Friday, August 31, 2007
Sometimes, I want mundane, consistent, mediocre food served by an underpaid waiter who has to stick to a script. Sometimes I get sick of going to Nick's and feeling like I'm intruding if I get the wrong waitperson (even though I've been going twice a week for years and tip heavy).
Sometimes, I don't want a tiny "three egg white omelette" at UJ's. Or to be charged for a refill on my coffee at Q. Or be surrounded by old freaks at Austin House. Or don't have a Wednesday night db's dinner in the budget.
Yes, sometimes - and it's not often, maybe twice a year - I want a deep dish, or huge bottomless soda, or singing waitstaff, or a vat of stuffing.
With that in mind comes the Labor Day Poll. If you absolutely had to eat at a chain restaurant, which would it be?
I thought Cord Meyer would be higher since it's by far the most expensive of the choices and you get a free standing house. But maybe those silly chrome-protected eyesores are too much to look at everyday.
Monday, August 27, 2007
And Forest Hills. . .
It's finally on the Coming Soon part of the site, which should allay even the worst of the "I know they're going to bail" fears. If I seem obsessed with this supermarket opening, I'm sure it's understood by anyone who's been to Trade Fair.
Where do they bus these customers in from anyway? Do they really live in AQUA? I never see them on the streets around here, only in that place. Ah Trade Fair, our own little slice of 63rd Drive. But it is cheap, I'll give it that.
This Weekend at Q http://eateryrow.blogspot.com/2007/08/q.html
A few weeks ago at Jade http://eateryrow.blogspot.com/2007/03/jade-eatery-lounge.html (scroll down for the August update)
Forest Hills Lame Alert, Q charged the guy for his coffee refill at dinner acording to his review. Hope they enjoy the $2. . .
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Great news for 11% of us, disappointing for the 18% who were rooting for High Times, 44% who wanted Backstage, and 27% who were looking for an unread Sunday Times.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Everyone knows I welcome people like this (My wife and I both are ones), but this is one unusually self-hating Forest Hillian. Read the whole thing at the condescendingly titled "Queensbroad's Weblog" here Priced Out of Manhattan. Excerpts:
So I’m in Forest Hills as of August 17th, 2007. This is “Central Queens.” I live in a big apartment in a pre-war buildings. Lots of trees.
It’s not cool to magazineland. It means I am a loser. You can get away with living in Brooklyn, if you must fall back to a borough. But not Queens.
This is going to be tricky because THE MAGAZINE that now employs me is fueled by image and perception. To thrive here, I must be cool. I’m a mom and most definitely perimenopausal and haven’t danced in a club since the 1980s.
Can I do this?
I know she's trying to be funny, but ease up on the loser thing. This is Forest Hills. Even in "magazine-land" the magical place where my wife also works, it's okay - there are TONS of media people living here. And since when did doing everything that people say is cool make you cool?
Update: Per the 11th comment, she likes it. http://queensbroad.wordpress.com/2007/08/23/you-should-move-to-forest-hills/
A week or so ago, as I was finishing up a work project on my computer, I was literally startled out of my chair by something that sounded like a tuba crossed with a screeching cat next to my ear. That awful noise was then repeated about every two minutes for at least the next hour or so. And that entire horrible sonata has been playing in full twice a day, with short excerpts throughout the day for more than a week now.
After living and working at home in a co-op directly across from the Long Island Rail Road for 25 years, I was shocked by the unusual timbre, loudness, and repetition of horn toots- the last extending into a scream. Previously there had been no such problem.
Read the whole thing here http://www.qgazette.com/news/2007/0822/Editorial_pages/009.html
It's probably just because they're working on the tracks, but I know those horns can be a bitch. The train noise itself never bothered me.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Three course lunch or dinner for $20.07. Call ahead to make sure (some places only offer the lunch deal). Forest Hills participants highlighted in red, more info at discoverqueens.info.
Austin's Steak & Ale House
Bayview Restaurant & Lounge
Bitgoul Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ Retaurant
BKNY Thai Restaurant
Bourbon Street Cafe
Caffe on the Green
Cara Mia Restaurant
Chao Zhou Restaurant
Da Gianni's Ristorante
Delhi Palace Indian Cuisine
Erawan Seafood and Steak
Erawan Thai Cuisine
Free Time Diner
Gala Manor Restaurant
Happy Buddha Vegetarian Restaurant
Kum Gan San
Kyoto Japanese & Thai Restaurant
La Tavernetta (close enough)
Lennie's Clam Bar & Restaurant
Margarita Ville Restaurant
Mezzo Mezzo Restaurant & Lounge
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Nick & Maggies
Nuves Tapas Lounge
Papazzio Restaurant & Caterers
Riverview Restaurant & Lounge
Sripraphai Thai Restaurant
The Family Restaurant
Uno Chicago Grill
Waters Edge Restaurant
Wine Gallery Restaurant
Zorba's Souvlaki Plus
David Koptiev of Gabriel Development Corp. vowed to resubmit plans for the two-story center - with six name-brand stores on the ground floor and offices above - on what is now a vacant lot at 71st and Metropolitan Aves.
"It's only going to improve the area," Koptiev said, predicting the Buildings Department would approve his revised plan in coming days.
I can see fighting the destruction of hundred year old townhouses for bland office buildings, but knocking down a chop-shop for retail? What's the problem people? Barbara, you got what you wanted, the houses are safe. Let the guy build his little shopping center. If he lands a Cosi or West Elm, would you still be for the broke-down auto repair?
Monday, August 20, 2007
Good fight about the 'hood on the UrbanBaby.com message boards. Here's an excerpt, sorry for the poor formatting:
What's the word on Forest Hills? Does the neighborhood have any charm outside of the Gardens area, or is it still Queens-y? Toddler - Aug 20th, 2007 1:04pm
My sil lives here and she and her friends are trashy - Aug 20th, 2007 1:05pm
I have a lot of friends there and they are not trashy at all. Ex-Manhattanites - Aug 20th, 2007 1:06pm
I guess there are different types - Aug 20th, 2007 1:06pm
What does Queensy mean? - Aug 20th, 2007 1:05pm
trashy - Aug 20th, 2007 1:05pm
That's a ridiculous generalization, and as a Queens girl, I take offense. - Aug 20th, 2007 1:06pm
pretty much queens - Aug 20th, 2007 1:05pm
what does Queens-y mean, princess? - Aug 20th, 2007 1:05pm
It's a great nabe, but you appear to be snobby, so you probably won't like it. Stay in Greenwich. More your type. - Aug 20th, 2007 1:06pm
Re: It's a great nabe, but you appear to be snobby, so you probably won't like it. Stay in Greenwich. More your type. (more) I live there and love it. The schools are great, the people are nice and the restaurants are awesome. It still has a way to go people wise: yes there is trash - but by trash I mean both kinds - moms who give their kids coke in a baby bottle and nouveau riche snobs.- Aug 20th, 2007 1:09pm
if you are looking for high end, look at jamaica estates but you have to have $$ to afford it - Aug 20th, 2007 1:07pm
how much is a small 4 bedroom there? (house) - Aug 20th, 2007 1:08pm
at least $1mil, probably more, I'd say $1.5 and above - Aug 20th, 2007 1:08pm
We're moving to FH, next week. Buying our first co-op. It's been a well-established middle-middle class neighborhood for decades. Great public schools, nice parks, good shopping, short commute to midtown. - Aug 20th, 2007 1:07pm
op: I live in Brooklyn -- not Greenwich, nice try. Let me try again -- is the n'hood full of high-rise postwar bldgs and autobody shops, or are there prewar bldgs, parks, trees, etc? - Aug 20th, 2007 1:08pm
lol, no clue but you are funny - Aug 20th, 2007 1:08pm
Some hi-rises, but mostly 6-8 floor buildings, good shopping (Austin St) & easy commute (4 subway lines). It's a nice place to live. - Aug 20th, 2007 1:10pm
no charm, high rises, crowded. try douglaston manor - Aug 20th, 2007 1:10pm
i wouldn't say charm but there are great places to eat and shop. have met many down to earth ex-city people. (but the buildings are not like bklyn brownstones..if that's the charm you are looking for) - Aug 20th, 2007 1:08pm
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
"We are moving half a block up Austin St. to a sports facility complex.The new location is at106-06 69th Rd. between Austin St. and the service road on Queens Blvd. It is acroos the street from ''Annie Sez'' & ''Mandees''.We will be holding classes in the ballroom temporarily until the permanent space will be fixed."
That location is the Forest Hills Jewish Center at the corner formed by 69th Rd., Gerard Pl, and Austin St. So a private business is moving into the Jewish Center. There's something fishy about this to me. Let's put a Starbucks in Our Lady Queens of Martyrs while we're at it.
"So, the stream of exodus leading away from Manhattan will have to find a new direction to point in…and like I said, my friends had a theory. 20 or 30 years from now, I officially predict that my generation will be known as the Generation of Queens."
Harvey Fierstein will be so proud.
So yeah, I bought a place. And yes, it's in Forest Hills, Queens. It's an awesome place and I'm stoked to have a washer/dryer there. I know that my previous anti-Queens stance makes me look like the biggest hypocrite in the world, and I agree with you. I was against it till I checked it out. It was cheap, awesome and delicious (Korean food everywhere). It'll be the perfect place for me to drink alone in solitude while I drown my post-relationship sorrows.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
4. The Trader Joe's Co-Op. This is the lazy version of the strictly regimented Park Slope Food-Co, where they make you work. This is a group of us who give each other rides down to TJ's or pick up items for them. Details to come. . .and will probably be abandoned due to realization that there's way too much thought going into getting to a grocery store.
Email at http://mta-nyc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/mta_nyc.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php
Friday, August 10, 2007
Here's the first look at the shopping center being developed by Gabriel Development Group. In a search on the Internet, here is the only result for the cell number listed on the sign:
Don't expect Zabar's East anytime soon. . .
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
WeCon? Bubkis. No Martha's, no Baan Thai, no Corfu, no D & L salon. My guess is that the writer took a left on Austin from the subway and didn't look back. The Q blurb:
Even though this bistro/wine bar - which serves up chicken satay and mango pancakes for brunch - is still considered under the radar, it probably won't be for long. When we went to check it out a couple of weekends ago, it was mobbed.
Anyway, great timing with people reading the same newspaper about 50 times today while waiting for trains.
We've all driven on that mess Yellowstone by Parker Towers/Gerard Place. You got cars coming out of the PS 190 parking lot. You got cars coming out of Gerard Place. You got cars coming out of the Parker Towers underground garage. You got double parked cars at Key Food. And you got loads of zipperheads swerving around trying to catch the long light. And of course, you have pedestrians trying to cross in the middle of the street.
Now picture navigating this in an SUV. Now picture doing it in an SUV at 3pm on a Saturday. Now picture doing it in an SUV, at 3pm on Saturday after drinking a bottle of vodka.
The lady that was hit lives in Parker Towers (the baby is from Hewlett). I guess she was coming home from Austin St. while baby sitting the granddaughter. I used to live around there and it is impossible to cross. You can walk up to the QB intersection, but that's not much better. By the police station is downright treacherous. In fact, one of the reasons I left that area is because it's so pedestrian unfriendly. Let's hope this changes things.
Let's also hope this piece of garbage Susan Karnabe gets the 7 year maximum. Drinking a bottle of vodka and driving in NYC on a Saturday at 3pm? That should be attempted murder.
This could have happened to any of us.
Friday, August 3, 2007
"COMING SOON - SHOPPING CENTER"
Didn't have the camera, but will try to get a picture tonight. It's still just a hole in the ground anyway. The site (according to the sign) is being developed by "Gabriel Development". However, the phone number listed for Gabriel Development on the sign is a 917 area code.
What, isn't the Time Warner Center's main contact number a cell phone?
Okay, so we're not getting Whole Foods there, but anything is better than that run down chop shop.
What's going in? Judging by the lack of web information on Gabriel Development and the 917 area code it's a complete guess. Let's see - a nearby 7-11 so forget any kind of convenience store. . .a few florists already on the block. . .
My guess: Four stores. 1 bagel place. 1 nail salon. 1 dry cleaner, 1 front (which will take the form of a, I don't know, a tiny drug store - antenka).
What do you think is coming?
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
It all started with a marriage made in pizza heaven: Mirene Angelis, sister to Nick, the thin-crust expert from Queens, married Nick Tsoulos, the coal-oven magnate behind Angelo’s and Patsy’s, creating a loose pizza consensus that informs Nick’s, in Forest Hills and the Upper East Side, Adrienne’s Pizza Bar in the financial district, six Patsy’s locations around town, another Dean’s in Turtle Bay, three Angelo’s — and now, of course, the new Dean’s
We spoke to Nick Angelis, who served as a “free consultant” to his sister and brother-in-law. “The recipes are basically the same [between my places and Dean’s],” he tells us. “It varies according to who’s making it, what the dough is like that day, how the wind is blowing … each place has its own slightly different spin.”