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Historic Districts Council Picks Forest Hills Locale as One of Six Honorees for 2014

Forest Close will be among council's Six to Celebrate during upcoming event.

Photo courtesy of the Historic Districts Council.
Photo courtesy of the Historic Districts Council.

The city’s Historic Districts Council has designated a section of Forest Hills as one of its Six to Celebrate in 2014.

The council’s initiative annually honors the accomplishments of preservation campaigns and advocacy efforts.

This year, the group has chosen Forest Close, a nook of 38 neo-Tudor houses surrounding a shared communal garden that is between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street near 75th Avenue, as one of the six honorees.

The Forest Close Association maintains covenants that regulate design and open space elements of the community as well as advises residents on design guidelines for construction.

Forest Close was designed in 1927.

Other sites honored this year include the city’s public libraries, Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, the historic cemeteries of Staten Island and Manhattan’s Park Avenue and Madison Square North.

The Historic Districts Council, which is a city-wide advocate for historic buildings and communities, will officially announce this year’s picks during its Six to Celebrate launch party on Jan. 29.

The event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will be held at the LGBT Community Center, located at 208 West 13th St.

Each year, the council picks six winners following an application process during which neighborhood groups submit candidates based on architectural or historical merit.

For more information, visit the Historic Districts Council’s website.

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