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Random Musings on 108 Street and 63rd Drive, Forest Hills, New York

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2009

Random Musings on 108 Street and 63rd Drive, Forest Hills, New York

On 108th Street between the Long Island Expressway and Queens Blvd is a very nice shopping area the wee people and I enjoy exploring. It was 20 degrees with a wind chill factor of 9, but I was out shopping looking for gifts in between coding and blogging (LOL). I have several posts in draft that I need to publish but I found myself thinking about spending time with my gal pal who was getting her hair done earlier. It was probably the most relaxing moment of my day because all I did for approximately 40 minutes was sit in the front of the small shop listening to everyone talk in Hebrew and Russian while I wrote another chapter to my book and thought about blogging...

If you are going to learn a foreign language you have to immerse yourself into the culture. Barbershops and beauty salons are always a great place to visit because the conversations flow non-stop. There is something comforting in pampering yourself while catching up on the neighborhood gossip. Even if it is spoken in other tongues (LOL).

The fun part for me is when I first walk in because there is always a moment of confusion as to why I am there. They are always polite but can't quite figure out what I am doing with my Russian Jewish friends because I spend most of my time observing and asking questions about their fave food and culture. I think it is the constant taking of pictures that makes them a wee bit wary as well. When we show them the blog they are always impressed with ActiveRain. There are days when people forget that I do not speak their language well and automatically greet me in Hebrew. Those moments are always my fave moments because when shop owners get comfy with writers they share very interesting stories about their impressions of what is going on.

Forest Hills is a beautiful place to live and if you are studying languages definitely a great place to wander about to listen. I know these streets like the back of my hand because my gal pals show me all the small spots where you can get quality things done and eat really tasty food. I spend a lot of time here wandering around sketching and taking pictures when I am alone. I am into architecturally interesting buildings and there are a lot of custom homes here. I have been working on some Cityscape's for my next gallery exhibition. I selected a few from wandering between 108th Street and the Grand Central Parkway. I promised I'd post some work from my sketch books. I'm thinking the pen and ink ones are particularly nice... I'm saving them for vacation so I can remind myself not to work on my fun time (LOL). Gotta go finish a branding draft. Hmm... Maybe I'll write something useful for the newbies...

I like mentoring newbs. We have great fun together (LOL). ;-)


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Comment balloon 8 commentsC Tann-Starr • December 23 2009 09:49PM


20 degrees and a wind chill factor of 9!!??? O_O  I didn't even go for my walk this week because it was in the 40s a couple of days...

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 11 years ago

You lost me at the temperature as well. It's in the 40's here in Columbia with no wind and I'm freakin' out. So I'm assuming that a chill factor of 9 would just cause my body to shut down.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 11 years ago

I love reading posts about your part of the city. I've run the NYC marathon twice and it's an absolutely amazing place! Running through the different neighborhoods and mix of cultures!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Lisa, sometimes I wont leave the house either... even in really nice weather (LOL).

LOL @ JL. There have been days when I have wondered just how cold is it? (LMAO) Once I was barely outside for ten minutes and I couldn't feel my face. That was it for me. I dropped everything and went straight home. :-)

Russell, if I wasn't a lazy runner I would try to train for one but once I hit a couple of miles I'm usually ready for my milk and cookies (LOL. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I used to live in Forest Hills,  Loved it.  Wish I was still there.  My wife and I used to visit that little strip of 108th all the time.


Enjoy the holidays.


Posted by Josef Katz, {Marketing Maestro} (Digital and Direct Response Marketing) almost 11 years ago

Josef, happy holidays! I love 108th Street. Did you ever get to go to Salute restaurant? We have to go one day soon. The food is excellent. I always let Susana order because I have no idea what I am eating until she tells me (LOL). :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

At least it wsn't too cold out when you were wandering...  As a former Minnesotan, that would seem balmy some days...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Lane, I know what you mean. After it went down to 9 degrees I was happy to see anything above 30 (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

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