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Forest Hills apartments in Queens are highly sought after, and residents enjoy both town and country living within a 20 minute commute to midtown in New York City. Many apartment buildings, a low skyline (except along Queens Boulevard) and detached houses on curved streets are part of Forest Hills’ thriving community. In other words, it is a neighborhood where most newcomers decide to settle and enjoy all that the neighborhood has to offer. The southern area of Forest Hills is made up of a diverse mixture of upscale, low and hi-rise apartments and expensive private homes. One portion of Austin Street, the main shopping area, has typical Queens six-story red brick rental apartment buildings on one side and private homes on the other. While many of the apartment buildings in this popular nabe are co-ops, rentals buildings do exist, and rentals are also sometimes available in the many private houses in the area. Located within Forest Hills, is Forest Hills Gardens, one of this country's oldest planned communities. Although the streets are privately owned, they are open to the public. Generally the wealthiest of Forest Hills residents live here, and there are very few rentals available. The main thoroughfare is the twelve-lane-wide Queens Boulevard, lined with high-rise apartment buildings. But move even a block away from the boulevard, and the area becomes decidedly low-rise, and at times, downright suburban in feel. Living in Forest Hills has the best of both worlds: the look and feel of a small town or city, but with subways that will whisk you into the heart of Manhattan in short order. Metropolitan Avenue is known for its antique shops, and a mile-long stretch of Austin Street is a favorite destination as it is chock-full of stores, boutiques, and restaurants of many cuisines. The businesses on Austin Street are a mix of mom and pop stores, along with popular national chains. It is a quintessential downtown area, surrounded by residential streets. Walking along this shopping and eating corridor, you might forget you're in NYC and think you've been transported to the suburbs. Good bets for restaurants are Nick’s for thin-crust pizza, Dirty Pierre’s for a good burger, and Bann Thai for excellent exotic fare. For those who enjoy sports and the outdoors, the 538 acre Forest Park offers walking, biking, and horse trails, plus athletic fields and a golf course. The park also has a band shell and carousel. Forest Hills is served by subway lines, the Long Island Railroad, and an Express bus to Manhattan. The community is diligent in keeping its streets safe and health services numerous and available. Neighborhood groups are actively monitoring parking and traffic issues and school conditions. There are five public elementary schools, two junior high schools and one high school that is known for having a strong academic program. Residents of Forest Hills apartments enjoy the basic needs of a settled community of 70,000, as well as the amenities of a growing and prosperous neighborhood with green space, high quality services, and proximity to Manhattan. Because of this, rents for apartments in Forest Hills tend to be some of the highest in Queens.

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  • Forest Hills Hs
  • Jhs 190 R. Sage Jhs
  • Ps 101 School In The Garden
  • Ps 144 Jeromus Remsen School
  • Ps 196 Grand Central Parkway S
  • Ps 220 Edward Mandel School


  • Annadale Playground
  • Barrier Playground
  • Ehrenreich-Austin Playground
  • Macdonald Park
  • Playground Sixty Two Lxii
  • Real Good Park
  • Underbridge Dog Run
  • Willow Lake Playground
  • Yellowstone Park

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