When the Central Gardens Apartments were built in 1950s, they maximized the amount of grass on the properties with carefully designed driveways. By 1964, most of the block was sold to Fairview, which built a sizable apartment tower that now overshadows these homes. As for the homes, they were no longer apartments, but private dwellings.
This allowed their owners to do as they please, with concrete lawns, brick fences, and separate basement entrances replacing the grassy lands.
These homes are located on 62nd Drive in Forest Hills, near the Grand Central Parkway.