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Forest Hills, Queens

Coordinates: 40°42′58″N 73°51′00″W / 40.71611°N 73.85000°W / 40.71611; -73.85000{{#coordinates:40|42|58|N|73|51|00|W| |primary |name= }}

Forest Hills
Neighborhood of Queens
Station Square
Country United States
State New York
City New York City
County/Borough Queens
 • Total 2.6 sq mi (Bad rounding hereLua error in Module:Math at line 495: attempt to index field 'ParserFunctions' (a nil value). km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (Bad rounding hereLua error in Module:Math at line 495: attempt to index field 'ParserFunctions' (a nil value). km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (Bad rounding hereLua error in Module:Math at line 495: attempt to index field 'ParserFunctions' (a nil value). km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 83,728,
 • Density 34,886/sq mi (13,470/km2)
 • White 59.58%
 • Asian 23.70%
 • Hispanic 12.03%
 • Black 3.73%
 • Foreign-born 48.30%
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11375
Area code(s) 718, 347, 917

Forest Hills is an affluent neighborhood located in the New York City borough of Queens.[1] Originally, the area was referred to as "Whitepot".[2]


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Austin Street, the main shopping area
Southeastern portion of Austin Street with typical Queens six-story red brick apartment buildings on one side and residential homes on the other

The development of adjacent Forest Park, a park on the southern end of Forest Hills, began in 1895. Starting in 1896, the landscaping firm of Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot was contracted to provide a plan for the park.[3](p428)

In 1906, Brooklyn attorney Cord Meyer bought abutting land made up of six farms (those of Ascan Bakus, Casper Joost-Springsteen, Horatio N. Squire, Abram V. S. Lott, Sarah V. Bolmer, and James Van Siclen) and then renamed the aggregated 600 acres Forest Hills. In 1909, Margaret Sage, who founded the Russell Sage Foundation, bought Script error: No such module "convert". of land from the Cord Meyer Development Company. The stated plan was to build good low-income housing and improve living conditions of the working poor, but the resulting huge property values made this claim totally impractical. Grosvenor Atterbury, a renowned architect, was given the commission to design Forest Hills Gardens. The neighborhood was planned on the model of the garden communities of England. As a result, there are many Tudor-style homes in Forest Hills, some more sprawling ones located in Forest Hills Gardens while most are located in the Cord-Meyer section (loosely bounded by 68th Avenue on the north; 72nd Road on the south; 108th Street on the west; and Grand Central Parkway on the east).[4] The construction of this area used a prefabricated building technique; each house was built from approximately 170 standardized precast concrete panels, fabricated off-site and positioned by crane.[5] In 1913, the West Side Tennis Club moved from Manhattan to Forest Hills Gardens. The U.S. Open and its predecessor national championships were held there until 1978, making Forest Hills synonymous with tennis for generations.


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Forest Hills Gardens is part of Forest Hills

The southern part of Forest Hills contains a particularly diverse mixture of upscale housing, ranging from single-family houses, attached townhouses, and both low-rise and high-rise apartment buildings. South of the Long Island Rail Road, the Forest Hills Gardens area is a private community that features some of the most expensive residential properties in Queens County. It was subject to restrictive covenants until the 1970s, which contained no explicit economic, social or racial restrictions[6] even if "working-class people" were said to be excluded by Eric P. Nash in a 2002 New York Times article, in his review of A Modern Arcadia.[7] Forest Hills Gardens was named "Best Community" in 2007 by Cottage Living Magazine.[8] The adjacent Van Court community also contains a number of detached single-family homes. There are also attached townhouses near the Westside Tennis Center and detached frame houses near Metropolitan Avenue. Finally, there are a number of apartment buildings scattered throughout the community. The most notable high-rise apartment buildings are The Continental on 108th St, Kennedy House, the Pinnacle, and the Windsor.

On the northwestern edge of Forest Hills, on 62nd Drive and 108th Street, immediately adjacent to the Long Island Expressway is a NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) low-income housing project that provoked controversy[9] among the residents in the more prestigious areas of Forest Hills when it was constructed in the early 1970s. In fact, the high-rise (eighteen stories) building burned to the ground three or four times during that period.

The north side of Forest Hills is home to the Cord Meyer community, which contains detached single-family homes. Teardowns and their replacement with larger single family residences has had a significant impact on the architectural integrity of the area.[10] However, the Bukharian Jewish community, whose members have settled in the area in large numbers since the late 1990s, advocating the changes say the bigger homes are needed for their large extended families.[11]

The main thoroughfare is Queens Boulevard, which is very wide. Metropolitan Avenue is known for its antique shops. Forest Hills is easily accessible by subway, rail, bus and car. The commercial heart of Forest Hills is a mile-long stretch of Austin Street between Yellowstone Boulevard and Ascan Avenue: the latter thoroughfare was named in 1909 by developer Frederick Backus for his own father, Ascan Backus, II.

Forest Hills was once the home of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. The event was held at the West Side Tennis Club before it moved to the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park, about Script error: No such module "convert". away. When the Open was played at the tennis stadium, the tournament was commonly referred to merely as Forest Hills, just as All-England Lawn Tennis Association Championships are referred to, simply, as Wimbledon. In the 2001 motion picture, The Royal Tenenbaums, Luke Wilson's character plays a tennis match at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills. A pivotal scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 film Strangers on a Train, in which the main character (played by Farley Granger) is a professional tennis player, features a lengthy championship game at the Club, with distinctive shots of the surrounding community.[citation needed] The Tennis Stadium, which hosted numerous music concerts including The Beatles after the U.S. Open departed for Flushing Meadows, resumed hosting music concerts during the summer of 2013 when the British rock band Mumford & Sons played there to an overflowing crowd. Stadium officials have said they will now host as many as six music or cultural events at the Stadium each season.

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Panoramic view of the skyline


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Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church
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Russell Sage Junior High School

Forest Hills is served by the New York City Department of Education.

K-12 Schools

Pupils attend several public different elementary Schools, including:

Junior high students in Forest Hills attend either J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey (commonly referred to as Halsey) in Rego Park or J.H.S. 190 Russell Sage (known as Sage) in Forest Hills as well as the newest school from grade 6 to 12, M.S. 167 (otherwise known as Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (MELS)), "a school for a sustainable city". This school does partnership with New York City Outward Bound. New York City high school students at the turn of the 21st century began applying to the high schools of their choice, as there is no longer a zoning policy for Forest Hills High School or Queens Metropolitan High School. Students from all over New York City may apply to high schools in other parts of the city. In addition to Forest Hills High School, a large percentage of students from both J.H.S. 157 and J.H.S. 190 gain admission to other high schools in New York City. Many J.H.S. 157 students also attend the Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School.[12]

Traditionally many more students from J.H.S. 190 choose to study at Stuyvesant High School and Townsend Harris High School, in addition to the Bronx High School of Science.[13] Numerous students from Forest Hills also choose to attend middle and high school at the Baccalaureate School for Global Education, a public school in Astoria, which teaches grades 7 through 12 and follows the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Many of the students from outside the district accepted to attend Forest Hills High School are those who applied to either the school's Law & Humanities program, or the Carl Sagan program in accelerated math and science. FHHS began admitting students by audition to their Academy of Instructional Music and Performing Arts in 2005.[14] Famous graduates of Forest Hills High School include Jacob Lew, current US Secretary of the Treasury; Dennis Tito, the first outer space tourist; as well as many show-business stars, including musicians Burt Bacharach, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Ramones.

Catholic schools include Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.[citation needed]


Bramson ORT College is an undergraduate college operated by the American branch of the Jewish charity World ORT. Its main campus is in Forest Hills, with a satellite campus in Brooklyn. Touro College/NYSCAS has a branch location in Forest Hills.

Public libraries

The Forest Hills Library and the North Forest Park Library, operated by Queens Library, are in Forest Hills.[15][16]


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Post office, which displays a sporting theme

The neighborhood is disproportionately home to the upper-middle class, of whom the wealthiest often live in the Forest Hills Gardens section.

Historically, Forest Hills has had many German and American Jewish residents. This is not as true today, as most of the Jewish residents are Bukharians from Uzbekistan, a former USSR nation. Additionally, the neighborhood is now 24% Asian, 12% Latino, and 4% black. Originally, the area was called Whitepot.[2]


Forest Hills has the multiple-service Forest Hills–71st Avenue subway station (E F M R trains) at the intersection of Continental Avenue and Queens Boulevard. The local 75th Avenue stop (E F trains) is also in the area, and some entrance/exits of the express Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike station (E F trains) service the southeastern portion of Forest Hills. The neighborhood also has two commuter train stations, the Forest Hills and Kew Gardens railway stations of the Long Island Rail Road. Several MTA Bus-branded buses, including the Q23, Q60, and Q64 local buses and QM4, QM11, QM12, and QM18, serve the area (no New York City Bus routes serve the area, however).[17]

Parks and recreation

Forest Hills is bordered by two of the more sizable parks in Queens managed by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation: the Script error: No such module "convert". Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, which is the site of two World's Fairs (in 1939 and 1964) and the iconic Unisphere;[18] as well as the Script error: No such module "convert". Forest Park.[19] Within Forest Hills, some of the more popular parks and playgrounds include the Yellowstone Municipal Park – Katzman Playground (located on Yellowstone Boulevard, between 68th Avenue and 68th Road);[20] the Annadale Playground (located on Yellowstone Boulevard, between 64th Road and 65th Avenue);[21] the Willow Lake Playground (located off the Grand Central Parkway, between 71st and 72nd Avenues);[22] the Ehrenreich-Austin Playground (located on Austin Street, between 76th Avenue and 76th Drive);[23] and the Russell Sage Playground (located on 68th Avenue, between Booth and Austin Streets).[24]

In popular culture

Forest Hills was featured as the home setting for fictional comic book character Spider-Man.[25][26]

Notable people


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