Friday, October 30, 2015

Spooky Manhattan Mansions

The real estate prices aren't the only things that are scary this year in Greenwich Village.
Happy Halloween everyone!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Picture of the Day

A really cool picture for a rainy day like today of the sun going down behind the West Side Tennis Club on a much, much nicer evening. Thanks to Keith for sending this one in!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Picture of the Day

Thanks to Albert for sending in this photo. As he describes: "This was taken on the corner of 67th avenue and Queens Blvd. during the late summer.  The camera failed to capture just how brilliantly red the sunset was but I  think it still turned out pretty nice."

Friday, October 23, 2015

Picture of the Day

Ok, not the most beautiful of photos. But I think the photographer who sent in this one is trying to make a point...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pictures of the Day

Have your own photos you'd like included in our new Pictures of the Day feature? Email them to  We accept everything from the quirky to the sublime. So whatever scenes you capture of life in the big city, don't be shy, send them over!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fire at Parkway Hospital Tonight

Thanks to Luna for sending in these dramatic photos tonight. The hospital by the way has been abandoned for quite some time...

The building was lit up and visible from far away
Fire engines kept coming well past 11 p.m.

Hear US Ambassador Dennis Ross 10/25 in Forest Hills

The U.S. - Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama

Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m.
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At the Forest Hills Jewish Center

with Prof. Mark Rosenblum,
Director of Queens College Center for Jewish Studies

For almost three decades, Ambassador Dennis Ross has been one of the leading figures in Middle East peace negotiations.

In his ultimate insider’s account, Ambassador Ross tells the story of the close but troubled relationship between the U.S. and  Israel over six decades, from 1948 through the current adminis
tration.  Through both Democratic and Republican administrations, Dennis Ross has been the lead U.S. negotiator in the Middle East, at Camp David and at Oslo, as well as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama.

Dennis Ross is one of the key figures who has shaped American policy in the Middle East for over thirty years. Today Dennis Ross is a Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University.  

Speaking of Ross, President Clinton said “No one worked harder for peace than Dennis. He gave it everything he had and served our nation very well.”
19th Annual Author’s Cafe Event to Benefit the Hevesi Jewish Heritage Library!
Co-sponsored by the Forest Hills Jewish Center, the Queens Jewish Community Council, and Queens College Center for Jewish Studies & Center for Ethnic, Racial & Religious Understanding.

Kosher Desserts & Coffee!
Minimum donation: $18 in advance/$25 at the door
Donations at $75 will receive a copy of the book, autographed by Ambassador Ross.  
Student and group discounts available in advance. Click here for more information on discounts.
RSVP by October 23.

Please consider becoming a Friend of The Library at $45 to support the library programming you enjoy all year long!

For information or tickets, call (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, or reserve online at   You can also mail a check, payable to the Central Queens Y to the address below.

The Hevesi Jewish Heritage Library is a free public library of Jewish culture, open to all, and located in the Central Queens Y.

Central Queens Y
67-09 108 Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 268-5011, ext. 151


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Monday, October 19, 2015

Madam Secretary Shoot

Forest Hills was transformed once again into a Hollywood set today as the crews rolled in to shoot the television show Madam Secretary. If anyone has any other photos from today's shoot, email them to

Red Pipe's One-Year Anniversary

Forest Hills' only indie coffee shop is celebrating this week it's one-year anniversary. Yes, time flies. As a special gift to them, I am taking the liberty of posting their new menu, which I grabbed from their Facebook Page. I truly hope they don't mind.

Oh, and I see they give yours truly a little shout out down there in the corner. Thanks guys!

And Lo and Behold, a New Restaurant and Lounge

Where did this come from? Well, it's there now... in the space where the gay bar Pride used to be in the Austin Street mall complex... and I kind of like the sign! Thanks to Jeff for sending in the photo...

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pastrami and a Local Author

From 1 PM - 3 PM on Sunday, Oct. 18, meet Author Michael Perlman at a luncheon at Ben's Best Kosher Delicatessen at 96-40 Queens Blvd. He will sign copies of his book "Legendary Locals of Forest Hills & Rego Park" & a new food will be added to this NYC institution's menu.

Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen is delighted to host the book signing for local author, Michael H Perlman’s "Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park," published by Arcadia Publishing. Released in 2015, this book provides a fantastic retelling of the neighborhood’s cultural development from its inception in 1652 (originally named Newton) to some of its most famous residents including Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach, Simon & Garfunkel and of course, The Original Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen.

Perlman will be joining us on Sunday, October 18th from 1-3pm for a luncheon reception featuring the launch of our newest culinary addition, The “Rego-Bark” hot-dog. The author will be available to sign original copies of his book and provide interesting quips and anecdotes of stories heard along the way, all while tasting a bit of Queens history.

Madam Secretary Filming in Forest Hills

Signs are up all over central Forest Hills, for the filming on Monday of the television show Madam Secretary which stars the actress Tea Leoni, who plays the U.S. Secretary of State.

The sign below is posted in several places along 71st Road, between Queens Blvd. and Austin St.

The "Set" sign in the photo below is at the corner of 71st/Continental Ave. and Queens Blvd.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Best Halloween Decorations

I'm liking the holiday spirit of Station House this year. It'd be nice if more places in Forest Hills put as much effort into their appearance and celebrating these holidays...

Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Restaurant News

A new Indian restaurant will open on Yellowstone and Dartmouth called Aaheli, and a new Italian gourmet market called Cipollini is coming to the north side of Queens Blvd. across from Tuscan Hills. Thanks to the readers who emailed me this info. 

Fall Pigeons

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This Sunday's Street Fair Pics

Just a few pics from this Sunday's street fair. I especially liked the coasters with the local Forest Hills Stadium themes. Click on the pic to make it bigger for more detail...

Forest Hills Inn Tea Garden

A reader who went to their recent flea market sent me a photo of the t-shirt he picked up there...kinda cool...

  He also mentioned that he overheard the organizers discussing some possible ideas to do with this lovely space. One thing they mentioned was possibly showing outdoor movies, he heard them say.

That's a nice idea, but I know some of the local residents aren't thrilled with the idea of using the space because of noise concerns. I had also heard that Jade was going to possibly use the space. But, so far, nothing is certain about the future of one of Forest Hills' most pleasant spots.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tidying up Forest Hills

Some local residents have become quite vocal as of late about the dirty conditions in front of some of the restaurants and stores on Austin Street. Chipotle was one restaurant in particular that was called out for leaving trash that was leaking grease onto the sidewalk in front of its Austin Street location.

Below is an email from the chain that I was forwarded after a reader complained to them:
I'm sorry for the unpleasant sights outside of the store. I completely understand your frustration. I just called and spoke with our Apprentice General Manager, Chris, who has someone coming out as soon as possible, which is tomorrow early morning. We discussed having this taken care of on a more frequent basis so we can show a better appearance. Thank you for keeping us on our toes!


Customer Service Consultant
Chipotle Mexican Grill
This email was from a few weeks ago. I'll take a look to see if the situation in front of Chipotle has improved at all, if the sidewalk is now clean.

It's great to see local residents staying on top of things like this. The same reader who contacted Chipotle above also forwarded me this information below:
I also spoke with my contact at the Doe Fund and although weed-pulling is not in the contract , I asked them to do me a one-time favor and start pulling all of the weeds from the tree pits all along Austin Street. They were happy to do it and started on Monday. I am an avid supporter of the Doe Fund. The job should be done in another week.
Also, I spoke with Superintendent Riese of the DSNY District QW6 and asked why the QB medians weren’t being cleaned as they usually had been in late August and early September of past years. He called me yesterday to advise that a crew started working on it on Tuesday. They started at 63 Dr and are now working east. It’s a big job. That’s why I have begged Koslowitz over and over to start a Doe Fund program just for QB. It’s a no-brainer!!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Coachella Eyes Queens

Some Competition for Forest Hills Stadium? Yes, word is that Coachella East, or something like it, may be giving our local music venue some strong competition next summer, taking over Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a multi-day festival. Another feather in the cap for our borough!

Producers behind Coachella eyeing Flushing Meadows Corona Park for 2016 music festival

Austin Street Fair, er Festival, This Sunday

Actually, these street fairs—or festivals as the organizers like to call them—are becoming more interesting, and, yes, as the flyer below says, thanks to the little pop-up beer gardens and the stronger presence of some of the better local pubs and restaurants. These things used to be very generic, like every other street fair in the City. Ours increasingly has a more local flavor. It's worth checking out, especially considering that the dire forecasts of weather Armageddon are—surprise!—not going to pan out. Yes, no hurricanes, and no ten inches of rain. There might be a cloud, however.