Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tidying up Forest Hills

Some local residents have become quite vocal as of late about the dirty conditions in front of some of the restaurants and stores on Austin Street. Chipotle was one restaurant in particular that was called out for leaving trash that was leaking grease onto the sidewalk in front of its Austin Street location.

Below is an email from the chain that I was forwarded after a reader complained to them:
I'm sorry for the unpleasant sights outside of the store. I completely understand your frustration. I just called and spoke with our Apprentice General Manager, Chris, who has someone coming out as soon as possible, which is tomorrow early morning. We discussed having this taken care of on a more frequent basis so we can show a better appearance. Thank you for keeping us on our toes!


Customer Service Consultant
Chipotle Mexican Grill
This email was from a few weeks ago. I'll take a look to see if the situation in front of Chipotle has improved at all, if the sidewalk is now clean.

It's great to see local residents staying on top of things like this. The same reader who contacted Chipotle above also forwarded me this information below:
I also spoke with my contact at the Doe Fund and although weed-pulling is not in the contract , I asked them to do me a one-time favor and start pulling all of the weeds from the tree pits all along Austin Street. They were happy to do it and started on Monday. I am an avid supporter of the Doe Fund. The job should be done in another week.
Also, I spoke with Superintendent Riese of the DSNY District QW6 and asked why the QB medians weren’t being cleaned as they usually had been in late August and early September of past years. He called me yesterday to advise that a crew started working on it on Tuesday. They started at 63 Dr and are now working east. It’s a big job. That’s why I have begged Koslowitz over and over to start a Doe Fund program just for QB. It’s a no-brainer!!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Coachella Eyes Queens

Some Competition for Forest Hills Stadium? Yes, word is that Coachella East, or something like it, may be giving our local music venue some strong competition next summer, taking over Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a multi-day festival. Another feather in the cap for our borough!

Producers behind Coachella eyeing Flushing Meadows Corona Park for 2016 music festival

Austin Street Fair, er Festival, This Sunday

Actually, these street fairs—or festivals as the organizers like to call them—are becoming more interesting, and, yes, as the flyer below says, thanks to the little pop-up beer gardens and the stronger presence of some of the better local pubs and restaurants. These things used to be very generic, like every other street fair in the City. Ours increasingly has a more local flavor. It's worth checking out, especially considering that the dire forecasts of weather Armageddon are—surprise!—not going to pan out. Yes, no hurricanes, and no ten inches of rain. There might be a cloud, however.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Danny Brown Restaurant to Close

I never ate there myself, but heard some good things about it over the years....

Michelin-Starred Restaurant Danny Brown to Close

 The big quote:
He said Forest Hills could also be an option, if a better opportunity arose.
“This is our home, this is where we got started,” he said. “We’ve done so much work here in Forest Hills, if there is a good opportunity to stay here — sure, absolutely."

I'm left thinking, really? The rents are even too damn high on Metropolitan Avenue? Crazy shit...

Saturday, September 19, 2015

An Inside Look at Forest Hills Stadium

Forest Hills Stadium closes out its 2015 Summer Season tonight with a concert by Alabama Shakes (by the way. as usual, if you're going to the concert and happen to take some photos, please send them in to the Blog at edgeofthecity@gmail.com and I'll post the best ones).

Anyway, I thought it would be interesting for those who didn't attend any concerts this summer and who might be curious, to share some photos of how the Stadium's grounds have evolved as the concerts have really begun to take off since the opening season in 2013. Here's some photos of the food and drink areas. I thought it was cool that Heineken has set up a pop-up location on the grounds, kind of like a mini-version of what they do each year at the U.S. Open.

The food offerings are off to a good start. It's nice to see local Danny Brown's represented, along with Bulldog Burgery, and the Manhattan-based Mayhem & Stout. It would be cool to see the food offerings expand further next season...

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sneak Peek of Fox's Hit Show Gotham Saturday Night


The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks announce free outdoor screenings of “Made in NY” television shows at select parks in New York City, offering a sneak peek of the shows before they air on television. This is a unique opportunity to connect New Yorkers to major network shows that are filmed in their communities in a creative setting. FOX’s hit series Gotham will be screened on Saturday, September 19.  

WHAT:         Gotham, ‘TV under the Stars’

Saturday, September 19, 8pm

WHERE:       Flushing Meadows Corona Park Zoo Picnic Area

Penguin is King of Gotham and after a shakeup at the GCPD, Detective James Gordon’s moral compass wavers, as he seeks help from Penguin. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne continues to explore the secrets from his father’s office, while Gotham newcomers Theo Galavan (James Frain) and his sister, Tabitha (Jessica Lucas), make friends with some unlikely allies, a group of dangerous inmates from Arkham in the all-new “Rise of the Villains: Damned If You Do,…” Season Two premiere episode of Gotham airs Monday, September 21 on Fox.

Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair; space is available on a first come first served basis. For additional information about the free outdoor screening, visit http://on.nyc.gov/MoviesUnderTheStarsNYC.