Forest Hills Gardens: living a suburban life without leaving Queens

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August 27, 2020
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Forest Hills Gardens is a residential community located in the southern part of the Forest Hills neighborhood in Queens. The land for the neighborhood was originally 142 acres bought by Margaret Sage from the Cord Meyer Development Company in 1908.

It’s one the first planned communities in the US and was designed by architect Grosvenor Atterbury. Modeled after the garden communities in England, this is a self-contained community has its own inn, garage, and post office. Additionally, there are many narrow winding roads throughout to help with traffic. As a result, the neighborhood features plenty of sprawling Tudor style homes.

Tudor Home architecture

The Tudor-style homes in NYC are specifically Tudor Revival architecture. It’s also known as “mock Tudor” because it is a more simplistic version of Tudor architecture. This home style began in the late 1800s in England and came to the U.S. in the 1890s. 

The style is defined by an asymmetrical design that features steep pitched-roofs, arched doorways, and large chimneys. In addition, the façade of the homes showcase half-timbers, which were originally used as structural timbers, but is now for decoration. 

Schools in Forest Hills Gardens

There are plenty of schools in the area, including Public School 101. It’s also known as the School in the Gardens and serves grades PK to 5. The school has an emphasis on academics. In addition, it offers integrated co-teaching classes with two teachers for special education students.

Other high rated elementary schools zoned for Forest Hill Gardens are PS 144 Col Jeromus Remsen and PS 174 William Sidney Mount. There are also middle and high schools in the area. Not to mention, you can also choose to send your children to the various private schools nearby.

Shops & eateries in Forest Hills Gardens

Within Forest Hills Gardens itself, there are only a few businesses. This includes an Asian fusion restaurant called Jade as well as  Dirty Pierre’s Bistro in Station Square. However, the next door neighborhood Forest Hills is close by and has plenty to offer.

There are various chain stores and smaller boutiques along Austin Street for you to enjoy. Austin Street is also home to various shops, cafes, and restaurants. There are also plenty of dining establishments along Continental Avenue to explore.

Notable locations in Forest Hills

While Forest Hills Gardens may seem like an idyllic neighborhood that stands by their history and historic buildings, it has much more to offer. Despite it being a mainly residential area, there are a few notable locations. This includes the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium where the U.S. Open was held until 1978. In fact, the stadium hosted the U.S. Grand Slam 60 times and the Davis Cup final 10 times. No other venue in the world has hosted the Davis Cup that many times.

A few other notable locations in this community include The Church-in-the-Gardens, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and the US Post Office-Forest Hills Station. All three of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Distance to Manhattan

If you work in Manhattan, transportation and commuting times are an important factor for where you live. Luckily for you, Forest Hills Gardens is a quick commute to Manhattan. You even have multiple public transportation options available to you.

This includes the Long Island Rail Road going from Station Square to Penn Station. That is just a 15 minute commute time. Additionally, you can take the subway to Midtown Manhattan from the Forest Hills stops on the E, F, M, and R lines. This method takes you around 20 minutes. 

If you and your family are looking to live in this serene community, Localize has plenty of listings for you to check out. 

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