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.