Lawrence Auster posted the following comment from a reader:
I grew up for half of my childhood in Forest Hills, Queens, NY. I moved there with my family in 1977 when I was ten years old and left in 1987 when I was twenty. I hadn’t been back until this weekend for twenty-five years. While on its face the old neighborhood has not changed too much, the demographics and the “vibe” has changed considerably. When I was growing up, Forest Hills was predominantly Jewish with more working class Italians, Irish and German as you moved outwards away from the wealthier sections of Forest Hills Gardens. It is now heavily, heavily Asian. And when I say Asian I don’t just mean Chinese and such. But tons of Indians, Indonesians and a sprinkling of Hispanics. What white people are left is a few old Jewish holdouts whose homes will no doubt be bought by Asians and soon as they die off.
I was astounded. The first block I lived on in Forest Hills was almost all Jewish. I will never forget seeing all the tents go up during the Jewish observance of “Sukkot.” I had no idea at the time what they were for. I remember thinking as a child that it was odd yet fun that people would be camping out in their front yards? Now the front yards no longer have Sukkot tents but many have gardens of bamboo stalks that are as tall as small trees! I saw one Chinese man and his wife tending to them. The saying is true. You can’t go home again. Yes, all these new Asian residents are clean and upper middle class and they cause no problems in the neighborhood, as would be the case with a large black or Hispanic population. But it was still very, very disturbing. The culture I knew? The neighbors who all knew each other and would sit out in their front yards on a hot summer day with a glass of iced tea and talk to one another? The kids who would be playing stickball or hockey in the street? It is gone. Dead and buried. There is no longer any life or personality. I have come to the conclusion that it is over for whites in most of Queens, NY. There are a few pockets and holdouts but for the most part it is over.
It’s as I mentioned in a response to a comment to my recent blog post about the racial makeup of CUNY colleges, there aren’t very many middle class whites left in New York City. The middle class whites have moved to New Jersey and Long Island. What’s left in the city are elite whites who wouldn’t send their kids to a CUNY and neither would they condescend to live in Forest Hills (which actually has pretty convenient and fast subway access to Manhattan if you live near an E or F subway stop.). And then there are prole whites such as the guidos who live on Staten Island and some parts of Brooklyn.
However, what the Auster reader didn’t mention is that a lot of immigrant whites from the former Soviet Union have moved to Queens. This is the new white middle class of New York City, but they are outnumbered by Asians.