Nov. 14, 2019 By Michael Dorgan
The past meets the present Saturday evening Nov. 16 when photographer Michael Perlman showcases his restoration exhibit of Forest Hills vintage images.
“Reflections of Historic Forest Hills” comprises of revitalised postcards and photographs, some of which date back to the early 20th century.
Inspired by the architectural surroundings of New York City and Forest Hills, Perlman believes many landmark worthy sites are being lost with time.
“I’m committed to preserving history in a creative sense and reviving a long lost art form so that future generations can appreciate these images and in turn take pride in preserving the character of neighbourhoods,” says the author and historian.
“Architectural details and buildings add value to a community and I feel strongly about historical preservation.”
Some images include a photograph of the Forest Hills Inn from 1915 and a restored birds-eye view image of Forest Hills taken from the top of the LIRR Station showing undeveloped lots and other commercial buildings along Austin Street.
Restored images of Forest Hills stadium, which became America’s first tennis stadium in 1923 and birthplace of the U.S. Open will also be on display.
Perlman, a fifth generation Forest Hills resident, hopes his work will also draw attention to lesser known sites including Forest Hills Flower Shop which remains abandoned today.
“It had a beautiful greenhouse and many families purchased flowers there so I am hoping it will grant new light and contribute to its restoration.
Perlman will also display some of his own modern architectural photography which gives perspective to how nature relates to the built environment in various ways.
“It’s a reflection between the past and present and both elements are unified with historical themes.”
“I capture beautiful and intricate details and show how it initiates character and brings value to a neighborhood and how it tells a story.”
Perlman will explain his perspective on photography and the restoration process at Jade Eatery, at 1 Station Square, Forest Hills Gardens from 6 – 8 p.m.
Admission is free and all prints will be available are for sale.
The exhibit will remain on display through to Dec. 15.