Friday, May 29, 2009

Reminder-Yoga in the Park-Tomorrow 10AM

Yoga in the Park
Saturday, May 30, 2009 through Saturday September 12, 2009
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Free yoga every Saturday morning from May 30, 2009 through September 12, 2009 (weather permitting).  An instructor will lead you through hatha yoga exercises in a peaceful setting in Forest Park at Sobelsohn Park. For all ages and levels (Minors must bring a parent or guardian) Bring you own mats or towels. Sponsored Living Yoga and The Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts.

Forest Park
Sobelsohn Park - Park Lane and Union Tpk. in Kew Gardens


Contact Number
(718) 261- 9642

Athletic Events

Monday, May 25, 2009

Historic Forest Park Carousel won't be open on Memorial Day - NY Daily News

Thursday, May 21st 2009, 4:00 AM

Farriella for News

Project manager Evan George (l.) and assistant architect Christopher Farnum (r.) show potential bidders Forest Park Carousel at Woodhaven Blvd. and Myrtle Ave.

For the first time in almost two decades, the historic Forest Park Carousel will be shuttered on Memorial Day weekend.

The unofficial start of summer has customarily also served as opening day for the 49 hand-carved horses, lions, tigers, deer and chariots.

Parks Department officials said they are still working to find a concessionaire to run the rare carousel, which dates to 1903.

Read the entire story HERE. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kew Gardens Improvement Association Replaces and Replants Barrels on Lefferts

Last weekend the Kew Gardens Improvement Association sponsored the replacing and replanting of the flower barrels on Lefferts blvd's "Ponte Vecchio." Many of the barrels were replaced with new ones and received new plants and flowers and the salvageable ones were replanted with new flowers and greenery. Many people from the community came out to help and now this area is really looking great. 

REZ Reading Series Poetry Reading - 5/26

Friday, May 15, 2009

Make Kew Gardens Green! - 5/16

Come help make Kew Gardens green and a more beautiful place for all by participating in replacing the flower barrels and replanting on the bridge, over the LIRR on Lefferts, in front of the businesses. Saturday May 16 at 10am. We need as many people as we can get especially help with lifting some of the heavier planters and other items. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NYC Summer 2009 Outdoor Dining Guide

We are putting together an extensive outdoor dining guide for Spring/Summer 2009 which will include Kew Gardens and Forest Hills and select extraordinary spots in Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Park Slope, and Manhattan. In the mean time, find info below on local outdoor dining spots. Please let us know if we have missed anywhere. 

Kew Gardens:

Mood - Two small tables outdoors (New American Food) 
Austin's Steak and Ale House - Large outdoor area (Steak and Bar Fare) 
Bliss Gourmet Cafe - Several small tables outdoors (Breakfast and Lunch/Coffee) 
Tu Casa - Several tables outdoors and umbrella cover (Spanish/Latin American) 
L'Angolo - Several tables and umbrellas outdoors  (Italian/Pizza) 
Spolini's - Several tables outdoors (Italian/Family Style) 
Kew Club - Several tables outdoors and umbrella cover (Bar fare) 

Forest Hills:

Theatre Cafe - Large outdoor area (American fare/Salads/Pizza) 
Jade - Several tables outdoors (Thai food) 
Q Thai Bistro - Several tables outdoors (Thai food) 
Tokyo Teriyaki - See eateryROW post (Japanese food) 
My Kitchen - 100 seat outdoor garden (Seasonal/International) 
Narita - Large Outdoor seating area (Japanese) 
Corfu - Greek
Ripe - Juice Bar
Cabana - New Latin Food
Piu Bello - Gelato

New Forest Park Hiker's Group!

Hi Hikers,

Our new Meetup hiking group, Kew Gardens Hiking, is up and running, so you can now join at

Please note: Our new meeting place is now the bench area in Wallenberg Square at the corner of Metro and Park Lane South. If you need to plug in a street address for mapquest or hopstop, we're using the building address across the street.

As of this week, I will no longer be sending out an email on Thursdays. Please rsvp directly on the group's page.

Spread the word! Let's get our new group going!


Friday, May 8, 2009

Bliss Gourmet Cafe Back on the Scene! (new and improved 2.0 version)

Not having Bliss cafe for the last week was a real downer for Kew Gardens. Our only cafe, place to sit and read the paper with good music, people and atmosphere, place to get a good coffee or tea, bagels and muffins in the morning and sandwiches and soup for lunch, a place to sit down and relax or quickly run off to your train with your goodies. After a small hiatus due to some minor building related problems Bliss is back on the scene and better than ever. The changes they have implemented while closed make it much more attractive and clean now, especially that warm weather is upon us and their outdoor tables are a great spot to hang out at. Bliss has also started a Spring Special for the month of May for its   customers giving them 10% off their bills! Just mention that you read this article! 

Also, Bliss's hours have been extended for the weekends and they will be open past 9pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. 

One more exciting thing - the owner is thinking of having a small wine and cheese board selection for evenings. So, we are doing a small survey for them in order to gauge interest in this. Please respond here with your thoughts of having a small selection of wines, and several cheese plates with bread and fruit, etc, available at Bliss in the evenings. I for one am ALL over it and I really hope she does it soon. 

Bliss Gourmet Cafe is located at the Kew Gardens LIRR station at 82-60 Austin Street. (718) 849-7647

This Weekend in Kew Gardens and NYC - 5/8 - 5/10

New Films Premiering at the Kew Gardens Theatre - Click HERE. 

Queens Blvd Bike Pool - Join Green Shores NYC for a ride from Queensboro Bridge down Queens Blvd to push for a bike lane! Friday May 8, 6:30 - 7:30. For more information click HERE. 

Wine Tasting - Malone's Liquor and Wine, 11817 Metropolitan Ave in KG. Friday May 8, 5 - 9 pm. 

Queens Symphony Orchestra - A Spiritual Journey, Saturday May 9. For more information click HERE. 

Queens Museum - Two new shows opening - Tarjama/Translation, Sunday May 10, 5-8 pm. and Launch Pad Artist Project Johanna Unzueta, Iron Folklore. For more information click HERE. 

Queen Botanical Gardens - Lunatic Weekend! May 9 & 10 at noon. Drop by this weekend for the premiere of our Lunatic Weekends.  Meet our Education staff for After-Dinner Gardening to explore ornamental and edible plants you can grow from common foods.  Bring your veggie gardening questions and plant a bean for your garden for a $5 donation. For more information click HERE

Queens Theatre in the Park - Philadelphia Story. For more information click HERE. 

Speical Olympics Spring Games - Victory Field in Forest Park. Saturday May 9. For more information click HERE. 

Build it Green, NYC Block Party - Astoria, Saturday May 9. For more information click HERE.

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk - Alley Pond Park, Sunday May 10, 11:00 am. For more information click HERE.

State Fair - Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Sunday May 10 2 - 6 pm. For more information click HERE. 

Lively and Crowded KG Civic Association Annual Meeting

Last night was the annual Kew Gardens Civic Association meeting. In attendance were many citizens, most of the candidates running for the district 29 city council seat, mayoral candidate Tony Avella and our congressman Anthony Weiner. The meeting started with the politicians who were alloted 50, oops I mean 5, tsk tsk candidates, minutes each to present their case. Lynn Schulman, Joe Nocerino, Michael Cohen, Heidi Chain and Mel Gagarin all spoke, Koslowitz was in attendance for the reception but had a fundraiser and did not stay to speak. Overall I liked what each had to say although I would have liked to hear a bit more on the details of what they want to do (what, why, how, when)  rather than what they have done in the past and who their connections are. I was also looking for energy and excitement from the city council candidates but just did not get it. Although nothing but energy and excitement came from both Tony Avella and Anthony Weiner. Avella is running for mayor and his platform seems to be based on an anti-Bloomberg framework citing educational shortcomings and his successful push for allowance to run for a third term. Weiner, who has not yet announced if he will be running for Mayor and stated he is still researching and listening to make a decision, was very up-beat and receptive to the many audience questions and talked vibrantly for a good 20 minutes to an audience who was very excited to see and talk with him. Ultimately I was surprised to see so many people at this meeting who were participating and seemed really interested and vested in the advancement of our community and I applaud the Civic Association on their work and efforts. At the same time, some of the communities most pertinent issues and problems were not addressed, at least while I was there, I had to leave at 10:00 pm. When the captain of the 102nd precinct, Charles McEvoy, spoke he had addressed some identity theft and car theft issues and inferred that Kew Gardens does not have any serious crime problems. Yet, our public park has been taken over as a meeting place for men to participate in sexual activity, at all times of the day and night, degrading the environmental integrity and public safety of the park while participating in illegal activity. I was hoping to hear a plan of action on this problem but did not. Hopefully some of our city council candidates will see the pertinency and seriousness of it as an opportunity to show the community how dedicated they are and try to work with the community and the NYPD on combatting this disgrace. Any takers?? 

To voice your opinion on any crime related issues to the precinct: 
Meetings: The 102nd Precinct Community Council meets the third Tuesday of every month at 8:00 p.m. at The Moose Lodge at 87-25 118th St., Richmond Hill, New York. 
Precinct Phone Number: (718) 805-3200

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Kew Gardens Civic Association Meeting - 5/7 - 7:15pm

TONIGHT - The Kew Gardens Civic Association will be holding its annual meeting on May 7, 2009, starting with refreshments at 7.15 p.m. at the Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Room 202. Refreshments. Candidates for public offices have been invited to come and pertinent public KG issues will be discussed. Come get involved! 

NYT Article on MTA Rescue Plan Passage - 5/6

M.T.A. Rescue Passes, but Impact Is Questioned

Published: May 6, 2009

The State Legislature passed a series of new taxes and fees late Wednesday night meant to keep New York’s base subway fare from rising above $2.25 this year. But the hastily drafted bill, approved largely along party lines, raised many questions about how the plan would work and how effective it would be in stabilizing the strugglingMetropolitan Transportation Authority.

Read the entire article HERE. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Free Yoga in the Park - Forest Park - 5/30 - 9/12

For all those who have been following our planning and creation of a Yoga in the Park program in Forest Park we have excellent news. After much planning and coordinating with sponsors, the Parks Department, Yoga Instructors and our local Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts we can finally announce that we have a Free Yoga in the Park program in place! Our Yoga instructor will be Gillian from Living Yoga in Forest Hills. We will be having the free 1 hour sessions every Saturday morning starting on May 30, 2009 going until September 12, 2009 from 10:00 - 11:00 am (weather permitting) in Forest Park at Sobelsohn Park which is between Park Lane and Union Tpk in Kew Gardens. This spot is very open and beautiful providing tree cover for very hot days and open field for normal days. As well it is very centrally located within short walking distance from all of Kew Gardens and Forest Hills. All ages and skill levels are welcome (minors must bring a parent or guardian) Bring your own mats or towels. An official event page in being created on the NYC Parks Dept. website and I will post that link when it is done. 

Yoga in the Park
Saturday, May 30, 2009 through Saturday September 12, 2009
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Free yoga every Saturday morning from May 30, 2009 through September 12, 2009 (weather permitting).  An instructor will lead you through hatha yoga exercises in a peaceful setting in Forest Park at Sobelsohn Park. For all ages and levels (Minors must bring a parent or guardian) Bring you own mats or towels. Sponsored Living Yoga and The Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts.

Forest Park
Sobelsohn Park - Park Lane and Union Tpk. in Kew Gardens


Contact Number
(718) 261- 9642

Athletic Events

Not a Good Outlook For New Hookah Lounge - 5/5

Sexy names & hookahs, but no booze - NY Daily News

Some oppose license for lounge

Tuesday, May 5th 2009, 10:20 AM

WHAT WERE they smoking?

Queens hookah lounge that promotes naughty-named tobacco blends such as "Erotic Sex" and "G Spot" in bonglike pipes has jeopardized its bid for a beer-and-wine license by being so risque, locals said.

Read the entire article HERE. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

!Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Just as a reminder - today is NOT Mexico's Independence day. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican Army's defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. (Hence the poblano pepper above, originating from Puebla, which seems like a more fitting icon than a sombrero) Since we are definitely lacking in serious Mexican restaurants around here, here is a short list of things to do tonight for the Cinco de Mayo Celebration. 

Tu Casa Restaurant will be having a DJ, beers 5 for $20, free tequilas shots all night, the Corona models will be coming by, dinner and food specials and giveaways! I have eaten there and can say it is great food and an awesome atmosphere. 
Cocina Latina is hosting its one year anniversary sponsored by Presidente Light Cinco de Mayo bash with live music, a DJ, and drink specials. Haven't eaten here but it has gotten good reviews and the atmosphere is pretty cool. 

5 burro Cafe who I thought would have something happening told me that it is just regular specials tonight.  Good stuff. 

Garcia's, or Sgt. Garcia's as they are seemingly listed, told me they were too busy to tell me what they had going on tonight. I told them I was offering free advertising for their Cinco de Mayo events, and the manager repeated to me that he is "too busy" to tell me.  strange place..

You can also always go over to Roosevelt avenue in Woodside and Jackson Heights, between 61st street and 94th street, where there about 40 Mexican restaurants and bars, all really original. 

Monday, May 4, 2009

Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares in Forest Hills!

Apparently the tv show Kitchen Nightmares hosted by Gordon Ramsay is filming this week at a restaurant in Forest Hills that I have always driven past but have never tried, and the fact that the show is there makes me think I'm lucky I haven't! PJ's Steakhouse is the name and it is at 73-11 Yellowstone Blvd in Forest Hills. The signs all over the street say they will be filming from May 2 - 8. We're hoping to be able to go to the opening night dinner there after Ramsay revamps the place. 

As a side note, if you're a fan of Ramsay, as I am, you should get a kick out of this below video if you have not already seen it. (Offensive but bleeped language)

Kew Gardens "Ponte Vecchio" and Landmark Status - Part II

Nasty, gray, rainy day! Even more so for several businesses atop Kew Garden's "Ponte Vecchio" who, each and every rainy day for the last several years, are busy covering their products up so they don't get wet. Not strange, right? Well it is when you are covering up your products inside of your business! This is a ritual for the wine store on the north-east side of the bridge and when you walk in on a wet day like today the majority of their stock is covered by clear plastic sheets, dribbling water onto the soaked, cardboard covered floor. The business owner says that the actual owner of the building, the MTA, has been telling him for years that they will repair the botched roof job that years ago underwent an attempt at repair, in 20 degree weather, which, for roofers, is a big no-no. The wine shop is surprisingly still paying rent and has not caused a big stir about the problems, though potentially very costly and lethal if the aged roof were to finally cave in. As reported in our post of the same title several weeks ago, this bridge is in dire condition, and more so than I had known at the time of writing the first article. A portion of the art deco concrete facade that lines the top of the businesses on the east side of the bridge has fallen off and now blares an ominous looking gape right above the bagel shop. Will it take a slab of concrete falling off and injuring someone or a roof collapse before the MTA decides to knuckle down and make the fix? Let's hope not.... Apparently the MTA has put together a proposal for new management of the bridge which includes a hefty deposit of a reported $300,000 and a commitment for major capital improvement including outdoor seating and lighting. This is great and everyone wants to see this landmark restored to the original splendor it deserves, but businesses and residents have concerns that if this proposal finds a bidder that actually completes the work, will the businesses already there be able to continue to afford the likely rent increase or will they be forced to vacate due to the MTA's long term neglect of the bridge? I would like to see new and improved shops on the bridge and I think that it would be a major draw for myself and people all over NYC but at the same time I am a supporter of original local business. Although several of the businesses on the bridge just don't seem to be valuable to the community, neither viable if rent was to increase, and may just become casualties of the bridge's gentrification. My advice to those businesses - shape up, make your business a valuable part of the community and if the above mentioned plans to restore the bridge ever come to fruition you will be able to advance your tenure as a popular local business, or else get ready for Duane Reade, The Gap, Trader Joes, fill in the blank, to commandeer your spot. 

La Moda Custom Tailoring and Dry Cleaning - 5/1-6/1

For anyone who has not met Kew Garden's local tailor Michael Shimunoff here is a great excuse to stop by his business, La Moda at 80-61 Lefferts Blvd in Kew Gardens, and meet him. La Moda has some great springtime deals including Dry Cleaning Specials such Shirt washing for $1.35 each with $40 in Dry-cleaning. Or $15 off of the purchase of $100 or more in tailoring. Offer expires June 1, 2009. La Moda, a new generous sponsor of KGB, has a wide offering of available services including Tailoring/Alterations, Shatnez Checking, Shoe Repair, Watchbands and batteries changed, Pick-up and Delivery, Shirts Laundered, Dry Cleaning, full service wedding services and more. In addition to extraordinary service and a real expertise in his business, the owner Michael is pleasant to deal with and his shop is easily accessible from anywhere in Kew Gardens.
I get a lot of shirts laundered and suits dry cleaned, as well as tailored, and having someone reliable and timely is very important and can save time and money. Go check out La Moda and let them know you saw their information on KGB!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Taste of Forest Hills 2009 Review

I've experienced that anywhere I go where I am greeted with a cold Guinness Draught from the tap normally turns out to be a pretty good time. That adage was, yet again, proven true at the Taste of Forest Hills 2009 on Saturday. The Guinness, generously poured by The Tap House, definitely started the mood out right for this event, the third annual supporting children's programs at the Community House. Although lacking in flare this event provided a wide variety of foods and beverages from a good selection of our local Forest Hills restaurants. We arrived at 1pm, the starting time listed, at which point many of the participating restaurants were just getting there as well. This provided us a bit of time to mingle and check out the facilities, which were impressive. After it seemed that everyone was setup we started our grazing at the first vendor which was Austin street's Tap House. It took me a couple minutes to consume my tasty Guinness beverage and then we sampled a nice version of Shepherds Pie which was homemade and not too greasy like many a Shepherds Pie are. I passed on the wings as not to fill up too quick. 

Pampas Argentinas was next and we tasted both beef and chicken empanadas and a chorizo sausage with mixed peppers. The empanadas were excellent and had a very juicy and tasty filling though a bit dough heavy on the sides. The chorizo seemed to be grilled then cut into bite sized pieces and mixed with the peppers and onions and was good but could have been grilled a bit longer for my tastes. 

Next was La Tavernetta. There was eggplant ravioli with ricotta that was made very uniquely almost like a shumai crimped at the top rather than the edges, in a light tomato sauce. They also had a thick bucatini or perciatelli pasta with a very good bolognese sauce. The sauce was probably not as traditional as an original bolognese as it had a heavy tomato base but this is how I make mine as well (adapted from a recipe from my Italian chef friend Carmella in Rome) I would rate the sauce a 10 out of 10 that beats most bolognese sauces I have tasted outside of Italy. They also had a good but plain sausage and peppers with chunks of chicken. No complaints there but nothing spectacular. 

Next was Danny Brown. Now let me say that I have eaten at Danny Brown and I know others that have as well and we have all raved about the food, atmosphere, staff, etc. I suppose that it is much harder to make great food then to have to transport it and I think this is where Danny Brown may have gotten lost yesterday. They served a nice gazpacho with a dollop of creme fraiche, a pate on crostini, a gorgonzola stuffed fig and a seared tuna chunk on cucumber slices. Each of the items was just fine but not what I expected out of DB's. The gazpacho was zesty and fresh but lacking some taste and could have benefited from some chopped chives or scallion on top. The same for the pate. It was good, tasted light and airy like a goose pate but again, lacked something. I was thinking I may have drizzled a drop of honey on top. The stuffed figs, in my opinion, should have been lightly heated so the gorgonzola was a bit melty. The tuna tasted good but on the cucumber was not as appealing both taste wise and visually. If in fact the cucumbers were very crunchy, maybe the skin should have been left on, then it may have worked for me yet, alas, they were not crunchy. I look forward to going back to Danny Brown and enjoying what they do best, and better than most, - kitchen to table service in their own restaurant. 

The next table was my favorite of all. MoCA Asian Bistro had a very appealing spread of sushi, rolls, spring rolls, calamari and all of the sauces and dips to accompany each. Not only was everything meticulously presented and explained but was also delicious. My favorite item on their table, and the event as a whole, was the salmon carpaccio. Granted this is not something very difficult to prepare nor so original BUT their adaptation and preparation was flawless. Very fresh and colorful thin salmon slices were wrapped around some micro greens and a light sauce was drizzled on top. I would go to MoCA just for this item but all of their others were great as well especially the duck spring rolls with their sweet dipping sauce. 

Among our other favorites was Q Thai Bistro who served several dishes including their crisp walnut chicken, London Lennies who served an extraordinary seared scallop over fresh corn, and Bonfire Grill who made one of the best barbecue sandwiches and slaw I have had north of Virginia. 

Overall the event was a hit. Although the cost was a little much for what you get, a comment I have seen by other attendees over the years. At $40 per ticket, $30 for community house members, I think that there should have been more offerings including at least a full glass of wine, some take away items, etc. $20 seems more in line to me but the money goes for a great cause for Forest Hills Community House Children's programs and the opportunity to eat, meet and mingle on this perfect Spring Saturday afternoon in Forest Hills made it worth the while. 

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Taste of Forest Hills 2009 Today! - 5/2

Today were off to the 2009 Taste of Forest Hills at the Community House in Forest Hills Gardens - It is from 1 - 4 pm, address is 15 Borage Place Forest Hills Gardens. For more info click HERE. We will be posting a complete review of the event afterwards. Hope to see some KGB readers there! 

Friday, May 1, 2009

Restaurant Closings and Violations

Amidst several recent local restaurant closings by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene I was prompted to check out their website which lists all local restaurants and their past inspection details. Each establishment's report features a number which is the total amount of violation points that the particular restaurant obtained at last inspection. The higher the number, the more and more serious violations that establishment incurred, the lower that number, the lesser and less serious amount of violations that establishment incurred. Most restaurants receive the report and either fix the problems on the spot or are ordered to do so. Other restaurants have such serious violations that the restaurant is immediately closed. The average violation points a restaurant receives in NYC is 16 and normally the restaurants in this range have incurred violations for issues that are less gross or pertinent to actual food quality and safety such as "
Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained." But in many cases the violations are pretty gross and do directly relate to the quality and safety of the food we are consuming there such as "Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas." For Kew Gardens and Forest Hills restaurants several have average violation scores, several have below or very below(very good) ( The Village Diner has 0!) and a majority have higher (worse) violation point scores. To see the inspection reports for area code 11415 click HERE. For 11375 click HERE. 

Obviously, running a restaurant is not an easy job and there are areas that many restaurants get cited for that are difficult to manage or even notice. BUT, as seen from several examples on the above lists there are busy restaurants that have very low scores, 0 - 5 violation points, which shows that it is certainly possible and feasible to fully comply with the DOH standards. We are not suggesting that anyone boycott the restaurants with high violations, eat wherever you like, but we are encouraging local restaurants who have had higher scores to, first, get your act together, and second, write to us here and let us know how you are working to lower those scores and what exactly your business has done since the last inspection to combat the problems. We will gladly post your statement here for all of your customers to read.  

We eat at local restaurants very frequently and we talk to a lot of people here who do as well. The community really wants good quality restaurants here and will support them. But if restaurant owners are not willing to keep up the set standards then we want to let everyone know who those restaurants are so our money is better spent at an establishment who appreciates its customers and shows it by keeping their business up to the standards set by the DOH. Ideally, I would like to see a "Golden Apple" in the window of all of the restaurants I eat at. - See information on the Golden Apple Program HERE. 

New Youngest City Councilmember Opens Offices in Queens - Queens Courier 4/29

Love this story. Best of luck to the New Councilmember!

Eric Ulrich opens two City Council offices

Youngest serving New York City Councilmember moves into Ozone Park and Rockaways

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:32 PM EDT
At 24, Eric Ulrich may be the youngest serving New York City Councilmember – and having taken his oath of office on March 15, he is also one of the newest – but he still knows which side his bread is buttered on.
Read the entire article HERE.