Wednesday, March 30, 2016

La Boulangerie to Close for Two Weeks

Stock up on those scrumptious breads, etc. while you still have time! (I've received a bunch of inquiries about this, by the way. And no, I have no idea what their new product line will be, sorry!)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Snowdays Shaved Cream Co. Coming to Forest Hills

Snowdays has three other locations, in the West and East Village in Manhattan, and in Flushing... They will be coming into 72- 24 Austin Street, the quaint little storefront where A Little Personalized used to be...


Shaved cream is the new category in frozen desserts. It is an evolution of the Taiwanese and Korean shaved ices, which has taken over the west coast and is now moving quickly across the nation. Shaved cream pairs the fluffy texture of snow with the taste and creaminess of ice cream.

Tony Quach Owner & Founder
Eric Nieves Marketing & Operations
Dewan Tarek Director of Events & Catering
I first encountered this new frozen dessert while living in Los Angeles. It was the best thing I had ever tasted, there was nothing like it. What was first a cool new place to take friends for dessert, quickly turned into an obsession and craving. Shaved cream was something that I had to bring back to New York City. So I approached one of my foodie friends in New York about the idea and without much deliberation, we had the Snowdays team.

We produce our shaved cream in small batches every day to ensure quality and freshness. All of our shaved cream is made on premises with fresh organic dairy from New York’s Hudson Valley. We use quality, seasonal ingredients to flavor our shaved cream such as hand-roasted black sesame seeds for each batch of our famous Black Sesame and using real cream cheese in our NY Cheese Cake flavor.
Snowdays is making sure that shaved cream is no longer just a west coast treat. Our shaved cream comes in a variety of flavors inspired by the rich diversity of New York City.

We make shaved cream with New York attitude.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Empanadas Come to Forest Hills

Ok, so it's a cute little empanadas truck, which happens to have suddenly perched itself across from the Key Food north of Queens Blvd. But given the fact that Forest Hills remains one of the only neighborhoods in New York City without its own empanadas storefront—despite the many empty ones available on Austin Street, I might add—I'll take what I can get.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Congratulations to Banter!

... on its three year anniversary today! Banter was among the first of the new wave of restaurants that have changed the food scene in central Forest Hills over the past few years. (They've also saved me a lot of money from having to constantly hop the subway into Manhattan every time I wanted a decent meal! And for that I'd like to say a hearty thank you!)

Shack Update

What was this...

Is now, this...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Picture of the Day

What better time for this quaint snowy photo of Portfofino restaurant on Ascan than when the weather is about to turn summery in March?

Just think of it as a gift from myself and the photographer, Greg - hopefully it'll help you appreciate the early spring even more, and serve as a reminder that, while winter is a pain a lot of the time, it can also have its share of beautiful everyday moments like this one...

Fire at the Lakes

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous sent in this cool shot of a brush fire between Meadow and Willow Lakes.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Bob Dylan Returning to Forest Hills Stadium!

On Friday, July 8th, Bob Dylan and His Band are returning with Mavis Staples to Forest Hills Stadium, where Dylan last performed back in 1965. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 19th at 10am at

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Picture of the Day

If you take a cool picture you want us to post, email it to

8th Annual Reelabilities Film Festival In Queens Kicks Off in Forest Hills

The Reelabilities Film Festival kicks off on March 13 and 14th in Forest Hills with screenings and discussions with filmmakers at the Central Queens Y. This unusual film festival Marina's Ocean 2features outstanding documentary and feature films by and about people with disabilities and their families. Directors for many of the films will be present to speak and answer questions at screenings. Films will be screened on Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. and Monday, March 14 at noon, at the Central Queens Y, at 67-09 108 Street in Forest Hills.

All films are open to the general public for free, but a voluntary donation of $8 is requested. Tickets and more information are available online at or at (718) 268-5011, ext. 151 or

 This year’s festival includes an international array of films. On Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m., the festival will showcase a powerful documentary about gifted young people with social difficulties or with cognitive or learning disabilities. This moving film follows the personal journeys of these students and features interviews with the students, their parents, teachers, and therapists. This feature length film will be followed by a discussion with director Thomas Ropelewsky, and will be accompanied by two short films about the additional difficulties for young people with disabilities who want to date.

On Monday, May 14, at noon, the festival will feature an afternoon of outstanding short films, both narrative and documentary, on disabilities and personal and family relationships. Many of the films treat the topic with humor. By engaging film lovers and audiences from all walks of life, the Reelablities Film Festival brings communities together to celebrate diversity and inclusion. The festival is part of a movement to bring awareness and appreciation to the experiences and stories of people living and thriving with disabilities – building on the cultural shift that puts complex images of people with disabilities into the foreground of film.

More information about the Reelabilities Film Festival is available at 718 268-5011, ext. 151, or online at or at (718) 268-5011 ext. 151, or  The Central Queens YM&YWHA is a non-profit community center offering recreational, educational, cultural and social events to enhance the quality of life in the Central Queens community. The Y is an agency of UJA- Federation.

Alan Hevesi To Speak on 2016 Elections

Experts are estimating that $5 billion will be spent on the presidential campaigns and yet,Hevesiformer New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi observes, there is often little serious debate on the critical life and death issues facing our country.  
On Monday, March 7, Hevesi will speak on the 2016 elections at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills.   As a seasoned veteran of political campaigns and politics, Alan Hevesi, former Assemblyman, New York City and State Comptroller, and Professor of Political Science will offer his observations on this campaign season.  The Central Queens Y is  located at 67-09 108 Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375.  All programs are always open to the public.  An $8 voluntary donation is suggested.  More information is available at (718) 268-5011, ext.151, or

In an increasingly angry and divisive political environment and presidential campaign season, Hevesi observes, some well qualified candidates and some ill qualified candidates are competing for the most difficult and powerful job on the planet.  Our country faces critical issues, including our involvement in increasingly brutal and seemingly intractable Middle East conflicts, the urgent need for quick action on climate change, resolution to the national debate on the health care system, and ending gun violence.  At the same time, these issues often receive minimal substantive discussion in the  public debates.  Hevesi will discuss his observations on the current political campaign season, as well as sharing an insider’s view of electoral politics.  

 The Central Queens YM & YWHA is a non-profit community center offering recreational, educational, cultural and social events to enhance the quality of life in the Central Queens community. The Y is an agency of UJA- Federation.