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Forest Park, Queens

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Forest Park is a park in the New York City borough of Queens. It has an area of 538acre, containing 165 acres of trees. The park is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.Early developmentThe Wisconsinian glaciation molded this land between 20,000 and 10,000 years ago and left the Harbor Hill Moraine, a series of small hills known as “knob and kettle” terrain, including Forest Park. The land was inhabited by the Rockaway, Lenape, and Delaware Native Americans when the Dutch West India Company settled the area in 1635.The site of Forest Park was occupied by various landowners until the late 19th century, when City of Brooklyn officials looked for land for a large public park. In 1892, the New York State Legislature authorized the park search, and the Brooklyn Parks Department purchased the first parcel of this space on August 9, 1895, whereupon the name Brooklyn Forest Park was first used. Because of the numerous private landowners involved, the park had to be assembled in 124 parcels, finishing in 1898.Starting in 1896, the landscaping firm of Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot was contracted to provide a plan for the park. Frederick Law Olmsted surveyed the park and designed Forest Park Drive. Existing residential buildings were auctioned and disassembled and removed. A nine-hole golf course opened in 1901. Its club house, which was designed in the Dutch Colonial Revival style by the firm of Helmle, Huberty & Hudswell (who also designed the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower), and which now houses the park's Administration Office, first opened in 1905.
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  • 10 mins from Woodhaven with a walk up through pretty Woodhaven streets to the most idyllic park in the city! I didn't know you could feel like you have found nature like this on the train from Manhatt...  more »
  • One of the few parks that give Central Park a run for the money. It has everything from golf to a bit of peace. The kids love the carousel and lake.  more »
  • If you're a tourist looking for a spectacle, this isn't it. You'll find more famous photos can be taken at nearby Flushing Meadows Park. But if you're a local person or you want to get away from the b...  more »
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  • This park is much less a park, and much more a forest. The name is pretty self explanatory, Forest Park is indeed a dense forest with hiking trails. For those who prefer to bike, or walk on a harder surface, a paved road cuts through the park, though no car traffic is allowed in the park. Several other amenities, such as a soccer field, are present within the park. All in all, it's one of the most unique and understated parks in NYC.
  • Beautiful, tranquil park in the middle of Queens. Interesting places near the abandoned railroad tracks that run through the park (not the active LIRR ones).
  • Grew up here. Oasis in the city. Except in the weekend when every open space is filled with family picnics
  • This part of It is Basically Just some trees and Roads. I'd rather commit suicide here. But, It IS a good place to commit suicide. It's also very dirty
  • I haven't seen it all but whatever I've seen I've liked and appreciated. The oval tracks when I was younger, the tennis wall for tennis practice, and what I love about it now, the trails. My favorite is the orange trail, you can't believe it's NYC. Don't want too many people coming here though. Shh!