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#MonthlyPicks | August ’17 by Larkin Jainschigg
Local residents chime in on their favorite places to eat, learn, walk, and have fun. This month’s picks are by Larkin Jainschigg.
I like Quaint on 47th Street and Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside. There’s a pretty outside patio, and the people are nice. Plus, the menu is diverse. Another great place is Aubergine Café, which is a few blocks away from Quaint on 50th Street and Skillman Avenue. It’s has a great feel, and I like how busy it is. The beautiful open brick walls and high ceilings remind me of home. Plus, they serve healthy sandwiches and great coffee that’s not too sweet.
Stay on Skillman Avenue for Stray Vintage at 48th Street. The antiques are great, and it’s not overwhelming. It’s a small store that’s nice to browse. The owners – Dan and Tara — are so nice.
Forest Hills Gardens has amazing houses. There’s a lot of greenery that’s simply beautiful. I just walk around and around. Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City has a beautiful view of Midtown Manhattan and a lot fresh air and excitement. You’re never bored if you’re there. It’s a nice place to take a walk. I like Sunnyside a lot. I love how everything looks, and it’s quiet. If you need a place to think, it’s a good place to go and get your thoughts in order. The sense of community is very strong, and it’s safe. Plus, it’s in a really good location, close to the 7 train and Manhattan.
Lynne’s Riding School in Forest Hills, near Forest Park, is now history. I used to work there because I love horses. It’s now GallopNYC, a therapeutic riding program.
Larkin Jainschigg was born in China, but she moved to Sunnyside in 2001 at age one. She’s a graduate of Astoria’s Our World Neighborhood Charter School who is about to enter her senior year at The Beacon School in Manhattan. Currently, she’s considering a career as a bio-medical engineer.