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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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

Villa Charlotte Bronte, The Bronx. Instagram / @nyclovesnyc

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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A TRUE ACT OF KINDNESS : FOREST HILLS AIGNER CHOCOLATES COLLECTS 1,400 DRAWINGS TO BE HUNG IN LIG’S PEDIACTRIC UNIT ROOMS

The drawings, which Aigner Chocolates collected in exchange for lollipops, will now be donated to pediatric-unit rooms at local hospitals.

The drawings, which Aigner Chocolates collected in exchange for lollipops, will now be donated to pediatric-unit rooms at local hospitals. (Rachel Kellner)

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — A Forest Hills initiative to support sick kids is coming to a close, but it already met its goal by more than threefold.

In January, Aigner Chocolates started handing out flower-shaped lollipops to kids in exchange for their drawings of flowers, which will be hung in pediatric-unit rooms at Elmhurst and LIJ Forest Hills hospital.

This is the second chocolate-for-drawings initiative organized by the family-owned business during the pandemic, and co-owner Rachel Kellner initially told Patch she hoped to collect more than 300 flower-themed drawings — a goal that she’s now far exceeded, having collected more than 1,400 drawings.

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GUESS WHO WAS NAMED #1 CHOCOLATE SHOP IN NYC BY TIME OUT MAGAZINE!!!!!!!

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Time Out Says

This Forest Hills candy kitchen has been sating the confectionary cravings of Queens residents since 1930. Upon entering the tiny shop, kids are greeted by the scent of wafting cocoa and by helpful staff who guide them through the process of choosing the delights in front of them. Austrian chocolates crafted with rich centers are the shop’s centerpieces, but tots who’d rather save their choco-fixes for a Hershey’s bar can try vibrantly hued marzipan creations instead.

Details

Address:
103-02 Metropolitan Ave
Queens
Cross street:
at 71st Rd
Transport:
Subway: E, F, M, R to Forest Hills–71st Ave
Price:
Average pound of chocolate: $39. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours:
Monday–Wednesday 10am–6pm; Thursday–Saturday 10am–8pm; Sunday 10am–6pm

 

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Where’s The Pond??!! Ever Wonder How Fresh Pond Road Got It’s Name?

Fresh Pond Road between Madison Street & The M Train Station in Ridgewood, Queens--nYc early 1940s-ish. | Queens nyc, Street, Ridgewood

Whenever you drive, walk or ride the infamously slow Q58 bus along Fresh Pond Road, there’s always two questions that come to mind. The first is: Why the heck is there so much traffic on this little roadway?

We can’t answer that one, but we can answer the second question: Why do they call it Fresh Pond Road when there isn’t anything close to resembling a fresh pond nearby?

Believe it or not, there were fresh ponds in the vicinity of Fresh Pond Road at one point in time. They were drained and developed centuries ago into the residential and commercial areas that we know of today.

More than that, however, Fresh Pond Road is one of the most important and historic roadways in all of Queens County. Its roots date back to a time before colonists even arrived on our shores some 400 years ago. Continue Reading ›

DID YOU KNOW??! Kew Gardens Hills Was Just Named One Of NYC’s Hottest Neighborhoods

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Just Listed With Terrace Sotheby’s International Realty, 48 Beverly Road, Offered For $2,299,000

 

KEW GARDENS HILLS, QUEENS — Looking ahead to 2022, Kew Gardens Hills is predicted to be the hottest neighborhood in Queens, and among the city’s top 10 most popular areas to live, a new study shows.

In order to find the city’s up-and-coming neighborhoods for 2022, StreetEasy, the real estate website, looked for areas in the city that saw increased sale prices, rents, and user searches this year.

Half of the hottest neighborhoods on the site’s top 10 list are bustling areas in Brooklyn, and three of Manhattan’s most expensive, downtown neighborhoods made the cut, too, but Kew Gardens Hills stood out for its affordability and green space, according to StreetEasy.

The central Queens neighborhood saw rent prices inch up 4 percent last year, but rents typically stayed below $2,000 — making the neighborhood the second-cheapest on the list, alongside Fordham in the Bronx.

Kew Gardens Hills, however, saw home sale prices rise by 11 percent; an increase likely bolstered by some New Yorkers’ interest in buying single-family homes in the outer boroughs amid the pandemic.

Still, going into 2022, the typical home in the neighborhood costs a somewhat-affordable price tag of $439,000 — the lowest on the list next to Fordham.

Kew Gardens Hills also stands out on the list for its green space, nearby parks, and proximity to Queens College, StreetEasy says.

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