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Author to discuss book ‘Images of America: Forest Hills’ at local Barnes & Noble

| rmackay@queensny.org

Photo courtesy of Image of America: Forest Hills

Forest Hills is home to the country’s first planned community, a tennis club with grass courts that used to host the U.S. Open Grand Slam Tournament, beautiful parks, good public schools and countless restaurants, religious institutions and stores.

Then there are the people. Fashion designer extraordinaire Donna Karan, Hank Azaria, the voice behind many “Simpsons” characters, Geraldine Ferraro, a Democratic congresswoman who was the first woman to run for vice president of the United States for a major party in 1984, and even Spider-Man lived there.

Nick Hirshon, a former Daily News reporter, has captured the neighborhood in his book “Images of America: Forest Hills.” The paperback begins with a forward by native son Ray Romano, who waxes nostalgically about the tree-lined streets, sense of community and Eddie’s Sweet Shop.

Then readers learn about former President Theodore Roosevelt’s “100% American” speech at Station Square on July 4, 1917, before delving into such color as the public housing controversy that made national headlines in the 1970s and launched local lawyer Mario Cuomo’s political career and Topsy’s Cabin, a restaurant that opened on Queens Boulevard in the 1930s.

Hirshon will discuss “Images of America: Forest Hills” at the Barnes & Noble on Austin Street on Aug. 13 at 6:30 pm. He will also participate in a Q&A session and sign copies of his book.


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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EVENT of the DAY: Spider-Man at Cambria/Cabbell Park

Come to Cambria/Cabbell Park in Jamaica for a free screening of Spider-Man (PG 13), starring Tobey Maguire as the superhero.

Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Remains in attic of suicide house were woman who was knifed to death: officials

A woman whose dead body was found in the home of a Queens man who killed himself was knifed to death, officials said Sunday. The rotting remains of the still-unidentified woman were found in the attic of tenant Devendra Autar, 32. Autar, a police officer’s brother who was found hanging from a pullup bar in his Richmond Hill home July 20, left behind a chilling suicide note. Read more: New York Daily News

Qns. leader’s kin among dead

The uncle of a Queens man was among those killed yesterday in the Sikh temple massacre. Mohan Khatra was worshipping at the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill when he learned the news about his relative, Suvez Khatra, 77. “It’s very sad news for our family. It’s very sad news for our community” Khatra told The Post. Read more: New York Post

Police increase security at Sikh temples in NYC

The NYPD are increasing their patrols of Sikh temples around the city after the shooting in Wisconsin Sunday. In the Richmond Hill section of Queens, a officer was seen talking to the temples president. Although the shooting happened thousands of miles away, worshippers here are worried. Read more: Fox 5

Long-awaited barrier goes up along a dangerous stretch of road in Broad Channel 

The stretch of Cross Bay Blvd. that runs along the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is well-known for its scenic views but also its dangerous history. Wooden crosses pockmark the area where motorists and pedestrians were killed in accidents.Now, after years of haggling over funding, environmental concerns and logistics, the city is constructing a safety barrier to protect walkers, runners and bicyclists who use the popular pathway from traffic. Read more: New York Daily News

Silver consolation prize for Queens badminton club

There were bagels. There was badminton. And, in the end, there was bitter disappointment. At the CP Badminton Club in College Point, where groups of Malaysians often gather to play the game, about 25 enthusiasts gathered over breakfast early Sunday morning to watch the Olympic men’s singles final between Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan, the world’s two best players and archrivals. Read more: New York Times



In Spider-Man’s hometown, Queens residents flock to theater

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“The Amazing Spider-Man” swung into theaters at midnight and Queens moviegoers flocked to the film in the character’s hometown.

Lines formed outside the Midway movie theater in Forest Hills — where Spider-Man hails from — to be among the first to see the superhero flick.
“In all the Spidey movies, [Spider-Man] cried too much. This will be different. It looks like ‘The Dark Knight’ in a kind of way,” said Andrew Arevalo, 21, of Corona, as he waited for a 3:40 p.m. showing.

Fans leaving the theater thought the reboot outdid the original.

“It was great, it was the best one,” said Joe Lazauskas, 66.

Forest Hills resident, Daniel L., 30, agreed.

“It was the best ‘Spider-Man.’ [Andrew Garfield] was good and fit the role better than Tobey [Maguire].”

The Hollywood Reporter estimated an opening of at least $125m, which would place it second behind “The Avengers” in 2012.

Overseas, the Marc Webb-directed film is already breaking records overseas, according to reports.

The other Spider-Man films all earned at least $750 million at the box office, with the third installment, which hit theaters just five years ago, earning nearly $900 million.

 -Additional reporting by Philip Hertling & Greg Giaconelli