Forest Hills Is Not Hip?

May 15, 2008 at 9:01 pm 5 comments

That’s one of the current lively threads on Queens Central. Poster “Forester” kind of sums things up with:

-Too many “old” people.
-Not enough artsy, Bohemian types.
-Not enough cool restaurants, bars and shops.
-Too many banks and chain establishments.

I’m sure there are other reasons.

Fair enough. Meanwhile, Jackson Heights is hip-ifying at a pace no one can deny. Just hang out on 37th Avenue, around 78th Street, to see what I mean. And if Espresso 77, teeming with 20-somethings, iPods & laptops, and hip-mamas rocking Bugaboos, wasn’t enough proof for you, one JH real estate company has launched an advertising campaign that lets you know exactly where it’s coming from, and where it thinks locals want to head.

As much as I love Jackson Heights—and I’ve been accused of neighborhood infidelity by more than a few readers—it’s obvious that this RE company was asking for come-uppance with its taunt-ad. And sure enough, Gawker gave them a shovelful today. Not that Gawker is the final word on anything (aren’t they all Brooklynites who aspire to rub elbows with Manhattan’s elite?), but all of this got me thinking about the main thing I love, and have always loved, about Forest Hills: it doesn’t aspire to be anything other than what it is. Now, you can call that inertia or lack of imagination, but I actually see it as maturity and self-security—qualities I’ve grown to appreciate in people, and now in places too.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Toddg  |  May 16, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Speaking as a JH resident, I think sentiment around here is about evenly split between bemusement and annoyance with the MPC Properties campaign. Many of us like JH just as it is (perhaps with gradual changes as younger families move in), and have no aspirations for attracting the speculators, pretenders, and short-termers that have destroyed so many Brooklyn communities.

  • 2. karbeth  |  May 16, 2008 at 11:45 am


    I think your point speaks for many people there. Maybe this negative reaction will give MPC pause and cause them to consider the possibility that there is more to building a neighborhood than emulating Brooklyn. I, too, love JH as it is. RIght now it’s such a fantastic mix of ages and ethnicities. It would be such a shame to lose that.

  • 3. joe  |  May 16, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Forest Hills needs to be tweaked not turned into some hipsters hang out. I want to live in a real neighborhood not some fad poser hood. Can it be improved? Yes but not at the risk of loosing what makes Forest Hills the nice place that it is.

  • 4. jane  |  May 17, 2008 at 7:24 am

    toddg, does JH have green spaces other than the private ones? before moving to FH, we did look at some lovely apartments in the historic distric but didn’t find much in the way of parks and playgrounds.

  • 5. trina  |  May 18, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Give me a break, can’t even compare Jh to FH. Forest Hills, has better shops on the whole. It has a barnes and nobles, the gap, banana republic, etc, etc, etc. Who cares about hipsters and cool mamas. And I agree with Jane, FH has more greenery and more pleasent to look at in general.


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