The articles cover everything from gripes tenants of the mall have to local residents and their feelings about it.
I haven't wavered in my support for Hemmerdinger's mall. I think what the guy has done with a decrepit industrial complex is amazing. And the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce could learn a lot from his constant events and aggressive marketing. That Frankie's Haircut/Toystore should be on Austin Street. As should White House/Black Market and a bunch of other Atlas Park stores.
But to be 100% honest, there are a lot of reasons not to go. Mainly, parking is a bitch where I live. On the off chance I've got a good space, I'm not losing it for a quick ride to Gymboree.
- Get rid of the circular parking. Either you're a green or a parking lot - you can't be both. Ban cars and expand the green to the stores.
- I don't mind the $3 parking, but it should be validated with a $10 purchase.
- Close the movie theater and make it a live venue. I know that one's a little radical, but movie theaters bring out too many scumbags, while Central Queens desperately needs a place to see a small concert/professional play.
Good luck Mr. Hemmerdinger. You've got my email address if you need any help.