Grab the Long Island Rail Road in Queens

Forest Hills Station is a standout of 23 in the Borough

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The Long Island Rail Road, a New York-area commuter train service, is generally more associated in the public mind with suburban Long Island, but thousands of Queens residents take the LIRR every day to their jobs or for fun pursuits, catching the train at one of 23 stations in the borough. It's a fast and convenient way to get around this heavily populated region. And when there are subway delays, some neighborhoods, Woodside, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Jamaica, and Flushing, are lucky enough to have the LIRR as an alternative form of mass transit.

Queens Neighborhoods on the LIRR 

Auburndale (Port Washington LIRR line)
Bayside (Port Washington LIRR line)
Bellerose (Hempstead LIRR line)
Douglaston (Port Washington LIRR line)
Far Rockaway (Far Rockaway LIRR line)

Floral Park (Hempstead LIRR line)
Flushing-Broadway (Port Washington LIRR line)
Flushing-Main Street (Port Washington LIRR line) -  Downtown Flushing
Flushing-Murray Hill (Port Washington LIRR line)
Flushing Meadows-Mets-Willets Point (Port Washington LIRR line) - Service is strictly limited for Mets games and the U.S. Open

Forest Hills (main LIRR line)
Hollis (Hempstead LIRR line)
Jamaica (main LIRR line-major LIRR hub)
Kew Gardens (main LIRR line)
Laurelton (Far Rockaway LIRR line)

Little Neck (Port Washington LIRR line)
Locust Manor (Far Rockaway LIRR line)
Long Island City - Limited service
Hunterspoint Avenue -  Limited service
Queens Village (Hempstead LIRR line)

Rosedale (Far Rockaway LIRR line)
St. Albans (West Hempstead LIRR line)
Woodside (Port Washington and mainline)  

The Forest Hills Station

You are waiting for the LIRR to show up at the Forest Hills Station on Station Square. You're smack in the middle of Queens, one of the five boroughs in New York City, which has a population north of 8 million. But it's easy to imagine you are somewhere in the English countryside, surrounded by brick streets, Tudor houses and gardens brightening up medians with lampposts.

The Forest Hills Station is the jewel in the crown of LIRR stations and is thought by many to be a destination in itself, with its Tudor architecture, red tile windows, and casement windows. It has wrought-iron signposts marked with the initials "FH" and lighting on the platform that is unique to this station.

The station was built in 1911 on Station Square along with the grand Forest Hills Gardens; the entire community, including the station, was planned, as opposed to just being built at different times and in different styles. This cohesiveness makes for a pleasing and harmonious scene, one that is in full view from the Forest Hills Station and its platform overlooking Burns Street. The station was renovated in the late 1990s to its current, but authentic, glory.

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