Wednesday, September 2, 2015

72nd Road Construction

This building, across from the church parking lot, and right near La Boulangerie, is being taken down. I think I heard condos are going up there:

Quite Possibly the Most Important News Ever

McDonald's to start all-day breakfast nationally on Oct. 6

How many times my day has been ruined by that sinking realization, that I was too late, they had stopped serving breakfast, the Egg McMuffin, the only breakfast that would provide me complete, 100 percent satisfaction at that moment, was now beyond my reach—until tomorrow. I will no longer have to suffer such crushing dismay. Imagine, being able to get my Egg McMuffin for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night snack, and in-between. Why did it take McDonald's more than the 270 years that I think I heard to make this true? Yes, I bet you didn't know that it was actually the Egg McMuffin that fueled the Continental Army during their long war of independence against the British, and helped the North defeat the South, and helped Western Civilization prevail against the Nazi. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Value Depot Repairs

Following the weekend's bizarre collision by an apparently completely out-of-control driver, construction workers were repairing Value Depot on this sweltering August day. Also notice the damage to the nearby telephone booths that the car also knocked about.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Unbelievable Accident on 71st Continental

It looks like a car smashed overnight right into the front of Value Depot on 71st Continental Ave. I have no idea how an accident like this could possibly occur given the location of this store. Anyway, if anyone knows what exactly happened, comment below or email it to
Thanks to Dawn,  Angela and Veronica for emailing and tweeting me about it and for their pics!

Updated: Here's an eyewitness account that was emailed to me:

I was actually walking west on the south side of Queens Boulevard when it happened around 1:30 am last night. I was crossing 108th towards Ridgewood Bank when I heard the squealing of tires, and finished crossing/safe on sidewalk when I turned my head towards where Fay Day/that health store on the corner is and saw a sedan/compact? (it was a car, not an SUV or other) out of control taking that turn way too fast. It fishtailed and then went at a weird angle straight into the store front (it sort of looked like it went through the bus shelter but from your pics it doesn't seem like that's the case). I saw an explosion of glass/dust/debris and people screaming. The people waiting for the bus on my side started running towards the accident, I was really freaked out and more than a little tipsy so I decided there was nothing I could do if I went over to see what happened and kept walking home.
I'm disappointed it wasn't on NY1 or any news outlet though. It's hard to tell if there were any injuries or if everyone's OK. It didn't seem like it hit any pedestrians/people on the sidewalk; from my angle it looked like they were closer to QB than where he crashed into the store. Very scary stuff though, I was a little shaken up.
The Feisty Foodie

Former Bonfire Grill Location

Thanks to Stacey for tweeting this photo. Carved in concrete outside the door of where Bonfire Grill used to be:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Here's an Idea

Since I own this blog I can do an incredible thing: take one of my recent comments and blow it up into an all-out post on its own to achieve maximum effect.  So, I am exercising that right and ability below. You, as readers, cannot do that, but you can still enjoy my incredible wisdom. My God. I must be watching too many Trump press conferences...

By the way, I'm pretty sure the last time I was in the Target on Queens Blvd. that they sold books. And DVDs for that matter. So, for everyone crying about the loss of B&N, you most likely will still be able to buy books at that location—and if the Target execs are checking out this blog, I would assume they would be sensitive to the desire for books at their new location here.

Also, as I Tweeted yesterday, now is the time for all of you book-lovers with an entrepreneurial spirit to start checking out all those empty cute little storefronts on Austin Street for the future home of your indy book shop. Everyone complains about the loss of indies and quaintness and charm on Austin. Well, I can think of no better way to bring some of that back then a couple of small bookshops, which, by the way, happen to be popping up all over the city once again given the demise of the book superstore.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

More About the Planned Forest Hills Target Store

New Store, Big City: Target to Open in Queens, N.Y., in 2016 

The bright lights, the crowds, the hustle and bustle. When you make your home in the big city, convenience is key. So driving long distances to do your shopping, and loading up on economy-size packs that won’t fit through your apartment door? Not always an option. Target is all about bringing convenience, value and great design closer to home—and since we go where our guests go, we’re customizing each new store to ensure a locally-relevant experience, complete with assortments and shopping solutions that best fit the surrounding neighborhood’s needs. We’re excited to announce our newest flexible format store opening in Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y., in July 2016.

A two-level, 21,000-square-foot space, the Queens Target store will be located near a Long Island Railroad transit stop, easily accessible on foot or by car. It’ll be a quick stop for locals to find pharmacy, fresh grocery with grab-and-go food options, basic apparel (think tees, tanks and C9 active wear for men and women), health and beauty necessities, tech accessories, tablets, mobile phones and more. We’ll stock it with a tailored assortment that caters to city dwellers, including home products perfect for single family homes and condos. And to make each shopping trip as quick and easy as possible, we’ll offer easy fulfillment options like Store Pickup, so guests can place an order online and pick it up at the store for free.

The Queens location is one of two Target stores coming to the Big Apple in 2016. Across the city, we’re designing our 100,000+-square-foot Fulton Street store to cater to residents and students in downtown Brooklyn’s Albee Square, and visitors coming from the nearby DeKalb Avenue subway station. It’ll be stocked with grab-and-go food options, innovative mobile solutions and lots more based on what local guests told us they want most.

It’s all part of our urban growth strategy to reach guests in new places with the right mix of products and shopping experiences—creating more opportunities for guests to shop how, where and when they want. How’s that for convenience?