Cradled by a broad swath of protected, forested land containing horseback trails, golf course and other recreational facilities, Forest Hills is a great place to raise a family!
Many famous and talented people have made their homes here and have lent their talents to the benefit of the community. Some families have been residents for three or four generations continuing the traditions begun in the days when horse driven carriages carried residents from the train station to their homes.
In June young and old alike meet at Flagpole Green where springtime is ushered in with the annual celebration of Children's Day. And where else in New York does Santa drive his sleigh through winding streets each Christmas Eve while his helpers visit the homes with gifts for the children?
A gathering place for families is The Community House which provides facilities for recreation and social affairs including a swimming pool, gymnasium and banquet hall. The Community House also provides classes in arts, crafts and music, serves as a center for Community forums and for many other community events. The West Side Tennis Club, also located within the bounds of Forest Hills Gardens, provides world class tennis facilities and an outdoor swimming pool for its members.
Convenient transportation has helped Forest Hills become one of the most desirable places to live in the New York City area. Its residents enjoy the peaceful charm of a small English village combined with the convenience of easy subway, Long Island Railroad or express bus transportation to the city's business districts, shops, theaters and museums. The area is also conveniently located proximate to major highways and approximately 15 minutes from both La Guardia and JFK airports. Within walking distance you will find excellent shops and boutiques and a wide variety of gourmet restaurants.
Forest Hills is a great place to live! It maintains a small town flavor in the midst of one of the world's largest and busiest cities.
Forest Hills is unique as a community which reflects a strong diversity of ethnic and religious groups living and sharing together in the life of the community. As a consequence Forest Hills offers a wide selection of houses of worship within walking distance, attended by its residents. Churches within the community include The Church-in-the-Gardens, St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Church of Christ Scientist and nearby Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady Queen of Martrys Roman Catholic Church. Jewish Congregations include The Forest Hills Jewish Center and The Reformed Temple of Forest Hills.
Shopping in Forest Hills
Watercolor by Bob Kline
Forest Hills has become the area's most exclusive center for entertainment, dining and shopping. No more long drives or sitting in traffic to get to your favorite shopping center. Austin Street is home to many well known shops like The Gap, Banana Republic, and Benetton to name a few. You can visit the Barnes & Noble Book Store or sit down for coffee at Starbucks. After an afternoon of shopping you can relax at a wide selection of excellent restaurants featuring American as well as international cuisines or take in a movie at one of our newly expanded theaters.
The Shops at Atlas Park" located just southwest of Forest Hills at the intersection of Cooper Avenue and 80th Street, feature a variety of high end shops, speciality food merchants, restaurants and programmed activities, concerts and festivities set within a park environment. Convenient parking makes this an unbeatable shopping destination and center for entertainment for all ages. Also located within a short drive or by subway or bus is the newly expanded Queens Center Mall that provides a full array of shopping experience.