This is a very very residential area......and close to Grand Central Parkway/Van Wyck Expressway.
The closest shopping is either at 108TH Street, in Forest Hills (about 10 minutes walk) or Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills (5 minute drive up Jewel Avenue).
This is a good place for somebody who is looking for a quite location, and maybe needs to be close to the highway if they drive to work. It is not the most central place as far as shopping (you will probably have to take a car if you are carrying heavy groceries). also, there is no subway/Lirr in walking distance, you have to take a bus.
Hope this helps,