Forest Hills is a diverse and heavily residential neighborhood located within Queens (the population density of the neighborhood is roughly 65% higher than Queens in the aggregate). The neighborhood is adjacent to Rego Park, Middle Village, Kew Gardens, and Woodhaven. Those looking for a rental apartment will have more luck in this neighborhood in comparison to other Queens neighborhoods due to the fact that Forest Hills has plenty of housing inventory for apartment buildings, co-ops and…
Forest Hills is a diverse and heavily residential neighborhood located within Queens (the population density of the neighborhood is roughly 65% higher than Queens in the aggregate). The neighborhood is adjacent to Rego Park, Middle Village, Kew Gardens, and Woodhaven. Those looking for a rental apartment will have more luck in this neighborhood in comparison to other Queens neighborhoods due to the fact that Forest Hills has plenty of housing inventory for apartment buildings, co-ops and condos. For those tired of living in an apartment, the southern section of the neighborhood is also home to many upscale single- and multifamily homes. Residents of Forest Hill enjoy the diverse range of restaurants as long as the many shopping areas located on Austin Street.
Neighborhood: Forest Hills, Queens
Population Density: Forest Hills is a heavily residential neighborhood with relatively quiet streets. The neighborhood’s population density is roughly 65% higher than Queens in the aggregate.
Adjacent Neighborhoods: Rego Park, Middle Village, Kew Gardens, Woodhaven
Public Transit: E (Forest Hills / 71st Ave., 75th Ave.); F (Forest Hills / 71st Ave., 75th Ave.); M/R (67th Ave., Forest Hills / 71st Ave.); also Q23, Q54, Q60, QM6, QM11, QM12, QM18, QM21, and X63 buses.
What’s Here?: Forest Hills has a few distinct areas. North of Queens Boulevard, there is some higher density housing, including apartment buildings, co-ops, and condos.
In the eastern heart of the neighborhood is Forest Hills Gardens, an exclusive development designed in the early 1900s with British garden city communities in mind. Its lush landscaping and curving streets make it a parklike enclave. The New York Times has called it “a Tudor-style time capsule.” In the southern section of the neighborhood, there are several upscale single- and multifamily homes. Austin Street is the main shopping area. Metropolitan Avenue and Queens Boulevard are also bustling streets.
History: In the 1600s, Englishmen traveled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony to found “Whitepot,” which would later become “Forest Hills.” In the late 1800s, Samuel Lord, the founder of Lord & Taylor, owned several properties that were purchased later by Brooklyn attorney Cord Meyer. In the early 1900s, the Cord Meyer Development Company developed Forest Hills Gardens. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., son of the landscape architect of Central Park, designed the landscape for the Gardens community.
Activities: Forest Hills is an ethnically diverse neighborhood with a correspondingly diverse range of restaurants. Explore Austin Street and Continental Avenue for various kinds of shopping. According to the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, Forest Hills store owners abide by the motto, “We are large enough to serve you and small enough to know you.” Shop the more local Metropolitan Ave. for antiques.
Or spend time in one of the several nearby parks and playgrounds, including the 898-acre Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Forest Park (over 500 acres) and the smaller MacDonald Park and Ehrenreich-Austin Playground. Forest Hills is also home to the private West Side Tennis Club, which hosted several US Open Tennis Championships up until 1977. Or check out the Forest Hills Greenmarket, which is open in front of the Forest Hills Post Office on Sundays in the summer and fall.
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Forest Hills is located within Queens County, New York. This area currently has 2,310,011 residents in 779,304 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently unmarried and have a median age of 37.9.
When looking at residents older than 25, 27.27% have graduated from high school, 19.40% have a bachelor's degree, and 11.19% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 59.3% and the median income in this county is $59,758.
At least 56.20% of those living in this county rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 43.0 minutes.
Geographically, Queens County, New York is a part of the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. This county is currently home to 18,812,161 residents, or 6,707,347 households with a median income of $68,319. the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area residents have a median age of 37.8 and 50.07% are currently renting their homes in the area.