New Art Exhibit Showcases Historic Forest Hills, Then And Now

Windsor Place from Austin Street to Queens Boulevard, circa 1912.

The history of Forest Hills is the focal point of historian Michael Perlman’s new art exhibition that opened this weekend.

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — The history of Forest Hills is the focal point of a new art exhibition that opened this weekend at the Jade Eatery & Lounge in Station Square.

Artist and historian Michael Perlman, a fifth-generation Forest Hills resident, is showing a collection of his local architectural photographs and restored vintage images of the neighborhood.

The vintage images include depictions of Forest Hills in the early 20th-century, while Perlman’s photographs pay tribute to the historic neighborhood as it looks today.

 Perlman is the author of “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park” and founded the Rego-Forest Preservation Council, which documents the neighborhood’s architectural and cultural history and proposes sites for landmark status.

Admission is free and the exhibit runs through Dec. 15. Fore more information click here.


Helen Keller Mural Will Go Up In Forest Hills In May

Helen Keller Mural Will Go Up In Forest Hills In May

Helen Keller, the blind and deaf author and lecturer. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — A mural honoring Helen Keller will go up this spring in Forest Hills, where the blind and deaf author and activist lived for two decades.

The mural, designed by street artists Crisp and Praxis, will go up in May in the Ascan Ave. underpass below the Long Island Rail Road. The design features Helen Keller’s face and her pets, her long-demolished Forest Hills home and her well-known quote, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

From 1917 to 1938, Keller lived at Seminole Ave. and Fife St. — what is now the corner of 112th St. and 71st Rd — with her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy, according to historian Michael Perlman, who is coordinating the mural project. Keller and Macy attended services at the First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills. Continue Reading ›



Choosing an old-school restaurant, café, or bar that’s steeped in history is an easy way to make your Valentine’s Day date special. All of the mom-and-pop businesses we will be highlighting have stood the test of time in a city known for its rapid pace of change. We have included pairings for dinner and drinks/dessert in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. Whether it be a romantic ambiance, delicious specialities, the glow of neon that washes over their facade, hand-painted murals along their interior walls, or a pleasant mix of all of these things, these choices will help make the night a success. — James and Karla Murray Continue Reading ›

Rego Park, Queens: Finding Value in a Melting Pot


Much of Rego Park retains the character of a classic New York immigrant neighborhood. Imported goods from Russia and other countries line shelves at the NetCost Market on Queens Boulevard, and Uzbeki fare like chebureki, meat-filled turnovers, and shish kebab is on the menu at Cheburechnaya on 63rd Drive.

But in recent years, Rego Park has also drawn people from other parts of the metropolitan area looking for housing value. Continue Reading ›