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Real Estate & Home Improvement / NY Times article, June 3, 2021
« on: June 03, 2021, 02:30:23 PM »

Getting to Know Jackson Heights and Its Two-Bedrooms. Which One Would You Choose?

"Mattie Ettenheim and Courtney Byrne-Mitchell met eight years ago while working at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Later, both took jobs in the corporate world.

“We doubled our salaries, and it made the concept of buying actually realistic,” Mattie said. “There is no way we could have afforded to buy anything in the city while we were working in nonprofits.”

The couple rented in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, and married three years ago, creating a portmanteau surname, Byrneheim.

“We were aggressively saving for our future,” said Mattie, 34, who works for a tech company. Courtney, 33, works in corporate philanthropy.

After a few years, eager to buy and planning for a baby, they moved to a rental in a co-op in Jackson Heights, Queens, to try out the area.

“There are things you can’t know about a neighborhood until you live there,” Mattie said. In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, for example, they lived near the infrequent 2 train, two stops after it split from the 3 train, and would often wait in frustration as several 3 trains passed by.

“We didn’t want to live in the neighborhood without knowing those little quirks that you can’t know if you don’t live there,” she said.

They chose Jackson Heights in part for its food, particularly Indian. “You can get food from anywhere in the world,” Courtney said. “We love street food. There are incredible taco trucks, momo trucks and fuchka trucks.”

Their co-op building limited rentals to three years. “We liked that we had an end date,” Mattie said, as it forced them to make a decision. The apartment was too small, but they had fallen for the neighborhood.

With a budget of up to $800,000, they were hoping to find at least two bedrooms in an elevator co-op building within walking distance of an express train to Manhattan. Mattie wanted a place that got southern and western light; Courtney didn’t care which direction the windows faced."

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These Astoria, Woodside Burgers Are Among Best In NYC: Ranking

"The new list names Jackson Hole, located at 6935 Astoria Boulevard North, and Donovan's Pub, located at 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue, as among the 27 restaurants serving up the city's "juiciest, beefiest burgers."

See link below for article

Neighborhood Chat / New Coned scam - phone and text
« on: May 11, 2021, 03:30:41 PM »
I got a call from a 718 number. Sometimes I pick those up even if I don't know who is calling, because some of the businesses I deal with are located in 718 (like my pharmacy). The woman said she was calling from Coned and asked to speak with the person responsible for paying the bill. I told her if she's calling from Coned then she should know who is responsible. She then said my name. I asked "You are actually calling from Coned?" and she replied "Of course." (which made me more suspicious).

I told her that I was too busy to talk but she can put something in the mail to me and then I hung up. A few minutes later I got a text filled with typos that tells me I need to call a 1-800 number or my electricity will be cut off at noon tomorrow.

Anyway, just wanted you to warn your elderly friends and neighbors (and anyone else you think might fall into a scam trap) that this is the new thing.

Neighborhood Chat / Planted by Christy - new plant shop in LIC
« on: April 10, 2021, 12:20:04 PM »
This new plant shop is selling rare and exotic plants, along with usual and reasonably priced houseplants. I went there yesterday to buy a gift for a friend who lives nearby the shop, and found the customer service to be excellent.

Instagram account:

Feature in the LIC Post:

Restaurants & Food / City Acres market in LIC
« on: March 21, 2021, 10:00:40 PM »

A new supermarket opened in Queensboro Plaza following a series of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Located on the ground floor inside The JACX, the 13,000-square-foot City Acres Market opened its doors to the public with a grand opening featuring an in-house cheesemonger with a large assortment of gourmet cheeses, premium charcuterie within a gourmet deli counter, prepared foods, an in-house fish section, a butcher counter, organic produce, an imported and local grocery selection, bulk goods and a beer section.

Dragonfly and Korean restaurant Madang will have a pop-up serving jaeyook hokum and bulgogi within the City Acres Long Island City location at 29-18 Queens Plaza South.

City Acres Market has other locations in Manhattan’s financial district as well as a retail store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

“City Acres Market is a one-stop shopping experience offering the highest quality fresh and readymade products at reasonable prices,” City Acres Market General Manager Jordan Elian said. “We are excited to be able to offer the Long Island City community an alternative market for specialty goods as well as household products.”

click link at top for article

Edit: the link provided doesn’t seem to work today but page down in the thread for a YouTube video with similar instructions.

Here's a link to a Google Docs slideshow with instructions for making a vaccine appointment at a state run site such as Javits or Aqueduct. At this point (March 5) there are only certain categories of people who are eligible, so check the eligibility page before proceeding.

Once you're eligible, follow the instructions!

Note - I didn't create the slideshow, but I did create the shortened link because the original link was extremely long.

Sample page:

Neighborhood Chat / BJ's Wholesale Club in LIC - new store
« on: March 01, 2021, 04:57:34 PM »
BJ's opened a new store on Northern Blvd in the shopping complex in the spot where National Wholesale Liquidators used to be, not far from the Home Depot.

I believe they are offering a $25 membership for the first year. If you've taken them up on the deal, how is it? Do you feel it's worth it?

there's a small slide show here and a news article:

There were quite a few vendors missing from the market this morning. This is what I recall (I might have a few things wrong, so maybe there's another way to check)

Attending: Turkey, seafood, beef/pork/lamb, Francesca's bakery, Ronnybrook, Miracle Springs, honey, liquor

Not in attendance (from what I recall): apples, produce stands (I didn't see any at all), Lani's, Hawthorne Valley and probably a few others

Neighborhood Chat / JH and Queens Instagram
« on: February 06, 2021, 09:20:54 PM »
Which JH and Queens accounts do you follow on instagram?

Jackson Heights Life's account is here

Neighborhood Chat / New UPS Store in Astoria on Ditmars with free parking
« on: January 28, 2021, 11:30:40 AM »
If you're looking for an alternative to the always crowded UPS Store here on 83rd St., there's a new UPS Store that recently opened on Ditmars in the same mall that has the Berry Fresh and Matrix Fitness. Of course this is only convenient for people with cars, but thought I would mention it anyway :)

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