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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