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City Living: Forest Hills
The Central Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills is a prime location for anyone seeking a respite outside Manhattan while staying close enough to return in less than a half hour.
Forest Hills is juxtaposed with quiet streets decorated with well-maintained single-family homes and row houses, and bustling blocks with high-rises and busy restaurants. This diversity of architectural styles matched with the area's vibrant commercial corridors strikes a solid balance between urban and suburban.
"It's a highly-walkable area," said Barbara Stuchinski, president of the Forest Hills Civic Association, who grew up here. "You can go up to Austin Street for one type of shopping with high-end stores and chains or movie theaters, or you can walk to the other end at Metropolitan Avenue, home to primarily restaurants."
The area is also saturated with green space including the sprawling Forest Park, MacDonald Park, Olivia Park, and The West Side Tennis Club featuring eight grass courts where members can play and afterward, take a dip in the Olympic-sized pool or dine on the outdoor patio with family.
--By LISA FRASER
Need To Know
Forest Hills is shaped like a backward L that’s jagged on one side. Its northern boundary is the Horace Harding Expressway service road. To the south is Union Turnpike. Its eastern boundary is the Grand Central Parkway service road. Its western boundary is a jagged line consisting of a number of streets: 99th Street, Queens Boulevard, Yellowstone Boulevard, Selfridge Street and Woodhaven Boulevard. Some simplify the western boundary to Yellowstone and Woodhaven Boulevards. More »
Q11, Q21, Q23, Q53, Q54, Q60, Q64, QM4, QM11, QM12, QM18 buses More »
Queens Library Forest Hills branch, 108-19 71st Ave. More »
USPS Forest Hills Station, 106-28 Queens Blvd. More »
The 112th Precinct covers the Forest Hills neighborhood. According to data from the NYPD, crimes such as robberies, burglaries, grand larceny and grand larceny auto have decreased significantly since 1990. Grand larceny auto has seen the largest decline with 3,477 complaints logged in 1990 compared to 78 for 2012. Burglaries have seen the second largest decline with 1,680 in 1990 versus 143 in 2012, a 90% decrease. More »
This spot offers traditional Greek dishes in a Mediterranean-inspired atmosphere.
danny brown Wine Bar & Kitchen
Danny brown is a popular spot to sample a wide range of wines, meats, cheeses and large plates of duck confit or braised veal.
This small, family-run pizzeria has served Forest Hills since 1971. It’s a beloved spot for many residents, current and past, including Ray Romano.
Well-loved by locals and visitors, Dirty Pierre's is known not just for their drinks. Their burgers and mussels are big hits.
Forest Hills Station House
This beer hall and whiskey den has 16 beers on tap, 30 bourbons, and cocktails infused with whiskey with names like the Johnny Black Sour and Cherry Smash.
Tap House Sports Bar
Tap House offers a friendly atmosphere to go along with the whiskey, beer and scotch selection.
This children's boutique offers trendy clothing for fashion-forward little ones.
Chez Moi Studio
A glamorous women’s boutique carrying discount designer dresses, shoes, evening bags and accessories.
Forest Hills Youth Activity Association
The association allows Forest Hills children to be part of the little league, girls softball, pony league, basketball or soccer.
Genesis Tree of Life Yoga
This yoga studio offers a clean, welcoming atmosphere for novices or experts. Classes range from yoga to meditation and dance, as well as workshops.
Lynne's Riding School
This horse stable offers basic riding lessons and beginner horse camp.