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History is our refuge: Kew Forest

A group of Forest Hills residents struggling to protect their neighborhood from a six-story apartment building under construction on Kew Forest Lane has found its final battle cry in an unlikely source -- a fuzzy strip of old microfilm.

The microfilm, residents say, is proof that a private deed restriction enacted over 70 years ago forever bans the development of anything other than a single-family home.

Banded together as the Kew Forest Neighborhood Association, the residents already have enlisted the aid of Borough President Claire Shulman and the Queens Civic Congress. Their cumulative efforts resulted in a speedy plan to rezone the area to prevent the construction of large apartment buildings in the future, but did little to stop the project currently being built.

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