts were: "Do they really think I am going to watch a news channel owned and financed by the emir of Qatar?? Why??"
I still feel this way as I write this. Personally, the way that part of the world treats women is a deal-breaker for me. Until they treat women with respect, I want pretty much nothing to do with them. I don't consider them worthy of my time, actually. I find the way they treat women absolutely disgusting. I don't care how much fuckn' oil money you have or how many palaces you live in, or whether you call yourself king or emir. Treat women with respect, with equality, and I will respect you. Until then, forget it.
So, until that time, the idea of an "Al Jazeera America" disgusts me. And I am pretty fuckn' angry at Al Gore for making money off of this as well.

Wow

There are so many, many things wrong with this I don't know where to begin... What an unmitigated disaster. And what a tragedy for our country. Makes me nauseous. I wonder how many of our tax dollars were used to pay for this settlement. And Republicans complain about our debt. Laughable. Looks like we're going to be paying for the horrors of the prior administration for a long, long time. I just hope we survive it.
Contractor Settles Case in Iraq Prison Abuse
The American contractor, hired by the military to provide translation services, has agreed to pay a total of $5 million to scores of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

More About the "Queens High Line"

A good article about the proposed Queensway in today's Times. If this happens it would really be awesome. Why? Because there's so few places to go for a long walk in our area without having to also inhale a constant supply of car exhaust.
In Queens, Taking the High Line as a Model
The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit group, has joined with local residents to promote the idea of a park for Queens, like Manhattan’s High Line, where unused train tracks lie.

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Glorious Ziegfeld

Saw Les Miserables at the Ziegfeld Saturday night. I always love going to this theater, one of the last remaining movie palaces in the city. And I have to say there's probably no better theater in the city to see this particular movie. We're lucky to still have this great theater.










Saturday, January 5, 2013

New CVS, and Austin St. Bar

I just noticed the latest rendering of the condo going up next to Key Food does include a CVS on the ground floor. The rendering has been put up on the wall at the construction site. I'll try to snap a photo of it. Just more evidence it will be a CVS going in there. I know people have been hearing different things.

Also, readers told me this morning that a new Irish gastropub will be going in where the Johnny Rockets on Austin was. Construction begins Tuesday with the opening planned for March or April. Some confusion on the exact name. One person said Spotted Pig, the other person Flying Pig. 

Monday, December 31, 2012

Reflections on 2012


So looking back on the past year, how has Forest Hills done? I think we've had a pretty good year. The starred items on the list below are establishments that opened in 2012, and there are plenty of them as you can see. It makes sense, given the influx of younger residents who have been drawn to our neighborhood from other parts of the city mainly because of the spacious yet affordable apartments, safety, and good schools.

Unfortunately, 2012 also came with its share of disappointments as well, and they've been some biggies. First and foremost, the West Side Tennis Club's decision to reject the proposal to use the Stadium for pubic arts and entertainment events. The Stadium is the one iconic structure (unless you consider The Gardens as a whole) that Forest Hills is home to, the one thing that has put us on the map, so to speak. It sits there crumbling with barely any use. What a terrific waste.

Wins

*1. Bareburger - How about that? A burger joint where thinking actually goes into the food, making simple things as salads and burgers delicious — and healthy — culinary experiences.
*2. Forest Hills Farmer's Market - Its popularity just built and built with every week that went by, to the point where it was extended all the way until just before Christmas.
3. La Boulangerie - It continued to expand its delicious offerings through the year, and the crowds continued to grow as well. "We're going to need a bigger boat?"
4. Mr. Vino - Modern, upscale, central, one of the first things you see in FoHi. Just the kind of place we need.
* 5. Jack & Nellie's - A huge hit with local residents.
* 6. The Sunday Wafels & Dinges truck - A taste of Manhattan hits FoHi's streets and the neighborhood can't get enough of it.
7. Emily's Sugar Rush - Charming.
8. NY State grants Queensway (Queens High Line) half a million, bringing it closer to reality - Wow.
9. New "Windsor 2" construction gets underway for new condo on north side of Queens Blvd. - Much better than what was there, that's for sure!

Losses

1. The West Side Tennis Club blocks use of historic Stadium for public arts and entertainment
2. Queens Blvd. remains a deathtrap, giving pedestrians a scant 30 seconds to cross 8 lanes of traffic, and make it across with their lives. Like WTF??
3. Staples closes, leaving local community — especially the many of us who don't have cars — high and dry when it comes to basic office supplies
4. CVS is supposedly going into the ground floor of "Windsor 2" — Another drugstore? Is that the best we can do with that prime space? So very, very sad...



Happy New Year !!


Fox removed my favorite New Year's clip from Youtube, so we'll just have to make do with this. Oh well. Happy New Year!!

First Casualty of the Forest Hills Burger Wars

..... is.... Johnny Rockets! And I can't say I am sorry to see this one leave the nabe. As the friend who sent me this pic asks, "Could 2013 be the year we get our Shake Shack?" I can only dream....


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wall St. Journal: Queens 'High Line' On Track

New 'High Line' on Track
Grant Jump-Starts Plans for Abandoned Rail in Queens

I have to say the amount of coverage of this in today's Wall St. Journal caught me by surprise. The chances of it happening have always seemed like such a longshot to me just because if it happened it would be so awesome and how often do awesome things happen?

True, this grant is just for a study. It doesn't mean it's actually going to happen. But put it together with the Journal's fantastic coverage of the possibility and I am suddenly thinking this just might come together.

There is one part of the article today which I found really interesting and which I am so glad they point out, the part when they talk about how so much of the public park space in Queens is virtually impossible to get to on foot, unless you are brave enough to trek across busy highways. This Queensway would be a solution to that, giving easier access by foot to Forest Park, for example. That alone is why I truly hope this project succeeds.

From the article:
Queens enjoys an image as a bucolic borough where even neighborhood names evoke a pastoral pride: Fresh Meadows, Woodside, Floral Park. The streets of Sunnyside Gardens and Forest Hills are dotted with small private gardens.
But the borough ranks third out of five for parkland per resident, and much of the green space—particularly Forest Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park—can't be reached by pedestrians who are unwilling to cross busy roadways in what can amount to an act of bravery.

A Cute Debate


Personally, I loved Lincoln, and I love Spielberg's films - well, most of them. It's interesting that David Carr in this video doesn't mention Schindler's List, which I think is one of the most remarkable movies ever made. Watch this scene below, if you can stomach it...

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 Babysitting.net 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."