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  1. Two multi million contracts have been issued by the Parks Department this month. A contract to rebuild the Green houses in Forest Park has commenced.
    A second contract with Trocom Construction in Maspeth for the Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is pending at the Comptroller's office.

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  2. New store going up on Austin next to new Metro PCS/former Buster Brown. Peeked in quickly; inventory looks like it could be a competitor to Dreams Boutique.

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  3. Lulu's Boutique store closing sign displayed. Wonder what will take its place at this highly trafficked area of Austin St. (next to Verizon Wireless)

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  4. I green parrot has camped out on my windowsill this morning. It is obviously domesticated and has a name tag on it's leg. I am an Forest Hill resident and just wanted to put the word out there if anyone is missing their pet parrot. Contact me at sandea99@gmail.com

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  5. Just to let everyone know that Continental Photo is moving from the mini mall on Continnetal Avenue to 70-50 Austin Street, downstairs. Should be moved and ready for customers tommorrow 3/1/12.

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  6. Was in Boulangerie yesterday and overheard the owner discussing some work to be done to the space with a GC. The work is to take place 3 consecutive Mondays while the bakery is normally closed. Not sure what the scope of the work is-but I am guessing it has something to do with either making the seating options better or somehow making the counter experience more efficient. Maybe a modification to the millwork (at the counter) to allow pre-packages bread or pastry options so folk can grab and buy?

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  7. Heard some construction going on in the old Body Shop space today as I walked by. Wonder what is going in-please let it be something good. A L'Occitane would be dreamy!

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    1. Interesting. Yea, I saw they had covered the windows up and thought something was going on there. I'm not surprised because it's a prime location. Hopefully it will be a really good new place. But my hopes have been dashed more often than not. (Please not another store selling cheap trinkets!) But we will see! :)

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    2. I was looking at the work permits on there and it says it will be for the same use. So I guess that means it won't be serving any type of food or drink, I assume?

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  8. Sister Unn's space now has some old fashioned dress forms in the window and it is draped off.

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  9. Love to read your blog thought you'd like to see a short video made about Forest Hills back in 2007...

    http://www.intothebox.tv/archive/?id=65&borid=5&neiid=102

    still pretty relevant but think it should be updated.

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  10. Hi, I found Elementary schools in Forest Hills are over crowded and some kids in the zone were stolen their spots by kids form out side of the zone. We should support good education in Forest Hills and send our kids to the good zoned schools. Please go to this petition and sign! Also could you post this petition on your site to get more attention from people in FH?
    http://www.change.org/petitions/new-york-city-department-of-education-stop-illegal-school-applications
    Thank you,

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  11. Free Ice Cream Cone Day
    Tuesday May 06, 2012
    from 4-8pm
    Haagen Daz
    7040 Austin Street
    Forest Hills, NY 11375

    http://www.facebook.com/haagendazsshops?sk=app_165213916870018

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  12. Correction: Tuesday May 08, 2012

    Free Ice Cream Cone Day

    Tuesday May 08, 2012

    4-pm to 8pm

    Haagen Daz

    7040 Austin St

    Forest Hills, NY

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  13. MISSING DOG!!! Answers to the name of LINA.
    She is a black CHOW CHOW and resides at the Lexington House at 68-10 108th Street. She is a rescue and probably very frightened. Last seen in yellowstone park between 69th ave and 69th rd at 8pm this evening. She has been missing for about 2 hours and all the neighbors are looking for her. Her owner's name is Jonathon. If anyone sees her please contact 917.355.1827.

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  14. Heard work is going on in the former Q Thai bistro restaurant space. Anyone know any tips?

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  15. Eatery Row has posted a poll in an open letter to Danny Brown begging him to open a wine bar on or near Austin Street. I think this is a great idea. If you could share it with the readers here, maybe word will get back to him. The poll and the letter can be found here: http://eateryrowforesthills.blogspot.com/2012/05/open-letter-to-danny-brown.html

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    1. This is a great idea! I just made the trek through the gardens the other night to go to danny brown and it was absolutely incredible.

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  16. Time for Spring Cleaning! Recycling, earth-friendly swap meet coming to Forest Hills:

    http://www.grownyc.org/swap

    Queens - Forest Hills
    Sunday, June 10, 12pm-3pm
    Central Queens YM&YWHA (Gymnasium)
    67-09 108 Street

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  17. New York Times
    On the Runway
    All things fashion
    May 22, 2012, 2:09 am
    Preppy Street Style in Forest Hills
    By SIMONE S. OLIVER


    http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/22/preppy-street-style-in-forest-hills/?hpw

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  18. New York Times
    On the Runway
    All things fashion
    May 22, 2012, 2:09 am
    Preppy Street Style in Forest Hills
    By SIMONE S. OLIVER

    video link:

    http://bcove.me/zkaezx9e

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  19. Does anyone know what is going on at the lot on Austin Street between Bahn Thai and the Police Precinct, across the back side of Gerard Towers? It was that hardware supply store but was taken down years ago but seems like there is some activity going on...Does anyone know what they are building or whats planned?!

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  20. Wafels and Dinges truck is here again tomorrow 8am. They were here last Sunday too. Surprised you hadn't written about it.

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  21. Does anyone know if something is going on with Just Like Mother's? They were closed up today, no sign.

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  22. Saw a sign in the window of Staples on Continental Ave that it's closing Oct 28th.

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  23. I am wondering if there will be any local Holiday craft fairs in the Forest Hills area. Anyone know of any?

    Thanks!

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  24. Old Vienna Cafe on Queens Blvd is turning into an Irish bar/ restaurant in a few weeks. Same owners as lately. The "new owners" in the window.

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  25. Rumor has it Buffalo Wild Wings will be coming to where Staples was on Continental.

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  26. Oh and Red Mango will be coming to where OTB once was on Queens Blvd.

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  27. Oh and I heard Chipotle is moving to 70-30 Austin Street (Martha's old location). That should be quite interesting to see. With how popular Chipotle seems to be, using Martha's space will be a tight fit no?

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    1. Thanks for the tips We have been reporting Chipotle and Red Mango for months. But all is excused because you did bring us one bit of news about the Buffalo Wild Wings (if it indeed turns out to be more than a rumor.) I have a feeling you may have just discovered this blog. If so, welcome!

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    2. Oh, and Chipotle took over the Martha's space AND the former pizzeria space next to it, so your taco fears can now be put to rest. They will have more than enough space.

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    3. Yup - i'm a newbie and am loving this blog. You'd think with living in Forest Hills my entire life and working on Austin Street for 10 years, i'd know all that is going on but i've found some unknown/awesome things on your blog and for this I thank you :)

      (I hope Buffalo Wild Wings is not just a rumor - I have many of my friends ready and waiting for their shrimp and wings. Gonna be many angry Forest Hillsians with torches on my door step should it not be true lol)

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  28. What do you think of nominating Forest Hills for neighborhood of the year at Curbed NY? You have all the reasons in your blog! (I am now hooked on La Boulangerie!)

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    1. While I agree with you about La Boulangerie, one out-of-this-world French eatery and a Chipotle do not make a Neighborhood of the Year in my book. How about we give it another year and see if we get some cool new places filling up all those empty storefronts on Austin? We also have a historical landmark of a stadium standing there with barely any use at all. What a waste! A perfectly wonderful plan to put it to use for arts events and concerts was voted down this year by the West Side Tennis Club. A MAJOR step backwards for our neighborhood.

      I like Forest Hills a lot, but I actually do not think it really merits any Neighborhood of the Year recognition—yet. Sorry, but aside from the newly opened Farmer's Market, Boulangerie, Bareburger and now Chipotle (which many other NYC neighborhoods already have), what else could we use to support our nomination? You tell me....

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    2. Absolutely agree with you. Forest hills is definitely not one of the "hot" neighborhoods - it's just not there yet. We are slowly headed in the right direction since I've lived here - about 2 years. The conversion of the stadium for artistic use would have been huge, alas! We need more innovative cuisine, a few great cocktail lounges and to get rid of some of the trashy stores on Austin. Also, entertainment. Park slope has live music somewhere almsot everynight. With some of the new luxury buildings going up I do think this neighborhood is going to get a facelift. I think in 5 years this place is going to be very different than it is right now.

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    3. While I'm listing all the good things that have happened to Forest Hills in the past couple of years, i shouldn't leave out Emily's Sugar Rush: http://emilysugarrush.com/

      Now that's the type of charming and unique shop Austin could use more of... How many other NYC neighborhoods can say they have a candy shop like Emily's? Not many.

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  29. Peaceful parenting! How do you bring out the best in your child? Just want to be sure people know about a workshop for parents with Child Psychologist & Author Dr. Laura Markham. Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Central Queens Y on 108 Street in Forest Hills. Info at cqy.org or pkurtz@cqy.org.

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  30. Anyone know if Liang's will be permanently closed or if they are planning to move to a new location? I love that place... their food will be missed.

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  31. Anyone know what's opening up at that Taco bell/KFC because something has started

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  32. 104-21 Queens Blvd at the Walgreens plaza what is replacing the taco bell there??

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  33. Can we please talk about the lack of good brunch options in Forest Hills?

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  34. Buffalo Wild Wings confirmed http://newyork.craigslist.org/que/sls/3633404057.html

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  35. Has anyone been to the new wine bar on Queens Blvd, Keuka Cafe?

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  36. Drake, FYI - New Beer hall that is opening next door to Mcdonalds is same owner as George Keeleys pubs in manhattan (upper west side, 84th and Amsterdam).

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    1. We left the city early yesterday after a late lunch and stopped at the Station House for a couple of beers on the way home. This place is fantastic and a great addition to The Austin-Conti Business District. The staff is great, the beer selection is exactly what this town needed. This is actually the fifth establishment the owners have created, so these guys know what they are doing and I am very confident this place will be around for the long run. With the recent addition of Mr. Vino's Specialty Foods, the soon to open Flying Pig; maybe this blighted neighborhood will get a 2nd chance at matching its past glory.

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  37. DEE'S on Metropolitan Ave. is seeking a part-time host/asst.
    Schedule is great for Mom's or Dad's with kids in school or College students.
    Regular schedule would be Tues-Fri 11am-4pm.
    Responsbilites:
    1. Manage host station, reservation management
    2. Greet and Seat guests.
    3. Light data entry into excel.
    4. Process takeout and delivery orders.
    5. Provide banquet information and give tours of the space.
    6. Be the liaison for GM.
    7. May be asked to work some weekends and nights during the weekend, but not
    on regularly
    Requirements:
    1. Must have some sales experience
    2. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel
    3. People skills
    4. Clean and very organized
    5. Some knowledge of the restaurant business(helpful)

    Contact Dee at dee@deesnyc.com

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  38. Have also heard that Lucille Roberts is moving out of the 'hood. What would be great is to have Blink Fitness move into the area. (NY Sports is over-subscribed and doesn't care much about its membership.) Blink is clean,has the latest machines and is inexpensive (no contract).

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  39. I'm looking for a summer job and I thought I would ask here if you knew of any openings since you always have the inside scoop on what's happening in the neighborhood. Thanks!

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  40. Great new barber shop on Austin Street on second floor of mall opposite Lucille Roberts.
    Good cut,hot towels,massage and more.
    Visit Mark.

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    1. I'll second this, Mark does a good job inexpensively.

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  41. H&M is opening a 5 floor store on Austin St. within the next 6 months. Exact location TBC.

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  42. Saw some construction at what was Liang's. Any idea what is going in?

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  43. 5 floor H&M on Austin St? You sure you dont mean Austin Tx? :0)

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  44. I said the same thing when I heard, but it's coming from a reliable source.

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  45. This is not an FH but a Kew Gardens related query, but does anybody know if Flipside is just on vacation or closed for good? Thanks for any info.

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  46. Just wondering, has anyone tried and recommend any of the greasy spoon chinese take out places in FoHi? After moving here 2 years ago and having 2 of the worst sushi meals i've ever had, I now only go to asian restaurants recommended on yelp.

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  47. I recently purchased a one way ticket to Penn Station at the Forest Hills LIRR platform and within hours got alerts that my credit card had been used for purchases in Canada. I contacted the MTA police to alert them of the possibility of a skimmer on that machine, but maybe you can let your readers know to be careful with the outdoor machines. They busted those people for the LIRR machine scam, but I guess they didn't catch all of them. I have no other reason to believe the number was stolen in any other way besides the ticket machine.

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  48. Creepy. Did they say there was a skimmer at the FoHi ticket vending machine?

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  49. Hoping you can help me. I shop regularly at Natural and C-Town, almost daily, and I use debit cards for all purchases. For the past two years, both of my debit card numbers (one from Queens County and the other TD bank) have been stolen and hundreds of dollars of purchases have been made, ranging from Western Beef in Brooklyn, gas stations in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and recently, a CVS and 7-11 in upstate NY. I have had to change my debit cards 4-5 times at this point.I've lost count. The only other place I frequently use my card is Duane Reade and Rite Aid on Austin and Continental. Either someone working in one of these stores is stealing credit card info or there is a security breach with their computer system. Both banks told me that things like this usually happen in smaller, independent stores, not big chains. I'm really starting to think it is Natural. I want to see if anyone else on your blog has had this happen to them. I'm going to go and speak to the managers of these stores to make them aware, but I first wanted to find out if there are others out there. This is beyond frustrating. I have to wait close to two weeks to get my money back every time. I basically have to use cash at this point, which is very inconvenient. This still doesn't solve the problem- there is some crook out there stealing people's info, I'm sure a bunch of people may not even be aware of it since not everyone checks their statements. Please help me and get this news out there. Thanks! Bea

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    1. Thanks for the heads-up, will remember to use only cash at Natural. (I don't shop at C Town.)

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    2. A friend of my mother's who receives food stamps tried using them at the Natural, and she noticed that, over the span of a few weeks, each time she spent them there they "mistakenly" added a few extra dollars onto her total. Five here, seven there, not very much, really - and she never would have noticed if she wasn't in the habit of checking her receipts. But still...shady.

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    3. Family member had the same thing happen at Natural. She called the bank and they said it was not a swipe with a signature which she always does, but the number was punched in. She didn't have to pay the charges and the bank probably decided not to fight it because it was a low amount, but they should really investigate this credit card fraud as it seems like it is happening to others too. She pays cash there now if she shops there since the managers at Natural didn't do anything after she told them.

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    4. I have had my number stolen a bunch of times on my Amex. We suspect it might be Ripe delivery service, since the problem stopped once we stopped ordering from there. Some sketchy things going on in forest hills....

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    5. A friend had this happen to her after shopping at the soon to close Laytners on Austin St. I agree that it's best to pay by cash when shopping or ordering from businesses in FH.

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    6. This happened to me 2 times earlier this year, and both times, we had made recent purchases at Laytner's! Sooooo shady.

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    7. This is definitely a problem at Laytner's! I had to cancel 2 cards and each time I had recently bought something at Laytners. Good thing they are closing!

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  50. I rarely go to Natural, now I just won't go there at all. How stupid can they be, they had such a good reputation until this.

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  51. This is why I do most of my shopping on Amazon. They sell groceries too.

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  52. Queens county savings at 107-40 was robbed today at lunch time.

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  53. Queens College is doing a study of the Rockaway Beach line:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/trains-bikes-queensway-article-1.1528730

    I know that you're a supporter of the QueensWay while I'm with Assemblyman Goldfeder on wanting the rail tracks put back into service (so that getting to Brooklyn from here is no longer a ridiculously long slog), but let's hope that this study leads to some clarity and decision-making one way or the other on this sooner rather than later!

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    1. Best decision is to do nothing.

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  54. Ann Taylor on Austin St. had a sign up today that they are closing down in January. I forgot the exact date they had posted but I want to say it was January 4?

    I asked if they will be doing any going out of business sales or transferring their items to nearby Ann Taylors and they said the stuff will be transferred to another store. It's so sad to see them go though!

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    1. My mom and her best friend shop there all the time! They're gonna be livid, wow.

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  55. Sad about Ann Taylor, I think that's a real loss for the neighborhood. I also noticed today that the locksmith on Austin Street (just off Continental) lost its lease and is relocating to Queens Blvd.

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    1. I asked the guys at Perfume Globe (which is closing) what their rent was and they said it was increased to $6,000. Not sure how big the space is but sounds very expensive for any small business to pay. A larger chain store won't lease such a small space either. No wonder the other spaces in that area seem to stay closed for a long time (old Aimee salon, Aminence, etc)

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  56. STOA has a sign up that they are closing.

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  57. Just Saw BAGRICULTURE? Went inside full of designer stuff, looks like a fifth avenue selection. Lets see if they last, PS I See that they are looking for advertising and also hiring.

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  58. Noticed last night that Ann Taylor, now closed, is re-opening as Ann Taylor Factory Outlet - the signage is already up - it probably won't be long until they open.

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  59. http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/17597091/71-37-Forest-Hills-NY/

    another business closing....

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    1. seems to be the office space above it, not the store

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  60. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Queens-Purse-Snatching-Robbery-Pattern-246505491.html

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAFzk3kPm4w

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  61. Anyone in Forest Hills have Fios in their building?

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    1. A few buildings surrounding Ridgewood Savings bank on 71st. Street have them installed.

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    2. Thanks for the info. Tired of all the problems with DSL and Time Warner. Been waiting for Fios for several years but still nothing.

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    3. My broker said before I moved in we had Fios in our building but he was incorrect. I've seen the truck around the area frequently so hopefully they are adding it soon.

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    4. We have Fios in our building (living near the bank on 71st Ave) and I gotta say, we actually have a better deal with Time Warner when comparing Apples to Apples. In the end, we decided against Fios and went with TW instead.

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    5. I switched to Fios in January 2013. Crazy set up, I hired my own handy man to lay the Fiber Optic Cable through my Walsall and ceilings. Verizon guys did not know how to snake cables and were about to just nail everything along the baseboard.

      While I don't get the pixilation that I had with TW, with Fios channels disappear! They all suck as far as I am concerned.

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  62. Can you please do a story about what a horrible trap Parker Towers is? Forest Hills is wonderful, but people shouldn't come here if it means having to move into Parker.

    The two buildings where management isn't located are practically falling apart. The buildings are infested with roaches and mice, there's often only 1 elevator working for the entire building. People get stuck in the elevators and have to be rescued by the fire department. Not only that, but they lure new people in with "cheap" (ha) rent for the first year, then ridiculously raise it by more than 25% the next year when people are settled in. The management is rude and entitled. Everyone is always trying to escape this horrible trap of a building.

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    1. I know a few people who have lived there, my fiancee and I looked a little over a year ago. They couldn't even show us available apartments, only similarly priced places. We ended up in a better location for less than Parker was asking.

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  63. The restaurant or bar that is coming soon across from the Iris Cottage is being called Reef!

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  64. Hey!

    I'm a student reporter and I just emailed you a few questions. Hope you wouldn't mind getting back to me. Thank you!

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    1. Happy to help, just emailed you the answers, let me know if you have any other questions and good luck!

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  65. Hi Drake, after four years we are leaving forest hills. However, we wanted to thank you for your reporting. We definitely enjoyed reading your blog!

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    1. Where are you moving to?
      Sorry to see you go and thanks for the feedback!

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    2. Moving to the upper west side.

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  66. F train derailment this morning, NO TRAINS TO FOREST HILLS as we speak. F, E, R, M trains all shut down. LIRR is recommended and limited shuttle buses from Queens Plaza are being scheduled.

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    1. Rickeys cosmetics not just Halloween, a Kosher restaurant, Want Creativity store back or similar, miss the ballroom, latin, salsa dance classes terribly that was on Austin St, a better health club than NYSPORTS, love Health and Raquel clubs

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  67. Hello fellow FHers, I am thinking about opening a business in the area and while I have my own ideas of what the area is in need of, I would love to hear suggestions from you all. Thanks in advance! :)

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    1. independent coffee shop! We NEED something other than starbucks and dunkin donuts! Wifi and comfy seating a MUST- and outdoor seating if you could find it. Good luck to you with whatever you choose.

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    2. A good designer discount clothing or shoe store. Up a notch from Fox's, which really caters now to a downmarket target.

      A bicycle store. We lost the one we had on Queens Boulevard.

      I don't think a coffee shop will make it. Others have tried and failed.

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  68. Does anyone here have any suggestions for places to work independently from? I work from home a few days per week and need a place with wifi, plugs and is reasonably accommodating. Thanks!

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  69. Hi Drake - this blog is great and so helpful. We moved here a few months ago, and have found the blog so informative to learn about our new community. Wondered if you have any new information on the new condo the Aston? Have been keeping an eye on it to see if they start to have open houses for prospective residents, but have not seen any ads for it. Do you know if there is a real estate team that is selling those condos? Thanks for any information you can uncover.

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  70. Good Morning,

    I wanted to ask if you have heard anything regarding the increasing amount of cars being vandalized in Forest Hills. There have been a few cars left on top of bricks as their wheels/rims have been stolen. They struck again last night at the corner of Nansen and 72. Thank you!
    P.S. Your blog is awesome!

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  71. Good evening. I am looking for space to open a small cafe quick service restaurant on Austin Street or in the area. Anyone have any ideas or know of smaller space? Thanks.

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  72. Hi, U heard about the cars being vandalized. Its been going on for a while. They were smashing car windows every friday and saturday. The cops have been on the lookout but they haven't been successful.

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    1. That has been going on for a while. Doesn't that happen virtually everywhere in the City? Check off another reason why I don't own a car.

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