“ELEGANT CENTER HALL CLASSIC”
18 SHORTHILL ROAD, FOREST HILLS GARDENS, QUEENS, NYC
Offering a remarkable residence that truly embodies the essence of Forest Hills Gardens. Prominently positioned on a corner property, wrapped within a spacious, beautifully landscaped garden, this stately brick center hall Colonial is a rare find. Traditionally styled with six bedrooms and three full plus two half bathrooms, this elegant and inviting home provides both an ambiance for relaxed livability and fine dining and entertainment. The welcoming entrance to the house is framed by beautifully designed leaded glass windows and opens up to a formal center hall with an impressive staircase that leads to the private quarters of the home. On the right of the center hall is the grand sized living room, featuring hardwood floors, a wood burning fireplace, crown moldings, recessed lights and an abundance of windows allowing for a light filled space. The open floor plan to the adjacent sunroom enhances the natural flow of the living space. The spacious sunroom features the original tiled floor and beautiful stained glass windows. On the left of the center hall is the elegant formal dining room which provides a generous space for intimate or large gatherings. The eat-in kitchen is smartly detailed with custom cabinetry, high-end stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and hard wood flooring. A powder room is conveniently located on the main floor.
The second floor comprises three bedrooms, the large primary with a luxurious ensuite bath, walk-in closet and private outdoor terrace, two good size bedrooms and a marble hall bathroom. The private quarters continue to the third floor where three bedrooms and a newly updated hall bathroom can be found. The two smaller bedrooms have been adjoined to create a comfortable larger space that can be utilized as a bedroom with study or office space. The lower basement level is a beautifully finished space with a large recreation room, laundry room, half bathroom and lots of storage space.
Also noteworthy for this beautiful corner Colonial is the large backyard and patio. The lush landscaped lawn and flowering garden are enhanced by a generous bluestone patio. A private, yet expansive, outdoor space perfectly scaled for family time, relaxing and entertaining guests. The separate garage with storage space can also be accessed from the patio through charming French Doors. Adjacent to the property is access to a private park area that is shared with undivided interest among this residence and four other neighboring homes.
Forest Hills is an easy commute to Manhattan with the Long Island Rail Road about 15 minutes to Penn and Grand Central Madison stations as well as the MTA express E/F subway lines. The community also offers fine schools, parks, many restaurants and shops and easy access to major highways and airports. The historic West Side Tennis Club is nearby with tennis, pool and fine dining for members.
StreetEasy credits this surge to New Yorkers looking for more affordable homes across the city, leading to intense competition in Queens as the city’s more affordable alternative to Manhattan and Brooklyn.
According to StreetEasy, Queens neighborhoods that offer fast and convenient commutes to Manhattan, including Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside, reached record-high asking rents in May.
In Queens, the asking rent rose 12% year-over-year to $2,800 in May, setting a record high for the second consecutive month, according to StreetEasy. Despite the competition for rental units in the last few years, inventory in the borough rose by just 5%. However, there were still 3,983 homes for rent, still a fraction of the inventory available in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
“In addition to rising demand, limited inventory is behind the fierce competition for rentals, as Queens inventory this May was 28.4% below its May 2019 pre-pandemic level,” read the StreetEasy report.
According to StreetEasy, Queens’ northwest neighborhoods are rising in popularity.
“An average listing in the area received 150% more inquiries than in May 2019,” read the report. “These neighborhoods offer relatively quick commutes to Manhattan, but convenience comes at a cost.”
The median asking rents in Long Island City set a new record high in May at $4,259, up 3.9% year-over-year.
“While the neighborhood’s median is higher than the borough median by 52%, renters can enjoy convenient access to Midtown in addition to sought-after amenities in new developments,” the report read.
According to StreetEasy data, of the three northwestern neighborhoods, rents in Astoria are rising the fastest. In Astoria, the median asking rent rose 10% year-over-year to $2,750 in May. Sunnyside also set a record high this May at $2,455, up 6.7% from last year.
Nobody puts New York in the corner.
After a few tough years during COVID-19, a new report has ranked New York as America’s Best City of 2023.
When the pandemic took hold in 2020, many prepared their last words for the Big Apple — and many ultimately left.
But the city that doesn’t sleep also doesn’t give up. Its rebound has been swift, particularly in real estate and tourism, noted Resonance Consultancy, the global real estate and tourism advisement group that ranks US urban centers each year.
More than 61 million tourists are projected to visit New York in 2023, the report states. Up from 33 million in 2021 and 56 million last year, that number is creeping back toward the 70 million mark achieved in 2019.
Visitors are also arriving in style, with renovations to and expansions of JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Penn Station — and they can choose from 10,000 new hotel rooms that opened in 2022, the study adds. Continue Reading ›
The acclaimed Dalí String Quartet brings Latin American quartet repertoire to an equal standing beside works of the Classical and Romantic eras. Join them for an unforgettable evening of passionate music making.
Ari Isaacman-Beck, 1st violin
Carlos Rubio, 2nd violin
Adriana Linares, viola
Jesus Morales, cello
Barbara Podgurski, piano
Spring is here! And so is Earth Day
The Friends of the QueensWay, and Trust for Public Land, will host a park clean-up event on the tracks in Forest Park, around the ravine. Join your community, make new friends, and learn about the QueensWay. Green space is more important than ever, and we are committed to maintaining quality open space, creating new parks infrastructure in Queens!
Please plan to spend around 90-minutes at the clean-up. Given Covid-19 public safety requirement, we have limited space. Please register using the link below; We apologize in advance if attendance fills up quickly.
Cherry Blossoms Have Officially Started Blooming In NYC !! Check Out The Top 16 Places To See Them !
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The first pink blooms of the season have begun, signaling winter’s end! Currently you can find the beautiful blooms at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
And even earlier than we thought! Spotted this morning, the beautiful blooms can most certainly be seen in NYC as of March 8 in Queens—even earlier than last year’s first sighting in NYC on March 19th.
According to Central Park, “Okame cherry trees are the first cherry trees to blossom in spring, earlier than the more famous Yoshino and Kwanzan cherry trees.”
Though last year, the first cherry blossoms were observed at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park, this year, these trees can currently be seen in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
We can only hope the trees in Central Park will bloom next!
The main cherry blossom blooms of Central Park are the Okame, Yoshino, and Kwanzan trees. As noted, the Okame are usually the first to bloom. Yet, perhaps the most striking are the Yoshino trees, which are located along the east side of the Reservoir and also on Cherry Hill. These 35 tress were gifted from Japan in 1912 and bloom in very light pink, almost white.
The trees usually bloom for about a week, and then drop their petals which leaves a beautiful natural confetti that is just as picturesque. That said, the season is short, so be sure to catch them while you can!
If you want to keep an eye out for some other spots, early trees also tend to bloom along the East River walkway on Roosevelt Island.
So even though the temperatures don’t feel like it’s spring, the blooming cherry blossoms are an exciting sign that the change of seasons is quickly approaching. You can even look forward to longer and lighter days as NYC’s first 7pm sunset of the year will be next week!
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Matiz Latin Cuisine, 11072 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills Queens, NY 11375
More than 150 restaurants across the ‘The World’s Borough’ will participate in the first-ever ‘Eats in Queens Restaurant Month’ and help raise funds to benefit food relief and restaurants throughout Queens.
Starting March 1, diners from the borough and beyond will have a chance to experience diverse, delicious cuisines with discounts from the participating eateries.
A full list of the participants may be found here.
Queens Bully, 113-30 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, Queens, NY 11375
‘Eats in Queens Restaurant Month’ is organized by Queens Together, the only nonprofit created to connect Queens restaurants and food businesses with resources, promotion and community.
NYC Restaurant Week is underway, so nix that skillet and bring family and friends to your favorite neighborhood spot, or get inspired and break bread somewhere new and different. During this special citywide culinary event, food-lovers will enjoy curated menus and prix-fixe prices that are easy on the wallet.
Bookings began on Jan. 17 and are available until Feb. 12, and you can reserve a table at 30 participating Queens restaurants, along with hundreds more across the five boroughs.
Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, explore the “World’s Borough” for some of the best and most authentic eats in town — the gastronomic options are endless.
“Restaurant week gives Queens residents and those from other parts of New York City, the opportunity to feast at some of the borough’s finest eateries, including new spots, like Jungly in LIC and old favorites, like El Gran Coffeeshop in Jackson Heights,” said Joe DiStefano aka the “Culinary King of Queens.” “Like Queens itself, this year’s roster is quite diverse and there’s something for everyone!”
All participating restaurants are offering brunch, lunch and/or dinner for $30/$45/$60. Saturdays are excluded, so only regular menu prices apply at that time.
“This is a great chance to try a new place that you’ve been contemplating for a while or return to a favorite spot for a feast,” Queens Tourism Council Director Rob MacKay said. “It’s also a chance to support local businesses that hire neighborhood residents, support local sports teams and keep thoroughfares clean and safe. I hate to use a cliche, but it’s truly a win-win situation.”
Below is a list of participating Queens restaurants. Continue Reading ›
Thanksgiving in New York City wouldn’t be what it is without the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you’re eager to take your kids to glimpse those giant balloons and don’t want to rise before dawn, visit the area near the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, November 24, 2022, to watch the giants come to life during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation.
While the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation is far from crowd-free, it’s an only-in-New York event all its own—and a must-do holiday event for families. Read on for tips on when to go and where to eat. In need of more holiday inspiration? Visit our NYC Kids Thanksgiving Fun Guide.
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Snoopy gets ready for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by the author