Forest Hills, Queens
Square footage: 500sqft
What you get: Studios in prewar buildings, similar to Sunnyside.
The neighborhood vibe: Citi Habitat's Gahol puts it bluntly when talking about the appeal of Forest Hills: “Austin Street has the modern comforts that young people in New York love, like cocktail bars and yoga studios." But it's not all shiny new things in Forest Hills. The neighborhood is also home to one of the city's last remaining neighborhood movie theaters, which happens to be directly across from Eddie's Sweet Shop -- an old-school malt, shake, and sundae spot that's been around since 1909.
The neighborhood is ideal for people who want to escape the frenetic energy of Manhattan, without completely abandoning city comforts. It’s a more residential neighborhood than others that are closer to Manhattan, with a commute time of about 30 minutes into the city. It's also divided by two totally different scenes -- Queens Blvd has more of a strip-mall feel, while Austin St has certain elements of small-town charm, lined with bars, restaurants, and shops. In addition to that, the neighborhood also has Forest Park, which offers plenty of hiking and biking trails.