Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MacDonald Park Family Concert on June 1st

There will be music, games, arts and crafts, and a stilt walker!

Monday, May 20, 2019

NY1 To Broadcast from Forest Hills Stadium this Wednesday


NY1 Morning Anchor Pat Kiernan
Spectrum News NY1 (NY1) today announced “Mornings on 1” is taking its morning news team – Pat KiernanAnnika PergamentJamie Stelter, and Stacy-Ann Gooden  out of the studio and into Queens to host the morning show live at Forest Hills Stadium on May 22 from 6-9AM.

“We’re excited to partner with Forest Hills Stadium and bring the entire ‘Mornings on 1’ team to Queens for their first live remote newscast,” said Dan Ronayne, Spectrum News NY1 Senior Vice President. “Pat, Annika, Jamie, and Stacy-Ann look forward to helping our viewers connect with the community as we showcase the rich history and iconic locations from the city’s largest borough.”

In addition to delivering the top stories, weather, transit, and Pat’s “In the Papers,” “Mornings On 1” will showcase some of the local issues, businesses, restaurants and things to do in the borough. NY1 Reporter Stephanie Simon will visit the newly opened Hong Kong Gourmet Food Court in Elmhurst that is changing the local food scene and Reporter Roger Clark will report live from Rockaway Beach to highlight the area’s best beaches to visit over Memorial Day weekend. The show will also feature interviews with Luke Jensen, World TeamTennis’ New York Empire head coach.                

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

No More Torturous Waiting for Burritos

The best Mexican restaurant, actually one of the best restaurants, period, in Forest Hills just entered the digital age, making life a hell of a lot more pleasant the next time you can't shake your craving for what are quite possibly the most delicious nachos in the world.

Now, if they'd only deliver, like every other restaurant in town. But one can't expect life to be too good to us all at once, can we?

Friday, May 3, 2019

Jade Restaurant Plans to Reopen Soon

Jade Eatery and Lounge in Station Square is planning to reopen in a few weeks, once the construction in Station Square is finished. I saw this news online and was also contacted by one of the blog's readers, Shawn Ball, who said he spoke with Jade's owner today and confirmed it.
The news about Jade is interesting because I've heard both that they were planning on closing for good, and also that they were planning to reopen.
In any case, if they do indeed reopen in a few weeks it's good news. Jade is one of the better pan-Asian restaurants in Forest Hills and is in one of the nicest settings in the neighborhood as well.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A “Tree of Life” from Rhode Island to Forest Hills: Art Exhibit To Raise Funds For Pittsburgh Massacre Victims’ Families

"The Tree of Life Exhibit” is coming to Forest Hills, NY on May 1st & will run for 3 months (or longer) at Red Pipe Cafe at 71-60 Austin Street. An opening reception will be held on May 1st from 6 to 9 PM. A unique collaboration of 9 Rhode Island-based artists will display nearly 40 works of art to convey peace and harmony and allocate a portion of the proceeds to help the families of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh; site of a mass shooting during Shabbat services on October 27, 2018, which led to 11 deaths and 7 injuries. The synagogue shared space with New Light Congregation and Congregation Dor Hadash, & all three congregations lost members in the attack. In Judaism, such a humanitarian cause is referred to as a “mitzvah,” which translates as a good deed.
   Local historian Michael Perlman said, “On a trip to Newport, RI last fall, I am proud to have met artist and gallery owner David Chatowsky, coordinator of The Tree of Life Exhibit, and I later arranged to bring Rhode Island-based artists to Forest Hills for a highly beneficial cause. The arts are universal and can serve as a platform for committing good deeds, particularly in memory of the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue.” Joining artist David Chatowsky will be artists Anthony Chatowsky, Mary Chatowsky Jameson, Mary Johnson, Matt Kieron, John Klippel, Elizabeth O’Connor, Scott Moran, and Sarah Seaman, who are his family and friends. All works of art are for sale and will be presented to the buyer on the day of purchase. The gallery will then feature a similar work of art ASAP.
   Chatowsky explained, “My mission is to bring people together through art to create a better future. When I heard about the Pittsburgh massacre, I felt compelled to help. It is my belief that we are all part of a human family, and when a part of this human family is hurting, I feel it is everyone’s responsibility to help. It is very important to use the gifts we have been given to bring peace and harmony into this world. I truly hope the Forest Hills community can lend their support, as the success of this exhibit and fundraiser depends on them.”
   The oil paintings that Chatowsky will showcase are images of his memories of the fields and forests that he would explore in his youth. He said, “I started this series of paintings four years ago to bring the peace and harmony I felt as a child back into my life.” For example, one painting is the “Tree of Life” and features a large oak tree by a pond with golden fields as the backdrop. 
   “It is my hope that the exhibit’s guests and patrons will feel the intrinsic connection which the artists have to nature, and this feeling will help them cultivate a personal relationship with the natural world,” said David Chatowsky, who feels that the collaboration between Rhode Island artists and the New York cafe and gallery “signifies the willingness of people working together to create a better future.” 
   Red Pipe Cafe attendees will take note of several types of media, where some art techniques are produced by David Chatowsky’s family. His sister, Mary Chatowsky Jameson, focuses on marine botanical prints, where her works are created by pressing seaweed into watercolor paper, similar to pressed flowers. His father Anthony Chatowsky creates art by printing fish on Japanese rice paper, which is a technique known as Gyotaku.
   For Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg, a Tree of Life congregation board member, the collaboration is symbolic of “the overwhelming support for the freedom of religion and right to worship free from fear” and “the use of art to communicate support for the victims and the common humanity of all good people.”
    She stated, “After witnessing first-hand the horrific nature of human evil, we are heartened by the ongoing evidence of how many wonderful, thoughtful people there are in the world. Tree of Life members are deeply touched by the generous decision to share a portion of the proceeds with the Tree of Life congregation. We are moved by the desire to support us and take great comfort and strength from it.”
  Red Pipe Cafe, owned by Rene David Alkalay & Ofer Kertes, has served Forest Hills since 2014. The charming and earthy ambiance offers a full line of organic & vegan dishes and drinks, in addition to an art gallery, game night, poetry night, and an open mic among community events. Alkalay said, “I am happy to provide a platform for the arts and to support artists at our venue, Red Pipe Cafe, as well as our holistic health center, Genesis Tree of Life in Forest Hills. At Genesis Society, we strive to continue the mission to support the arts by accommodating artists such as David Chatowsky, and look forward to The Tree of Life Exhibit.”
    David Chatowsky opened his first gallery in Portsmouth, RI in 2016, followed by a second in Newport last year. His third gallery is scheduled to open on Block Island in May. His diverse accomplishments also include permanent mural installations at the Florida Museum of Natural History, owning art galleries in Florida and New York, and having humanitarian art exhibits in Los Angeles and Boston.
To view photos of David Chatowsky’s paintings & the upcoming exhibit, visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbMy9NF 

Earth Day Planting Project at MacDonald Park - May 18th

A big volunteer planting project is set for MacDonald Park on Saturday May 18th , beginning at 10 a..m. until around 1p.m.

Extra hands are needed to help plant dozens of shrubs, plants, and a few trees. 

As always , gloves, tools, and water will be provided.  Students get community service credit.  This event is open to all.  Rain or shine.

Any questions, email: smelnick718@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Mojo Latin Fusion Coming Into Former Exo Cafe Spot on Austin

And we add another Latin fusion place to the mix, continuing the Forest Hills tradition of making sure we have plenty of each kind of ethnic cuisine to choose from.

Am I crazy to long for a Panera or other chain to pick up a quick, decent sandwich, salad or soup? We have La Boulangerie, which is awesome, but we could use a little more variety when it comes to fast-casual fare. 

OBA Unveils Outdoor Seating

Spring has sprung, and one of the nicest things to do is to have a relaxing meal outside in the sun after being cooped up inside all winter long. The superb new restaurant OBA recently set up its outdoor space. You'll find me there a lot munching on their delectable chicken kebabs and other fine dishes...

Monday, April 1, 2019

Forest Hills Community Board Member Forms Presidential Exploratory Committee

It's official!

After weeks of speculation, Mary D'Angelo, a long-time member of the Forest Hills Community Board, announced at a rally in The Gardens on Sunday that she is indeed taking the first steps towards a Presidential run.

For those new to the community, Mrs. D'Angelo has been involved in local politics for several decades. Beginning on the local School Board in the 1970's, she joined the neighborhood's Community Board in 1982. She is probably most known for her decades-long effort to have Forest Hills secede from New York City to become a special district of Long Island's Nassau County.

Asked on Sunday by Edge of the City why she finally decided to run, she said, "One word - Congestion Pricing!"

Aside from her local political involvement, Mrs. D'Angelo is a stay-at-home mom who has 12 children.

He tenure in New York City politics has been mostly uneventful, aside from a scandal in the early 90's when it was revealed that she home-schooled her 12 children despite sitting on the School Board.

Mrs. D'Angelo said Sunday she should make a final decision as to whether to run for President by this Friday, after her Exploratory Committee completes its findings after 5 days of exploring.

If so, she says she would most likely run as a Republican candidate, despite having been a Democrat for all of her 75 years.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

New Japanese Restaurant on Austin St.

Welcome (soon) Hinoki, in the former location of A&J Pizza, on Austin Street in Forest Hills. (Thanks to Joe for the close-up pic.)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Elephant in Forest Hills

Happy Spring!
Springtime gets me very energized. So, as I was walking down the remains of what used to be  -- and I guess still kinda is -- our Restaurant Row today, it got me to thinking: how beautiful would life be if this big 'elephant in the room' of ours somehow was replaced by a nice second row of restaurants on the west side of 70th Road? It is some type of telephone exchange building, from what I've always been told. I guess it's still needed or it wouldn't still be there.
But, jeez, talk about an eyesore smack in the middle of our lovely neighborhood. Just imagine how pretty that part of town would be without this fortress -- and how many more tasty restaurants we could have on our Restaurant Rowish Row if this was no longer there?
With the huge new modern building going up on the other side of this ugly duckling, and Restaurant Row on the east, boy this thing is really starting to look out of place, ain't it?

Post Update: A couple of people seemed to have gotten really annoyed with this post. Just to clarify, from an outsider's perspective this is just an enormous hulking structure that is ugly as hell, and just does not fit with the improving neighborhood around it. There is no signage indicating it is owned by Verizon or any other company, making one assume it is just some kind of an old-time telephone network center -- one that probably would never have been placed where it is if it was being built today given the increasing property values.
If it does contain offices, they should think of renovating the building to make it more pleasing to the rest of the neighborhood. This structure will look more and more out of place once the new building goes up next to it and the neighborhood continues to improve. 
And one last thing - this is only my opinion. If you happen to love hulking, bland, brick structures, then all the more power to you. Though I will never be a fan - unless it is some old-time Revolutionary War fort. Which would be awesome!
And yes, in keeping with that line of thought, and for the commenter who suggested it, it would be kinda cool to keep the building as is and use it in a retro way as some kind of museum or other cultural institution. In that respect, the old-time brick facade would make sense and add an authentic touch. Hey - maybe it should be a Museum of the Telephone, since they are disappearing real fast anyhow...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Interesting Spot Available

The site of the former Sterling Bank is now available. I posted about this a while ago, but I can see this being a cool, chic new restaurant like the former Blue Water Grill at Union Square which was also in a bank... Oh, and unrelated, but I think we have one more horrible weekend of our Express subways going local again, and then somewhat better...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Forest Hills Construction Projects

Thanks to Tommy, one of the blog's readers, for sending in this map he prepared of the current big construction projects going on around the neighborhood. Click on it for a bigger version.

  1. 69-75 Yellowstone Blvd - 11-story, 168-unit residential building with 20,500 SF of retail/commercial space; demolition completed, site prep underway
  2. 107-02 Queens Blvd - 10-story, 72-unit residential building with 11,640 SF of retail/commercial space (Planet Fitness confirmed as primary commercial tenant); demolition completed, site remediation underway
  3. 71-53 Austin St - 7-story, 21-unit residential building with 6,032 SF of ground floor retail/commercial space
  4. 108-15 72nd Ave - 7-story, 26-unit residential building; demolition completed

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

New Gym Opening Soon in Forest Hills

I snapped these pics the other day of the new Orangetheory Fitness studio, opening soon on "Restaurant Row" (70th Road). The place looks really cool inside, from what I could see...
Orangetheory is a science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workout designed to produce results from the inside out. The hardest part of our workouts is showing up - we make it simple for you to push yourself, be your personal best and give you more. MORE results. MORE confidence. MORE Life. More than a gym. Because you shouldn’t live to exercise. You should exercise to live.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Activity at Austin Street Corner

I'm just hearing the normal rumors and seeing the usual activity that makes me surmise there could be some big changes coming to the corner of 71st Road and Austin Street. Big sales, adjacent stores closing, rumors flying. Send your tips to edgeofthecity@gmail.com

Exo Cafe's Status

I've been contacted by numerous readers over the past several days regarding Exo Cafe's closing. All I know at this point are rumors that it is being converted into another restaurant, possibly Latin food. If anyone knows anything else, email edgeofthecity@gmail.com Thanks!

And thanks to Enrique for sending in this photo via Twitter!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Forest Hills Construction Site Pics

Snapped a couple of pics today of the demolition of what was the Party Store, Piu Bello and several smaller stores, across from MacDonald Park and the Post Office. See my previous post about the new building going up in this space.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Best Local Pizza - My 2019 Top 5 !

Dani's delectable pie. Simply superb.
It's Friday, let's talk pizza.
I've been meaning to do an updated favorite pizza post for quite a while, and finally am getting around to it. Here's my Top 5 Forest Hills - and nearby - pizza faves.
My Top 5 have evolved over the years as I've tried and repeatedly eaten quite a bit of the local offerings. So, the following is based on almost two decades of  Edge of the City pizza eating:

1) Dani's House of Pizza in Kew Gardens - Simply delectable. If only they delivered to Forest Hills I would be in heaven, and also quite obese. I have to say their pizza is up there with the best I've ever had anywhere the world over.

2) Lillian Pizzeria in Forest Hills - The pizza gods shined on central Forest Hills in 2018 when Lillian began delivering its incredible pies. Simply awesome traditional New York pizza.

3) Numero 28 in Forest Hills - This newcomer on Restaurant Row in Forest Hills has sensational pizza offerings.

4) Tuscan Hills in Forest Hills - This local Italian restaurant also offers a fantastic array of pizza.

5) Nick's Pizza in Forest Hills - This old favorite - which only recently started delivering after years of not doing so (probably because of all the stepped up competition) - has one of the best pepperoni pizzas I've ever eaten.

Runner Up - Dee's, on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. Really good selection of pizza. If only they delivered!

Our winner! Dani's in Kew Gardens

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Work Begins On New Forest Hills Building

I noticed they have begun doing work on the site of this future development across from MacDonald Park. Last I heard it is supposed to be an office building with some retail space as well, and parking.