Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Trivia Mondays at Headlines Ale House

TriviaNYC is starting a new weekly quiz night, Mondays at Headlines Ale House (Metropolitan at 72nd Ave). Headlines is a new place (it used to be the St. James), and while they've been doing quizzes around the city, this is their first weekly night east of Sunnyside, so it's kind of new territory for them. A page with some details about how the event will be run is here:

Fellow Blogger, Please Check Her Out

A fellow local blogger has a delightful post about our local Farmer's Market. Please visit Linda's corner of the Bloggerverse at her Laughing Through Life Blog 

Apartment Hunter Updated

Want to live in neighboring Kew Gardens? Now's your chance!

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Forest Hills Stadium Concert Announced: Phil Lesh & Friends

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Doors: 4:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm
Forest Hills Stadium
Forest Hills, NY
Phil Lesh is entering his 15th year of playing with a rotating mix of Friends, both old and new. Phil began playing under the moniker Phil Lesh and Friends in 1998, after he’d returned to performing following the death of his friend and bandmate Jerry Garcia in 1995. With a varied mixture of some of the best performing musicians in the live music universe, Phil has kept his musical journey fresh by constantly and consistently putting together bands featuring dynamic, exciting musicians and singers working together toward keeping the music of the Grateful Dead moving forward into the future.

Tickets: $49.50 - $99.50 On Sale Monday, 8/04, 10:00 am EDT

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Empire State Building Looking Particularly Art Deco

The setting mid-summer sun cast a particularly delightful sheen on the Empire State Building Friday evening, as seen from 23rd St. and 8th Ave.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Spicing Things Up At Jade

I just saw this news over at DNAInfo: Spicy Sushi Sandwiches, Mango Drinks Ring in Summer at Forest Hills Eatery about Jade hiring a new chef who's worked at Spice Market, Buddakan and 11 Madison Park.

I recently ordered in some food from Jade and not sure if it has anything to do with it, but was really amazed at the flavors of their simple chicken with broccoli dish. I cannot remember being so impressed with it from there before. Now I'm wondering if this is this new chef's doing. Whichever the case, the dish was incredibly flavored with a blend of savory and sweet spices. Absolutely loved it and highly recommend it. I had been kind of put off by Jade for a while because I was finding that the quality of their dishes didn't justify their prices. This one dish has changed my mind completely. I rank it up there with one of the best versions of this simple Chinese dish I have ever eaten (and that's a life-long New Yorker/Long Islander talking, which makes me an honorary expert on Chinese food).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

El Coyote Update

For all those who have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Forest Hills location of El Coyote. we will all unfortunately have to wait a bit longer. The owners of this new Mexican restaurant, located upstairs in the 'Austin St. Mall' complex tell me it could be a month or two more before the Forest Hills location opens as they work to secure the permits they need.

But, they also remind everyone that their Jackson Heights location is very open for everyone to visit! :)

Apartment Hunter Updated

A new listing today in the blog's Apartment Hunter section

Friday, July 18, 2014

Drug Store Wars

I hadn't been in the Rite Aid at the corner of 71st/Continental and Austin in a really long time and was really impressed when I stepped inside today. I had heard there was a renovation going on but had forgotten. I guess they're stepping up their game before the new CVS opens across Queens Blvd. (When? That is taking forever to open.) Update: A reader tells me it is supposed to open August 6th.

And a reader sent me a photo of the outside of the new CVS, pointing out that new trees will be going in in front of it. He also says that Jay's Newstand is scheduled to be moved back to its original site sometime during the next two weeks.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NY Mets CitiBank Event in Forest Hills

A few photos courtesy of metroBASEBALL Magazine of Friday's NY Mets event at our Citibank branch at the corner of Austin and 71st/Continental.

Hundreds filled the lobby of the Forest Hills Citibank branch in anticipation of a free Keith Hernandez autograph signing July 11 at Noon.

'86 Champ Keith Hernandez greeted fans, signed autographs, and posed for photos, for nearly two hours.

The "Keith Hernandez Magic Loogie Bobblehead" - a collectible from July 5th's "Seinfeld Night" at MCU Park - was one of the most popular items fans asked Hernandez to sign.

Monday, July 14, 2014

OvoSodo's Delivery Menu

The few blocks along Queens Blvd. from Ascan east now have some of my favorite food spots in Forest Hills, including the newest OvoSodo, Keuka Kafe, which I recently finally had the chance to visit for the first time and really enjoyed (and plan to post about soon), and Pollo Inca. And heading further down there's, of course, my big fave, Tuscan Hills.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Police Captain

One of the blog's readers informed me that the 112th precinct has a new Captain, Judith Harrison, transferred from Jackson Heights.

Captain Thomas Conforti was transferred back to Flushing after two years here in Forest Hills, which was his second tour of duty at the 112th.

And that, my friends, is I think my very first post ever about our local police. A long time in coming!

Spectacular Sunset

A diminishing line of thunderstorms last night petered out before it reached Forest Hills, but not before creating this beautiful sunset over Queens Blvd.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Section: Apartment Hunter

Searching for fancy new digs or looking for a renter or buyer? Check out the new Apartment Hunter section of the blog, with local listings in the Forest Hills area. If you want to list something, simply add to the comments section on the page, or email it to Happy hunting!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Corfu Grill Wins Chance to Play in the Big Leagues


The Greek eatery from Austin Street gained the most votes in the Citi Small Business Call Ups program. Owner Georgios Aspiotis says he will start this Saturday serving chicken kebobs, gyros and hummus. 



Corfu Grill in Forest Hills wins a chance to serve its gyros and kebobs at Citi Field

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Forest Hills Celebrates the World Cup

Neighborhood restaurants and bars have been overflowing with crowds watching the World Cup.

Austin Public on Sunday—all decked out for the Cup...

And Station House tweeted this shot yesterday:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Eddie's Sweet Shop Racking Up The Press Attention

Ok, so they're one of the best—and oldest—ice cream parlors in New York City. Now, when are they going to open up another, northern FoHi branch, so I can eat there every day? (Kidding)

Anyway, Eddie's has been getting a lot of positive press lately:

The NY Times: A Malted Milk Crawl in New York
and The Village Voice, which ranks it one of the Top 10 places for ice cream in NYC:
The 10 Best Ice Creams in NYC, 2014 Edition

So quit all your culinary complaining about Forest Hills! At least we have some of the world's best ice cream (even if we, yes, stillllll, don't have a place to get a simple make-your-own salad like virtually every other nabe in New York (Sorry, just had to throw that in ; )


NY Mets Event At Forest Hills Citibank July 11th

For all you Mets fans, Mets legend Keith Hernandez will be hosting this event at the Citibank on 71st/Continental Ave. on Friday, July 11th at 12 p.m.


Mets Legends and SNY Broadcasters Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez to Make Appearances to Promote SNY Battle of the Broadcasters

Today, Citi announced it will host the first Mr. Met Fan Tour at Citibank Branches across the Tri-State area. The tour will provide Citi customers with a fun-filled experience alongside Mr. Met, New York’s beloved mascot. Select events at Citibank branches will also be hosted by Mets Alumni and SNY Broadcasters Ron Darling or Keith Hernandez and include meet-and-greets, photo opportunities and free promotional giveaways.   

The event will promote this year’s Battle of the Broadcasters, a new SNY television special that will pit the SNY broadcast crew against the 710 WOR Mets radio team. As the presenting sponsor of the program, Citi is providing customers with an inside look at the special through these in-branch events with SNY Broadcasters and Mets Alumni Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Met to Citibank branches across the Tri-State area,” said Citibank Eastern Region President Kathryn Chase. “For more than 200 years, Citi has been proud to serve New Yorkers and all our local communities, and by teaming up with Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez and Mr. Met – another New York City icon – we will continue to provide a winning experience for customers.”

The full schedule of Mr. Met Tour stops include:
·         June 20, 12:00 PM – 1345 Avenue of Americas, New York, NY 10105
·         June 26, 12:15 PM – 38-18 Queens Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
·         June 27, 12:15 PM – 201 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
·         June 28, 12:15 PM – 300 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
·         July 16, 12:00 PM – 1040 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580
·         July 2, 12:00 PM – 1920 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538
·         July 7, 12:00 PM – 721 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
·         July 9, 12:00 PM – 244 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601
·         July 10, 12:15 PM – 145 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017
·         July 11, 12:00 PM – 107-01 71st Avenue Forest Hills, NY 11375
·         July 17, 12:00 PM – 180 West Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520
·         July 18, 12:00 PM – 1353 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY 11030
·         July 19, 12:15 PM – 38-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11354
·         July 24, 12:15 PM – 1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020
·         July 25, 12:00 PM – 1050 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
·         July 26, 12:00 PM – 306 U.S. Highway 9 North, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
·         July 31, 12:15 PM – 1455 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237
·         August 1, 12:00 PM – 3375 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756
·         August 2, 12:15 PM – 1492 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10305
·         August 7, 12:15 PM – 388 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013
·         August 8, 12:15 PM – 2560 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
·         August 9, 12:00 PM – 177 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY 11791
·         August 15, 12:00 PM – 845 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 11791
·         August 16, 12:00 PM – 131 Alexander Avenue, Lake Grove, NY 11757
·         August 22, 12:00 PM – 120 East Sunrise Highway, N. Lindenhurst, NY 11757
·         August 29, 12:15 PM – 181 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
*Appearances in bold will feature an appearance from SNY Broadcaster Keith Hernandez or Ron Darling. Event times and locations may be subject to change.

OvoSodo Omelette

Nice to have a good diner-type place in the 'hood for a quick, inexpensive breakfast !