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What Do You Want to See Happen in Forest Hills in 2014?

Patch readers discuss some of the things they are hoping to see this year in the community.

On Thursday, we asked Forest Hills Patch Facebook readers to tell us what improvements they would like to see in their community in 2014. 

Below, you'll find a few answers from community residents. In the comment section below, tell us what you'd like to see happen in town this year.

Alexa Weitzman: "Sound regulation enforcement. There's way too much honking and sirens on unmarked sedans."

Tova Abrahmov: "Can't wait for all the construction to end!"

Michael Ambalu: "Install visible cameras at every stop sign and traffic light. I see too many drivers making turns on red lights and not stopping at stop signs, especially by Forest Hills High School and on 108th Street. I don't feel it's safe anymore to raise my kids in this neighborhood."
Craig Michael Carrieri January 11, 2014 at 06:52 AM
PUT LOTS OF ATTENTION IN REDOING AUSTIN STREET. MOST OF THE STORES ARE NASTY, CHEAP LOOKING AND UNAMAGINATIVE. THE ITEMS SOLD ARE OLD AND TIRED. EVERYONE IS SO UNCREATIVE WITH THEIR DISPLAY WINDOWS. THE STORES NEED TO BE CLEANED WELL INCLUDING THE FILTHY WINDOWS. THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME TOTAL LOOK LIKE MOST SHOPPING AREAS HAVE. GET RID OF THE TACKY AND PUT IN SOME NEW MOM AND POP STORES SELLING THINGS THAT WILL SELL. THE STREET OF SHOPS LOOKS LIKE ONE LARGE SALE OF UNWANTED GOODS. AUSTIN STREET NEEDS A B12 SHOT REALLY BAD. IT BRINGS THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD DOWN.
dena altizio January 11, 2014 at 08:08 PM
I TOTALLY AGREE WITH CRAIG!! I DONT UNDERSTAND THE STORES ON AUSTIN STREET, THEY MOSTLY SELL JUNK! HOW DO THEY STAY OPEN? I WALK UP AND DOWN THAT STREET WITH MY BABY (ALMOST EVERY DAY) AND I JUST GET REALLY MAD. THERE IS SO MUCH OPPORTUNITY IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. WE DONT EVEN HAVE A REAL COFFEE SHOP?? AUSTIN STREET SHOULD BE FILLED WITH AMAZING SHOPS OFFERING REALLY COOL STUFF! IT COULD BRING IN SO MUCH MONEY FOR THE COMMUNITY. IT TOTALLY DOES BRING THE NEIGHBORHOOD DOWN. HOW DO WE BRING MORE ATTENTION TO THIS?
douglas smith January 12, 2014 at 09:16 PM
I would like some attention paid to the traffic jam on metropolitan and a fact that has already been brought up on the patch regarding the car wash on metropolitan that blocks the sidewalk every day with cars forcing you either into the street or into the soapy wet air. It's not safe for children or strollers.
Chris January 13, 2014 at 01:22 AM
Good comments here. The intersection at 71st and Metropolitan is a mess. Cars get backed up waiting for the light on 71st, and when it turns green it's really short so they speed through. And the new lanes they created have caused cars on Metropolitan to block the intersection, making things even worse. I have to cross there a lot with my kids, and I'm always a little nervous. As for Austin Street, that's another mess. The traffic is really bad, and the police don't seem insterested in enforcing the traffic rules there, despite the precinct being right there. Double parked cars block buses (which in turn block everything else), UPS trucks block bus stops because they have nowhere else to unload, etc.
Linda January 13, 2014 at 06:37 AM
I'd like to see better enforcement at stop signs, an advancement of the High Line park project on the unused railroad tracks, and a resolution of the ridiculous traffic problems on Metropolitan.
Alanna B. January 13, 2014 at 07:57 AM
More places to go with children when weather is bad. Coffee shop that offers entertaiment (story time, open mic night) would be nice. Less empty storefronts. And less tacky stores! Chez moi, I'm talking about you!
Alanna B. January 13, 2014 at 07:58 AM
Good soup/salad/sandwich place.
Katbird January 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM
So many Mom and Pop stores have gone out because they can't sustain the rents if people don't shop on the street. People complain that there are no quality shops yet how many people did all or most of their holiday shopping on line? The only reason one needs to come out is to get a hair cut or nails done, a trip to the dry cleaners or go out to dinner. The rest you can do on the internet. I have worked in one of these small shops that have recently closed after many years in business and the foot traffic is dismal!

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