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Restaurants & Food / Sushi on Me
« on: November 10, 2021, 12:20:06 PM »

Restaurants & Food / PokéMOM
« on: November 09, 2021, 07:50:32 PM »
A new Poké place is opening up on Broadway across from the 74th Street subway station... PokéMOM. In addition to Poké bowls, they'll have sushi, momos, and bubble tea.

I hope they're good!  My favorite Poké mini-chain in Astoria and Flushing, Poké Wave, recently went out of business.

Neighborhood Chat / PLEASE READ: JHL to say goodbye
« on: November 09, 2021, 07:30:03 PM »
Greetings JH Lifers,

We're writing to announce that this website will be closing down on December 31st.

This forum has just passed its 14th birthday.  Our tongue-in-cheek explanation for why the site was founded has always been that the community needed more space to debate the imminent arrival of its first Starbucks.  The first real post on the site was about an upcoming meeting of the Western Jackson Heights Alliance.  Since then, we've traveled together through a lot of civic activism, political flame wars, complaints about everything, excitement about new restaurants, endless announcements about flea markets.  We've also seen some of our active members pass away, including community leaders Betsy Guthrie (ECG), Tom Lowenhaupt (Tom Lowenhaupt), and Jose Peralta (joseperalta).  It has also been a great place for people to reconnect: our longest active thread has been "Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?"  and we ended up creating an entire sub-board for people who wanted to share memories of days past in the neighborhood.

At this point in time, it feels that there are more options than ever for discussing community issues online, and that the time for a site like this has largely faded.  The activity level on the site is much smaller than it was at its peak, and it's a constant struggle to squash bot accounts and delete spam before it can take over the site.  So rather than abandon it to the weeds for a declining active readership, we've decided it is time to close up shop.

Please use this thread to share your thoughts on JH Life, recommendations for other places for the community to congregate online, or (dare we suggest?) make arrangements to meet up in person!  If there are threads that people found helpful for information gathering, such as contractors, plumbers, we recommend finding those now before the site shuts down.

In celebration of our upcoming retirement, "The Last Word" thread  has been unlocked and awoken from its slumber.

Many thanks to all who have made this site possible.  This has been a labor of love for our administrator merm, and our moderators Shelby2. toddg, Chuckster, and JHMNY.  We are especially grateful to all of you, the participants in this experimental community, for contributing to its success and vitality over the years.  Thank you.

Warm regards,
The Jackson Heights Life Team
merm, Shelby2, toddg, JHMNY

Neighborhood Chat / New Book: Roosevelt Station
« on: May 31, 2021, 10:13:41 PM »
Commuting Under the Divine Light
Blind: 28 MAY 2021
by David Campany

In his new book entitled Roosevelt Station, New York photographer David Rothenberg captures his subjects – commuters, airport-bound travelers, panhandlers, missionaries, and others – awash in the radiant, cathedral-like light of Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street train station’s concourse. These otherwise candid, rush-hour images assume an otherworldly theatrical guise.

Restaurants & Food / Sweet Lucca
« on: February 14, 2021, 06:35:52 PM »
It's always wonderful to see creative new businesses opening.   Today I happened across Sweet Lucca, which specializes in rice pudding, at 83-06 37th Ave.   They're super friendly and were giving out free samples.    They said they also plan to carry hot oatmeal.  Check them out!

Restaurants & Food / Jacx & Co Food Hall in LIC
« on: November 12, 2020, 05:36:34 PM »
Long Island City's long-awaited food hall is finally opening at The Jacx at Queens Plaza

Eater: A Flashy New Food Hall Brings Some of NYC’s Top Talent to Long Island City.   

I'm particularly excited to try Fieldtrip, by a chef I've been following for a while (but alas, not tasting very often).

If you get a chance to check it out, put your reactions here...

Restaurants & Food / Thai Bar in Elmhurst - Pata Paplean
« on: October 20, 2020, 06:20:31 PM »
We've discussed Pata Paplean a few times before, but we've never had a dedicated thread on it.

Chopsticks and Marrow could spin off an entire blog dedicated to this little Elmhurst Thai bar with the tasty noodles (see here and here and here)

Today, they're in the NY Times: The Blood-Broth Noodles at Pata Paplean Are Elusive No More

Come welcome 5781 with the Free Synagogue of Flushing!

The Free Synagogue of Flushing stands proudly in the midst of one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the world, an enduring center of Jewish culture just three blocks from the #7 train at Main St.  Founded in 1917, it is the oldest Reform Synagogue in Queens. True to the ideals of its founders, FSF is an all inclusive, vibrant community dedicated to equality, freedom, social action and commitment to Torah.

Don't Pay to Pray... just visit our website to register for free tickets for online High Holy Days services.

And hopefully early in 2021, we'll be gathering again in person in our historic sanctuary, and celebrating in our beautiful garden.

Be welcomed by our open congregation. Join us online for Friday night Shabbat services, Saturday mornings or Torah study, or take part in the many holiday, educational, cultural and social events our congregation has to offer.   If you have kids, please consider joining us online on Sunday mornings for our Hebrew School and Family Education programs, beginning on September 13th. Please call the office (718-961-0030) or write to for more information.

Neighborhood Chat / Food stamp cards for NYC schoolchildren
« on: July 28, 2020, 04:17:27 PM »
This Gothamist article is important and worth reading if you have a child in the NYC schools:
Every Public School Student Is Getting A $420 Food Stamp Card, Regardless of Income. What Should Higher Earners Do?

The New York Metropoltian Transportation Council, the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for our region, is launching the development of its next Regional Transportation Plan with a horizon year of 2050.  This next Plan is titled "Moving Forward, Your Region Connected." 

They've opened up a "community engagement platform" for getting input on this early stage of plan development through a series of online exercises.  Check it out here: 

You'll also see information on a series of virtual forums they'll be holding next month.  Check it out.

Neighborhood Chat / Job Fair, June 3rd
« on: June 01, 2020, 07:54:19 PM »
Jackson Heights Post: Hundreds of Jobs up for Grabs at Queens Online Recruitment Fair

Note: Advance registration required by 6/2

Restaurants & Food / Coronavirus NYC Food Resource Guides
« on: April 13, 2020, 09:39:39 AM »
Hunter College has put out a series of food resource guides.   

Here's where you can find them:
Jackson Heights
Other Neighborhoods

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