"Forest Hills started out as many Queens neighborhoods did: A developer buys up farmland, renames the area, and builds homes and infrastructure. It didn’t end up like most neighborhoods, however. The developer sold part of the land, and a community was created, Forest Hills Gardens, that’s one of the most desirable places to live in New York City. Inspired by England’s garden city movement and modeled on its traditional villages, Forest Hills Gardens was designed with village greens, a central square, rich foliage, and beautiful houses. Even outside of the Gardens, Forest Hills boasts many nice houses and apartments as well as other advantages, such as a lively commercial district and express subway service. The first developer in Forest Hills was Cord Meyer, a company still headquartered on Queens Blvd., which laid out streets, set up utilities, and built hundreds of houses in what had been a township of six farms called Whitepot. “The Cord Meyer section” of Forest Hills generally applies to north of Queens Blvd. You go through just a bit of it at the beginning of this walk."