Many describe Forest Hills as a suburb in a city. A diverse community located in central Queens, Forest Hills is an upscale, tranquil, clean neighborhood in the backyard of Manhattan but a world away. One of the biggest advantages is the access to various means of transportation--Forest Hills is only four subway stops or two LIRR stops away from midtown. Besides a few luxury high-rises, the skyline is low, and most houses are detached. The community offers many benefits to families as well as singles or couples. The commercial areas (Austin Street and Metropolitan Avenue) are modest with a combination of well-known retailers/dining options and unique local establishments. Austin Street is considered trendier, housing brands such as The Gap, Banana Republic and Sephora, while Metropolitan Avenue is home to antique shops and a variety of new and longtime restaurants, as well as Trader Joe's and Michael's crafts store.