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New York City Neighborhoods
Forest Hills/Rego Park

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Boundaries:

The neighborhood is bordered by the Horace Harding and Long Island Expressways on the north, Grand Central Parkway on the east, Jackie Robinson Parkway on the south and Woodhaven Boulevard on the west. Forest Hills/Rego Park is in Queens Community District 1.

History:

The neighborhood was first colonized by the Dutch in the 17th century, with farmland held by very few families. Extensive development didn't begin until the early 1900s. The first apartment houses were constructed at the edge of Forest Park, atop one of the highest hills in the area; since then, this region has been known as Forest Hills.

In 1925 an ambitious new construction company named the Real Good Construction Company began development of a new community at the northwest edge of Forest Hills. The company named its properties after the first two letters in each word of the name of the company: Rego Park.

Today:

The district has a very suburban feel. For the most part, Queens is built with a low physical profile rather than with towering skyscrapers, and there are many parks and tree-lined streets.

Many of the area's shops and restaurants offer international food and wares, due to a large number of immigrants from Russia, Romania, Iran, India, Israel, Colombia and Korea.

Extensive local shopping and neighborhood services can be found along Queens Boulevard, as well as along Austin Street and Metropolitan Avenue from Ascan to Yellowstone Boulevard. In addition, a concentrated mix of shops can be found in the Queens Center Mall on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park.

The original Forest Park, designed by the famous landscape architects Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot in 1896, today occupies 535 acres and contains ballfields, tennis courts and an enclosed area for flying model planes. The Park also contains long stretches of beautiful, winding paths, with two commercial stables to serve horseback riders.

The Parkside Players, one of the finest community theaters in Queens, is based in Forest Hills, and performs frequently at Grace Lutheran Church, which is located at 103-15 Union Turnpike, just across the street from Forest Park.

Transportation:
The E, F, G and R subway lines and express bus routes serve the area, as well as private vans and the Long Island Railroad's station at Austin Street and 63rd Drive. In addition, there are excellent highway systems to get into Manhattan and out to Long Island.
Schools:
There are eight public elementary schools in Community District 1, two public junior high schools and one public high school. In addition, there are nine private or parochial elementary schools, three junior high schools and two high schools.
Housing Stock:

With 212,160 single-family homes, 140,896 2-family homes and many cooperative apartment buildings, Queens is often called "the home-owner borough"; in fact, 42.4 percent of all housing stock is owner- occupied. The Forest Hills/ Rego Park area has a wide range of housing types at a wide range of prices.

Explore Forest Hills Gardens, built in the early 1900s as a planned residential enclave: the community covers 142 acres from Burns Street to Union Turnpike. Its layout of narrow, winding streets and open spaces make an attractive setting for the area's 1,500 houses and garden apartments. The area has its own post office, train station and town clock. Local property owners acquired the common areas in 1922, and are still responsible for the maintenance of streets, parks, sewers and the distinctive streetlights.

Where do I find my new home?

In addition to the real estate classifieds in the City's large-circulation newspapers, you can find Real Estate magazine and Better Homes magazine in local banks and supermarkets. Make sure to check out the Times News Weekly and Queens Chronicle. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, Realtor.com or HomeStore.

Special Note:
Community District 1 is home to the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center, site of such major events as the International Davis Cup and the U.S. Open.

Shea Stadium, home to the New York Mets baseball team, is located in nearby Flushing. Behind the center field fence is a Mets Magic Top Hat-when a Mets player hits a home run, a red Big Apple rises out of the top hat.

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