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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Walgreens buys Rite Aid
« Last post by jeanette on Today at 10:30:53 PM »
...not to mention the daily, reckless deliveries and dangerous truck stop in the pedestrian crossing at the 83rd street entrance while the 82nd street entrance remains locked.

I despise Rite-Aid.
Neighborhood Chat / Re: Here come the high-rises
« Last post by JH.77 on Today at 07:47:54 PM »
The former New York Cho Dae Church was sold in August 2013 for $7 million.
Wonder how many of the 139 units will be designated affordable housing? 

It's not in the historical district.  Here's a great example of why that designation matters:

It thankfully stopped a horrendous cheap-looking 80s redux building from showing up in the historic district last year (or at least for now)
I have no problem with indie vendors but this is a huge spread on an already crowded public sidewalk.  The city routinely harasses tax paying businesses that put displays on the sidewalk in front of their stores, so how can they turn a blind eye here?  I'm no Peralta apologist, but he probably deserves credit and not scorn for trying to negotiate something here between store owners and this vendor. 

The ODDEST thing about this vendor is the prices are NOT all that great considering there's no overhead.  The merchandise is a better price -- and certainly much better quality -- at any of scores of produces shops here in the 11372.

it's such a constant fixture in that area that even shows up on Google Maps!,+Flushing,+NY+11368/@40.7492648,-73.8686447,3a,90y,355.13h,64.6t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-PfInB7B0pEUp1Ro1znapQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c25fb9ce73ae9f:0x8524afdf5334313a!8m2!3d40.7494111!4d-73.8687775

Jackson Heights is totally chaotic.

That's part of its charm.

No, it's not.
Neighborhood Chat / Walgreens buys Rite Aid
« Last post by Shelby2 on Today at 06:47:52 PM »

I hope this purchase deal includes the Rite Aid at 83rd St. and 37th Ave. I have encountered some atrocious customer service at that location!  :'(
Neighborhood Chat / Need hair stylist/makeup artist
« Last post by bellabella on Today at 05:18:41 PM »
We are going to an event in a few weeks and need updo's and makeup done. It will be for two people possibly three. Our go to has moved. Looking for local JH or Astoria. Prefer someone who can do both. Thanks!!
Neighborhood Chat / Re: IS 230 relocations of staff and students today
« Last post by earbears on Today at 04:51:21 PM »
There was a bee/wasp/yellowjacket infestation.
The students and staff were sent to other schools while the DOE took care of clearing the building.

A letter was sent home with the students
There is no way that this woman should be permitted to take up that much sidewalk space.  I like street vendors.  Heck, I work in Manhattan and the street vendors are a good source of some good eats.  But there needs to be a balance between what a licensed vendor can do, the right of the public to use the sidewalks and the right of brick and mortar businesses to be able to sell their products without being undercut by someone setting up shop right outside their door. 

I'm actually surprised that the police have not shut her down, on a daily basis, until she complies.
The vendor's argument is strange. It's basically, we can't make money if we can't display all the stuff we have to sell. How about buying less stuff? It's like they want to grow their business beyond being a street vendor, which has limits, but aren't willing to take on the cost of growth of a store. Buy a truck, yes. Rent a storefront, no.
I love the craziness.

Since living in Jackson Heights now whenever I visit pals on the UES or UWS,  I think, wow, where is all the street life? 

I think that rather than changing Jackson Heights...Jackson Heights has changed me to appreciate what it offers.

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