Yoel Sharabi performs tonight in Forest Hills

katz concert series
Tonight at 6 p.m., come and watch Yoel Sharabi and his band perform in Forest Hills’ MacDonald Park. Sharabi is a singer of Modern Israeli & Chassidic melodies.

The free concert is a part of the Katz Concert Series for summer 2016. Other performances include Alive N’ Kickin’, a cover band from the 60s to today, who will perform at Rockaway Beach on Sunday, July 10th as well as James Dale, a gospel singer, who will perform at Springfield Park on Sunday, July 17 at 5 p.m.


Forest Hills-inspired murals below the LIRR are completed


The latest mural near the LIRR station in Forest Hills has been completed.
The artist, Andre Trenier, painted the mural featuring tennis greats who have played at Forest Hills Stadium, including Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Althea Gibson and John McEnroe.
Across the street, there is a mural painted by artists Crisp and Praxis Graff in dedication to the Ramones.
Noah Sheroff, of the nonprofit organization 501 See Streets, Inc., first reached out to Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi about the projects. Together, they worked with the artists and Forest Hills Stadium who funded the projects.
These images are from 501 See Streets, Inc. Facebook page.



Mumford & Sons perform at Forest Hills Stadium


At the end of last week, Mumford & Sons graced the stage at Forest Hills Stadium.
While Mumford & Sons played to two sold out shows on Thursday and Friday, Friday night just may have been the best concert of the weekend. Marcus Mumford, the band’s lead singer, went as far as saying that the crowd was the most enthusiastic crowd that the band had ever played for in New York.

Song performed included “White Blank Page,” “Dust Bowl Dance,” “Little Lion Man,” “I Will Wait” and “The Wolf.”

Mumford & Sons also performed some new songs from their new mini album, “Johannesburg,” which was released on Friday as well. The albums documents their earlier experiences in South Africa. Additional performers throughout the night included BÓRNS, Beatenberg and Baaba Maal.

During one of the songs, Mumford quickly left the stage and spent time with fans near the stage. Then, he ran up through various sections and made his way to the very top row of Forest Hills Stadium, stopping to take photos and giving out high fives to people along the way.

The band also played an encore after fans stomped for more. There were some complaints on social media Thursday night when the band ended their show quite early, so perhaps they made up for it during Friday’s show.

Disclosure performed on Saturday night. Dolly Parton will be performing this Saturday.



Street closures announced for Forest Hills Stadium concerts

During the 112th Precinct Community Council meeting last night, police officers announced street closures during the Forest Hills Stadium concerts. The concerts begin tonight with Mumford & Sons, at 7 pm, who will also have their second show tomorrow night. On Saturday, Disclosure will perform.

For more information on the various concerts this season, visit ForestHillsStadium.com.

Buses will follow the same route they took last year.

Street Closures During Concerts
• Burns Street from 71st Avenue
To 69th Avenue
• Dartmouth from 71st Avenue to Tennis Place
• Dartmouth Street from 70th Avenue to 69th Avenue
• Clyde Street from 68th Avenue to 69th Avenue 63th Avenue from Burns Street to Dartmouth Street


Wafa’s Mediterranean restaurant shuts its doors



Lebanese Forest Hills restaurant Wafa’s has closed down after five years in the neighborhood. The restaurant was located at 100-05 Metropolitan Avenue.

Owners Joe Salameh and his mother, Wafa Chami, will be moving to California for a change in scenery. However, with their lease now expired, an increase in rent also played a factor in the restaurant’s closing.

In its place, there will be a vegan restaurant opening up. The sudden shut down was shocking to many in the neighborhood, and has been bittersweet for residents who have called for more vegan restaurants in the area while also being fans of Wafa’s.

Some of Wafa’s bestselling dishes included the stuffed grape leaves, spinach pie, lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ganoush and tabouli.

No word on when the new vegan restaurant will open.


Forest Hills Festival of the Arts this Sunday

Facebook/Jessica Sophia Wong

Facebook/Jessica Sophia Wong

As the unofficial start to summertime in Forest Hills, get ready for the 2016 Forest Hills Festival of the Arts. The street festival, which will occur from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, features over 200 small businesses from around the Forest Hills area as well as various vendors selling jewelry and clothing. There will also be artisanal crafts, entertainment for all ages and delicious food and drink options. The festival takes place along Austin Street between 69th Road and 72nd Road.

Featured performers include the Music School of New York, Big Daddy Bruce Wayne and Kaila Powerz. Food vendors include Karl’s Balls (Japanese cuisine), a beer garden and a wine garden. Clothing and accessories vendors include Marikit Designs and Paradox Thrift.

Are you planning on attending?