Monday, June 19, 2017

THURSDAY: Sketch Forest Hills Gardens, Queens

Forest Hills Gardens is one of America’s oldest planned communities. It is modeled after England’s “garden cities,” originally constructed in 1909 and is based on designs by architect Grosvenor Atterbury and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. - son of the "Central Park" Olmsted.

The NY Times described it best:   "Just a few blocks off Queens Boulevard lies a time warp -- a perfectly preserved garden suburb from a time when women wore bustles. With its medieval English-style, red-tiled roofs, turrets, dormers and Tudor half-timbering, Forest Hills Gardens is virtually unchanged since 1909...."

In the morning we will sketch around Station Square, its clock tower and two underpasses that lead to the residential areas. In the afternoon, we will take a short walk to Circle Park to view an array of trees, flowers, and residences built in various medieval styles.



TIME: 10:30 am

LOCATION:  Forest Hills Gardens, Queens

TRANSPORTATION: E, F, M, or R trains to Forest Hills 71 Avenue  (71 Avenue is aka Continental Avenue). The Long Island RR has a stop at Forest Hills, too. Driving is not recommended since parking is restricted to residents with permits.

Coming from Manhattan, exit near front of train and take stairway that says 71 Avenue, South Side of Queens Blvd. On the street, walking away from Queens Blvd., go 2 blocks, going under the Long Island R.R. to Station Square. We will meet near the LIRR underpass at the entrance to Station Square.

Bring a hat, sunblock, a stool if you have one, and lunch, although you can also easily buy lunch on 71 Avenue, on nearby Austin Street, or in Station Square.

Please RSVP to Alan Wernicke at
If coming late or you cannot find us, call or  text Alan at 917-685-5748

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