Forest Park is the name of a large city park and a section of Queens, a borough of New York City. It includes the neighborhoods of Forest Hills, a well-kept, leafy neighborhood of relatively well-to-do homeowners and immigrants from areas including the former Soviet Union and Poland; Rego Park, which has been settled in particular by immigrants from Uzbekistan and East Asia; and Kew Gardens, which is in effect a wealthy suburb, but within New York City limits. None of these neighborhoods have "must-sees" for tourists, but trips there for some interesting food and a walk around can be pleasant and show the traveler a different side of New York.
Much of this area can be accessed by subway. The E and F trains are very fast express trains, except for late nights. The trip on the E train from Midtown Manhattan to 71st/Continental Ave, the main subway station in Forest Hills, lasts about 30 minutes. The M and R local trains travel on the same routes. See the MTA website for more information about subway and Queens bus routes in the area.
By commuter rail
The Long Island Railroad has stops at Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.
In this area of Queens, many people use automobiles. Other than limited-access highways (the Long Island Expressway to Manhattan and Long Island and Jackie Robinson Parkway to parts of Brooklyn), Queens Boulevard is the major road. Street parking is reasonably available throughout much of the area.
- Forest Park itself.
- Forest Hills and Kew Gardens include some pretty areas to walk or drive around.
- Dominick's Hot Dog Truck, Woodhaven Blvd and 67th Ave (in front of St Johns Cemetery). M-F 11AM-5PM. A food truck serving what is often regarded as some of the best hot dogs in the city. The onions and sauerkraut are superb.
- Lillian Pizzeria, 9601 69th Ave Forest Hills 11375, ☎ . 11AM-9PM. Some say it's the best pizza in Forest Hills, others give it to Nicks. Try their tomato & garlic slice, it's unique and delicious.
- Pahal Zan, 106-12 71st Ave Forest Hills 11375, ☎ . 11AM-9PM. A real Jewish establishment, right under the LIRR tracks in Forest Hills. The falafel, red cabbage, spicy sauce + hummus and tzatziki pita pocket is amazing. Closed on Saturdays.
Beware when crossing or driving on Queens Boulevard: Its nickname is the "boulevard of death," because there have been numerous accidents involving pedestrians crossing this wide boulevard. Accidents and fatalities have been down in recent years, however.
|Routes through Forest Park|
|Midtown Manhattan ← Jackson Heights ←||W E||→ Jamaica|
|Midtown Manhattan ← Jackson Heights ←||W E||→ END|
|Financial District ← East Brooklyn ←||W E||→ Jamaica|
|Midtown Manhattan ← Williamsburg, Brooklyn ←||W E||→ END|