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Neighborhood Chat / Re: UPS Store - long lines
« Last post by ShinjukuBaby on June 30, 2020, 05:26:12 PM »
Obviously not an option for everybody based on work schedules, etc. but I've found weekdays to be better than weekends.
Neighborhood Chat / Alternate Side Parking is back
« Last post by lindsey on June 30, 2020, 10:49:29 AM »
For all you car owners out there, take note that as of June 29 we are back to regular alternate side parking rules, although with some reductions for streets that would normally be cleaned twice weekly. More details here:
Restaurants & Food / Viva Ceviche by Raices at 88th/37th
« Last post by Shelby2 on June 29, 2020, 10:07:31 PM »
Has anyone been here? They have an attractive storefront at 88-15 37th Ave, and a nice looking menu. Haven't tried the food yet.

Restaurants & Food / Re: Samudra
« Last post by Ecrivain on June 29, 2020, 09:35:47 PM »
The palak paneer and the baingan bharta are spectacular!
Neighborhood Chat / Re: Testing/ Lack of it
« Last post by ljr on June 29, 2020, 08:36:57 PM »
You can walk into City Md locations and get both covid and antibody tests. Results take a few days. Our doctor's office (a large network of practices in Manhattan affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical Center) also offers both tests by appointment. You have to have a telehealth screening first, but they are fine with asymptomatic people who want to get tested just to know. Results came the same evening/next day--very fast. The appointment meant you were immediately taken into an exam room, no waiting, and only a few people around in the office. Nothing to sign or fill out at the office--that is all done by computer in advance--and no contact except the actual test, which is very fast. I imagine other large medical practices are also offering tests?
Restaurants & Food / Re: Samudra
« Last post by dssjh on June 29, 2020, 08:19:02 PM »
i love the Mysore Masala Dosa, but it is spicy if that's a concern. the Onion Dosa is really good if you prefer something mild. both are quite large and come with sambar/chutney.

the paneer entrees are great, but rich. and my personal favorite - an acquired taste, i've been told -- is the Halwa Puri. a dish of sweet pudding, a dish of spicy chickpeas and two puri. it's a breakfast dish in South India, i believe, but i can eat it any time.
Restaurants & Food / Re: Samudra
« Last post by rizzeroo on June 29, 2020, 06:14:07 PM »
Soup, usually spinach, and a veggie samosa. 

If they go I'll miss picking up phone orders there: while you patiently sit and wait for your order it's happened many times they'll offer a small cup of rice pudding to enjoy.  If not that then they will offer water.   Regardless, they're very kind and I'm glad others want to support them as well.
Restaurants & Food / Samudra
« Last post by r on June 29, 2020, 04:56:52 PM »
What is everyone's favorite thing to order from Samudra?

I keep reading that they might close, planning to order from them next time we get delivery!

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Testing/ Lack of it
« Last post by Matt on June 29, 2020, 04:00:34 PM »
Testing has become much more available and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is now urging all New Yorkers to be tested:

"All New Yorkers should get a COVID-19 diagnostic test, whether or not they have symptoms or are at increased risk. Tests are free. You should look for a testing site near your home.

You will not be asked about immigration status. COVID-19 testing and care services are not a public benefit under the public charge rule."

You can find a testing site here:

Antibody testing is also becoming more available. If you scroll down after entering your address you can see which locations offer both types of tests.

I heard this segment on WNYC last week which encouraged me to get tested:

Based on Fred Mogul's experience at a city hospital, I decided to go to Elmhurst, but my experience was not the same. Antibody testing is only available Monday through Friday and is at a different location in the hospital - go to the Community Medical Center entrance located on 41st Avenue and 80th Street. For Coronavirus testing, go to the infamous tent outside of the emergency entrance on Baxter Avenue. Coronavirus testing is available 7 days a week 8 AM to 4 PM. I was disappointed that it was not possible to have both done at the same location, unlike Mogul's experience at Bellevue. Also, he had the newer coronavirus test which uses a shorter swab which he described as a feather. A feather was not used on me, it was the long swab. As uncomfortable as it was, it wasn't as bad as I imagined. In both cases, there was not a long wait.

It will take a few days to get results. Although there are problems with the accuracy of the tests, and it is not certain what having antibodies means in regards to future infections, this seems like it could be useful information to have.
Neighborhood Chat / Re: UPS Store - long lines
« Last post by Shelby2 on June 29, 2020, 02:52:53 PM »
Are there any other options? Can we all storm the UPS customer service line and ask for more service there? The line today was literally over an hour long. It's ridiculous!

Wow, that's tough, especially having to wait outside in this hot/humid weather (I don't like this weather although I'm sure some other people do). As far as I know, UPS Stores are franchised so most likely calling UPS will not do much. :(

Perhaps there are other options in the area, like the UPS within Staples at 93rd?

One of the last times I went to UPS Store, I was doing an Amazon return and I had selected the UPS Store dropoff as my option, so I wouldn't have been able to go elsewhere.
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