Rego Park is a neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City. Rego Park is bordered to the north by Elmhurst and Corona, the east and south by Forest Hills, and the west by Middle Village. Rego Park’s boundaries include Queens Boulevard, the Long Island Expressway, Woodhaven Boulevard, and Yellowstone Boulevard. There is a large Jewish population in the neighborhood, which features high-rise apartment buildings and detached houses, as well as a large commercial zone.
The upper-middle-class and middle-class neighborhood of Rego Park in central Queens may not be as well-known as adjoining Forest Hills, but has much to offer both residents and visitors. Large apartment buildings dominate the housing, but there are also multi-family and single-family homes. The excellent transportation options, the quality of local schools, and the variety of shopping, including Rego Park Center and numerous Russian specialty food stores as well as the gigantic Russian supermarket are a draw for both the local Bukharian Jewish community.
What’s a Rego?
The real estate company Real Good Construction Company developed part of the area in the 1920s. The word “Rego” is from the first two letters in “Real Good.”
Rego Park was a setting in the famous graphic novel Maus about the Holocaust. Cartoonist Art Spiegelman grew up in the neighborhood and uses it in Maus for scenes with his father.
Like most neighborhoods in Queens, the population is diverse with many immigrant groups represented such as South Asians, Koreans, Latin Americans, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. In particular, there’s a large Bukharian Jewish immigrant population in Rego Park (and neighboring Forest Hills) with restaurants serving the Central Asian cuisine and signs in the Russian Cyrillic alphabet. Sometimes the area is referred to as Rego Parkistan.
Rego Park has quite many new Condominiums buildings that were built in the past
decade or so.
Subways and Highways
The Long Island Expressway (I-495) is convenient to the neighborhood, providing access to the Midtown Tunnel and Manhattan. The Van Wyck Expressway and the Grand Central and Jackie Robinson Parkways are also nearby.
The M and R subways run local along Queens Boulevard, and the E and F subways have an express stop at 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard. It’s about 20 minutes to Manhattan.
The LIRR station in Forest Hills is a hike, but a good alternative if the subways aren’t running.
The property was originally Alexander’s, a New York City discount department store.
Phase II of the mall, which is an annex to the already open Phase I, opened on March 3, 2010 with 950,000 square feet (88,000 m2) of retail space. Costco, Kohl’s, Century 21, T.J. Maxx, and Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us have opened. Retailers also include Bed Bath and Beyond, Marshalls, Old Navy and Burlington Coat Factory in Phase I. An Aldi supermarket also opened on level 1 in February 2011The nearest competitor malls are Queens Center and Queens Place Mall.
As of February 2015, Vornado Realty Trust, the mall’s owner, is developing a 312-unit residential tower on top of the mall’s phase II, due to a surge in young professionals moving into the area. About 20% of the units are studio apartments, with the rest being one- and two-bedroom apartments .