Mott & Bayard Frame Sale at MK Vision, Continental Ave.

Summer is approaching, and if you’re looking for new frames, you can find them in Forest Hills.

mottopticalmodelblog Mott & Bayard’s new Borough Collection; a  sleek new brand at the intersection of  culture  and style, can be found at MK  Vision in Forest  Hills.

A designer brand at an affordable price. An  oxymoron, maybe? Nope. Mott & Bayard  frames AND lenses start at only $128!

Each unique frame captures the cultured, dynamic feel of New York City. “The brand derives it’s name from streets in Lower Manhattan, where our flagship store, Mott Street Optical, is located. For for over 30 years, it has served the local clientele by being an integral part of the neighborhoods rich and distinct culture, while setting the tone for NYC’s eyewear style and fashion,” said Kenneth Ma, the man behind Mott & Bayard’s style development.

For over 25 years, MK Vision, located at 107-29 71st Ave. in Forest Hills, has IMG_3289_effect_1200exceeded their patients expectations through the quality of their professional eye care, customer service, and unparalleled array of stylish quality eyewear.

Mott & Bayard $128 frame deal and MK Vision’s new spring packages boast eye exams for only $45, and new designer frames for a very affordable $128. Walk into MK for an eye exam, and hot, new Mott & Bayard designer frames, and walk out only having spent around $200. That’s what winning feels like.


Queens man accused of slamming dog to death indicted


A photo of 3-year-old Honey, who was allegedly killed by 33-year-old Carlos Hernandez. (Photo: Instagram)

The 33-year-old Jackson Heights man accused of killing his girlfriend’s Chihuahua by slamming it to the floor was indicted by a Queens County Grand Jury this week.

Carlos Hernandez faces charges of one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, one count of third-degree robbery, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of second degree harassment and one count of disorderly conduct.

According to the indictment, Hernandez allegedly slammed the 3-year-0ld animal to the floor during an argument in his girlfriend’s Forest Hills home in January, while her 11-year-old daughter heard the whole thing in the next room.

“The defendant is accused of aggravated cruelty to animals for pulling his girlfriend’s small dog out of her arms during an argument and killing the helpless animal by violently throwing the dog to the floor,” said Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown. “Such acts of aggression toward animals cannot – and will not – be tolerated.”

Hernandez’s next court date is July 6, 2016. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.


Helping Ecuador Earthquake Victims | Where to Donate



The devastating earthquake in Ecuador on April 16 has left over 650 people dead and over 12,500 others injured. Additionally, there are more 26,000 people currently in the country’s shelters after roughly 1,500 builds were destroyed. Some locations in the Forest Hills/Rego Park/Kew Gardens are collecting items to send to those affected by the earthquake as well as the subsequent mudslides.

Here are some locations that are collecting donations for the victims:
Central Queens Y: 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills
Brain and Body Yoga: 108-17 72nd Avenue, Forest Hills
98-01 97th Street, Rego Park
Kew Gardens Market: LIRR North Parking Lot, 82-60 Austin Street, Kew Gardens

Donations could include:
Hygiene Items - Toilet Paper, Bar Soap, Wipes, Diapers, Feminine Pads, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Towels, Bath Soap, Wet Towels
Kitchen Items – Kitchen Utensils, Cooking Pots, Plastic Plates/Cups Non-Disposable
Plastic Utensils (Spoons, Forks)

First-Aid Items
Rubbing Alcohol, Cotton, Latex Gloves, Bug Repellent, Sublock, Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen, Gauze, Bandaids, Face Masks

Food Items
Energy Bars, Powder Milk, Boxed Beverages, Nuts, Sugar, Dry Beans/Grains (rice), Hydrating Beverages, Noodles (ex: ramen, cup of noodles), Cookies, Baby Food (not in glass containers), Ensure, Canned Food, Pedialyte, Boxed oatmeal, Canned Pet Food

Flashlights, Candles, Batteries, Large/Industrial Garbage Bags, Duck tape, Mosquito nets, Tents, Toys for children, Baby bottles, Crayons, Coloring Books, Small books, Futons

You may call the local centers to find out what date they are collecting donations until. Brain and Body Yoga will be collecting until May 7.
The Kew Gardens Market will be accepting ONLY on April 30. There will be signs at the market as to where donations can be dropped off.

Know of any other drop-off locations and times? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or on Facebook.


Where does Forest Hills High School rank in the state?

According to a U.S. News & World Report ranking of high schools in New York state, Forest Hills High School was ranked No. 125th.

The school, which is also ranked #1,267 in the country, received a silver medal. With a total of 3,793 students in enrollment, 64% are economically disadvantaged.

Other Queens schools featured includes Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (ranked No. 38 in the country), Townsend Harris High School (ranked No. 60 in the country) and Baccalaureate School for Global Education (ranked No. 32 in the country).


Cubmobile Derby to take place this Saturday


This Saturday, April 16, stop by the 2016 Pathfinder District Cubmobile Derby in Forest Hills.

Watch and cheer for the cub scouts from Pack 349 as they race their handmade “cubmobiles.”

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and racing will begin once check in is complete.

The race will take place at the P.S. 144Q school yard, located on Kessel Street between 69th and 70th Avenue.

For more information, contact Fred Pagan, Cub Master of Pack 349, at ContactPack349@gmail or call him at 917-796-6972.


Results for Participatory Budgeting released

For some time, the community has been involved in deciding where to spend capital money as part of Participatory Budgeting.

“Many of these ideas were extensive and varied ranging from making safety improvements to our streets, to upgrading our neighborhood schools,” Council Member Karen Koslowitz said. “Thanks also go to our community volunteers who worked so hard to increase voting participation, and to our Participatory Budgeting Delegates who met regularly to develop and refine the projects, confer with city agencies, and prepare the proposals to be ballot ready. The people have spoken, and congratulations to the winning ideas.”

According to a press release from Koslowitz, District #29 has voted on the following projects that will be included in the upcoming city Capital Budget:

#1. Traffic/Pedestrian Safety Enhancements – A safety improvement for 71st Avenue and Austin Street in Forest Hills which includes installation of a single curb extension at the northeast corner of 71st Avenue and Austin Street. This will promote safety for pedestrians as it will align them with the parking lane which will increase their visibility to drivers.

#2. Renovations to our Local Public Schools – Complete renovation of select bathrooms at three of our local public schools: PS 144, PS 174, and PS 101.

#3. Forest Hills Library Improvements – Construction of an outdoor reading area and renovation of the interior meeting room at Forest Hills Library.


112 Precinct Community Council hosts street fair

On Sunday, April 10, the community came out in droves to participate in the 112th Precinct Community Council Street Fair.

Residents, local businesses, civic groups as well as representatives for the local elected officials were all in attendance. Between food, arts and entertainment, neighbors got to know each other – and the precinct – a bit better.

The following images were taken by resident Michael Dunne.
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Entertainment for children included balloon artists.

Entertainment for children included balloon artists.

Deputy Inspector Officers of the 112th Precinct, including Judith Harrison, Commanding Officer of the 112th Precinct.

Officers of the 112th Precinct, including Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, Commanding Officer of the 112th Precinct.

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Members of the Forest Hills CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)