Thank God it’s Christmas!

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere are signs – Rockaway Edition

Like many neighborhoods in Queens, Rockaway has its share of relic signage. I’ve documented before in Ridgewood; I continue now in Rockaway. These beauties are on Rockaway Beach Blvd. around 90th.

The Science of Hair

Hubert’s Golden Styles Salon. I always think while passing by, if you add another “o” to “Salon” somehow, this would be the coolest bar name ever.

I know this building was sold not too long ago. I pray that this sign doesn’t disappear. I’m keeping an eye on it. I would buy this sign, I mean… “The science of hair” coupled with the beaker illustrations and retro font…  This is irreplaceable.


I don’t really get this but it’s bold and it makes me want fried chicken.

Tobacco, Candy - Rockaway

Candy cigarettes.. one stop shop!!!

Liquor - Rockaway

“LIQUOR” – the message is clear, no need to elaborate.
This is my closest place to retrieve wine. I never go after dark.







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Seasonal Plantings New to Myrtle Ave – Ridgewood

Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District

I received the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District monthly email and was happy to read about this:

New seasonal plantings have been added as part of a new program initiative begun in September by the Myrtle Avenue BID, the Ridgewood LDC & The Horticultural Society of New York.  The plantings have given the pedestrian plazas at the intersection of 71 Av., Stephen Street and Myrtle Av. as well as Venditti Square & a planting area at Catalpa & Myrtle Avenues a holiday makeover.

Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District, with the Ridgewood Local Development Corporation, the city’s partner in caring for this space, is providing additional programming as well as daily maintenance. The space is also maintained by the Atlantic Maintenance Corporation, the BID’s sanitation service provider for the district.

The additional maintenance partner for the plaza is Neighborhood Plaza Partnership (NPP) – a unique workforce development & neighborhood revitalization program that provides transitional employment and job placement to hard-to-employ individuals while helping communities throughout the city maintain green public plazas in their commercial districts.

I don’t think anyone can complain about greener streets!


wreath-making for the holidays

The Tomato Gals love seasonal decoration. The holidays are here – it’s time to adorn the home! Before you run out to Michaels Craft, take a look in your backyard or outside the apartment. You’ll be surprised what you can create with the materials around you.

I was upstate recently at John’s cabin and came across this neat book.

wreath making

Using steeplebush branches I started to created a fall wreath.


The city is not the Catskills, but you’ll find what you need. Last resort… take a walk to your local NYC Park.

wreath making - catskills

If you’re interested in giving wreath-making a try, here’s what you’ll need:

1. Long bendable branches about 1/8 inch thick. Test them out. If the branches snap, they won’t be good for use on the wreath.
2. Dried flowers, pine cones, any natural item to adorn the wreath
3. Brown crafting wire


1. Bend and manipulate branches into a circle. Use wire to secure. Continue to add branches until you’re happy with the girth.

2. Add embellishments to you branch base. Secure with wire. Try to conceal the wire as much as possible. Get creative with it!

If you want to take it a step further, use sparkled pine cones and other adornments – great for Christmas! The Wreath Book pictured above, is great for inspiration, you can get a copy on Ebay for 5 bucks.