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Homestead Gourmet Shop in Kew Gardens, with its quaint, peeling sign and cheery strudel-filled front window, looks like a Disney vision of the Old World. Its employees, clad in all white with old-fashioned paper hats, evoke a 1950s soda fountain shop. It feels like a relic in a forgotten corner of the city.

In fact, German fare like the kind served here has become something of a relic in the contemporary American food scene, as changing tastes have led to the shuttering of dozens of old-school German dining institutions around the country. At Homestead, though, this kind of food is alive and well – thanks, in a very Queens-like twist, to a Polish immigrant who went from working at the counter to owning the place. Continue Reading ›

Forest Hills Clinic Is Giving Kids Free Dental Care In March

Forest Hills Clinic Is Giving Kids Free Dental Care In March

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — A Forest Hills dental clinic is offering free dental care to kids for the month of March.

Plaza College’s dental hygienist students will do free teeth cleanings, examinations and X-rays for children under 18 through March 31. The students will consult with dentists about care for each patient.

“The more regularly we can provide care, the sooner that potential problems can be identified and addressed,” said Laura Sleeper, director of Plaza College’s Dental Hygiene Program.

The Plaza College Community Dental Clinic is located at 18-33 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, Queens.

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Five Queens Restaurants And Chefs Named As Prestigious James Beard Award semifinalists

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Adda is among the five Queens restaurants and chefs nominated for a James Beard Award

Thirty-seven restaurants and chefs across New York City have been chosen as semifinalists to win the coveted James Beard Award, and this year, five of them are from Queens.

On Feb. 27, the James Beard Foundation announced the nominees for the 2019 Restaurant and Chef Awards which included Adda Indian Canteen and Casa Enrique in Long Island City, SriPraPhai in Woodside, Dumpling Galaxy in Flushing and Xi’an Famous foods (multiple locations).

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US Open’s Storied History Began At The West Side Tennis Club, A Hidden Jewel In Queens

Arthur Ashe in the U.S. Open tennis championships at Forest Hills, 1968.

At The West Side Tennis Club in 1968, Arthur Ashe became the first ever U.S. Open champion.

The U.S. Open’s illustrious history began at an idyllic location in Forest Hills, Queens.

It was at the West Side Tennis Club in 1968 that Arthur Ashe became the first ever U.S. Open champion, as well as the first African American to hoist a Slam trophy. Fifty years ago, total attendance at Ashe’s history-making performance at the West Side was only 97,000, compared to last year’s massive crowd of nearly 700,000. Continue Reading ›

Forest Hills Bar To Hold Fundraiser For Local Non-Profit That Distributes Backpacks To The Homeless

A Forest Hills bar is holding a fundraiser March 5 to benefit Backpacks for the Street, a non-profit group formed by two locals that provides essentials for the homeless.

Austin Public, located at 70-28 Austin St., plans to raise money through a raffle at the bar next week. The bar is a big supporter of the flourishing non-profit, which has handed out more than 2,000 backpacks—containing toiletries, hygiene products, food, blankets and more—to the homeless since it was founded in March 2018.

Jeffrey Newman, 52, and his husband Jayson Conner, 42, formed the organization—officially called Together Helping Others– after volunteering at a food pantry in Greenpoint for eight years. The pair was recently granted 501c3 status and plan to develop the organization into a full-service non-profit. Continue Reading ›