Where To See The 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation !!

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation is an event unto itself. See the larger-than-life balloons come to life the night before the parade. Photo by Anthony Quintano/CC BY 2.0

Thanksgiving in New York City wouldn’t be what it is without the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you’re eager to take your kids to glimpse those giant balloons and don’t want to rise before dawn, visit the area near the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, November 24, 2022, to watch the giants come to life during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation.

While the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation is far from crowd-free, it’s an only-in-New York event all its own—and a must-do holiday event for families. Read on for tips on when to go and where to eat. In need of more holiday inspiration? Visit our NYC Kids Thanksgiving Fun Guide.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation: Astronaut Snoopy
Snoopy gets ready for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by the author

 

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ANOTHER RECORD SALE IN FOREST HILLS GARDENS BY TERRACE SOTHEBY’S INTL REALTY !

 

JUST SOLD!

Congratulations To The Terrace Sotheby’s International Realty Team On Another Significant Sale In Forest Hills Gardens!!   SOLD & CLOSED !

“ELEGANT EMBASSY ROW COLONIAL”

191 Greenway North, Forest Hills Gardens Queens, NYC

Beautifully maintained sun filled Center Hall Colonial on Embassy Row featuring a magnificent, professionally landscape garden, separate 2 car garage with private driveway, in-ground sprinklers, 4 zone heat, 2 zone central air, hardwood floors, and new Pella windows. First floor:  Grand entrance foyer leads to a gracious Living Room with wood burning fireplace featuring a tastefully carved marble mantle. Separate formal Dining Room with beamed tray ceiling and built-in cabinetry opens to a large eat-in Kitchen with custom cabinetry, high end stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.  Sun filled solarium with windows overlooking the garden and door to the patio and expansive bi level garden area. Separate Study/Office with carved wooden beams adorning the ceiling.  Designer Marble and Onyx half bath with hand painted sink. Convenient first floor laundry room with lots of cabinets and storage. Second floor : A generous landing , 4 bedrooms and 2 full Baths. Breathtaking Master suite, a combination of two rooms, with en suite marble Bath. Bathroom has his and hers designer hand painted sinks and high end gold plated fixtures.  The Master Bedroom has its own fireplace adorned with Delft Dutch tiles, a walk-in closet and another large closet with built-ins.  French doors open to an outdoor covered patio. Two other large bedrooms share a hall Bath with a hot tub. There is also another patio off the two bedrooms.  All bedroom closets are cedar lined. Third floor: A spacious room with full Bath, 2 large storage areas and a cedar lined closet perfect for hobby, study, guest or get-away! Basement: The house includes a 1,170 sq. ft. finished basement with custom built-in cabinets, a temperature controlled wine cellar, wet bar, full Bathroom, and storage areas and a separate entrance that leads to rear garden area of the home. The house boasts a huge, unique, beautifully landscaped 2 level garden that is perfect for entertaining.  The fenced-in rear garden displays a large variety of plants and perennial flowers that bloom throughout the Spring and Summer seasons and its layout offers great privacy.  The front perimeter of the home is also professionally landscaped with evergreens and perennials and has 2 brick walkways that were recently replaced. A true gem fit for Royalty!

 

WELCOME TO FOREST HILLS GARDENS FINEST ! Just Sold By Terrace Sotheby’s Intl Realty !

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About 43 Greenway Terrace, Forest Hills Gardens,

As one of the most prestigious and architecturally distinctive homes, this perfectly scaled 7 bedroom, 7 bathroom house is positioned on Greenway Terrace at the entrance to Forest Hills Gardens. This stunning Tudor residence was designed in 1920 by renowned American architect Grosvenor Atterbury. Atterbury is most recognized for designing The Metropolitan Museum’s American Wing, the Parish Art Museum, Main Street Southampton, and the Rockefeller Stone Barns.

This Gardens’ home, with its uncompromised architectural integrity and highest standards of interior décor, conveys the utmost charm and warmth. Sunlit and spacious rooms lend themselves to everyday modern living with substantial space for home office and workout rooms, children’s playroom, wine cellar, and indoor and outdoor entertaining.

Aside from its prominent position along the Terrace, a glance beyond the stone, brick and ivy-covered entryway reveals a masterfully designed example of Atterbury’s well respected style. Design elements include 4 original fireplaces, a Butler’s pantry with beautifully restored cabinetry, expansive second floor landing, rear staircase, original leaded glass pane windows, volume ceilings, decorative copper exterior elements, and tapestry brickwork. The rooms with lovely sunlit views overlook the beautiful community open space along Flagpole Green. The house, with its separate 2 car garage and upper studio space, is situated on an estate sized landscaped property.

An integral part of one of America’s oldest planned communities, the home is perfectly located just minutes from Station Square, neighborhood schools, and the well known West Side Tennis Club, which offers professional grade tennis, pool and dining facilities. It is just a few minutes from public transportation including the LIRR, several express and local subway lines, and is convenient to shopping areas and restaurants. It is approximately 15 minutes by rail to Manhattan, in close proximity to highways and both NYC’s major airports, and nearby to Forest Park with horseback riding, golf, and dedicated biking and running paths.

 

Forest Hills Ice Cream Shop Named Among NYC’s Best !!

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Critics at Eater NY and Forest Hills locals went searching for the best ice cream shop. Both came back with the same answer in Forest Hills.

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — Last week, as the weather started to turn hot and humid, critics at Eater NY set out to find the best ice cream shops in New York City.

A few days later, neighbors in Forest Hills turned to Facebook asking the same question.

Both came to the same conclusion: Eddie’s Sweet Shop, a beloved ice cream parlor that’s been at 105-29 Metropolitan Avenue since the 1960s, is the best bet for a frozen treat in Forest Hills — and, arguably, the city at large.

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FOREST HILLS…Did You Know….Getting To And From Manhattan Is About To Get Even More Convenient !!

A sign at a train station that reads "All aboard for Grand Central"

Introducing LIRR service to Grand Central

This new service is the most transformative change to Long Island Rail Road service in a century.

Long Island Rail Road service to Manhattan’s east side will soon become a reality. At the end of this year, LIRR trains will begin running to Grand Central Madison, a new train concourse below Grand Central Terminal. This will give LIRR two entry points to Manhattan’s Central Business District.

More LIRR trains will run during peak hours and there will be better reverse commuting options to Long Island. Two new tunnels between Manhattan and Queens will increase train capacity to and from New York City by 50% and improve reliability.

This transformative rail service is the first expansion of LIRR service in more than a century.

It is the culmination of several infrastructure projects — including the Main Line Expansion from Floral Park to Hicksville, and the Double Track Project from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma — that allow us to run more trains and provide more reliable service. These projects have also added new stations and bridges on Long Island, eliminated grade crossings, and replaced old tracks and signals.

About Grand Central Madison

Customers taking LIRR to Grand Central Madison will arrive at a new 700,000-square-foot terminal, which runs alongside Madison Avenue from 43rd Street to 48th Street. This station will have space for retail and restaurants, spacious waiting areas, free Wi-Fi, and real-time departure information.

We expect about 45% of LIRR passengers to use the new service to Grand Central, which will help reduce crowding at Penn Station.

Grand Central Madison has four new entrances to Madison Avenue, as well as new entrances into the existing spaces of Grand Central and the passageways between 45th and 47th streets. The new terminal will have eight tracks and four platforms on two new levels below the existing lower level of Grand Central Terminal. Tracks are fully separate from Metro-North Railroad, ensuring that neither railroad causes delays to the other.

Changes to LIRR service

When service to Grand Central begins at the end of the year, there will be new schedules on every branch of LIRR. We developed the new Long Island Rail Road service plan based on studies and demand analysis.

System-wide changes

  • More evenly spaced trains and fewer large gaps in service
  • More frequent service to Queens
  • More frequent service on the Ronkonkoma and West Hempstead branches
  • More trains in the early-morning and late-evening rush hours
  • A 28% increase in Brooklyn service

Benefits

  • A more than 40% overall increase in LIRR service
  • One-seat rides to Manhattan’s East Side from many stations
  • Better reverse commuting options to Long Island
  • Seamless transfers to Metro-North
  • Decreased travel times from Long Island to Manhattan
  • A modern train concourse with retail, Wi-Fi, and other amenities
  • Less crowding at Penn Station

See draft Long Island Rail Road schedules

Next steps

Our goal is to ensure that customers understand how LIRR service will change when this new plan launches at the end of the year.

Beginning this month, we will hold several virtual information sessions, which will be recorded and available for customers. Starting in the fall we will be out in full force in stations and throughout affected communities to help bring wider awareness about changes to LIRR service.

Customer engagement sessions

We will hold three virtual information sessions where LIRR staff will offer presentations about the new timetables at the following dates and times:

Following these information sessions, a virtual public meeting — where the public will have the chance to offer comments on the timetables — will be held on Wednesday, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Register to comment at the public meeting.)

Courtesy of MTA.com

DID YOU KNOW? PETER PARKER AKA SPIDER-MAN LIVED IN FOREST HILLS?

Peter Parker in Forest Hills in 1996.

You all know that Peter Parker is your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. For many years, that neighborhood was officially Forest Hills, Queens.

New York City is one of the key locations used for much of the action in Marvel Comics, serving as the traditional home of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange, Jessica Jones, and countless other characters. For Spider-Man—everybody’s friendly neighborhood superhero—his home can be found in the heart of Queens. Throughout the comics, Spider-man lives with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben at 20 Ingram Street, a two-story boarding house in Forest Hills Gardens. In real life, 20 Ingram Street is less modest and plain as it is portrayed in the comics, instead fashioned in the style of Edwardian and English garden houses.

 Coincidentally, a real-life Parker family actually lived at 20 Ingram Street. In 1974, Andrew and Suzane Parker along with their two daughters moved into the residence. A few years later in 1989, the family reported that they began receiving junk mail addressed to Peter Parker, after their address was listed as the superhero’s home in the June and July 1989 issues of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Originally, the character was created by Stan Lee in 1962 as a Forest Hills resident, but his official address was never pinpointed by the comic book legend, instead being added years later by writer David Michelinie.

However, it would not be until the family was told by a reporter from the “Queens Tribune” during the summer of 2001 that they realized how their lives shockingly mirrored that of one of Marvel’s most notable characters. Besides sharing a last name with Peter Parker, they also discovered another intriguing connection to the Spider-man comics. One of Andrew and Suzanne’s longtime neighbors of more than 20 years was Terri Osborne, whose last name was almost identical to that of Spider-Man’s biggest enemy, the Green Goblin, which is the alias of Norman Osborn.

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The Lineup Of Exhibiting Artists For The Metro Village Art Festival…Is In!!

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Come stroll Metro Avenue in Forest Hills on a self-guided art tour featuring 11 Queens artists while visiting the small businesses that make Metropolitan Avenue a unique place to shop, dine and work. Enjoy light refreshments along the way.

Gallery Locations:

  • Aigner Chocolates Art World Custom Framing
  • Coldwell Banker Kueber Realty
  • DEE’S Wood Fired Pizza + Kitchen
  • Dylan’s Restaurant
  • J&B Paint + Wallpaper
  • La Dolce Italia Bakery
  • La Vigna Restaurant
  • Mitra Hakimi Realty Group
  • Nick’s Bistro
  • Wagging Tails
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Find the more event details on the Instagram account: @metrovillagefh

No sign up needed. Free public event. Invite a friend!

LOOKING TO HONOR OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET THIS WEEKEND?

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With events on Earth Day (Friday, April 22) and throughout the week, New York City celebrates sustainability and ways to live in harmony with the planet. Below we’ve listed some of the events where you can honor our planet; Union Square is the usual primary host of Earth Day events, but there are happenings both big and small across the City.

courtesy of: NYCgo.com

THE NOT SO FORGOTTEN TEA GARDEN IN FOREST HILLS GARDENS , NYC

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At the back of the historic Forest Hills Inn at 1 Station Square lies a long-lost architectural gem, the Forest Hills Tea Garden. Opened in 1912 behind an ornate gate, the Tea Garden hosted everything from weddings to dinner dances. Though the remains of the tea garden remain today, most residents probably are unaware of its history. According to Michael Perlman, an author and historian who has been raising money and awareness to preserve the Tea Garden, the structure is just a shell of its former self, though it has the potential for restoration and revitalization. Perlman, a fifth-generation Forest Hills resident, spoke with Untapped New York about the history of this mostly forgotten but rich historic site.

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