City to spray for West Nile in Forest Hills

west-nile-symptomsIt was announced this week that parts of of Forest Hills and the surrounding neighborhoods would be doused with a fresh coat of pesticides as part of the most recent citywide bug-control initiative.

The NYC Department of Health announced they would begin spraying on Tue., Aug. 19 at 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the following morning in areas along 99th Street, 67th Avenue and Austin Street in order to kill mosquitoes that could potentially carry the West Nile virus [TNW].

The DOH has advised that residents stay indoors during spraying to avoid contact with the chemicals, to turn off air conditioners in order to reduce the chance for indoor exposure, remove children’s toys and clothing from outdoors and to wash exposed skin and clothing with soap and water.

Call 311 or visit for more information.


Forest Hills Stadium Lineup

imagesThe Forest Hills Stadium has proven itself successful this year, with many big names planned to perform. This 100 year-old stadium has been home to many iconic performers such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and many more, so it is only right for the stadium to continue fostering talent.

There were many people debating against the continuation and reconstruction of the stadium in the beginning of the summer, due to the fear that the concerts would bring a rowdy audience and create trouble for the neighborhood. Despite fears, the supporters of the stadium prevailed.

After 20 years, the stadium was renovated and has showcased bands such as the Zac Brown Band and Mumford & Sons. There have been no complications regarding the audience during the shows. The lineup for this summer seems to be very solid and getting a lot of attention. The shows will be taking place in August and early September.

On August 9th, indie/punk rock bands Modest Mouse and Brand New will be playing alongside one another, while on August 19th, popular rappers Drake and Lil Wayne will perform as apart of their partnered tour. On September 19th, pioneers of alternative rock, The Replacements will play a solo show.

Tickets are on sale for these upcoming shows, with a four ticket limit per order. Having a local concert stadium proves to be a success, with anticipation for future artists.


Phil Lesh and Friends announce FHTS concert

Image of Phil Lesh courtesy Steven Limentani Photography

Forest Hills jam band fans have something to be grateful for, as Phil Lesh & Friends have announced they will be performing at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.

Formed around former Grateful Dead bass man Phil Lesh, the jam band has a rotating membership, though officials announced that Lesh will be joined by guitarists Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring, drummer John Molo and keyboardist Rob Barraco for the September show. 

The concert will be the first performed by the group in 11 years, and comes just two days after The Replacements, Deer Tick and the Hold Steady perform at the venue. Other musicians to perform at the venue this summer include the Zac Brown Band, Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Modest Mouse and Brand New.

The summer of concerts is the first in several decades for the stadium, and promoters hope that the venue will become a regular summer stop for influential artists.


Night out against crime

To bring the community together, the 112th Precinct Community Council and the officers of the precinct are co-hosting a Night Out Against Crime at MacDonald Park on Tues., August 5.

The National Night Out will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature free live music, barbecue and other foods, and safety information and demonstrations for residents.

In the event of rain, the night out will be a night in at the Forest Hills Jewish Center.


Go Go For Jazz

Where are all of the Forest Hills Jazz lovers?  The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce has asked for your help to donate to their “Save Jazz Thursdays” campaign.  Jazz Thursdays consists of two Thursdays in August which feature world class performers.  This is a must see for families and allows you to be as comfortable as possible, whether you prefer to bring blankets or chairs.

For this year’s 10th anniversary, which kicks off on August 7th and takes place on 70th Rd., the Forest Hills committee is hoping to increase their number of performances from two nights to three with your help.

They have launched an indiegogo campaign with a goal of raising $8,000.  So far they have managed to raise $700.

Click here to donate to their campaign which ends tonight at midnight.


Former political operative convicted of stealing from Bloomberg loses appeal

One of Azi Paybarah's March 15, 2009 photos of John Haggerty with the former mayor.

One of Azi Paybarah’s March 15, 2009 photos of John Haggerty with the former mayor.

John F. Haggerty, Jr., a former Bloomberg political operative who bought his deceased grandfather’s home in the Gardens with money meant for election day ballot security and poll watching lost his appeal with the state’s highest court on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Haggerty was convicted in 2011 for misallocating $1.1 million of the $1.2 million he was given by then-Mayor Bloomberg for the state Independence Party while on the campaign trail in 2009. Flickr user Azi Paybarah has a few snaps of Haggerty and Bloomberg hamming it up on March 15, 2009, at around the same period the embezzlement is said to occur. The court ruled unanimously against his appeal.

On Sept. 30, 2011, the NY Times’ City Room blog posted a photo of the “shabby” Haggerty house on a hill, located at Greenway North and Puritan Avenue. A neighbor told the blog that he “keeps it that way [shabby] so it looks like no one is home.” And apparently when the set director for HBO’s miniseries ‘Mildred Pierce’ hired a landscaper to clean up the yard while they were shooting next door, Haggerty was upset about it, much in the way that children get angry when you point out their flaws in public.

One interesting little tidbit in this case is that Haggerty, Jr., was buying out his brother’s share in the home from his own father, a move that not only allowed his family to maintain ownership of their property, but also to – in effect – increase his family’s net worth by several hundred thousand dollars.

Mashid Mohadjerin took this photo of the Haggerty home for The New York Times‘ City Room blog in 2011.





Fire on the roof at Florist Hills

A photo emerged on social media via the 112th Precinct Community Council at just after midnight on Mon., June 30 showing smoke and flames rolling out of Florist Hills on Woodhaven Boulevard at 68th Road across from St. John’s Cemetery. At about 1 a.m., Facebook user Anne Lyons Flemming posted:

“[The] fire is out….looks like the top of the florist….no one was hurt and the strange thing is you can’t even smell the fire…one of the firefighters said it was big when it started….good thing is no injuries!”

Flemming reported that it seemed only the upper area of the flower shop was damaged. She speculated in reply to another commenter that it may have been an electrical fire, adding, “Not sure how else it could start in a florist!”


Street Closures Saturday for Zac Brown Concert

If you’re planning on traveling through the Forest Hills Stadium area this Saturday, whether you’re going to the concert or just want to get home, beware of these street closures!


Between Continental and 69th Ave–starting approximately at 2 p.m., vehicles are prohibited from driving down Burns St.

Tennis Place to 69th Ave–no one can walk unless he or she is a resident or is going to the concert. If you’re a resident, bring your I.D. 

Burns St. between 69th Ave and 68th Ave: Closed to all vehicles. Residents cannot park in this section of Burns starting at noon, but pedestrian access is accessible for residents.

69th AVE Between Burns St and Exeter St–all vehicles prohibited.

Between Burns St and Dartmouth St (the area along the stadium) — closed to cars and pedestrians.

Clyde St between 68 to 69th Ave–closed to all vehicles.

Dartmouth street between 68 to 71 Ave–closed to vehicles.

If this all just sounds just like confusing gibberish to you, we’ve attached a map of the Forest Hill Stadium and all the roads surrounding it to give you a clear visual of what all these words mean. ForestHillsStadiumMap


Renovations of Mary Whalen Playground

514b25569e66b.preview-300Renovations to the Mary Whalen playground, located in Oak Ridge in Forest Park were proposed yesterday. Mary Whalen playground is located on the corner 79th and Park Lane South. Over a million dollars has been allocated from council member from Elizabeth Crowley.  Queens Borough President Melinda Kat, will be contributing an additional 180,000 to the project.  

The projected plan will break the playground into sections, gearing each section towards a specific age group.  Additionally the parks planted area will be increased by 150 percent, and increasing the tree count by 200 percent.  The entire  renovation presentation can be viewed on YouTube.