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Restaurants & Food / Re: Casa Del Chef Bistro in Woodside
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:54:48 PM »
Just in time for the hot weather and outdoor dining, it's a ceviche boom!

Casa del Chef is rolling out a new, more casual dining concept with PapaVicheChopsticks and Marrow has the details.

Restaurants & Food / Re: Outdoor Dining
« on: June 28, 2020, 10:24:41 PM »
I took a nice stroll this evening in a big loop along 37th, 90th, Roosevelt, and 74th.  It was a delight to see all of the outdoor dining and socializing.   I haven't seen 37th Avenue this vibrant since the World Cup! 

Neighborhood Chat / Re: 37th Avenue "open street"
« on: June 28, 2020, 05:23:58 PM »
I wasn't thrilled with how this was implemented today.   Not every block had barriers, so cars were turning onto 37th Avenue, only to discover a block later that through traffic was not allowed.  This created a lot more confusion than there needed to be.   In the future, I hope they use metal barriers like on 34th Avenue, and set up the barriers up on every block.

Restaurants & Food / Re: Outdoor Dining
« on: June 27, 2020, 12:53:04 PM »
Here's a map with all of the "Open Restaurants" in the city, with information on whether they offer sidewalk on on-street seating:

As of now, they have 126 restaurants listed in 11372!

Neighborhood Chat / Re: 37th Avenue Closing to Cars on Sundays?
« on: June 26, 2020, 11:45:10 AM »
No, that's "new news"!

Earlier this year, Mayor DeBlasio promised 100 miles of "Open Streets" to provide more recreation space during the COVID crisis.  So far, about 2/3 of that total length has been announced.

The 34th Avenue Open Street is one of the longest segments.

There's also a section next to Gorman Playground on 85th Street from 25th Avenue to 30th Avenue

And the city just announced a temporary new protected bike lane on Broadway/Northern Boulevard from 34th Avenue to Queensboro Plaza

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Primary opponent for AOC
« on: June 23, 2020, 11:30:45 PM »

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Crossfit or boot camp in the neighborhood?
« on: June 23, 2020, 09:55:45 PM »
Try contacting him to find out when he plans to return to Travers Park.

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Fireworks every night! 2020
« on: June 23, 2020, 12:20:19 PM »
The fireworks phenomenon has been continuing.   Here's a quick review...

Gothamist: Firework Complaints Increase By 230X In June As Officials Seek Supplier Crackdown
NY Post: NYC firework complaints light up 311 at a shocking rate
NY Times: New Woe for a Jittery N.Y.C.: Illegal Fireworks Going Off All Night

Last night, Brooklyn residents finally had enough, and formed a caravan that drove up to Gracie Mansion to serenade the mayor with honking horns:
NY Post: New Yorkers fed up with fireworks honk horns near Gracie Mansion to wake up de Blasio

Today, the mayor finally announced some action: New York City Announces Crackdown on Illegal Fireworks.   This may be the first time in recorded history that horn honking has proven effective.

Maybe the illegal fireworks will quiet down in time for us to enjoy the new official Macy's Fireworks show... this year occurring on multiple nights throughout the city.

Is this a crazy city or what?

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Crossfit or boot camp in the neighborhood?
« on: June 23, 2020, 12:00:45 PM »
I'm not sure if this is a "boot camp" style class, but Kiki Morris has run a longstanding fitness class in Travers Park.  You can check his Twitter feed for status updates:

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 / Re: Protests in Queens
« on: June 18, 2020, 01:12:04 PM »
Defund the Police protests today outside Dromm's building in Jackson Heights...

Whelp, the city has released its design for our new high school, and wowza is it hideous:

It appears the city has decided to gift us with a massive blank wall exactly as ugly as the one it is replacing.  Perhaps this is some kind of misguided nod to "contextual design," I dunno.   But the neighborhood and our elected officials should demand that the city do better.  There need to be windows facing the street, and the building needs to be set back from the property line to allow for a wider sidewalk and trees.  This is a changing neighborhood, and more care needs to be taken to design it with pedestrians in mind.

Neighborhood Chat / Re: 34th Avenue "Open Street"
« on: June 02, 2020, 09:45:21 PM »
I was also in Sunnyside this weekend, and I had a similar impression.  I didn't see any cars driving on the "open streets" (as the city calls them), but I didn't see anybody walking on them either.   A big contrast with Jackson Heights, where I saw people of all ages enjoying the additional open space.

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

Neighborhood Chat / Re: crash on 34th and 79th
« on: May 28, 2020, 08:31:18 PM »
According to this Twitter post, "the motorists were ok"... hopefully that means not injured.

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