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City Living: Woodhaven

Easily accessible by the J train, the working/ middle-class neighborhood of Woodhaven offers Victorian homes, quaint row houses, tree-lined streets and a well-loved gem Forest Park, the sprawling 500-acre-plus green space extending from Woodhaven to neighboring Glendale.

Its both a quiet and busy neighborhood with sleepy blocks, bustling pieces of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard and a number of establishments hailing from eras past that preserve its history.

Woodhaven is sometimes referred to as a haven in the city, which I think is a fitting nickname because Ive never felt too far from nature, and I dont feel the bustle people usually associate with New York, said Alex Blenkinsopp, a lifelong resident, Community Board 9 member and director of communications for the Woodhaven Residents Block Association (WRBA).

The neighborhoods transportation options make it easy to get to downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn or other parts of Queens.

And many residents take advantage of Forest Park, which offers running tracks, playgrounds, a carousel that was recently given landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, a dog run, a golf course and tennis courts.

Its a fantastic backyard to have, said WRBA president Ed Wendell.