Forest Hills is a 2.4 sq.
mile (6.4 km2) neighborhood in the central part of
the New York
City borough of
Queens. It is bordered to the north by Rego
Park and Corona; to the
east, by Flushing
Meadows Park, the Grand Central
Parkway, and Kew Gardens; to
the west, by Middle Village
and Glendale; and, to the south, by
The neighborhood is conterminous with zip
code (postal code) 11375, and it is part of Queens Community Board 6
neighborhood is home to a mix of middle to upper-class residents,
the latter of whom often live in the neighborhood's prestigious
Austin Street, the main shopping area
in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.
Historically, Forest Hills has been
home to a large Jewish
population, with more
than ten synagogues
located in the area.
The community of Forest Hills was founded in 1906; before that, the
area was known as Whitepot. In 1909, Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage
founded the Russell Sage
, bought 142 acres (0.6 km²) of land from the
Cord Meyer Development
. The original plan was to build good low-income housing
and improve living conditions of the working poor. Grosvenor Atterbury, a renowned
architect, was given the commission to design Forest Hills
The neighborhood was planned on the model
of the garden communities
England. As a result, there are many Tudor-style
homes in Forest Hills,
most of which are now located in Forest Hills Gardens. However,
there are currently a number of Tudor homes in particular areas of
Forest Hills outside of the Gardens. What is credited as the
world's first radio commercial
offered homes in 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 Queens Boulevard, 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
until the mid-1970s.
Forest Hills Gardens was named "Best Cottage Community" in 2007 by
Cottage Living Magazine
. 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 Pennicle, and the Windsor.
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 homes
has had a significant impact on the architectural integrity of the
area. However, the Bukharian Jewish
community advocating the changes say the bigger homes are needed
for their large extended families.
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic
Northern Forest Hills is a combination of low-rise apartment
buildings and detached single-family homes. The majority of these
buildings are owner-occupied co-operatives and condominiums.
On the northwestern edge of Forest Hills, on 62nd Drive,
immediately adjacent to the Long Island Expressway is a NYCHA low-income housing project
that provoked controversy among the residents in the more
prestigious areas of Forest Hills when it was constructed in the
thoroughfare is the twelve-lane-wide Queens Boulevard.
Metropolitan Avenue is known for its
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, where many restaurants,
boutiques, and chain stores are established. Restaurants are
diverse; diners can find nearly any cuisine
Hills has the multiple-link Forest Hills–71st Avenue express New York
City Subway station at the intersection of Continental Avenue
and Queens Boulevard. The local 75th
Avenue stop is also in the area, and some entrance/exits
of the express Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike station service the southeastern portion of Forest
Hills. The neighborhood also has a commuter train
station, the Forest Hills station of the Long
Island Railroad, where Continental Avenue and Austin Street
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 four miles 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. Gene Hackman
's character is also shown cruising
on the premises.
Two monuments are erected in Forest Hills Gardens: a tribute to the
victims of World War I
, the "Great War";
and the mast of the Columbia
, the winner of the America's Cup
yacht races in both 1899 and
Post Office displays a sporting
Forest Hills is home to the main offices of JetBlue Airways
Corp., a US low-cost carrier
. In addition the New York
Town Office of Olympic Airlines
in Forest Hills.
The southeastern portion of Austin
Street has typical Queens six-story red brick apartment buildings
on one side but residential homes on the other.
As of the 2000 census, there were 70,204 people residing in Forest
Hills. The population density was 29,252 people per square mile
(11,143/km²). The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 71.3%
, 20.1% Asian
and Pacific Islander
0.12% Native American
2.71% from other races
, and 3.31%
from two or more races. 10.18% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 47.69% of the
population was foreign born. It is one of the most affluent
neighborhoods in Queens.
The Forest Hills Housing Co-ops are located on 62nd Drive and 108th
Forest Hills, like all areas of New York City, is served by the
New York City
Department of Education
Russell Sage Junior High School
Pupils attend several public different elementary Schools,
Junior High students in Forest Hills pupils attend either J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey
(commonly referred to as
) in Rego Park or J.H.S. 190 Russell Sage
(known as Sage
New York City high school
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
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.
students also attend the Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High
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.
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, NY, which teaches
grades 7 - 12 and follows the International Baccalaureate
curriculum. Many of the students from outside the district accepted
to attend Forest Hills High
are those who applied to either the school's Law &
Humanities program, or the Carl Sagan program in accelerated math
and science. FHHS has also began admitting students by audition to
their Academy of Instructional Music and Performing Arts in
Famous graduates of Forest Hills High School include Jerry Springer
and the founding members of
, as well as singers Simon & Garfunkel
Colleges and universities
Bramson ORT College
college operated by the
American branch of the Jewish
. Its main campus is in Forest Hills, with
a satellite campus in Brooklyn.
Forest Hills Library, operated by Queens Library, is in Forest Hills.
Hills is served by the IND
Queens Boulevard Line's E, F, G, R, and V routes, with the E
and F trains only stopping at Forest Hills station and 75th Avenue, and, the G, R, and V
trains, which run local and stop at 67th Avenue and Forest Hills. Also, the Long Island Railroad stops at the
Hills station. Also, several buses, including the Q60 on
Boulevard and Q64,
along Jewel Avenue serve the area, along with several MTA express
buses to Manhattan.
The Q23 follows a north-south route,
bi-secting North Forest Hills, following 108th Street; and south of
the LIRR, taking a west-ward diversion around Forest Hills Gardens,
then resuming along 71st Avenue south of the Gardens.
Notable current and former residents of Forest Hills include:
- Hank Azaria (born 1964), actor and
- Walter Becker (born 1950), half of
the musical duo Steely Dan.
- Joseph Bowler (born 1928), artist
- Michael A. Burstein (born 1970), science fiction
- Dale Carnegie (1888-1955),
self-improvement lecturer and author of How to Win Friends and
- David Caruso, (born 1956), actor in
CSI Miami, and NYPD Blue.
- Candy Darling (1944-1974),
Warhol Superstar who appeared in a
number of his films.
- Geraldine Ferraro (born 1935),
- Art Garfunkel (born 1941),
- Ernie Grunfeld (born 1955),
former player and general manager of the New York Knicks.
- Alan Hevesi (born 1940), former
Comptroller of New York State.
- Steve Hofstetter (born 1979),
comedian / radio personality.
- John Vincent Lawless
Hogan (1890-1960), radio pioneer.
- John Francis Hylan
(1848-1936), Mayor of New York
City from 1918 to 1925.
- Ethel D. Jacobs (1910-2001), thoroughbred horse owner
and breeder, wife of Hirsch.
- Hirsch Jacobs (1904-1970),
thoroughbred jockey, husband of Ethel.
- Donna Karan (born 1948), fashion
- Helen Keller (1880–1968), author,
political activist and lecturer; first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Alan King (1927-2004),
- Andrea King (1919-2003), film
- Gary Kurfirst (1947-2009), concert
promoter and record producer.
- Michael Landon (1936-1991), actor
known for his roles on Bonanza and
on the Prairie,
- Jack McAuliffe (1866-1937), boxer
who retired in 1896 after 12 years as the world's undefeated
- Min Xiao-Fen (born 1961), pipa player and vocalist.
- Michele "Big Mike" Miranda
(1896-1973), consigliere of the Genovese crime family and one of the
most powerful New York gangsters in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Carroll O'Connor (1924-2001),
actor, best known for his role as Archie
Bunker on All in the
- Rick Overton (born 1954), actor and
- Susan Polgar (born 1969), chess
- Dee Dee Ramone (1951-2002),
former bassist and songwriter of seminal punk rock band The
- Joey Ramone (1951-2001), former lead
singer and songwriter of seminal punk rock band The Ramones.
- Johnny Ramone (1948-2004), former
guitarist of seminal punk rock band The Ramones.
- Ray Romano (born 1957),
actor-comedian, best known for Everybody Loves Raymond.
- Tommy Ramone (born 1949), record
producer and musician with The Ramones.
- Wilhelm Reich (1897 - 1957),
psychiatrist known for his theories of Orgone
- Jeremy Rom (Born 1986) Guitarist for
popular rock band Converting A Few.
- Chris Rush stand-up comedian resides
- Joan Shawlee (1926-1987), film
- Paul Simon (born 1941),
- Debbie Wasserman
Schultz (born 1966), serves in the U.S. House representing
- Tatiana Troyanos (1938-1993),
mezzo-soprano known for her work at
the Metropolitan Opera.
- Bob Tufts (born 1955), former Major
League Baseball pitcher.
- Jeff Wayne (born 1943), musician
known for his Jeff
Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.
- Leslie West (born 1945), of the hard
rock group Mountain.
- Henry Willson (1911-1978),
- Manuel Ycaza (born 1938), jockey
inducted into the National Museum of
Racing and Hall of Fame.
- John Zaccaro (born 1953), real
- Renato Russo (1960-1996), band
leader in Brazil