Century-Old Hidden Forest Hills Garden Gets Spruced Up For Movie Shoot
QUEENS — A neglected century-old garden in Forest Hills has been transformed into 1957 Munich as part of a new film about Stanley Kubrick — and will eventually be restored to its former glory.
The crew for "Fidelio" will be back in the neighborhood on Friday, said the director, Jason Dubin, who also plays Stanley Kubrick.
The movie, parts of which are also being filmed in Brooklyn and Manhattan, focuses on various episodes from Kubrick’s life.
In Forest Hills, the area famous for its Tudor architecture, the Tea Garden gets transformed into Bavaria, where in 1957 Kubrick shot “Paths of Glory.”
The garden located behind the Forest Hills Inn, has for many years been home to mostly weeds. But it was cleaned up for the production, as first reported by Edge of the City.
The space will later be entirely renovated, said Raymond Taylor, general manager of Jade Eatery and Lounge, located on the ground floor of the Forest Hills Inn, who also runs the garden.
The garden has not been used because of the danger posed by loose tiles on the roof the Forest Hills Inn, which opened its doors 101 years ago and currently serves as co-op apartments, according to Taylor.
Work on reparing the roof is set to begin next week, he said.
After the roof is repared, Taylor said, the garden will be restored to its original condition, including the fountain and gazebo.
“It’s a historic site,” Taylor said. “It was used for weddings and special occasions for people in the Gardens. We want to bring it back.”