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Forest Hills—a Queens neighborhood dotted with lush parks and Tudor-style homes—is so picturesque that you almost don't need an itinerary. Stepping off the subway and into what looks like suburbia is an adventure in itself. But, while you're there, you may as well take advantage of all the area has to offer—from top-notch thrifting to Mediterranean brunch. Come along as we plan a perfect Saturday in this orange line gem.
Start the day on a peaceful note at Zen & Yoga (107-21 71st Avenue). You'll get a great workout while finding your center with the popular hot yoga class, or try the zen yoga class, where you'll learn new poses and increase your meditative powers.
Before heading off to brunch and a day of shopping, make the most out of your yoga-found inner peace by basking in the sauna at Sedona Fitness for Women (102-02 Metropolitan Avenue). If you're feeling really ambitious, you could double your workout with a Zumba class.
Brunch at local favorite Jack & Nellie's (108-35 Ascan Avenue) will launch you into the tight-knit-neighborhood-meets-big city spirit of Forest Hills. A friendly gathering place, this Mediterranean-skewing spot serves up perfectly poached eggs with its corned beef hash and eggs Benedict, as well as banana and berry French toast, breakfast burgers, and sake Bloody Marys.
Fox's (70-39 Austin Street) is the area's headquarters for discount designer fashion, so stop by to stock up on usually pricier brands—like Seven For All Mankind and Michael Kors—for much less. There is a need to dig at this off-price haven, one of several locations in a mini-chain, but the pay-off can be well worth it.
Roll up your sleeves for treasure hunting at Instant Replay (7220 Austin Street). A neighborhood staple, the store is packed with clothes from a mix of eras, but the stars of the show are the costume jewelry and the handbags. Here, you might be one step closer to scoring your dream bag, whether it's Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Prada.
A mix of independent and well-known brands is represented at Jacklyn's Boutique (71-50 Austin Street), giving it a small, neighborhood department-store vibe. You can shop clothing, shoes, jewelry and handbags at a variety of price points.
Get those creative juices flowing at Oliloli Studio (103-23 Metropolitan Avenue), an open arts and crafts studio with a friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand for all your needs. Affordable pricing and a wide selection of projects sweetens the deal—choose from painting pottery, fusing glass for jewelry, collaging and more.
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