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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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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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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LIGHTS.. CAMERA.. ACTION! Eddies Sweet Shop Transforms Into A Boston Sandwich Shop!

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No Worries… It was just for the day!!

Forest Hills Favorite Ice Cream Parlor Eddies Sweet Shop was transformed into Willamina’s Sandwich Shop in Boston Massachusetts for the popular Showtime Newtwork’s crime drama “City On A Hill” The excitement took place Tuesday November 2nd on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills Queens!

Created by Charlie MacLean, based on a story by Ben Affleck and MacLean. The series stars Kevin BaconAldis HodgeAmanda ClaytonCathy MoriartyKevin Dunn, and Jill Hennessy. The series premiered on June 7, 2019 (online) and June 16, 2019 (Showtime). On August 2, 2019, Showtime renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on March 28, 2021. On June 2, 2021, the series was renewed for a third season.

See Link For More Details On This Thrilling Series :  https://www.sho.com/city-on-a-hill

Meet Our Newest Team Member.. David Cornejo!

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The Forest Hills  community has undoubtedly influenced and impacted the course of my life. Since moving to the Forest Hills Gardens in 1998, I have built and fostered relationships with many members of the local community. My family has been engaged with the Forest Hills community since 1990 with the establishment of our family business, 5 Burro Cafe – a local Mexican restaurant.  Through my years of working at the restaurant with my family, I have truly come to understand the importance of community, philanthropy, and getting the job done with integrity.

In 2013, I attended Michigan State University and was a student in their Eli Broad School of Business. Although my visits back home were seldom, being back in the community was comforting and a great reminder as to how fortunate I was to grow up in such a beautiful community. MSU provided me with an incredible education, and an even more profound network. To this day, I continuedly communicate with former peers and friends, and contribute annually to my Program as an alumnus. Living in the Midwest for that period of time made me greatly appreciate my roots in New York and specifically Forest Hills. The wide range of cultures, cuisines, and architecture is unmatched.

Since graduating in 2017, I have made it a priority to travel around the world and enjoy all that life has to offer. I competitively trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in San Diego, California, from 2017-2019 while at the same time working for the US Navy. In 2019, I took the trip of a lifetime to South America, to immerse myself in a culture that I was part of , however, I had known nothing about. For 4 months I bounced around South America, beginning in Argentina, visiting family in Chile, then making my way to Uruguay, Peru, and ultimately Brazil. To me, nothing is more rewarding than learning about different cultures and viewing how other people live their lives. I am so fortunate to have been raised by a culturally diverse family- my mother, a Jewish second generation New Yorker, and my father a Chilean born immigrant, with a dream of coming to New York to make a life for himself and his family.

Finally, this experience and diversity has allowed me interact with people from all around the world. I now speak 3 languages conversationally – English, Spanish, and Hebrew. Also, my time spent in Brazil has ignited a desire in me to learn Portuguese, so I have been practicing since my return. Some

of my favorite hobbies include, eating delicious meals, staying physically active through sports and martial arts, listening to podcasts, and laughing with friends and family.

Top Picks For Pumpkin Picking in NYC!!

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1. Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main St., Flushing, Queens
718-886-3800
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Hours: Oct. 16-31, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-6pm
Admission: $10; $12 children ages 4 and older, which includes a pumpkin and activity kit; free for kids younger than 4

If you’re looking for the perfect fall photo op, you’ll find it at QBG this fall. Ticket fee includes admission to both the pumpkin patch and the garden, so you will have plenty of chances to snap the perfect autumn shot. Kids can also meet and take pictures with costumed nature creatures roaming the farm. For adults 21 and older, available are harvest and pumpkin-themed beers and ciders for purchase.

Why we love it: Can’t decide on the perfect pumpkin? Get them all! Extra pumpkins are just $6 each.  Continue Reading ›

Forest Hills Voted One Of The Top 8 Most Beautiful Neighborhoods To Live In…In NYC!

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New York City has many unique and picturesque neighborhoods. Find out which eight are among the most beautiful from all five boroughs and what makes them so special.

There is a reason people want to live in New York City.

Despite the crowds, high rent, and broken subways, the city’s beauty, whether it’s obvious or tucked away, keeps everyone coming back.

A lot of things make New York beautiful.

It’s the architecture, from pre-war tenements to lush mansions. It’s the tree-lined side streets to the tree-lined Avenues.

There’s Brooklyn with its blocks of multi-colored row houses, beautiful parks, cozy streets, and amazing skyline views

The Bronx has picturesque neighborhoods, the Botanical Gardens, and who can forget Yankee’s Stadium?

Queens has the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home of the annual US Open tennis championship, beautiful public parks, hip bars, and restaurants, and some amazing museums.

Staten Island boasts a plethora of stately old Victorians, huge parks, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and some fantastic modern architecture featured in its public buildings.

And we have Manhattan with Central Park, The Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and its classic museums – it’s known the world over as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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Nas Concert At Forest Hills Stadium Raises Funds To Feed 2.5M New Yorkers

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FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — Grammy Award winning hip hop artist Nas was awarded a key to his home borough of Queens and a day in his honor after performing a benefit concert in Forest Hills.

Nas took to the Forest Hills Stadium stage last Thursday night in front of a rain-soaked audience — who didn’t let the weather prevent them from showing up to his “Concert to Feed NYC” benefiting City Harvest, the city’s largest food rescue organization.

The event tickets raised enough money for City Harvest to feed more than 2.5 million New Yorkers a day’s worth of food, which the organization said is particularly impactful as millions of people in the city struggle to put food on their tables amid the pandemic.

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