How to Throw a Block Party in Queens

block_partyBy George Herrera, Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty.

A Block Party is defined as a community sponsored, public event where there are no sales of goods or services. Block parties are limited to one block and one day. If you have always wanted to throw a block party but just didn’t know where to start, keep reading. This list will give you everything you need to know about throwing your very own Queens Block Party!

Step 1.
Submit Application & Petition

You have to submit your Queens Block Party application at least 90 days in advance of the event. The application process always begins with filling out the necessary form which includes information about yourself, the event date, time, etc. The application typically includes a wide variety of questions from whether you plan to have tents, celebrity appearances, etc. Once your application is submitted, the Street Activity Permit Office (or SAPO) will review it along with your community board and comment on whether the event warrants closure of that block. Most Queens Community Boards will also require that you get the consent of a certain percentage of residents via a petition so that’s a good idea to work on before hand. Below are links to the Street Activity Permit Office site as well as the Block Party Permit Application…

Street Activity Permit Office Home Page: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/cecm/about/sapo.page

Block Party Permit Application: https://nyceventpermits.nyc.gov/cems/login.aspx

NOTE:
A permit can close a street for up to 9 hours, although you can’t party later than 9 or 10pm. In addition, the block you choose to throw your party on must be in the neighborhood where you currently live.

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Step 2.
Approval or Rejection

approved-rejected-stamp-21102653If you want to increase your chances of being approved, it is suggested that you contact your Queens community board first in order to get some guidance and (or) advice on the event. Getting your community board’s support from the beginning will help you as you move through the process. Keep in mind that in general, permits for parties on blocks that are located at busy intersections or on streets where buses run will most likely not be approved. In those cases, your community board may suggest an alternative street nearby or you can plan for that ahead of time and think of a few alternatives. Timing conflicts can be another issue so prepare to have some back up dates as well.

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Step 3.
Once Accepted

If your application is accepted by the Community Board, it will then go to the NYPD and FDNY for review. Each agency will review your application and check for any permitting issues like sound permits, etc.

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Trash Removal

trash removalIf you set up and host the block party in your area, you or your team will be responsible for leaving the block the same way it was before the party. There are two ways to ensure this, you can either do your own pre and post party clean up, or, you can hire the Dept of Sanitation to bring in a mechanical broom, collection truck, etc.

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Additional Information you should be Aware Of:

  • A block party is a community sponsored, public event where there are no sales of goods or services. Block parties are limited to one block and one day.
  • Applications must be submitted 90 days prior to the event
  • Applicants must be a member of a block association and given permission by their neighbors
  • Limited to one day and one block
  • Rain dates are not permitted
  • Event must be open to all neighbors on the block; not a private party (e.g. a birthday party)
  • Cannot charge a fee to participate or fundraise
  • You may not sell food or other goods and services
  • Alcohol, vendors, commercial branding and sponsorships are not permitted at block parties.
  • Depending on what you plan to have at your block party, you may require additional permits. All other agency permits must be obtained before SAPO can grant your street activity permit Examples include:
    • Rides and inflatables, such as truck mounted rides and bounce houses require a permit from the Department of Consumer Affairs and insurance. The ride company that you hire should provide this documentation.
    • Petting Zoos or other non-domesticated animals require a permit from the Department of Health and insurance. The stable or farm where you rent the animals should provide this documentation.
    • Raffles or donations require a permit from the Human Resources Administration
    • All amplified sound, such as background music, musical performances or speaking programs, requires a permit from the New York Police Department
    • Generators require a certificate from the New York Fire Department. When generators are over 40kw they also require a certificate from the New York Department of Environmental Protection

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17 Fun Facts about East Elmhurst NY

by George Herrera, Realtor & Owner of Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty.

East Elmhurst_3East Elmhurst NY is a wonderful and unique neighborhood in Queens county NYC. We sell a lot of homes here so we get to tour the neighborhood and learn all of it’s hidden gems quite often. The neighborhood consists of two zip codes (11369 & 11370), and 11370 actually consists of two sub-neighborhoods, one of them which is north of Grand Central Pkwy, and the other which is south of Grand Central Pkwy. The northern section which borders Astoria Ditmars and Laguardia airport is commonly referred to as “Upper Ditmars” or “Astoria Heights”. If you talk to the neighbors here, you’ll quickly realize that they differentiate themselves from what is defined as East Elmhurst. The southern part of the 11370 neighborhood doesn’t have a fancy name, but it is just as charming. Lastly, 11369 is a neighborhood bordered by 86th Street to the west, 112th Pl to the east, Grand Central Pkwy to the north, and Northern Blvd to the south. These two areas make up what we as Realtors call “East Elmhurst”, and we define it as the area which runs from 70th St to 112th Pl (west to east) between Grand Central Pkwy and Northern Blvd (north to south). The neighborhood is very residential with only a few Coops and Condos. As you drive or walk around, you’ll notice that the neighborhood is comprised mainly of 1-3 family homes with very nice curb appeal. In the area between Grand Central Pkwy and Astoria Blvd, you’ll see a very suburban like neighborhood with bigger lots and more detached homes and attached. Altogether, East Elmhurst is very charming and the neighborhood offers a lot of value to residents, visitors, and potential buyers alike. So, we have compiled a list of fun facts that you may or may not know about the the East Elmhurst Queens neighborhood. ENJOY:)

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East Elmhurst_21. East Elmhurst is the first neighborhood you will see out an airplane from LaGuardia Airport

2. East Elmhurst is located north and east of Jackson Heights and north of Corona.

3. East Elmhurst includes La Guardia Airport
Flushing Bay.

4. The zip codes of East Elmhurst are 11369 and 11370.

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East Elmhurst_45. East Elmhurst and its southern neighbor Corona are often referred to jointly as “Corona/East Elmhurst”.

6. In the East Elmhurst 11369 and 11370 ZIP code, almost 30 percent of the 36,000 residents were born abroad.

7. The Corona East Elmhurst News, first published in 1959 by Kenneth and Corien Drew, was located on Astoria Boulevard. It ultimately became the Queens Voice and was published for 1959-2002.

8. The MTA’s Q19, Q23, Q33, Q47, Q48, Q49, Q66 and Q72 buses serve East Elmhurst.

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East Elmhurst_19. P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Magnet School, an elementary school for grades PK-8, and I.S. 227 Louis Armstrong Middle School for grades 5-8 are in the East Elmhurst neighborhood.

10. A small section of East Elmhurst is zoned for separate district in Whitestone, Queens causing some children to attend P.S. 21 for elementary and J.H.S 185 for middle school.

11. During the 1950s and 1960s the area was home to legendary African American musicians, civil rights leaders, professionals, and athletes[5]including Malcolm X, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Heath, Frankie Lymon, Charlie Shavers, Ella Fitzgerald, and Willie Mays.

12. This once rural area is now among the fastest-changing communities in the city.

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13. East Elmhurst has been home to a number of renowned jazz talents, including singer Ella Fitzgerald and bassist Ray Brown.

14. East Elmhurst is home to The Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

15. While there are some high rise apartment complexes, most of the housing in East Elmhurst is in the form of single and multi-family homes.

16. The East Elmhurst population is incredibly diverse, with a good mix of Italians, Greeks, Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans.

17. East Elmhurst is a very residential area and it certainly isn’t what one might expect of New York City, but it offers a fairly cheap alternative for people who want suburban living without going too far from Manhattan.

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18 Fun Facts about Astoria Ditmars

by George Herrera, Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty.

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George and Abigail Herrera_Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty 2_HEADSHOT_ROUNDAstoria is comprised of 4 different zip codes, 11102, 11103, 11105, and 11106. The most popular of the 4 is arguably 11103 and 11105. 11103 is the zip code where you will find 30th Ave, Broadway, Steinway, etc. Many consider this section “the heart of Astoria”, however, just north of Grand Central Pkwy there is the 11105 zip code, sometimes referred to as Ditmars – Steinway or the Astoria Ditmars Neighborhood. This section is more residential than the busy areas south of GCP, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to do. This area has a busy thoroughfare on Ditmars Blvd with plenty of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Most of the action is happening on Ditmars Blvd, between 31st St and Steinway, but you also have Astoria Park to the west, and what was known as “Steinway Village” to the east. In addition, you’ll find a lot of small retail shops, restaurants, and stores on several side streets throughout the neighborhood. Altogether, this small neighborhood of Astoria is lively and very walkable. The lower density gives the area a small town feel so you’re not overshadowed by huge buildings. As you tour the neighborhood, you quickly notice that it is crawling with a mix of young professionals and long time residents. It’s no wonder that this is one of the hippest and fastest growing areas of Queens, so we compiled a list of some fun facts that you may or may not know about the Astoria Ditmars Neighborhood.

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1. Beginning in the early 19th century, affluent New Yorkers constructed large residences around 12th and 14th streets, an area that later became known as Astoria Village (now Old Astoria).

2. During the second half of the 19th century, economic and commercial growth brought increased immigration from German settlers, mostly furniture and cabinet makers. One such settler was Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg Steinway & Sons in 1853, which today is a worldwide piano company.

3. Later on the Steinways built a sawmill and foundry, as well as a streetcar line. The family eventually established Steinway Village for their workers, a company town that provided school instruction in German as well as English.

4. Astoria and several other surrounding villages, including Steinway, were incorporated into Long Island City in 1870.

5. Italians were the next significant immigrants after the Dutch Germans in Astoria, and numerous Italian restaurants, delis, bakeries, and pizza shops are found throughout Astoria, particularly in the Ditmars Boulevard area.

6. The 1960s saw a large number of ethnic Greeks from Greece, and immigrants from Cyprus in 1974.

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Ditmars Corner 31st St and Ditmars Blvd

7. The Greek cultural imprint can be seen in the numerous Greek restaurants, bakeries, tavernas and cafes, as well as several Greek Orthodox churches.

8. The eastern end of Astoria, with Steinway Street as its main thoroughfare, is sometimes referred to simply as “Steinway”.

9. The northern end around Ditmars Boulevard is sometimes referred to as “Ditmars”.

10. Ditmars is a middle class section of Astoria bounded by Bowery Bay to the north, 31st Street to the east (boundary with the adjacent neighborhood of Steinway, with which Ditmars is sometimes confused), 23rd Avenue to the south and the East River on the west.

11. The Steinway neighborhood was largely developed as a company town by the Steinway & Sons piano company, and included houses and public facilities that were also available to non-employees.

12. The Ditmars neighborhood was not included in the Steinway & Sons company housing and related facilities project.

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Ditmars Station

13. Ditmars is considered to be a popular neighborhood among young professionals and in some real estate references the adjacent neighborhoods of Ditmars and Steinway are joined as a single “Ditmars-Steinway” reference.

14. The Ditmars neighborhood takes its name from Ditmars Boulevard which was named in honor of Raymond Lee Ditmars, (1876-1942) famed American herpetologist and curator of Reptiles of the New York Zoological Society at the Bronx Zoo.

15. Astoria Heights, or Upper Ditmars, is bounded by Hazen Street to the west, La Guardia Airport to the east, Bowery Bay to the north, and Astoria Boulevard and the Grand Central Parkway to the south. It is mostly a quiet middle class neighborhood of 1 and 2 family private homes.

16. Astoria is served by the N Q trains which run along the elevated BMT Astoria Line above 31st Street.

17. The primary streets running north-south are 21st Street, 31st Street; and Steinway Street (named for Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later Henry E. Steinway), founder of the piano company Steinway & Sons).

18. The block of 37th Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue is sometimes referred to as “the Seinfeld Street.” In the Seinfeld television show, this street is occasionally seen in external establishing shots as the block where George Costanza’s parents live.

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50 Fun Facts about the Astoria Queens Neighborhood

By George Herrera

If you’re familiar with Queens, then you probably already know about the Astoria Queens Neighborhood. Arguably the most popular neighborhood in Queens and definitely one of the most in demand areas to live in NYC, Astoria has a whole lot to offer. From the plush Astoria Park, to the shopping and restaurants on 30th Ave/Steinway/Ditmars/Broadway, to the tree lined streets in Ditmars, there is so much to see and appreciate in this neighborhood. So, we have compiled a list of 50 fun facts that you may or may not know about the neighborhood. Check them out and feel free to comment if you have any additions:)

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1. Astoria is bounded by the East Riverand is adjacent to three other Queens neighborhoods: Long Island City, Sunnyside(bordering at Northern Boulevard), and Woodside (bordering at 50th Street).

2. The area now known as Astoria was originally called Hallet’s Cove, after its first landowner William Hallet, who settled there in 1659 with his wife, Elizabeth Fones.

3. Beginning in the early 19th century, affluent New Yorkers constructed large residences around 12th and 14th streets, an area that later became known as Astoria Village (now Old Astoria).

4. Hallet’s Cove, founded in 1839 by fur merchant Stephen A. Halsey, was a noted recreational destination and resort for Manhattan’s wealthy.

5. The area was renamed after John Jacob Astor, then the wealthiest man in America with a net worth of over $40 million, in order to persuade him to invest just $2,000 in the neighborhood. He only invested $500, but the name stayed nonetheless, as a bitter battle over naming the village finally was won by Astor’s supporters and friends.

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6. During the second half of the 19th century, economic and commercial growth brought increased immigration from German settlers, mostly furniture and cabinet makers. One such settler was Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg Steinway & Sons in 1853, which today is a worldwide piano company.

7. Later on the Steinways built a sawmill and foundry, as well as a streetcar line. The family eventually established Steinway Village for their workers, a company town that provided school instruction in German as well as English.

8. Astoria and several other surrounding villages, including Steinway, were incorporated into Long Island City in 1870.

9. Long Island City remained an independent municipality until it was incorporated into New York City in 1898.

10. Astoria figured prominently in early American filmmaking as one of its initial centers, a heritage preserved today by the Museum of the Moving Image Kaufman Astoria Studios.

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11. Astoria was first settled by the Dutch Germans in the 17th century.

12. Many Irish settled in the area during the waves of Irish immigration into New York City during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

13. Italians were the next significant immigrants in Astoria, and numerous Italian restaurants, delis, bakeries, and pizza shops are found throughout Astoria, particularly in the Ditmars Boulevard area.

14. Jews are also a significant ethnic and religous group. The Astoria Center of Israel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1925 after outgrowing the former Congregation Mishkan Israel, which was built in 1904.

15. The 1960s saw a large number of ethnic Greeks from Greece, and immigrants from Cyprus in 1974.

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16. The Greek cultural imprint can be seen in the numerous Greek restaurants, bakeries, tavernas and cafes, as well as several Greek Orthodox churches.

17. Many Maltese residents live in Astoria, around 20,000, and although this population has steadily been emigrating from the area, there are still many Maltese, supported by the Maltese Center of New York.

18. Beginning in the mid-1970s, the neighborhood’s Arab population grew from earlier immigrants from Lebanon to also include people from Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

19. In the 1990s, Steinway Street between 28th Avenue and Astoria Boulevard saw the establishment of many Arabic shops, restaurants and cafes, which is unofficially called “Little Egypt”.

20. Astoria’s South American and European population has seen significant growth since the early 1990s, including a large population of Brazilians, who reside in the 36th Avenue area. Albanians, Bulgarians, and Bosnians have also shown a rise in numbers.

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21. Many Spanish Americans live in Astoria, with most of them being of Galician heritage from Northwestern Spain; this community being supported by the Casa Galicia, or Galicia House.

22. At one time, many Bangladeshi Americans settled in Astoria, but by 2001, many of the Bangladeshi American people in Astoria had moved to Metro Detroit. A survey of an Astoria-area Bengali language newspaper estimated that, in an 18-month period until March 2001, 8,000 Bangladeshi people moved to the Detroit area.

23. There is some debate as to what constitutes the geographic boundaries of Astoria. The neighborhood was part of Long Island City prior to the latter’s incorporation into the City of New York in 1898, and much of it is still classified as LIC by the USPS.

24. The area south of Astoria was called Ravenswood, and traditionally, Broadway was considered the border between the two. Today, however, many residents and businesses south of Broadway identify themselves as Astorians for convenience or status, since Long Island City has historically been considered an industrial area, and Ravenswood is now mostly a low-income neighborhood.

25. The eastern end of Astoria, with Steinway Street as its main thoroughfare, is sometimes referred to simply as “Steinway”.

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26. The northern end around Ditmars Boulevard is sometimes referred to as “Ditmars”.

27. Banners displayed on lamp posts along 30th Avenue refer to it as “the Heart of Astoria”.

28. Ravenswood is the name for the strip of land bordering the East River in Long Island City, and is part of Astoria.

29. Ravenswood remained an exclusive hamlet within the Town of Newtown until its absorption with the Village of Astoria and the hamlets of Hunters Point, Blissville, Sunnyside, Dutch Kills, Steinway, Bowery Bay and Middleton in Newtown Township into Long Island City in 1870.

30. In 1870, Ravenswood, along with several other hamlets and the Village of Astoria, merged to form Long Island City.

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31. Ravenswood was heavily commercial, and remains so to this day. However, the name has retained its residential character through the New York City Housing Authority project that was built in 1949 to 1951 with this name between 34th and 36th Avenues, and 12th and 24th Streets.

32. The Ravenswood name also identifies the large electric power station established along the shore of the East River, just south of the Roosevelt Island Bridge.

33. Ditmars is a middle class section of Astoria bounded by Bowery Bay to the north, 31st Street to the east (boundary with the adjacent neighborhood of Steinway, with which Ditmars is sometimes confused), 23rd Avenue to the south and the East River on the west.

34. The Steinway neighborhood was largely developed as a company town by the Steinway & Sons piano company, and included houses and public facilities that were also available to non-employees.

35. The Ditmars neighborhood was not included in the Steinway & Sons company housing and related facilities project.

36. Ditmars is considered to be a popular neighborhood among young professionals and in some real estate references the adjacent neighborhoods of Ditmars and Steinway are joined as a single “Ditmars-Steinway” reference.

37. The Ditmars neighborhood takes its name from Ditmars Boulevard which was named in honor of Raymond Lee Ditmars, (1876-1942) famed American herpetologist and curator of Reptiles of the New York Zoological Society at the Bronx Zoo.

38. Astoria Heights, or Upper Ditmars, is bounded by Hazen Street to the west, La Guardia Airport to the east, Bowery Bay to the north, and Astoria Boulevard and the Grand Central Parkway to the south. It is mostly a quiet middle class neighborhood of 1 and 2 family private homes.

39. The Riker-Lent Homestead is near the north end of Astoria Heights at 78-03 19th Road. Built around 1655 by Abraham Riker under a patent from Nieuw Nederland’s last governor, Peter Stuyvesant, it is believed to be the oldest remaining dwelling in New York City still used as a residence.

40. Before Prohibition, there were dance halls, picnic areas and amusement park rides at North Beach.

Ditmars-Steinway Astoria Living

41. The Rikers Island Bridge to New York City’s main prison, Rikers Island, runs from the north end of Hazen Street. Technically, Rikers Island is in the Bronx since New York City took it over from Long Island City in 1884, after it had annexed the South Bronx but before it consolidated Queens. However, like Astoria Heights, Rikers Island gets its mail from the East Elmhurst (Zip code 11370) station of the Flushing Post Office.

42. Astoria is served by the E M R trains of the New York City Subway that stop at Steinway Street and 46th Street stations on the underground IND Queens Boulevard Line as well as the N Q trains which run along the elevated BMT Astoria Line above 31st Street.

43. The primary streets running north-south are Vernon Boulevard along the East River; 21st Street, a major traffic artery with a mix of residential, commercial and industrial areas; 31st Street; and Steinway Street (named for Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later Henry E. Steinway), founder of the piano company Steinway & Sons).

44. Steinway Street is a major commercial street with many retail stores, and a very prominent Middle Eastern section between Astoria Boulevard and 28th Avenue, the area is full of Middle Eastern food restaurants which present some local types of food from Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco, most food in these restaurants is Halal to suit the Muslim residents who are main customers in this neighborhood.

45. Because of its proximity to Manhattan and semi-reasonable rents, Astoria has become home to an ever-increasing number of fledgling actors lending to the nomenclature “Actoria”—a term coined by Astorian actor/writer Jason Arcaro who moved to Astoria in the 1990s before the thespian “coup de main”.

46. The Robert De Niro film GoodFellas (1990) was filmed on location in Astoria.

47. The Showtime original series Nurse Jackie is shot at Kaufman Astoria Studios as well as on location in Astoria.

48. The Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black is shot at Kaufman Astoria Studios as well as on location in Astoria.

49. The block of 37th Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue is sometimes referred to as “the Seinfeld Street.” In the Seinfeld television show, this street is occasionally seen in external establishing shots as the block where George Costanza’s parents live.

50. Kaufman Astoria Studios has been longtime host to the PBS series Sesame Street and has been credited with local shoots on films like The Stepford Wives, the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, and the Golden Globe-winning Angels in America.

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20 Fun Facts about the Forest Hills NY Neighborhood

foresthill_lgspanForest Hills is an AWESOME neighborhood in Queens NY! We sell homes, Coops, and Condos in Forest Hills and the feedback we get from current and new residents is outstanding. People love the history, the old world charm of Forest Hills Gardens, the Shopping and entertainment along Austin St, the pre-war Coops, etc. There’s much to love about the neighborhood so we created a list of some fun facts that you may or may not know about the Forest Hills NY Neighborhood… ENJOY!

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1. Was originally referred to as “Whitepot”

2. Bounded by 62nd Drive, Thorton Place, and Selfridge St to the west, Metropolitan Ave to the south, Union Tpke to the east, and Grand Central Parkway on the north.

3. Forest Hills Gardens is bounded by Burns Street to the north, Union Tpke to the east, Greenway South and Harrow Street to the west, and Tennis Place & Continental Ave to the west.

4. Grosvenor Atterbury, a renowned architect, was given the commission to design Forest Hills Gardens. The neighborhood was planned on the model of the garden communities of England.

5. The Cord-Meyer section of Forest Hills is loosely bounded by 68th Avenue on the north; 72nd Road on the south; 108th Street on the west; and Grand Central Parkway on the east.

6. Construction of the Cord-Meyer section of Forest Hills used a prefabricated building technique; each house was built from approximately 170 standardized precast concrete panels, fabricated off-site and positioned by crane.

7. In 1913 the West Side Tennis Club moved from Manhattan to Forest Hills Gardens.

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8. South of the Long Island Rail Road, the Forest Hills Gardens is a private community that features some of the most expensive residential properties in Queens county.

9. The most notable high rise apartment buildings in Forest Hills are The Continental on 108th St, Kennedy House, the Pinnacle, and the Windsor.

10. The north side of Forest Hills is the Cord Meyer community which contains detached single-family homes. Teardowns, and their replacement with larger single family residences has had a significant impact on the architectural integrity of the area.

11. Forest Hills was once the home of the US Open Tennis Tournament. The event was held at the West Side Tennis club.

12. Forest Hills is disproportionately home to the upper middle class, of whom the wealthiest often love in the Forest Hills Gardens.

13. The main thoroughfare in Forest Hills is Queens Blvd.

14. Metropolitan Ave is known for it’s antique shops.

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15. The commercial heart of Forest Hills is a mile-long stretch of Austin St between Yellowstone Blvd and Ascan Avenue.

16. Forest Hills has the multiple-service Forest Hills-71st Avenue Subway Station (E, F, M, and R trains) at the intersection of Continental Avenue and Queens Boulevard. The local 75th Avenue E F trains) is also in the area, and some entrance/exits of the express Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike station (E F trains) service the southeastern portion of Forest Hills.

17. Forest Hills has two commuter train stations, the Forest Hills and Kew Gardens railway stations of the Long Island Rail Road.

18. The Q23, Q60, and Q64 local buses and QM4, QM11, QM12, and QM18, serve the Forest Hills area.

19. Forest Hills is bordered by two of the more sizable parks in Queens: the 1,255 acres Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, which is the site of two World’s Fairs (in 1939 and 1964) and the iconic Unisphere; as well as the 544 acres Forest Park.

20. Forest Hills was featured as the home setting for fictional comic book character Spider-Man.

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