A world-class community with world-class connections, Forest Hills Gardens is exquisitely situated near all major transportation links. The Long Island Rail Road whisks you to Manhattan’s Penn Station in only fourteen minutes while two blocks away the subway awaits going to all points and is at Fifth Ave. @ 53 St. in twenty minutes. Even more astounding is the convenience to JFK International Airport, which is only seven miles away and can be reached by subway or cab in eighteen minutes. At a distance of only five miles, LaGuardia Airport can be reached by car in thirteen minutes. The convenient transportation is just the beginning of the Gardens’ truly world-class amenities.
The gateway to Forest Hills Gardens is Station Square, a brick-paved plaza dominated by the tower of the Forest Hills Inn, bordered on one side by the embankment of the railroad station and on the other by a continuously arcaded building containing apartments and shops. The impression is of a college or cathedral city.
The English Tudor and Colonial homes, with their manicured grounds, set off Forest Hills Gardens from prosaic surrounding localities. The uniform red roofs, houses joined together along curving streets, and the verdant terraces and gardens achieve an extraordinary harmony. Deep within the Gardens is the village green with its tall flagstaff visible from Apt.601 at the Inn. With its design based upon Hampstead Garden suburb in London, England–the neighborhood feels more like Greenwich, Connecticut backcountry than New York City.
Passing through Station Square and the Gardens to Forest Park at the community’s edge suggests a metaphoric journey from town to country. Grosvenor Atterbury, architect of the Inn, also was responsible for New York’s City Hall. Landscape architect Olmstead had also designed Manhattan’s Central Park as well as Forest Park–the 550-acre woodland, bird sanctuary, and horse rider’s paradise that surrounds the Gardens. Yet a minute away is Austin Street (the Madison Avenue of Forest Hills) with Starbucks, The Gap, Ann Taylor, Barnes & Noble, plus dozens of other chain stores, boutiques, theaters, and eclectic restaurants for any taste.
For tennis aficionados, the venerable West Side Tennis Club is two blocks away. Formerly the home of the U.S. Open matches, it features clay and grass courts plus an Olympic- size pool. This world-class, private recreational facility offers an exclusive country club experience, but right where you live and work in the heart of New York City. Covering nearly fourteen acres of open space, it is an oasis for playing, relaxing, and socializing, including four- star dining.
All houses of worship are in easy walking distance. In addition, top-rated P.S.101 is three blocks away. Excellent private and public schools are all nearby. For more information on schools, the community, and home prices in the area, please visit foresthillsrealestate.com. The best parking in New York City is available from the Gardens Corporation for $150 a year on private, patrolled, safe streets.
Forest Hills is Home to the Rich and Famous
Past residents of this community include Dale Carnegie, Simon and Garunkle, Donna Karan, Helen Keller, Michael Landon, Carol Channing, Jerry Seinfeld, Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan), Burt Bacharach, Carroll O’Connor, Lou Costello and is fictional home to Spiderman/Peter Parker.
See More About Forest Hills:
- Forest Hills Real Estate has eye popping slide show featuring the beauty and elegance of Forest Hills and provides essential information on schools, the community, and home prices in the area
- Historic Video of President Theodore Roosevelt making war rally cry from Forest Hills train station July 4, 1917.
- A Quick Walk in Forest Hills
- Forest Hills, Queens, Wikipedia
- Historic Postcards of Forest Hills