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About the Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens, New York Area 

Forest Hills is a beautiful Queens suburb of approximately 70,925. This affluent neighborhood offers so much; easy accessibility to Manhattan and Brooklyn, an ethnic and cultural richness, top-notch shopping and restaurants, and safety, all set in a quaint and cozy ambiance. The area’s English origins are obvious in its lovely tree-lined streets and Tudor architecture. Here you can find old world charm and serenity combined with modern city lifestyle. You can enjoy the best of both worlds here in Forest Hills. 

Location
Forest Hills is a prosperous suburb located just north of Brooklyn on Long Island, southeast New York. It is situated in central Queens, one of the five New York City boroughs. Queens itself is bounded on the east by Flushing Meadows Park, the Grand Central Parkway and Kew Gardens, on the west by Middle Village, on the north by Rego Park, and on the south by Forest Park.
Rego Park, another neighborhood of central Queens is bordered by Elmhurst and Corona to the north, by Forest Hills to the east and south, and by Middle Village to the west. 

Geography/Terrain
Forest Hills is in Queens County, the largest of New York City’s five boroughs, which reaches across the width of Long Island from the intersection of the East River and Long Island Sound to the north; to the Atlantic Ocean to the south. It has an area of 178.3 square miles, 109.2 square miles of which is land and 69.1 square miles of which is water, and sits at an elevation of 56 feet, on the western side of Long Island. The County also includes some small islands, most of which are in Jamaica Bay, and are part of Gateway National Recreation Area. The Rockaway Peninsula, to the south of Forest Hills, extends out separating Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  

Distance to 3 closest major cities
Forest Hills is located 8 miles east of New York City, 46 miles southwest of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and 87 miles northeast of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Midtown Manhattan is a mere 20 minutes away by subway and 15 minutes by train. 

Jobs
Forest Hills’ economy is based on tourism, industry, and trade. It is located in Queens, home of two of the busiest airports in the world, John F. Kennedy International, and La Guardia. The Queens area is currently attracting film studios, and many large companies, such as Bulova, Glaceau, and Jet Blue, have their main headquarters here. There is extensive manufacturing around Long Island City and storage and shipping facilities along the East River. 

Forest Hills has 5.40% unemployment, and 1.60% recent job growth. The average commute time is 44 minutes. The median household income in the area is $56,278 and the per capita income is $34,537.

Housing
The most exclusive location in Queens, Forest Hills has become an increasingly desirable location, with rising real estate prices. It offers a diversity of family-centered housing options, from apartments, co-ops and condos, to single- and multi-family homes. High-rise living is mingled with charming Tudor and Colonial homes. The area is beautiful, with winding streets and green spaces. Neighboring Rego Park is home to LeFrak City, the huge apartment complex alongside the Long Island Expressway. The average monthly rent in Forest Hills is $1,133 and the median price for a single-family home is $660,200. 

Parks/Sports/Recreation/Golf
Queens County offers over 7,000 acres of parks, including beach, bay and forest areas. Forest Park is one of the largest parks in the area, with trails for bikes, hiking and horseback riding. The park has athletic fields, a golf course and a facility for open-air concerts. There is also MacDonald Park and newly renovated Ehrenreich-Austin Playground. At 1,255 acres, nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park encompasses two lakes, (Meadow and Willow Lakes) a miniature golf course, and fields. Every year the Park hosts several festivals, and is home to Shea and the Arthur Ashe Stadiums. Socrates Sculpture Park provides scenic views of the river and Manhattan skyline. 

Gateway National Recreation Area is a 26,000-acre site located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area extending into northern New Jersey. It offers fantastic beaches, old military forts, and wildlife. The range of the activities includes camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, birdwatching, swimming, boating, fishing, auto touring, and organized athletics. 

Queens offers exciting baseball and phenomenal tennis, as the home of the New York Mets baseball team, as well as the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Forest Hills itself was once the home of the U.S. Open, played at the West Side Tennis Club before it moved to the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park. Racing fans can enjoy the Aqueduct Racetrack, or in nearby Nassau County, the Belmont Park Race Track, the home of the Belmont Stakes.  

For the avid golfer, Queens is home to Breezy Point Executive Golf Course, which is part of Gateway National Park. It is a well-maintained 18-hole public course. Nearby Flushing offers Kissena Park Golf Course, which is challenging, but short, built on rolling terrain. In Brooklyn you can find Dyker Beach Golf Course, considered the best-conditioned course in the city; and Marine Park Course, whose large and undulating greens are the area’s finest. 

Special Attractions/Events
The Queens/ Forest Hills area has a wealth of music and cultural festivals, fairs, and a host of other fun activates. Festivities range from fantastic Latino performances at the JP Morgan Chase Latino Cultural Festival at the Queens Theatre in the Park, to the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival races on Meadow Lake, the New York Kite Festival in the Rockaway's. Flushing Meadows Corona Park is home to the Queens Museum of Art, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Wildlife Center, the Queens Theatre in the Park and the Queens Botanical Gardens. It is also home of Unisphere, the symbol of the 1964 World's Fair, which signalled the era of globalization. Queens has been home to two World Fairs. 

Western Queens is a flourishing artistic hub, with facilities such as the Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Museum for African Art and the American Museum of the Moving Image. The Forest Hills Festival Of The Arts, held in May each year, offers gourmet food, artisans, special merchandise and world-class entertainment. 

Forest Hills does offer a range of shopping opportunities. Metropolitan Avenue is known for its antique shops, while Austin Street features a delightful array of shops, restaurants and nightlife, and Queens Boulevard has a variety of shops. You can visit Witts, a turn of the century American soda fountain that still makes old-fashioned ice cream. Rego Park is itself home to some of Queens' most popular shopping sites, including the Rego Park Center. The Queens Center mall in Elmhurst is Queens’ largest mall. 

Interesting Facts/Historic Buildings and Places
Forest Hills was farmland until the early 1900s, when developer Cord Meyer bought the local farms, then known as White Pot. Meyer himself coined the name Forest Hills. In 1909 millionaire Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage and the Russell Sage Foundation bought 142 acres of the land and began to develop Forest Hills Gardens. The neighborhood was modeled after English garden communities, thus the numerous Tudor-style homes in Forest Hills. 

Station Square is a symbol of old Forest Hills. A brick roadway connects the LIRR station with the Forest Hills Inn. Station Square is very likely one of the most photographed places in Forest Hills. In 1910, the Long Island Rail Road built an electrified link through Forest Hills, a stylish station with two staircases, arches and cobblestones. President Theodore Roosevelt made a famous speech here in 1917. 

Two monuments are erected in Forest Hills Gardens; a tribute to the victims of World War I, and the mast of Columbia, the winner of the America’s Cup in 1899 and 1901. 

Well-known Forest Hills residents have included: Art Garfunkel, musician; Paul Simon, musician; Geraldine Ferraro, first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket; Helen Keller, deaf and blind woman who became an inspiration to people with disabilities; David Caruso, actor; Carol Channing, actress; Stan Lee, founder of Marvel Comics; and Caroll O’Connor, actor. Forest Hills High School was attended by Michael Landon, Burt Bacharach, and Marty Ingalls. Forest Hills was the filming location for the 2001 movie, "The Royal Tenenbaums" and the 2004 movie, "Spider-Man 2". 

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