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From the extravagant mansions of Forest Hills Gardens to the shops and modest co-ops of Austin Street, the central Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills offers nearly every vision of comfortable living, including an easy commute to Manhattan. It is one of the safest neighborhoods in Queens, and it boasts one of the best public school districts in all of New York City.

A green-filled oasis surrounded by expressways, Kew Gardens is a triangular-shaped neighborhood in central Queens. Forest Park and the neighborhoods of Forest Hills and Forest Hills Gardens lie to the west. Kew Gardens was one of seven planned garden communities built in Queens between the late 19th century and 1950. Many of the homes in this bustling, diverse residential community are in rental and co-op apartment buildings from between four to ten stories high, but large, architecturally significant single-family homes can be found around Forest Park. Like their counterparts in nearby garden communities, these Kew Gardens houses were designed in revival styles including Arts & Crafts, Dutch and Spanish Colonial and Tudor, built on large lots with bay windows facing the sun and plenty of trees to provide shade and color. Kew Gardens offers the greenery and tranquility that can't be found in most large cities. The park—the third largest in Queens—contains a private road for jogging and walking as well as horseback riding and hiking paths.

The neighborhood's commercial center is on Lefferts Boulevard between Austin Street and Metropolitan Avenue, where you'll find Kew Gardens Cinemas screening a selection of independent international films plus a diverse collection of restaurants and shops. Pilots and flight attendants who stay in Kew Gardens in between John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport flights——the neighborhood is sometimes called ''Crew Gardens''—provide a boost to the local economy as well. The commute on the E or F train to Midtown Manhattan is about thirty minutes.

Founded in 1906, Forest Hills is divided into three parts. Beautiful Forest Hills Gardens, built as a planned garden city community in 1909, is the most exclusive address in the borough. More modest apartments, co-ops and condos line the north side of Queens Boulevard. Single- and multi-family homes, developed in the 1920s through 1940s, can be found in the area west and south of Forest Hills Gardens.

Forest Hills Gardens is a wonderland of winding roads and magnificent Tudor and Colonial homes. Spacious gardens and greens are the signature of landscape artist Frederick Law Olmstead, son of the designer of Central Park in Manhattan. Property in the private enclave is protected by guidelines similar to those in historic districts. Because of the concerted efforts of residents, the community remains much the same as it did at its inception. Built as a planned "garden city," the Gardens is unique—exclusive, but also a diverse and family-centered community. To anyone interested in the architectural history of the planned "garden cities" of the Arts & Crafts period, Forest Hills Gardens is one of the best remaining examples. Forest Hills Gardens was named "Best Community" in 2007 by Cottage Living Magazine.

In southern Forest Hills, Metropolitan Avenue, or "Metro," is known for its antique shops as well as a number of innovative new restaurants. On the north side of the boulevard, the most luxurious high-rise buildings in the area tower over the neighborhood. The most notable of these are The Continental on 108th St, Kennedy House, the Pinnacle, and the Windsor. Northern Forest Hills is a combination of low-rise apartment buildings and single-family homes.

 

 

 

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