10/30/12 12:00pm

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So much is special about Aigner Chocolates, that it’s hard to know where to begin, but here’s a start – the uncommonly broad selection of very fresh, very high-quality chocolates.

Aigner is one of only a handful of chocolatiers around New York City making candy on site using traditional, artisanal methods. Originating from the province of Carinthia in Austria, three generations of Aigners have built this legacy, working under the names of Martha’s Candy Kitchen in Ridgewood and Krause’s in Forest Hills, and finally putting their own, well-earned imprint on decades of expertise. (more…)

08/28/12 2:00pm

Image source: Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr

The Real Deal published a piece about affordable rents on Metropolitan Avene, the other commercial strip in Forest Hills. Yes, Austin Street is the more prominent¬†commercial area of that neighborhood, in part because of its close proximity to the 71st/Continental E/F/M/R subway station and its range of retail establishments, many of them upscale. But just about a mile south of that (a 15-20 minute walk from the subway) lies Metropolitan Avenue, home to some great restaurants and shops, and many of these business owners are saving quite a bit in rent by making it on Metropolitan. (more…)