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Forest Hills (Queens, New York)
ZIP Code 11375
Population
Median age
70,204
41.5
Demographics White
Black
Asian
Other
Two races
Hispanic*




71.3%
2.5%
20.0%
2.8%
3.3%
10.2%




Median income $65,450
Source: United States Census, 2000
*:Hispanic of any race


Forest Hills is a 2.4 sq. mile (6.4 km2) neighborhood in the central part of the New York Citymarker borough of Queensmarker. It is bordered to the north by Rego Parkmarker and Coronamarker; to the east, by Flushing Meadows Parkmarker, the Grand Central Parkway, and Kew Gardens; to the west, by Middle Village and Glendale; and, to the south, by Forest Parkmarker. The neighborhood is conterminous with zip code (postal code) 11375, and it is part of Queens Community Board 6.

Neighborhood

Austin Street, the main shopping area in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.
The neighborhood is home to a mix of middle to upper-class residents, the latter of whom often live in the neighborhood's prestigious Forest Hills Gardensmarker area.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, who founded the Russell Sage Foundation, bought 142 acres (0.6 km²) of land from the Cord Meyer Development Company. 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 Gardensmarker. 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, 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 Gardensmarker 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 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 Church
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 early 1970s.

The main thoroughfare is the twelve-lane-wide Queens Boulevardmarker. 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, where many restaurants, boutiques, and chain stores are established. Restaurants are diverse; diners can find nearly any cuisine they desire.

Forest Hills has the multiple-link Forest Hills–71st Avenuemarker express New York City Subway station at the intersection of Continental Avenue and Queens Boulevard. The local 75th Avenuemarker stop is also in the area, and some entrance/exits of the express Kew Gardens–Union Turnpikemarker station service the southeastern portion of Forest Hills. The neighborhood also has a commuter train station, the Forest Hillsmarker station of the Long Island Railroad, where Continental Avenue and Austin Street meet.

Forest Hills was once the home of the U.S.marker Openmarker tennis tournament. The event was held at the West Side Tennis Clubmarker before it moved to the USTA National Tennis Centermarker in Flushing Meadows Parkmarker, 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 Championshipsmarker are referred to, simply, as Wimbledonmarker. 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 1901.

Economy

Post Office displays a sporting theme
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 is in Forest Hills.

Demographics

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% White, 20.1% Asian and Pacific Islander, 2.46% African American, 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.

Statistics

The Forest Hills Housing Co-ops are located on 62nd Drive and 108th Street.

Education

Forest Hills, like all areas of New York City, is served by the New York City Department of Education.

K-12 Schools

Russell Sage Junior High School
Pupils attend several public different elementary Schools, including:

Junior High students in Forest Hills pupils 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.

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. 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 Sciencemarker and Brooklyn Technical High Schoolmarker. Traditionally many more students from J.H.S. 190 choose to study at Stuyvesant High Schoolmarker and Townsend Harris High School, in addition to the Bronx High School of Sciencemarker. 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 School 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 2005.

Famous graduates of Forest Hills High School include Jerry Springer and the founding members of the Ramones, as well as singers Simon & Garfunkel.

Colleges and universities

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 Brooklynmarker.

Public libraries

The Forest Hills Library, operated by Queens Librarymarker, is in Forest Hills.

Transportation

Forest 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 Hillsmarker station and 75th Avenue, and, the G, R, and V trains, which run local and stop at 67th Avenue and Forest Hillsmarker. Also, the Long Island Railroad stops at the Forest Hillsmarker station. Also, several buses, including the Q60 on Queens Boulevardmarker and Q64, along Jewel Avenue serve the area, along with several MTA express buses to Manhattanmarker. 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 residents

Carroll O'Connor
Johnny Ramone
Ray Romano
Paul Simon
Notable current and former residents of Forest Hills include:

In fiction:



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