I so love watching the neighborhood evolve and change. There seems to be a great influx of interesting, creative people moving into the area. I ride the subway every day to/from work. This gives me a chance to people watch.
I also love all the little new shops that are popping up in the Ditmars area. And...the restaurants...what can I say? Our favorite is Trattoria L'Incontro (spelling?). My husband and I just call it "Rocco's". He's the owner and chef. Feels like a Manhattan restaurant that got dropped in our neck of the woods.
What we really need, and this is just my opinion...a good bookstore like Barnes & Noble. Just some of my thoughts for a Sunday night.