Forest Hills Voted One Of The Top 8 Most Beautiful Neighborhoods To Live 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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Forest Hills Ranked Best Area To Buy For 1st Time Home Buyers

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FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — Forest Hills is the most accessible neighborhood in Queens for first-time home buyers, and among the city’s top-two most affordable areas to look for a first home overall, a new study shows.

The study, by the real estate website StreetEasy, defined “affordable” homes as those listings that people could buy if they earn the city’s median annual income of $70,406, and save 10 percent of their gross income for 10 years. By these metrics, affordable homes in NYC cost a median of $352,780, factoring in a 20 percent down payment and other maintenance fees, according to the study.

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Just Listed In Exclusive Douglas Manor, Queens NYC

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JUST LISTED EXCLUSIVELY WITH TERRACE SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

315 HOLLYWOOD AVENUE, DOUGLAS MANOR, NYC  $1,588,000 (718) .268.1045

LET’S TAKE A TOUR

For some buyers, the X factor that seals the deal is a smile from a neighbor, some great wine at a cafe or the timely arrival of blossoms.

But in Douglas Manor, a waterside slice of northeastern Queens, what gets many to “yes” is the moment when the early-evening sky turns a hue of cotton candy and peach.“The sunsets here are fantastic,” said Alexandra McMenamy, 46, who should know. Before buying in Douglas Manor last year, she would regularly drive over from her semidetached home nearby, with her husband, Brian McMenamy, 49, to catch the light show over Little Neck Bay.

The couple are residents now, but the appeal of those sunset views hasn’t faded, Ms. McMenamy said: “I will be in my pajamas and Brian will say, ‘You’ve got to come to the corner and see this!’”

Getting a closer view wasn’t easy. The couple had been scoping out Douglas Manor properties since before they married in 2014. But the narrow point of land has only about 600 houses and little turnover, with many homes remaining in the same family for generations.

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Winter Solstice ‘Christmas Star’: When To Look Up In NYC

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NEW YORK CITY — There’s no question: What happens in the sky the night of the winter solstice is sure to bring some joy in a year when it’s been hard to find in New York City. Jupiter and Saturn will dance in a planetary conjunction, lining up perfectly to create the illusion of a “Christmas star.”

The two bright planets have been visible in the evening sky for the past several nights as they move closer together, culminating on the night of Dec. 21, the winter solstice.

But if the solstice and the “great conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn aren’t enough to get you outside, the Ursid meteor shower will offer a show of shooting stars at the same time.

The National Weather Service forecasts partly cloudy skies over New York City Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

The last time Jupiter and Saturn were this close together was in 1623, according to NASA. As the two giant planets traveled together across the sky, Jupiter caught up to and passed Saturn in the astronomical event known as the “great conjunction.”

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US Open’s Storied History Began At The West Side Tennis Club, A Hidden Jewel In Queens

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At The West Side Tennis Club in 1968, Arthur Ashe became the first ever U.S. Open champion.

The U.S. Open’s illustrious history began at an idyllic location in Forest Hills, Queens.

It was at the West Side Tennis Club in 1968 that Arthur Ashe became the first ever U.S. Open champion, as well as the first African American to hoist a Slam trophy. Fifty years ago, total attendance at Ashe’s history-making performance at the West Side was only 97,000, compared to last year’s massive crowd of nearly 700,000. Continue Reading ›

COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER AT QUEENS BULLY

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Get your tickets here, or give Queens Bully a call at; 718.529.8600. $20(charitable cause). Queens Bully is hosting their first comedy night. Hosted by Lindsay Goldwert(voice of “Teach Me How to Money Podcast”. With an action packed line of comedians; Brian McGuinness – Inside Amy Schumer, The Jim Gaffigan Show, as well as the host of “Playable Characters Podcast”

Chris Lamberth – The Last O.G., Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

and our headliner Jon Fisch – Comedy Central, The Late Show w/David Letterman, The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert

Come down they have Tiki Drinks, Raffles, and Prizes.

Get to Know Greta Van Fleet: Forest Hills Stadium’s Next Band

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On May 25th Greta Van Fleet will be performing at the Forest Hills Stadium. Get to know the band before they rock the stage this summer!

The band is comprised of four musicians twin brothers Josh (vocals) and Jake Kiszka (guitar), both 22, younger brother Sam (bass/keys, 19), and longtime friend Danny Wagner (drums, 19). Although they are young, the boys were raised on their parents vinyl albums which influenced their high-energy hybrid of rock’n’roll, blues, and soul.

“Our parents had a lot of vinyls laying around,” recalls Josh, so we grew up listening to that and really liked playing with the vinyl albums – putting them on the turntable and speeding them up and slowing them down. But, yeah, I really liked the blues and the soul and the funk – Wilson Pickett is the big one, and Joe Cocker, those kinds of things”.

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CON BRIO ENSEMBLE PRESENTING TWILIGHT CONCERT AT THE CHURCH IN THE GARDENS IN FOREST HILLS

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Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will be performing works by Handel, Brahms, Schubert, Shostakovich,and Paganini,on Sunday, January 6, 2019at 4:30 PM at The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue in Forest Hills, NY.
Critically acclaimed violinist, Alexander Meshibovsky, Osceola Davis, coloratura soprano, (please see attached photo), clarinetist, Gary Dranch, and pianist, Diana Mittler-Battipaglia  will perform German arias by Handel, Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock, and Duos by Shostakovich. The program will also include Brahms-Sonata in G Major opus 78 and variations by Paganini for violin and piano. Alexander Meshibovsky, a student of Heifetz, and clarinetist, Gary Dranch perform internationally as concerto soloists. Osceola Davis has appeared as soloist with the Metropolitan Opera and major European opera houses, Diana Mittler-Battipaglia is Professor of Music and Choral Director at Lehman College-CUNY.
 Celebrating its 40th season, the Con Brio Ensemble performs annual series in Queens, and Manhattan, and is currently in residence at Lehman College-CUNY in the Bronx.
Admission to the concert will be $12.00 ($10.00 for students and senior citizens)
TDF vouchers are accepted. For further information please call the Con Brio Ensemble at: 718 459-1277

Here’s How To Get Rid Of A Christmas Tree In NYC

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NEW YORK — Oh, post-Christmas tree, how dry and flaky are your branches. New Yorkers may find their indoor evergreens less charming this week, with the presents gone and needles covering their floors.

The city makes it fairly straightforward to get rid of unwanted Christmas trees. But those eager to do so have to wait until the new year before their trees can be recycled and reincarnated. Continue Reading ›