DID YOU KNOW? PETER PARKER AKA SPIDER-MAN LIVED IN FOREST HILLS?

Peter Parker in Forest Hills in 1996.

You all know that Peter Parker is your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. For many years, that neighborhood was officially Forest Hills, Queens.

New York City is one of the key locations used for much of the action in Marvel Comics, serving as the traditional home of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange, Jessica Jones, and countless other characters. For Spider-Man—everybody’s friendly neighborhood superhero—his home can be found in the heart of Queens. Throughout the comics, Spider-man lives with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben at 20 Ingram Street, a two-story boarding house in Forest Hills Gardens. In real life, 20 Ingram Street is less modest and plain as it is portrayed in the comics, instead fashioned in the style of Edwardian and English garden houses.

 Coincidentally, a real-life Parker family actually lived at 20 Ingram Street. In 1974, Andrew and Suzane Parker along with their two daughters moved into the residence. A few years later in 1989, the family reported that they began receiving junk mail addressed to Peter Parker, after their address was listed as the superhero’s home in the June and July 1989 issues of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Originally, the character was created by Stan Lee in 1962 as a Forest Hills resident, but his official address was never pinpointed by the comic book legend, instead being added years later by writer David Michelinie.

However, it would not be until the family was told by a reporter from the “Queens Tribune” during the summer of 2001 that they realized how their lives shockingly mirrored that of one of Marvel’s most notable characters. Besides sharing a last name with Peter Parker, they also discovered another intriguing connection to the Spider-man comics. One of Andrew and Suzanne’s longtime neighbors of more than 20 years was Terri Osborne, whose last name was almost identical to that of Spider-Man’s biggest enemy, the Green Goblin, which is the alias of Norman Osborn.

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The Lineup Of Exhibiting Artists For The Metro Village Art Festival…Is In!!

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Come stroll Metro Avenue in Forest Hills on a self-guided art tour featuring 11 Queens artists while visiting the small businesses that make Metropolitan Avenue a unique place to shop, dine and work. Enjoy light refreshments along the way.

Gallery Locations:

  • Aigner Chocolates Art World Custom Framing
  • Coldwell Banker Kueber Realty
  • DEE’S Wood Fired Pizza + Kitchen
  • Dylan’s Restaurant
  • J&B Paint + Wallpaper
  • La Dolce Italia Bakery
  • La Vigna Restaurant
  • Mitra Hakimi Realty Group
  • Nick’s Bistro
  • Wagging Tails
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Find the more event details on the Instagram account: @metrovillagefh

No sign up needed. Free public event. Invite a friend!

LOOKING TO HONOR OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET THIS WEEKEND?

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With events on Earth Day (Friday, April 22) and throughout the week, New York City celebrates sustainability and ways to live in harmony with the planet. Below we’ve listed some of the events where you can honor our planet; Union Square is the usual primary host of Earth Day events, but there are happenings both big and small across the City.

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THE NOT SO FORGOTTEN TEA GARDEN IN FOREST HILLS GARDENS , NYC

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At the back of the historic Forest Hills Inn at 1 Station Square lies a long-lost architectural gem, the Forest Hills Tea Garden. Opened in 1912 behind an ornate gate, the Tea Garden hosted everything from weddings to dinner dances. Though the remains of the tea garden remain today, most residents probably are unaware of its history. According to Michael Perlman, an author and historian who has been raising money and awareness to preserve the Tea Garden, the structure is just a shell of its former self, though it has the potential for restoration and revitalization. Perlman, a fifth-generation Forest Hills resident, spoke with Untapped New York about the history of this mostly forgotten but rich historic site.

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Where In Queens To Get Your Cherry Blossom Fix

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Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Queens

Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Flushing

Take in a spring day at this expansive park and enjoy the cherry blossoms adorning the areas surrounding the Queens Museum and the Queens Theatre. For the most picturesque views, head west on the promenade toward the Unisphere.

Queens Botanical Garden Cherry Circle – Flushing

While the Queens Botanical Garden does not have special events for sakura, it does have the beautiful Cherry Circle, where you’ll find cherry blossom trees planted along a winding path and bursting with blooms each spring.

Rainey Park – Long Island City

Head to this sweet neighborhood hidden gem which comes to life in the spring with Okame cherry trees blossoming all along the promenade. The Kwanzan cherry trees on the lawns follow suit a bit later in the season. On Friday, April 22—during spring break—the park hosts Family Fun at Rainey Park featuring a puppet show, craft-making, and live music. FREE

Hunter’s Point South Park – Long Island City

If Yoshino cherry trees are your thing with their very pale pink cherry blossoms maturing into white clusters, this is the place for you. This special variety of cherry trees blooms around the park’s oval which also boasts stellar views of the Manhattan skyline. This little park packs in a lot of features including a central green, playgrounds, adult fitness equipment, a dog run, a bikeway, a waterside promenade, picnic terraces, and a basketball court.

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APRIL 3RD… FOREST HILLS COMMUNITY HOUSE TO HOST UKRAINE FUNDRAISER

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Keuka Kafe, a wine bar in Forest Hills, has organized a fundraising event for Ukrainian charities on Sunday, April 3 at the Church in the Gardens Community House, located at 15 Borage Place in Forest Hills Gardens.

The owners of Keuka Kafe are natives of Ukraine.

The event, titled New York Stands with Ukraine, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $95 per person with all proceeds going to charity.

The afternoon will include food, wine, beer and music. Those wishing to purchase tickets are asked to subscribe to @newyorkstandswithukraine for additional information.

Sponsors include the Queens bakery Lady Baked, Lakewood Vineyards of Watkins Glen, NY, and Sveta, a Ukrainian restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village.

Keuja Kafe, located at 112-04 Queens Blvd., has hosted other fundraisers for Ukraine, and has links to more than a half-dozen charities that are carrying out Ukrainian relief operations on its website at keukakafe.com.

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16 NYC Places That Don’t Look Like They’re In New York City…How Many Have You Visited??

These magical spots look like they could be plucked from different cities or even countries, but are actually hidden gems within our five boroughs.

16 NYC Places That Don’t Look Like They’re In New York City

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New York City is full of so many incredible features, but most of them are very well-known: the Empire State Buildingthe Brooklyn Bridgethe Museum of Natural History, etc.

But there are also some extraordinary must-visit locations that you wouldn’t believe are actually in the concrete jungle. From secret parks to historical streets, there is so much to explore right here in NYC.

Here are 16 spots in NYC…that don’t actually look like they’re in New York:

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This Lovely NYC Neighborhood Was Modeled After An English Village

This Lovely NYC Neighborhood Was Modeled After An English Village

Forest Hills offers a little piece of the UK in Queens, with quaint Tudor-style houses and a town center with a LIRR station!

If you’ve ever been to Forest Hills in Queens, you probably felt like you hopped on a flight right across the pond — and that’s on purpose!

Though the main area of the neighborhood resembles other streets in the outer boroughs, once you head down 71st/Continental Ave and hit Forest Hills Station, you won’t believe you’re in NYC.

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YES That’s 204 Billion With A “B”

Sotheby’s International Realty Achieves Historic Year with Record $204 Billion in Global Sales Volume

 

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Luxury Real Estate Brand’s Sales Growth Outpaces Industry Average as Cities Saw Resurgence of Interest

NEW YORKFeb. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that its global network achieved a record US$204 billion in 2021 global sales volume, a 36% increase in sales growth year over year, as U.S. cities saw a resurgence of interest following the pandemic and sales activity in secondary and resort markets around the world remained strong. The brand’s U.S. sales volume grew by 33.8% year over year, significantly outpacing NAR’s national increase of 20.6% from the prior year,¹ underscoring the brand’s leadership in the high-end market. Continue Reading ›