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Forest Hills Forest Hills was the product of Cord Meyer attorney and innovative entrepreneurs creative imagination that moved from England to New York Started off by purchasing 600 acres of farmland in 1901 that was known as a white pot Several tales exist of what this name derived from Some historians say that this area was purchased from the Indians for three white clay pots However another story states that the name Whitepot came from Dutch word whiteput which means dried streamed bed put meaning pit or hollow as it was a site of dried up stream Cord Meyer purchased six large farms and the area was named Forest Hills because it was adjacent to the Forest Park and it was on the high rolling ground In 1909 part of 160 acres was purchased by Russell Sage Foundation and developed as a model residential community and was named Forest Hills gardens Developers always intended this community to be in upper or middle class one Frederick Law Olmstead Jr son of the man who planned Central Park laid out the development By 1908 the Cord Meyer development company property stretched from 65th Avenue west to Union Turnpike east and from Metropolitan Avenue south past Flashing Meadow Corona Park to Vleigh road now place in East Forest Hills now Kew Gardens Hills At the same time Long Island Railroad main line that passes through Forest Hills is elevated electrified and increases from two tracks to four tracks In 1910 Forest Hills railroad stations opens Three years later Trolley line was opened from 59 St Manhattan to Queens Blvd Forest Hills The line is extended to Jamaica South in 1914 By 1924 Cord Meyer Company has built 340 House on the north side of Queens Blvd At that 2000 residents occupied Forest Hills Gardens area By 1930 overall Forest Hills Community grew to 18200 people This imminent growth was made possible by introduction of apartment buildings that
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