Forest Hills was born in 1904. It’s father was Cord Meyer, Jr. who purchased 600 acres along today’s Queens Boulevard in a Queens area called White Pot. This land consisted of 16 farms the largest belonging to Backus Ascan. In 1909 Meyer sold to the Russell Sage Homes Foundations the 142 acres which the latter developed as Forest Hills Gardens. Initially covered by single family houses the 1920s witnessed an explosion of apartment houses especially along Queens Boulevard. Celebrities who have called Forest Hills home include: Paul Simon, Arthur Garfunkel, the Ramones, David Caruso, Carroll O’onnor and Jerry Springer.