Forest Hills Gardens, one of the most charming and prestigious communities in NYC, was originally a large farm purchased by the Cord Meyer Development Company and developed by the Russell Sage Foundation a little over a century ago. It is perhaps best known for the West Side Tennis Club, which was the home of the U.S. Open until the late 1970s and which has recently been revived with a series of popular music concerts.
Forest Hills Gardens was planned by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. who modeled the "Garden" community on English towns. The Tudor and Victorian-style homes were designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, and quite a few homes were influenced by Gustav Stickley, who made famous the "Arts and Crafts" architectural movement. Curved streets with lush greenery and parks are home to some 6,000 residents in this private enclave. Dwellings range from large houses and semi-detached townhouses to stately pre-war apartment houses (co-op and rental).
Forest Hills Gardens has been home to many famous people, including Dale Carnegie, Geraldine Ferraro, Thelma Ritter, and Jimmy Breslin, to name a few.
At the heart of Forest Hills Gardens is Station Square with its red cobblestone streets and the Forest Hills Inn, a former hotel made famous by a speech given by President Teddy Roosevelt at its opening in 1912 and now a co-op building.