Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Forest Hills Gardens Tour by Historian Jeff Gottlieb, June 12th & 19th - Happy 25th Anniversary!

Historian Jeff Gottlieb discusses how the Forest Hills Gardens was planned, how to distinguish its architectural styles, and which Forest Hills notables lived in homes some of us pass every day without a clue. These photos are from the June 15, 2008 tour. 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of his Forest Hills Gardens tours.
Mark your calendar! Summer is in the air, and so are walking tours. Residents of Forest Hills and beyond will have the privilege of embarking upon 2 Forest Hills Gardens tours this June. This walking tour highlights the 25th Anniversary of Jeff Gottlieb's first Forest Hills Gardens tour.

Jeff Gottlieb, a licensed tour guide, is President of the Central Queens Historical Association and Queens Jewish Historical Society. Established in 1909, the Forest Hills Gardens is the earliest planned garden community countrywide, which was inspired by Ebenezer Howard's Garden City Movement. It retains its high degree of Tudor architecture as well as Colonial design, and lush gardens.

Jeff Gottlieb will divide the walking tours into two parts, and each tour will take 2 1/2 hours:

1. Sunday, June 12, 2011, 10:00 AM: Meet at Station Square, and walk to Greenway North and Markwood Place.

2. Sunday, June 19, 2011, 10:00 AM: Meet at Greenway North and Markwood Place, and trek back to Station Square.

In early May 2011, Jeff Gottlieb was the recipient of the HDC Grassroots Preservation Award for his work as a preservationist and historian.

The Forest Hills Gardens tour is free, and no pre-registration is necessary. For further information, please contact Jeff Gottlieb at (917) 376-4496 or Preservationist Michael Perlman at

Sample of freestanding homes


One of a few religious sites

One of a few apartment houses


  1. How can we go on one of these tours of Forest Hills?

  2. Thank you for your interest, and your e-mail as well. If you would like, I can add your e-mail address to our preservation contacts list for Rego-Forest Preservation Council. You will have also to go through Historian Jeff Gottlieb of Central Queens Historical Association to be added to his: (917) 376-4496. We look forward to your participation.