El Coyote, part of a small chain of Mexican restaurants, just celebrated its grand opening in Forest Hills. Edge of the City reports that it replaced Garcia’s, in the upper level of the retail complex at 70-09 Austin Street. This is the second El Coyote outpost for Queens; the first is in Jackson Heights.
Late last year the owners told DNAinfo they planned for a slightly different menu that catered toward locals, alongside favorites like enchiladas and fajitas. (Here’s the menu for the Jackson Heights location.) The spot is open for both lunch and dinner.
The Department of Transportation is implementing changes at the busy, dangerous intersection of Queens Boulevard and Yellowstone Boulevard, in Forest Hills. Although the community board requested streetscape improvements specifically for Queens Boulevard, drivers aren’t thrilled with the new configuration so far. DNAinfo reports that “residents at a community board meeting complained that one change made last week — a ban on northbound traffic making left turns onto Queens Boulevard from Yellowstone Boulevard — had confused drivers and caused chaos in the area.” The DOT made the change to reduce conflicts with pedestrians and vehicles and “improve intersection operations.” There are new “No Left Turn” signs up to make the changes visible, but local drivers worry that the new measure will push traffic to the side streets, creating a whole new problem. “I think they are just pushing the problem a few blocks away,” one Forest Hills resident told DNAinfo.
The DOT has more streetscape plans in store for Queens and Yellowstone Boulevards, including widened medians, reconstructing a pedestrian safety island and installing parking lane stripes on service roads. The DOT will meet with Community Board Six regarding the proposals next month.
Here’s a unique townhouse on the market at 67-09 Exeter Street, in Forest Hills. The brick exterior is a little odd looking, with its three large but differently sized windows. Inside, the interior looks like it has good bones but it’s nothing to fawn over. We do like that big window in the living room, as well as the arched doorway and wood floors. There’s a total of three bedrooms and 2,475 square feet, with an ask of $769,000. What do ya think?
This is the second time in recent memory we’ve come across interior fencing at a co-op unit in Queens. Regardless, we quite like this one bedroom at 76-36 113th Street, in Forest Hills. A very spacious and open living and dining room setup, for those who don’t mind a sunken living room. There’s a very small, narrow galley kitchen and a large-looking bedroom. The listing photos also show a beautiful interior garden. It’s asking $269,000.
Participatory Budgeting, the very popular community initiative making its way through Queens, is coming to Rego Park and Forest Hills. Residents get to decide how to spend $1,000,000 in a number of “neighborhood assemblies” this fall, according to DNAinfo. Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, representing District 29 (Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill), is spearheading the project, where residents tend to allocate money on park renovations, community gardens, security cameras, streetscape improvements and the like.
The meeting schedule is as follows: September 8th, 7 pm at American Legion Hall at 105-15 Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills; September 17th, 7 pm at Russell Sage JHS 190 (enter in the back of building) at 68-17 Austin Street in Forest Hills; and September 18th, 7 pm at P.S. 175 (enter on 64th Rd) at 64-35 102nd Street in Rego Park. Councilwoman Koslowitz will announce more meetings for October at a later date.
Wow — this co-op unit is really something. It comes from the Gerard Towers, at 70-25 Yellowstone Boulevard in Forest Hills. First off, it’s large: around 1,800 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private terrace. There’s also a lot going on: interesting wallpaper, carpeting, mirrored walls and a bidet in the bathroom. The kitchen, which is partially open, is modernized and huge. The listing says it “must be seen” and we gotta admit — we’d like to see how this all works in person. It’s asking a total of $819,000.
Yesterday, Forest Hills got a new fancy Italian joint. Tazzina opened at 102-15 Metropolitan Avenue, off 71st Avenue. DNAinfo previously reported that the chef, who has appeared on the TV show “Chopped,” moved the restaurant from its original location in Glendale to accommodate more patrons. This Forest Hills space seats around 50, with 15 more spots at the bar. An outdoor patio area will open next year.
There are two menus for both the bar and the restaurant. The focus is old-school Italian with a twist, and dishes include gnocchi, mussels, pastas, risottos, steaks and fish. (The bar menu will feature more small plates, including bruschetta and meatball parm sliders.) Check out awesome photos of the space and the opening night party right over here. GMAP
Why is this Forest Hills home, at 67-60 110 Street, asking $2,500,000? Seriously, we can’t figure it out. It’s a large lot, at 5,000 square feet, but we can’t imagine there’s much development potential since this is a low-density residential area. The lot is entirely paved, so there’s no appeal of a backyard. And the interior, which boasts four bedrooms and three bathrooms, isn’t doing it for us either. Forest Hills readers, any clue of why the asking price is so high? You could buy a Tudor mansion in Forest Hills Gardens for that kind of money. What do you think this house could get?
The history of the Parkway Hospital, now sitting unused in Forest Hills, is getting long and complicated. First, it went to auction in the summer of last year. Then there was word in early 2014 that it might head back to auction because the previous buyer couldn’t pay the full bid. Earlier this summer, there was the seemingly random news that the real estate investment firm Jasper Venture Group planned to convert the hospital into a condo development. News emerged soon after that Jasper owned the mortgage on the building, and had never won the property in an auction.
Got all that? Because today the Times Ledger has news that the hospital went to auction again. Auberge Grand Central Limited Liability Company, in partnership with Jasper Venture Group, officially purchased the property for $1,000,000. According to the Ledger, they “purchased the defunct hospital’s mortgages for $6.5 million in 2012.” There was a brief bidding war, and when it was over a rep for Auberge Grand Central said “he was contractually prevented from discussing plans for the property.” As far as we know the plans for the condo conversion are still on the table, and now the partnership can officially move ahead with development. Looks like we’re going to have to stay tuned for more details…