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Twist and Smash’d, a new fast casual restaurant, opened its doors at 72-06 Austin St. in Forest Hills on Black Friday, Nov. 29.
Twist and Smash’d was created by chef Robert Cano and his daughters while on a family vacation to Ecuador in 2010. There they found a small cafÈ that sold twisted potatoes. Enchanted by the idea of a potato on a stick, they brought it back to New York, and Twist and Smash’d was born.
Twist and Smash’d offers a variety of “smash’d specialities” including its Chicken and Waffles and its Italian burger. Each burger is prepared with 100 percent premium natural black angus beef. Short rib, chicken and veggie options are also available. Early-morning breakfast is also available, in addition to the lunch, dinner and late-night menu.
The twisted potato is a unique spin on traditional french fries. Twist and Smash’d uses state-of-the-art equipment that turns any size potato into a twisted potato on a stick. After a quick dip in the fryer, the twisted potatoes can be topped with any choice of seasoning — salt, cheddar, chipotle, lemon pepper and more. Specialty drinks are also available to accompany any meal, including strawberry lemonade and mango iced tea.
Its fun and inviting atmosphere will make Twist and Smash’d a great new hotspot in Forest Hills, an area full of fantastic restaurants, some named the best in Queens. Like the food, the environment is unique. The inside is decorated with lots of orange and a wall with five boards that stretch along the interior, featuring the menu and a life-size picture of the restaurant’s specialty, the twisted potato. Customers have the option to grab and go, dine inside or eat outside on the outdoor patio.
Twist and Smash’d also is committed to green practices. The kitchen was built with EnergyStar-rated products, plus composting is part of the daily routine and eco-friendly packaging is used.
“We are ecstatic to bring Twist and Smash’d to Forest Hills,” said Brianna and Robert Cano, the eatery’s owners. “This area is the perfect backdrop for our first location, and we think this neighborhood and those visiting will enjoy this new restaurant.”
Twist and Smash’d is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant can be reached at (718) 937-6622, and more information about it is available online at twistandsmashd.com.
The holidays and all the special occasions they bring are fast approaching, and you want to look your absolute best for all the festivities. But sometimes just wearing a new outfit, suit or sparkly piece of jewelry doesn’t cut it when you look in the mirror. Sometimes, you need a bit more to really make yourself shine! That’s where Dolce Aesthetics NY in Glendale can help.
Dolce owner Jennifer DiLandro knows how you feel, and she has the experience and knowledge that can transform the way you look by erasing years of lines from your face without surgery. She holds a master’s degree in nursing and spent many years as a surgical nurse beside some of New York’s top cosmetic surgeons, where her desire to work with dermal fillers was born.
DiLandro has been injecting dermal fillers and transforming the lives of thousands of patients for over eight years. She is proud of her work as “one of the best injectors in New York,” but is proudest when her clients tell her that her work has improved and transformed their lives because of the boost to their levels of confidence after their treatments.
DiLandro related recently how one of her clients, a 40-year-old recent divorcee, came to Dolce with her head low and her spirits lower. She felt invisible and unnoticeable. With each treatment, her spirits lifted, her attitude became buoyant and she became much more outgoing and talkative. And now, after her treatments at Dolce and the boost in her confidence level that they gave her, she can’t thank Jennifer enough for the many compliments she has been receiving from friends, family and even total strangers!
Dolce Aesthetics, which DiLandro opened a year ago, offers many other products and services in addition to dermal fillers, such as Botox, JuvÈderm, Belotero and Radiesse. It also offers facials, chemical peels, vein therapy, eyelash extensions and so very much more!
Consultations are free, so when you need a little extra pampering or that “little something extra,” just call Dolce Aesthetics and DiLandro will make sure that you get it!
The office is conveniently located at 87-47 Myrtle Ave. — just a few blocks off Woodhaven Boulevard — and can be reached by calling (718) 365-2369.
It’s time to buy a new car.
So you go through the typical process of going to a dealership — if you live in South Queens, that probably means a 20 to 30 minute drive to Brooklyn, Long Island City or Nassau County — test driving, negotiating, meeting with the financing person. By the time you’re done, you’re talking hours.
Who has that kind of time?
Well for those who don’t, there are people out there who will do all the grunt work for you.
Richard Borrello is one of those guys. A former employee of a car dealership, he joined his brother Angelo who founded JYD Auto Leasing, which opened its doors at 162-38 Cross Bay Blvd. last March.
In his office, which features historic license plates and large portraits of luxury vehicles donning walls — including one of a Porsche on Park Avenue — Borrello described the business as being an “automobile broker” or “a car buying VIP” that helps customers find the best deals.
“You can compare the quality, utility and pricing of pretty much any make and model in our living room,” Borello said.
JYD has access to the inventory of dozens of dealerships in New York City, Long Island and even New Jersey. Borello said in the short time the business has been open he has done deals for customers from as far away as Albany.
Borello added that car buyers often complain about being tricked or pressured into spending more money than they need to when they close a deal at a typical dealership.
“We enable our customers to avoid the gimmicks and tricks and deceptive sales tactics common at dealerships,” he added.
Their services are at no additional cost to the buyer because JYD makes its profit from the dealer side.
Borello added that choosing a broker to help in buying cars can often open new horizons for buyers, who are often limited to specific car brands and models when they go to a dealership.
“We’re able to compare one make and model with other ones the buyer may not have even considered,” he said.
Borrello said the company does about 35 to 40 deals a month, but is definitely looking to grow and take on more clients. Right now, he works with a staff of five employees.
JYD will hold its official grand opening and introduction to the neighborhood on Saturday, Nov. 2 at its Cross Bay Boulevard office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All are invited to meet the staff, enjoy food, drinks, music, kids entertainment and check out popular new vehicles. There will be raffle prizes and $5 gas cards for anyone who swaps out old license plate brackets for new ones featuring JYD’s name.
For people in Howard Beach wearing hearing aids, listening just got a lot easier in two neighborhood businesses.
Dr. Carol Letzter, owner of Harmony Hearing & Speech Center in Howard Beach, has provided two new hearing loops — amplification devices that help people with hearing aids — to the Cross Bay Diner and Cross Bay Chemists.
The hearing loop provides a magnetic field which picks up an audio signal and sends it to the t-coil in an individual’s hearing aid or cochlear implant, creating speech that is clear and discrete because background noise is eliminated.
Letzter, a long-time Howard Beach resident, joined the Help Loop America Campaign last year and helped provide St. Helen Church in Howard Beach a hearing loop last December
The Help Loop America Campaign is advocating for the use of hearing loops in all types of businesses and public areas like restaurants, libraries, train stations and houses of worship. The goal is to provide an environment that eliminates the background noise that hearing-impaired people experience even when using a hearing device.
The loop can be installed permanently — like the one that Letzter and her team installed at St. Helen Church last December — or just put on a table top like the ones at Cross Bay Diner, which received them on July 24, or a counter, like the one installed at Cross Bay Chemists on Monday.
Letzter said the diner was a good place to install a loop because the sounds of clanking dishes and glassware from the kitchen often make it hard for people with hearing aids to listen to conversations going on at a table.
Frank Pantina, a pharmacist and owner of Cross Bay Chemists, said the hearing loop will help his clients who use hearing aids because they often have trouble hearing discussion information about their medication.
Letzter and her staff audiologist, Dr. Roseann Spatz, invite neighborhood businesses and residents to contact them to learn more about the loops.
“Hearing aids that have a simple, cost-free t-coil can provide speech that is clear with background noise totally eliminated,” Letzer said.
For more information, contact Harmony Hearing & Speech Center at (718)-641-3817. You may also visit their website, which has information and videos about hearing loops: harmonyhearing-speechcenter.com.
It’s been almost three years since the flea market at Aqueduct Race track, a southern Queens staple for decades, was forced to close due to the construction of Resorts World Casino New York City.
But if you thought that meant the end of good deals and quick finds, you’d be wrong. The flea market is still alive — and growing — just across the border in Brooklyn in a new site with a new, though recognizable, name.
Given new life as the Aquaduck Flea Market — a term stemming from the local pronunciation of the racetrack it formerly called home — more than 500 vendors are now selling clothing, household items and knickknacks from under canopies, umbrellas and out of vans in a parking lot the size of a city block at 700 Fountain Ave. in Brooklyn, just across the border from Howard Beach.
The lot is a brand new home for the flea market, which moved onto the site just a few weeks ago. It is more than twice the size of the parking field the flea market operated out of last year a block away on Flatlands Avenue, according to co-owner Steven “Big Steve” Valenti.
But even with the new space and the giant billboard at Erskine Street just off the Belt Parkway, Big Steve said he is still trying to get the word out to old Aqueduct customers that the market is back.
“I can’t tell you how many people don’t know we’re open yet,” he said. “We’re trying to let people know we’re here and we’re open for business.”
Customers will find some changes in the new flea market that make shopping easier. At Aqueduct, the market was open three days a week — Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday — and closed at 4 p.m. It was also only open from March through December.
But Aquaduck is open year-round, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“People are hungrier to sell and they’re hungrier to buy,” Big Steve explained.
Many of the vendors at Aquaduck were also vendors at Aqueduct. Dozens of them came back this year after working for several years in other flea markets as far away as New Jersey and Suffolk County.
Aquaduck’s customer base isn’t just Brooklyn or Queens. Big Steve said the market gets customers from all five boroughs and well beyond that.
“We cater from all the boroughs,” Steve said. “And we have customers that come from as far away as Boston and Washington DC.”
Dominic Ammerman is the owner and operator of the flea market.
“We have nearly everything you’d want to buy,” he said. “And customers find it to be a very inviting place.”
The flea market is involved in a number of charity events, especially during the holiday season, Ammerman said, including collecting toys around Christmas, donating turkeys at Thanksgiving and donating to scholarships.
“We choose to be a part of the community and we’re happy to be here,” he said.
by Lloyd Carroll
It is impossible to truly thank one of the people who most shaped your life but Father’s Day is certainly an occasion to express appreciation for dad.
Getting a tie is a cliche but there are a lot of other clothing options. Tommy Bahama is legendary for festive summer attire while Lands End has stylish clothing for any season. Not every guy likes to wear hats, but if your dad likes to sport a fedora or other stylish head fashion then you won’t go wrong going with a chapeau from either Stetson or the Bailey Hat Company.
Atelier, American Eagle and Armani Exchange make quality shirts, shoes and sports jackets for guys.
Sunglasses are as much for fashion as to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Carrera and Ray-Ban are still the two big names in the industry. You can’t go wrong with either Foster Grant or Polaroid if you are on a tighter budget. Relative newcomers ICU and Zeal Optics both offer high-quality shades at very reasonable price points.
Watches are the most popular form of jewelry for men and they run the gamut in price. The funny thing is that an inexpensive watch doesn’t look all that different from its pricier counterpart and tells the same time. A good case in point are watches made by Long Island City’s own Armitron, the Bedlam and Agent watch lines from House of Horology which was created by Forest Hills High School alum Lawrence Leyderman, and the Timex Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronographic Watch (now that’s a mouthful to both say and write). RUBR is a fun knock-around silicone watch that retails in the $20-$30 range while Fossil has plenty of attractive timepieces for well under $100.
If dad is a sports fan New Era will certainly have a T-shirt, jacket and cap of his favorite team. The hip T-shirt company, Sportiqe, makes terrific NBA apparel including a number of retro logos and styles. Old Navy and Sears are good places to go if you want to get a good deal on Major League Baseball apparel. Aeropostale does not have licensing agreements with any of the professional leagues but it does have one in place with the NCAA so it’s a good place to buy apparel that features the name of your father’s alma mater.
Athletic Recon doesn’t have licensing deals in place with the big sports leagues but it does make T-shirts, pants and windbreakers for those who are serious about working out.
You have to like the concept behind of Outofprintclothing.com. The company places the covers of classic literature on the front of its T-shirts.
Levi Strauss is to jeans what Kleenex is to tissues, a brand so dominant that it is almost synonymous with the product that they make. Levi’s, as they are better known, may make the most comfortable and durable jeans but the company has faced significant competition over the years. Taking on rivals along with a sluggish economy has encouraged the San Francisco-based corporation to create budget lines as Signature and Denizen which offer Levi’s quality but at Wrangler and Lee prices.
Staying fit is important for everyone but it’s particularly vital as one ages. Bicycle riding through Flushing Meadow Park is great exercise especially in warm weather as Schwinn, Cannondale, and Mongoose all make high-quality bikes for all levels of cyclists.
Your father may not be in training for the New York City Marathon but a good brisk walk can do wonders for both one’s physical and mental health. Brooks Running, Asics, Avia, Reebok and Nike all make footwear that are lighter than the traditional sneaker making it easier to go longer distances. Spira Footwear’s Stinger II has metal springs in its heels which reduce the pressure on your foot when it strikes the ground.
My favorite summer exercise is walking on the beach. It is refreshing when the surf goes over your feet and the upper calf muscles get a good workout in the process. Both Crocs and Havaianas make footwear specifically for the beach.
Of course aches and pains frequently accompany exercise at any age but particularly as you get older. Lightstim for Pain (lightstim.com) is a wand-like device that uses light wavelength technology.
Speaking of health, vitamins are a good Father’s Day “stocking stuffer.” Nearly everyone can benefit from a good multivitamin. If your father needs a little help in lowering his cholesterol Quality of Life’s CardioChol, Nature Made’s Cholest Off and New Chapter’s Garlic Force all purport to help lower bad cholesterol.
Women’s products have long dominated the fragrance and skin care industries but men have chipped away at the market share. Contrary to popular belief, Mary Kay, Amway, Shiseido, Turo and Avon all make colognes, after-shaves and cleanser products for men while Jack Black and Anthony Logistics have always made products exclusively for guys. I Coloniali is an Italian company that has made inroads in the U.S. men’s grooming market. Another good choice is Dossage 8 for Men from former Queens resident Tara Durkin who set up her company in LA.
All men worry about their hair regardless of age and certainly more so as they get older. Paul Brown Hawaii, Austin Kyle and Recitals are salon-caliber shampoos. Grande Hair is a spray that purports to stimulate the follicles to give hair a fuller, thicker appearance. Grande also makes a shampoo.
Gadgets are always popular gifts. Hewlett-Packard’s ENVYx2 is a notebook that has a screen that can separate and become a tablet. H-P has just introduced the Pocket Playlist, a whopping 32 GB flashdrive that can hold a countless amount of movies, other videos and music. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II is a popular smartphone that can also double as a tablet.
Of course you always need to keep your devices charged. A company called iGO makes a portable power device that can keep the juice flowing into your tablets, smartphones, etc. for five hours if you are away from an electrical outlet.
3M makes a number of screen protectors that reduce glare as well as fingertip smudges.
You can carry all of your electronic devices both big and small in style with the Oscar & Anna Statesmen Messenger Bag (oscarandanna.com).
One of the apparent casualties of digital photography was the photo album. A company called Mosaic (heymosaic.com) will take the pictures on your smartphone and covert them into the physical album that you used to get from a professional photographer for those special family occasions such as weddings and bar mitzvahs.
The popularity of the chefs on Food Network and the Cooking Channel have made more men want to prepare their own meals. Kohl’s is selling a line of Bobby Flay woks, carving boards and skillets as well as a number of George Foreman indoor grills. For those who have outdoor space, Char-broil manufactures numerous portable, electric and charcoal grills.
While on the topic of food, let’s get to the world of spirits. A number of medical surveys have indicated that red wine is beneficial for cardiac health. I am partial to pinot noir that is produced in the Pacific Northwest from wineries as Benton-Lane and Willamette Valley. Argentina’s Terrazas de los Andes’ malbec and cabernet sauvignon are also full-bodied wines that are easy to sip since they do not have a bitter aftertaste.
Just as there is no shortage of good red wines, the selection of harder liquors is plentiful as well. Johnnie Walker is still the household name in whisky Macallan, Canadian Club, Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Grant’s Family Reserve are worthy competitors. Japan, which has long been known for great sake (TY KU is the leading brand here) is home to fine whisky brands as Yamazaki and Hamishu. And of course, let’s not sell America short. Jack Daniel’s is iconic but Russell’s Reserve bourbon and American Alibi whisky show that the USA can produce quality hard booze as well.
Rums and vodka are a little easier on the palate. Bacardi, Jose Cuervo, Don Julio, Herradura, and Milagro are the best known rums while Stolichnaya, Smirnoff, Ketel One, Georgi and Reyka are their vodka counterparts.
Aperitifs are the candy of the alcohol world. Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, Godiva Liquer, LeSutra Sparkling Liquer and Solerno Blood Orange Liquer are some of the popular choices.
Getting moving in the morning doesn’t get easier as you get older. If dad likes his coffee when the day starts, pick up a Bella programmable 12-cup coffee maker or a Keurig single serving machine if he is a K-cup aficionado.
While it’s not wise to encourage smoking, there is little harm if pop enjoys a cigar for special occasions. Macanudo and La Palina are two high-end cigar brands.
Last year it was the Beach Boys who celebrated their 50th anniversary with a grueling concert tour and a superb compilation album titled “50 Big Ones” (Capitol). This year the Rolling Stones are commemorating that milestone with a tour, a compilation CD set (Universal Records), and a number of books including the terrific “The Rolling Stones 50 Licks” (Bloomsbury) written by the one of the most respected rock music radio air personalities of all-time, the late Pete Fornatale who completed the book shortly before his unexpected death last year. It is an oral history that collects testimony from current and former Stones members as well as those who have worked with them in some capacity.
If you need even more gift ideas there are a number of full service retail websites such as amazon.com, ideeli.com, thefind.com, luvocracy.com, hsn.com, redenvelope.com and qvc.com among many others.
A lot of dads are sports fans and it is always a lot of fun to see your favorite team on the road. San Diego is always a beautiful place to visit particularly in August when its balmy breezes are a welcome contrast from the New York heat and humidity.
The Yankees and Mets will be visiting San Diego the first and third weeks of August respectively to play the Padres in one of the nicest ballparks you’ll ever set foot in, Petco Park. Queens’ own JetBlue has two flights a day between JFK and San Diego’s Lindbergh Airport.
There is no shortage of reasonably priced lodging in the San Diego area. The historic Grande Colonial, located in La Jolla Village where Mitt Romney is a part-year resident, is celebrating its centennial this year. The hotel is located a block from the Pacific Ocean. The sunsets at La Jolla Cove are spectacular.
The Grand Hyatt La Jolla is located a couple of miles east of the Grande Colonial Hotel in the University Town Center section of San Diego which is reminiscent of Queens in many ways because of its neighborhood feel, numerous stores and restaurants, and public transportation. The Grand Hyatt La Jolla has an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool and large Jacuzzi that certainly capture the spirit of Southern California.
The West Inn & Suites is a boutique hotel located just north of San Diego in the town of Carlsbad. The West Inn provides a lot of amenities including a complimentary local shuttle bus, hot buffet breakfast, and even milk and cookies before bedtime (ah, the kid in all of us) for a very reasonable rate.
If price is not an issue and you want to treat your father to a once-in-a-lifetime sports experience such as attending the British Open, Wimbledon or the World Cup in Brazil, Kensington Tours can customize a first-class travel package.
Summer is understandably the golf off-season in South Florida and the ritzy Turnberry Isle Resort located just north of Miami Beach in the town of Aventura offers heavily discounted packages that include lodging, food, and of course, a round of golf on its championship course.
This is also the quiet season for Caribbean resorts and there are also bargains to be had. It should be noted that the sea breezes keep a lot of the islands from getting unbearably hot or overly humid.
The Magdalena Resort in Tobago has one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean and it is a lot easier getting a tee time now than in December.
Don’t worry if dad doesn’t hit the links. He can still enjoy the beaches and spas of the Sugar Beach Resort in St. Lucia, the Westin St. John Resort & Villas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, or the Hyatt Regency Aruba. It should be noted that JetBlue has service to both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Aruba.
The success of the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct has forced nearby gaming casinos to be more competitive. The Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. gets in the biggest names in entertainment to perform in its arena and it has top-of-the-line restaurants, a world-class spa, and even professional sports, as it’s the home of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.
Atlantic City is synonymous with gambling but it has plenty of other activities to keep one busy. Walking its world-famous five-mile boardwalk is great exercise. Its newest hotel, the billion-dollar Revel, is located on the north end of the boardwalk and is meant to be a competitor to the chic Borgata located a mile away on the bay. My suggestion is to visit both the Revel and the Borgata and enjoy a meal there but stay at the Taj Mahal, Caesars, or Showboat where you’ll get far better value and feel more at home.
Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads.
Finding a specialist in the borough who deals with allergies and asthma can be a chore just because there are so many to choose from. The discerning patient will want the attention and care that comes with finding an experienced expert. To get the best, you need to look no farther than Better Medical Care in Bayside.
Since 2000, Dr. Warren Hsu has been treating and helping patients with all types of allergies, ranging from seasonal to environmental. He also provides flu shots and treats patients who have asthma and other ailments with immunology. And beyond just treating those who are ill, he emphasizes preventive medicine whenever possible.
Patients are the top priority at Better Medical Care and are always given individualized care, each one treated as a person, not just a number.
“We are very patient-oriented,” said Lotus Hsu, the medical center’s co-owner, explaining, “We don’t double-book. We give complete attention. Patients want personal care. I think that’s what separates us from other people.”
Even though the office is open till 7 p.m., there was one time, Hsu recalled, when Better Medical had such an influx of patients that they stayed open to see every one of them, taking people as late as 10 p.m.
Patients have good things to say about the facility.
“The doctor is really concerned about my well-being and very friendly,” one online reviewer said. “Staff is very helpful and they accommodate you in case of emergency.”
“I love Dr. Hsu,” another said. “He is competent and professional. I go to him for all matters he will see me for.”
Dr. Hsu, who started out as a pharmacist and then returned to school to earn his medical degree, is not someone who will just push pills into a patient’s lap without thought.
“Many medical conditions you actually can treat without medicine,” he said. “We always emphasize prevention and nonmedicine treatment, such as exercise and dietary control.”
In cases where a patient’s symptoms can’t be reversed through nonmedicinal methods, he will use medicine as a “last stance.” He will also recommend alternative therapies “as long as they don’t hurt the patient.”
“If you came to him, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get a bunch of pills,” Lotus Hsu said. “You’re going to get a good diagnosis, which is what people really need.”
If Dr. Hsu isn’t able to address a patient’s concerns, he will of course refer the patient to another doctor or health provider.
Though they ask patients to call ahead of time to make an appointment, Lotus says they will take on emergencies, such as asthma attacks, without one.
To make an appointment with Better Medical Care, call (718) 217-8600. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The office’s address is 212-15 Union Turnpike.
If you’re one of the estimated 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies to pollen, Dr. Brian Novick, medical director at the Allergy Testing Center, a division of ProHealth Care Associates, in Forest Hills, may be able to offer some relief.
While the doctor treats patients with food, animal, skin and insect allergies, this time of year the overwhelming issue seems to be hay fever, which, the doctor points out, “has nothing to do with hay and nothing to do with fever.”
The season has been building since late February and, according to Dr. Novick, has been “very big the past six to eight weeks.” Typical symptoms include itchy eyes, a runny nose and, of course, lots of sneezing.
“You can really be miserable,” as a result of these allergies, the doctor said, which he added are the largest causes of days lost at work or in school after the common cold.
Allergies can also be tied in closely to asthma, which he calls “hay fever in the lungs.”
When someone comes to the doctor’s office, he begins by taking down a complete history of the case. Typical questions include: How long has the patient been suffering? What are the symptoms? Does anyone else in the family suffer from allergies? Has the patient tried to treat the symptoms with medication?
Next, a patient is usually given a scratch test, a painless procedure performed either on the person’s arm or back, which can determine within 20 minutes what, if anything, he or she is allergic to.
After making a diagnosis, the doctor may prescribe pills, eye drops or a variety of prescription nose sprays.
He then devises a plan specific to each patient. According to the doctor, he has treated patients ranging in age from 1 month to 100 years old.
Usually, he said, within one to two weeks the patient begins to feel relief.
Approximately 20 percent of Novick’s patients opt to receive allergy immuno-therapy, a series of vaccinations that help the body develop resistance to a particular allergy.
“Most people who go on shots do very well,” he said, indicating that the process takes several months.
The doctor offers a few general tips to deal with the pollen season:
• Use an air conditioner and keep the filters clean.
• If driving, keep windows closed.
• Stay indoors if at all possible when the pollen count is high.
• If you have pets, gently clean them when they come back into the house from outside.
• Rinse your hair before going to sleep at night to prevent pollen from getting on your pillow.
• Continue allergy treatment on a regular basis.
Novick is board-certified in allergy, immunology and pediatrics. He received his primary training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, where he has been an assistant clinical professor for the past 20 years.
He said he is currently affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital and the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
Novick’s office is located in suite 601 at 118-21 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, where he has been for the past 22 years. Prior to that he was in practice in Manhattan for seven years, he said. He also has an office in East Meadow.
Office hours in Forest Hills are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the office is open until 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. To make an appointment, call (718) 261-3663. The doctor said his office accepts “virtually every insurance.”
Though people experiencing many different symptoms come to her office, the majority of patients seen by Dr. Ellen Edgar of Complete Neurological Care in Forest Hills suffer from recurring headaches or migraines.
“We have a good success rate in helping patients with headaches,” the doctor says, adding that they “usually feel better after two or three weeks. They see a big difference.”
While headaches are a primary complaint, Edgar also treats patients suffering from back and neck pain, memory problems, epileptic seizures, dementia and other neurological maladies.
Though there is no known cure for dementia, the doctor says she “can slow down the progression” of the ailment. She also offers treatments that could help prevent strokes, as well as post-stroke treatments.
Edgar is a second-generation neurologist whose grandparents were also doctors. She hails from the former Soviet Union and has been in practice for the past five years, the last two at the current location, she said.
Edgar said she received her training in neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and did a fellowship in neurophysiology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
A board-certified neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist, the doctor said she is affiliated with both Montefiore Medical Center and Saint Joseph’s Medical Center.
“I’m up on all treatments of neurology,” she said, indicating that she is equipped to treat patients with Botox, having received a year’s worth of training at a neuromuscular clinic.
The doctor said the effects of Botox treatments can last up to three or four months.
“We do all types of injections,” she said, including joint injections, nerve-block injections and trigger-point injections, the latter of which treat back and neck pain and muscle spasms.
“The majority of diagnostic tests are done in the office so the patient doesn’t have to travel,” Edgar said, making a visit to her office “very convenient.”
In addition to English, her staff of seven employees speaks Russian, Spanish and Hindi.
The doctor, who treats patients 15 years of age and older, said her office accepts all major insurance plans and that all treatments are covered.
Located at 108-48 70 Road in Forest Hills, Complete Neurological Care is open five days a week: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment, call (718) 544-4200.