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Neighborhood Chat / Citifield to become 24/7 mega vaccination site
« on: January 12, 2021, 11:55:24 AM »
This seems like good news for our area. It should make getting to a vaccination location easier since it's pretty close by. Hoping the vaccination distribution goes smoothly. It seems off to a bit of a rocky start.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Citi Field will become a 24/7 mega COVID-19 vaccination site during his daily press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

The site will be run inside the stadium, located at 41 Seaver Way, by NYC Health + Hospitals, and will have a capacity to administer 5,000 to 7,000 vaccines a day. It will open in the week of Jan. 25, according to the mayor.

“This is going to be fantastic. This is going to help so many people get vaccinated,” de Blasio said, praising the Mets for stepping up and helping the people of Queens and New York City as a whole. “We welcome Queens residents. We welcome all New Yorkers. We even welcome Yankees fans. There is no discrimination.”

Neighborhood Chat / What's open Christmas day
« on: December 25, 2020, 11:00:34 AM »
I just took a short walk around the neighborhood and noticed a number of places are open.

The natural organic market on 84th/85th and 37th is open 10-5.
Espresso 77 is open til 8 pm.

Not sure of hours but I also saw the Kim Brothers, Mango Rico, the 99 cent store on 83d and Roosevelt, the fruit market between 83rd and 84th on 37th, Caffe Bene and Lemon Tree are all open. I'm sure there are others or ones I didn't think to look at.

Please add to the list if you feel so inclined.

Merry Christmas!

Have you ever been to a Lidl?

This article mentions Lidl's first store in Queens, opening in Astoria in 2021.,new%20format%20early%20next%20year. Most likely only convenient for JH'ers who have a car, since it's not near transit.

This one talks about how special Lidl is: What is Lidl? Why this discount grocery store is giving Aldi a run for its money

Neighborhood Chat / Phil-Am and Flor Azteca made this list of best bodegas
« on: December 13, 2020, 12:54:37 PM »
They seem to have a pretty broad definition of bodega, but two of our locals made this list:

15 bodegas we love in New York right now

This place is in Fresh Meadows. It sounds like delivery is available but it's also possible there's a wait list to even get to order delivery.

A New Kind of Hot Chicken, from Pecking House

These days, moments of joy seem to arrive mostly by surprise, offering brief relief from the dull feeling that weeks and months are blurring together. The other night, one came via cheap beer. It was Tsingtao, a pale lager, produced by China’s second-largest brewery, with an easy-drinking flavor profile that’s as carefully calibrated and comforting as Coca-Cola’s. I’d never had a Tsingtao at home but have rarely eaten in a Chinese restaurant without ordering one, if not two, especially to pair with anything spicy, its sweet, yeasty, almost creamy roundness cutting obligingly through heat.

I hadn’t realized how much I missed it until I opened a bag of food dropped off by Eric Huang, the impressively pedigreed Taiwanese-American chef behind a new takeout-and-delivery operation called Pecking House. Two bottles were packed in ice, keeping the beers crisp and cold; my first sip felt like a portal to a former life. It was delicious on its own and a consummate foil for the salty, fiery seasoning on Huang’s singular fried chicken, the centerpiece of what is essentially a meat-and-three meal.

Huang spent time in the kitchens of Café Boulud and Gramercy Tavern before earning the title of sous-chef at Eleven Madison Park; last year, he left, with plans to open a Michelin-star-worthy restaurant of his own. In the early months of the pandemic, he helped his mother, who owns a restaurant on Long Island, as she adapted her business. Once they had established protocols for outdoor dining and to-go orders, he turned to Peking House, his uncle’s restaurant in Queens, which belonged to Huang’s parents in the nineties and is where he spent much of his childhood.

read more:

State Senator Jessica Ramos is co-sponsoring this bill, which would place a $3 surcharge on every package ordered online, with the exception of food and medicine. Thoughts?

Neighborhood Chat / Cooking gas out for months
« on: December 06, 2020, 10:19:07 AM »
There's an article in the Times today about the Astoria Houses (NYCHA) where people are complaining about not having cooking gas for months. There's a quote from a State Senator who says:

“This is a situation that would not be tolerated in a private residential situation,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris, who represents western Queens and introduced a bill demanding that the housing authority discount rents to residents whose utilities have been disrupted. “There’s absolutely no reason it should take months on end to get gas fixed.”

However, I know that my coop building here (would rather not say which one) also took months to fix cooking gas -- and this was because we needed risers to be installed or fixed throughout the whole building and it just took a long time to accomplish. (The Times article also mentions the Astoria Houses needs gas risers replaced.) I have no complaints about what my coop went through as it seemed necessary and necessarily time consuming to fix properly.

I also have a friend in a pricey Greenwich Village coop who went through the same thing, also for months. I know of someone in a Mitchell Lama on the UES whose gas was out for at least 1-2 months. And I just passed along my hot plate to someone in the Northridge or Southridge complex here in JH whose coop is also about to start this process.

So if this issue is so prevalent and it can take months to fix, why is there such a focus about the hardship in this one particular complex? Maybe I'm wrong and it's not as prevalent and it seems? I'm curious how many pre-wars throughout the city have had to go through this recently.

Neighborhood Chat / Coat drive
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:40:25 PM »
It looks like NY Cares doesn't have a JH dropoff for coats this year, but there's one in Woodside. Posted 11/20/20 on FB.

The location is NY Hall of Science.

Restaurants & Food / Outdoor seating areas that seem like indoors
« on: November 11, 2020, 03:37:04 PM »
Just curious if you are comfortable with the restaurant outdoor seating areas that are almost completely enclosed?
The NY Times just published an article about these setups.

"The Setups for Outdoor Winter Dining Are Lavish. But Are They Safe?
New York’s struggling restaurants will try to lure diners with chandeliers and space blankets — and enclosures that health experts worry could increase the virus risk."

I'm also curious if the rules and regulations from the city are clear and easy to follow, and some restaurants are just ignoring them and hoping not to be fined or shut down? Or if the regulations are unclear and hard to follow.

Neighborhood Chat / Fruita Dona (produce/natural store) clearance sale
« on: October 30, 2020, 04:10:37 PM »
I'm not sure what's going on with Fruita Dona, the produce/natural store on 37th and 83rd on the south side of the street. This is not the Downtown Natural Market, but a different store that started off as a produce market and then expanded into some natural items. It's possible they might be closing.

In any case, if you're looking for some packaged products, they have some really good prices right now due to a 30% off clearance sale. I didn't really look at many specific items, but I did buy a Hu chocolate bar for $3.15, and those bars are $5.99 at another nearby place.

Neighborhood Chat / MTA's new live map
« on: October 21, 2020, 08:38:01 AM »
Just went live today! I will try to check it out and see if it's helpful.

Gothamist article

link to map

This is their second store in Queens. Has anyone been? I think I went to one in Vancouver.

I wonder what "sleeping accommodations" means in this context.

Permits have been filed for a 12-story mixed-use building at 40-18 76th Street in Elmhurst, Queens. Located between Broadway and Roosevelt Avenue, the through lot is two blocks east of the Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights subway station, serviced by the 7, E, M, F, and R trains. Maxim Properties under the Broadway Roosevelt Junction LLC is listed as the owner behind the applications.

The proposed 120-foot-tall development will yield 121,080 square feet, with 105,276 square feet designated for community facility space and 15,804 square feet for commercial space. Components include retail, community facility, and non-profit institutions with sleeping accommodations and accessory offices. The structure will have 104 rooms, however the square footage is unknown. The concrete-based structure will also have a cellar, a 20-foot-long rear yard, and 36 enclosed parking spaces.

Martin Kapell of Think Architecture & Design is listed as the architect of record.

Demolition permits have not been filed yet. An estimated completion date has not been announced.

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