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Neighborhood Chat / Re: The Lox Sherpa
« on: November 11, 2020, 01:32:18 PM »
Sadly, Chhapte Sherpa has passed away, according to the Russ and Daughters website.

He lived in JH at the time of his 2012 NY Times profile, but I'm not sure if he was still living here. 

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Low Flying Helicopter by 78th and 35th Ave
« on: November 05, 2020, 10:50:00 PM »
Whatever it's doing, that particular helicopter appears to have flown here directly from the protests at Union Square:

Neighborhood Chat / Re: 34th Avenue street closure permanently (NOT)
« on: October 23, 2020, 11:03:33 AM »
Big news... the city will keep 34th Avenue "Open" (for community use) while it evaluates a longer-term strategy...

JH Post
DOT to Develop ‘Long-Term’ Plan for 34th Avenue Open Street in Jackson Heights
Oct. 23, 2020 By Allie Griffin

The Department of Transportation’s Open Streets program will be coming to an end this month — although not for a stretch on 34th Avenue deemed an Open Streets success.

The city will keep the 34th Avenue Open Street going as the DOT looks into a plan for its “long-term” transformation. Residents and local elected officials have called for the stretch to be made an Open Street on a permanent basis.

“The 34th Avenue Open Street will not end on Oct. 31st,” DOT spokesperson Brian Zumhagen said, as the agency looks into a long-term plan.

(follow link for complete article)

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 / Re: Making JH Count in the 2020 Census
« on: September 01, 2020, 07:49:42 PM »
Queens is up to a 59% self-response rate.   We need to do better!

The deadline for responding to the Census has been extended to September 30th, 2020 and it is available in 13 different languages.

Our city needs your help to count everyone in the United States by providing basic information about all adults and children living or staying at your address.

Results from the 2020 Census will be used to:

  • Determine the number of seats each state has in the United States House of Representatives & your political representation in the city, state, and federal government
  • Draw school district boundaries
  • Forecast future transportation needs for all segments of the population
  • Plan for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and the location of other health services
  • Forecast future housing needs for all segments of the population
  • Establish fair market rents and enforcing fair lending practices
  • Direct services to children and adults with limited English language proficiency
  • Plan health and educational services for people with disabilities
  • Design public safety strategies
  • Assess the potential for spread of communicable diseases
  • Develop assistance programs for low-income families
  • Medical research
  • Determine areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans
  • Attract new businesses to state and local areas

The Census Bureau is using the internet to securely collect information. Responding online ( helps conserve natural resources, save taxpayer money, and process data more efficiently.

If you are unable to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online, you may complete the questionnaire by telephone, by calling: 844-330-2020.

The Census is required by law by everyone living in the United States and its five territories. Because attaining a complete and accurate census count is critical, if you do not respond, a Census Bureau interviewer may visit your address as part of their community outreach.

As a reminder, your answers to the census are kept completely confidential as required by law.

The 2020 Census is more than a population count – it is an opportunity to shape your community’s future.

This really makes a difference.   Don’t forget to encourage your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to respond as well.

Restaurants & Food / Re: Yun Cafe under Diversity Plaza
« on: September 01, 2020, 12:57:44 PM »

Restaurants & Food / Re: Yun Cafe under Diversity Plaza
« on: August 28, 2020, 01:52:20 PM »
I just tried the tea leaf salad.  It was really delicious.  A delightful addition to the neighborhood!

Restaurants & Food / Re: Asian cafe market_subway
« on: August 24, 2020, 09:58:44 AM »

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Making JH Count in the 2020 Census
« on: August 06, 2020, 09:57:33 AM »
NY Times Editorial: Trump Is Plotting Against the Census. Here’s Why.

Queens currently has only a 55% response rate to the Census.   If you haven't yet completed your census form, please go online and do it today!

Restaurants & Food / Re: Deli with Sandwiches
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:45:51 AM »
Nearby, Shah's deli at 74-05 37th Ave does fine for a breakfast sandwich.   

I don't think you're going to find chopped cheese anywhere around here. 

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?

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