Forest Hills Region To Be Highlighted By Group

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

A small Forest Hills neighborhood will be among the honorees at a celebration dinner later this month.

The Historic Districts Council, a group that advocates for historic districts and buildings, selected the Forest Close neighborhood, a group of about 38 neo-Tudor houses, as one of six areas to celebrate in 2014.

The 2014 Six to Celebrate is an annual list of buildings or districts highlighted by the Council that merit consideration for preservation or to be renovated.

The six were chosen based on applications submitted by the community and neighborhood groups. In addition to Forest Close, the others chosen were Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, Madison Square North and Park Avenue in Manhattan, several historic cemeteries in Staten Island and all of the public libraries throughout the City.

Simeon Bancroft, the executive director of the Council, said Forest Close will benefit because it will allow the civic group associated with the area, the Forest Close Association, to explore ways of how to preserve the neighborhood.

“The area is lovely and it merits preservation,” he said.

Nothing is set in stone yet, Bancroft said, but among the ideas discussed is creating an architectural guideline and handing it out to homeowners in case they want to rebuild in the future.

Another possibility is applying to be an official New York City landmark, but that may not happen, according to Bancroft. It depends on what the neighborhood wants to do. A historic district in Staten Island is on its way to becoming a landmark after making last year’s list and applying for the designation.

The list’s most basic function is to raise more awareness to Forest Close, Bancroft said, including creating a brochure of the area.

There will be a reception to honor this year’s list on Jan. 29 at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan. It will begin at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit hdc.org.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.