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"The Beach Is Nice and the Supermarkets Are Interesting"
The beach is fine if you're a beach person. But living right on the edge of the coast seems kind of risky these days and I can't imagine what the insurance costs are now that there with all of the damage from the storm a few months ago.
Maybe some investment in seawalls would help this. Don't know. In any case, for those who like living on the shore this neighborhood can offer that kind of ambiance.
- Interesting food in grocery stores (Russian and former Soviet republics)
- Diverse population
- Very vulnerable to storm surges and hurricanes because of low elevation and closeness to coast
- A lot of the restaurants are expensive and "fancy" but the food is only okay
- Too many high rises - takes away from seaside appeal
- Rather long commute to Manhattan
- Beach Lovers
"Leafy, homey, close to the City - and almost nobody's heard of it."
Glendale is very long and narrow. The western half of Glendale, Lower Glendale (where I live), contains the main business district along Myrtle Avenue and borders nearby Ridgewood. It was developed earlier than the eastern half (known as Upper Glendale) and, as a result, has a number of streets with beautiful yellow brick buildings built in the late 1800s much like Ridgewood.
Glendale is bordered by several cemeteries on the south and has many tree-lined streets. All this greenery makes the neighborhood noticeably leafier and cooler than nearby Ridgewood.
While churches and parochial schools have a definite presence here, it's a very relaxed and homey one. On Sunday mornings you'll hear church bells in the distance. In spring and fall there are numerous rummage sales, pancake breakfasts and supermarket sweeps fund raisers.
People are friendly - much like a small town and old-timey block parties in the summer are common. Glendale also has its own Memorial Day Parade and secular Holiday tree (eat your heart out 30 Rock!). Decorating for the holidays, or should I say ANY holiday, is big here - Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and, of course, Christmas.
However, as much as I love this place, there is always room for improvement.
Trash pick up along Myrtle Avenue needs to be a lot better. Unlike nearby Ridgewood, Glendale does not have a BID (business improvement district) so Myrtle Avenue is less clean than it is in Ridgewood and, sadly, there are a number of vacant storefronts as of this writing (October 2012).
Glendale is close to the Jackie Robinson Parkway, which makes it easy to get out to Long Island and the beach but also draws traffic to some parts of the area. This traffic needs to be better managed.
Shopping and eating in Glendale is a mixed bag.
In Upper Glendale, just a short drive away from where I live, there's Trader Joe's, Home Depot, Staples, Office Max, Michaels crafts, Sports Authority, Panera Bread, Five Guys Burgers, all within a large plaza with free parking. Nearby on 88th Street is Tazzina, an absolutely wonderful, cozy, fine dining establishment.
Along Myrtle Avenue in Lower Glendale, there needs to be more variety of businesses and ones that are owner operated. Right now, there is an overabundance of 99 cent stores, nail salons and fast food chains. There are some businesses that are worthwhile - a great artisanal ice cream shop, some specialty euro groceries, a good German restaurant, a school supply store, an Italian bakery, a fish store, some good small produce places, local doctors, local banks, local insurance, local lawyers, local appliance stores, local dry cleaners, etc., but really, the area doesn't come across as vibrant or bustling with activity.
Don't think I'm ready to pull up stakes though. If ever an area had potential, Glendale does. It's got proximity, some great architecture, a leafy, park-like feel, and a relaxed attitude. With the right stimulus, right business mix and smart planning, Glendale will shine.
- Lots of trees making it cooler in the summer than surrounding areas
- Many historic yellow brick buildings
- Strong sense of unity
- Very safe
- In some areas, traffic needs to be better managed
- Only a handful of good restaurants - most others are chains
- Main business district (Myrtle Ave.) needs more trash pick up
- Families with kids
- Gay & Lesbian
- Country Lovers
- Trendy & Stylish
- Beach Lovers