Monday, July 23, 2018

Large New Building Planned for Queens Blvd. in Rego Park

From the website New York Yimby comes the news of a large new construction project going up in nearby Rego Park. The size of this development I thought made it worthy to be featured on EOTC:

Permits Pre-Filed For 98-04 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, Queens
The 265-foot tall structure will yield 384,630 square feet, with 136,780 square feet dedicated to residential use, 24,960 square feet dedicated to ground floor retail, and 30,230 square feet dedicated to an unspecified community facility. A 411-car garage will occupy the rest of the space. 116 apartments will be created, averaging 1,180 square feet apiece, indicating condominiums.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Urgent Care for Your Teeth Coming to Forest Hills

Dental365, opening on Austin St., is described on its website as providing: "convenient, affordable and exceptional dental care 365 days a year. Dental365 operates numerous, immaculately maintained dental offices throughout the metropolitan New York area." The website says it is open seven days a week, accepts walk-ins and offers affordable care and financing options.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Two Things We Could Use in Forest Hills

A Make Your Own Salad place. Yes, I'm still hoping one of these opens in Forest Hills. We've come close - I know a major chain was interested in Forest Hills several years back. But still no takers. With Shake Shack, Bareburger and other chains now open on Austin Street, it's obvious there's certainly enough of a demand for a different kind of fast-casual lunch or dinner option in Forest Hills. Why it hasn't happened yet? Who knows. For now, anyone craving the healthy ease and convenience of something like a Chopt or a Just Salad can swing by Natural, where they have a make-your-own salad station, albeit quite awkwardly set up amidst the checkout line.

An indie bookshop: My calls for an indie coffee place resulted in not one but two opening in FoHi, and right across from each other on Austin Street no less. Surely, we can do the same with an indie bookshop? Now that indie bookstores are experiencing a resurgence as consumers realize e-books just don't always cut it, the thousands of readers here in Forest Hills are left with either going to the library, ordering on Amazon, visiting the newly-opened Kew & Willow bookshop in Kew Gardens or venturing over to one of the remaining Barnes & Nobles in Manhattan or somewhere else. But there is simply nothing like having your own local bookshop in your community. It can become a haven for book lovers, hosting author readings and other related events. And how delightful is it to escape a hot summer day by wandering into your local bookstore, and feeling that refreshing AC cool you down as you meander through the aisles, stopping here and there to pick up a book and just escape from the daily grind?


Monday, July 16, 2018

Defend Your Country - Vote This November

I rarely use this blog to delve into politics - mostly because the political climate has really bored me for the past couple of years - I mean the right choice is so incredibly obvious these days.

But today I feel the desire to.

A foreign power has tried to divide our country and weaken our democracy. Don't let them. Vote this November - and never, ever hate your fellow Americans. That is exactly what this foreign power wants. Stand united as Americans and exercise your beloved democratic power to vote! Do not let the fascists of this world defeat us by falling into their trap and letting them divide us as a nation!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Corner of Restaurant Row & Austin St.

The going-out-of-business signs caught my eye a couple of months ago and now things are really getting going: some big-time development going in at the corner of Austin Street and Restaurant Row. I know originally the yogurt place was supposed to be turned into some type of Mediterranean grill. Does anyone know if that is still what is happening? It sure would be one mammoth Mediterranean grill if so, since there are now two adjacent storefronts that are part of this development...

Local Pizza Competition Continues to Heat Up

The absolutely superb new Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, Numero 28, recently started delivering. And this was followed by the news that Lillian, the much-loved pizzeria in the Gardens area, is under new management and now delivers -- depending on how much you order -- to much of the central Forest Hills area. This, of course, is excellent news for the thousands of Forest Hills residents -- like myself -- that would never think of owning a car in NYC, so getting down to Lillian, or Trader Joe's, or anything south of Austin Street, for that matter, is a rare occasion.

One of Lillian's pies