Sunday, February 18, 2007

Welcome to Forest Hills 72

Here are the areas of Forest Hills and what you need to know about them.

1. AQUA. The area bordered by Ascan Ave, Queens Blvd. Union Turnpike, Austin St. It's a lame name, but I couldn't think of anything else. Anyway, this is where I live and so do a lot of people with toddlers. It's a similar demographic to Brooklyn's Park Slope. Advantages - proximity to Ascan/Austin intersection. PS 101 School in the Gardens. Close to LIRR (best way to get in/out of city), Great looking pre-wars. Disadvantages: Parking. Other areas are jealous of: Nick's Pizza.

2. Gardens - The nicest area in New York City. Other areas are jealous of: Flagpole Park/parking passes.

3. Van Court - Underrated. One notch below Gardens. Great attached houses, very quiet. Other areas are jealous of: Wine Shop on 69th Ave.

4. Archie Bunker Houses near Metropolitan - Ugly, but very practical. Much larger than apartments and unattached. Only bad part is absolutely no yard. Other areas are jealous of: Danny Brown's and soon to be Trader Joe's.

5. Forest Hills North. Don't know it too well. Advantages - excellent school (196). Easy access to Grand Central. Disadvantages - too many Russians buying and tearing down houses. Have to cross Queens Blvd to do anything on foot. Other areas are jealous of: Newly Refurbished Forest Hills Library.