Coinciding with the 125th Anniversary of the founding of Forest Hill, the Forest Hill historic district is getting historic street signs thanks to an agreement negotiated by Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr.
The signs, which are larger than typical street signs and have the Forest Hill name as well as the city seal of Newark, are being paid for in part with a grant from PSE&G, which is also paying to replace trees throughout the Forest Hill neighborhood.
Ramos said PSE&G agreed to provide the grant for phase 1 of the project after the utility trimmed trees, and in some cases removed trees, as a safety precaution throughout Forest Hill.
“I want to thank PSE&G for being a good neighbor and working with my office and the Forest Hill Community Association to restore the beauty of the neighborhood,” Ramos said. “The residents of Forest Hill have great pride in their community and I know they will be thrilled with the newly planted trees and historic signs.”
Forest Hill was first used as a name to describe the northern part of Newark in 1890, when Elias Heller and his sons incorporated a real estate development company and named it the Forest Hill Association, according to “Forest Hill,” a 2014 book published by Arcadia Publishing.
The neighborhood was developed with a variety of architectural styles between 1890 and 1925 and marketed as an exclusive residential enclave. In 1990, Forest Hill was designated as a historic district and listed in the New Jersey and National registers of historic places.
Paul A. Agostini, a spokesman for the Forest Hill Community Association, praised Councilman Ramos for looking out for the residents of his ward.
“Historic signage will publicly define the Forest Hill Historic District and help raise awareness to existing homeowners and attract the valued attention of visitors to what many of our residents sincerely believe is one of the best kept secrets in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area,” Agostini said.
“High praise to Councilman Ramos, the Baraka administration and PSE&G for making the installation of these markers possible,” Agostini said “It serves as a tremendous milestone for our neighborhood since being entered on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.”