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Get to know Forest Hills

Forest Hills takes its name from its own Forest Park, a sprawling green space surveyed and partially developed in 1895 by Frederick Law Olmsted, the co-mastermind behind Central Park and Prospect Park. This lineage continued with Olmsted’s son — Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. — who helped develop the planned community and sub-neighborhood of Forest Hills Gardens in 1909. Inspired by the so-called “garden city movement” in England at the time, strict guidelines were placed that continue to help this area maintain its original look and charm. With primarily residential streets and plenty of Tudor-style homes, Forest Hills feels like a kingdom hidden in central Queens. Unlike Hogwarts or Narnia, however, Forest Hills is easily accessible by multiple forms of public transportation — subway, bus, and even Long Island Rail Road. All the perks of city living with all the trappings of the suburbs.

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Forest Hills Commerce & Culture

Forest Hills was home to the Ramones, Simon & Garfunkel, and even Peter Parker — yes, Spider-Man himself grew up on Ingram Street and attended Forest Hills High School. Few neighborhoods can compare with a celebrity resident roster of that caliber. The West Side Tennis Club hosted the U.S. Open over two stints from 1915-1920 and 1924-1977 and currently houses Forest Hills Stadium, the erstwhile center court now best-known as an outdoor concert venue, drawing artists across the spectrums of genre and era every summer. The de facto downtown of Forest Hills lies along Austin Street, where you can find many popular chain retail outlets and a selection of boutiques and vintage stores. You’ll discover dining options on Austin, nearby side streets, and major thoroughfares such as Queens Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue. Pizza and ice cream parlors contribute to the neighborhood’s enduring throwback feel.