Friday, June 30, 2017

Putting the Artisanal in Coffee

So, I guess out with the tea, in with the art. Here's version 2 of the new Austin coffee spot's sign. An interesting change. The term "art" is quite broad, and could mean anything artistic I suppose. Thanks again to Joe for the pic, and for keeping an eye on the ever-changing Pink Forest coffee shop!

Goodbye Queens, Hello "The Ring"

This fascinating analysis is what I've been saying for years -- that the very idea of New York City boroughs is outdated.

I myself consider myself to live in Forest Hills/Manhattan, not Queens. I subway in and out of Manhattan when I get a chance and walk around Forest Hills. Not having a car, I barely see any other part of Queens and honestly have little interest in doing so since the parts I have seen mostly seem like a bland, suburban sprawl, and that's not what I signed up for when I moved to New York City years ago.

I chose Forest Hills because it was the only neighborhood I could afford at the time, with awesome apartments that didn't have showers that were indentations off the kitchen (like I saw in Brooklyn, where I had been living at the time) and that offered easy access to the subways and a nice neighborhood you could walk around in and didn't need to own a car to enjoy.

The next is called “the Ring,” which has expensive residential buildings and lots of different business types but is shorter than Minihattan; this distinction includes the Upper West and Upper East sides of Manhattan and parts of Harlem, northern Brooklyn neighborhoods, and the Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Astoria, and Long Island City.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New Tea & Coffee Spot Opening on Austin St.

This is in the spot that used to be the candy store, and more recently was a jewelry place. Thanks to Joe for the photo!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Queens Bully Update from DNAInfo

Lots of delicious news to enjoy in this article!

A new gastropub serving comfort and barbecue food will open in July on Queens Boulevard, with plans to open a rooftop garden in the future, reps for the eatery said.

Friday, June 16, 2017

While We Slept

The repaving of Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills overnight this week at times transformed the roadway we're all so familiar with into something a bit more out of a science fiction movie...

Friday, June 9, 2017

The New York Pops Returns to Forest Hills

As much fun as the previous Pops concerts have been at Forest Hills Stadium, I have to say my personal favorite was last night's sci-fi themed extravaganza as The Pops played a tribute to film score composer John Williams and his collaboration over the years with directors George Lucas (Star Wars) and Steven Spielberg (E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.)

Here are some pics I took from the concert, and a couple of clips from my favorite moments!

Cenovia Cummins plays the haunting theme from Schindler's List

The venue has continued to improve each year since The Stadium concerts returned

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Meet Star Wars Characters at Forest Hills Stadium This Thursday!

The New York Pops Plays
June 8, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, NY
On June 8, 2017The New York Pops will return to its summer home, Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY, for a program of music by legendary film composer John Williams. The orchestra will be joined by members of the 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison, a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans, wearing costumes from the Star Wars films!
The orchestra’s Kids in the Balcony program, which has expanded greatly since its offshoot Kids in the Stadium was introduced in 2015 thanks in part to the generosity of concert presenters Madison House Presents, will offer more than 1,500 Queens children and their families an opportunity to attend and learn about live music for free.
This concert is generously supported by Morgan StanleyAT&TWigdor LLPandCredit Suisse, with additional support from the City of New York and the New York City Council.
“Playing at Forest Hills Stadium has really been a dream come true” said Music Director Steven Reineke. “Get ready for an evening of music that will transport you from a galaxy far, far away to a park full of dinosaurs, from Civil War-era Washington to shark-infested waters off the coast of New England. It’s going to be a blast!”
The New York Pops concerts at Forest Hills Stadium are family-friendly events. Food and beverage is available for purchase on the stadium grounds. Family ticket packages available.
Tickets on sale  at 
from $22.50 to $102.50. 

A Neighbor Needs Help Finding Her Missing Cat

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Coming Soon: Forest Hills' Underdogs!

Watch this space to see who makes this year's list of excellent local businesses that may not be as flashy but deserve some recognition! 

Amazing Footage of the Piu Bello Fire

Thanks to Raymond for sending this in....