Neighborhood: Rego Park (Queens)
Population Density: 49,122 people per square mile, which is pretty mild for NYC.
Adjacent Neighborhoods: Rego Park is bordered to the north by Elmhurst and Corona, to the east and south by Forest Hills, and to the west by Middle Village.
Public Transit: Q60/Q72 bus to Queens Bl/63 Dr, Q38 to 63 Rd/Queens Bl, Q38/Q60 to 63 Dr/Queens Bl; Take the E, M, and R trains to 63 Dr Rego Park., F to Forest Hills/71 Ave., just twenty minutes from Midtown Manhattan.
What’s Here? Upper middle class Rego Park is home to a rich population of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Eastern Europe; but people come to Rego Park from all over the world. During a leisurely walk you’ll surely overhear conversations in Spanish, Korean, Persian, Hebrew, and Chinese, just to name a few.
Flat or Tall? It varies. There are some high rise apartment buildings, but for the most part Rego Park-and particularly in the Crescents, a beautiful area named for its semicircular streets-consists of one- and two-family houses in a variety of styles.
History: Rego Park follows the grand New York tradition of naming neighborhoods after the first syllables of words in a relevant phrase. But while SoHo and TriBeCa (the most famous examples of this) are named for their border streets, Rego Park was named after its developer. In the mid-1920s, the Real Good Construction Company built 525 eight-room houses on Queens Boulevard and 63rd Drive-which sold for just $8,000 a piece! Apartment buildings soon followed, and with them came commerce. The Rego Park Center, a large retail complex, boasts a number of stores that can be hard to find (or just really crowded) in Manhattan.
Activities: Rego Park’s terrific ethnic restaurants are a destination for foodies of all stripes. At Fortuna, a Bukharian joint, the disco ball spins on Saturday nights; at Salut, a kosher Uzbek kebab house, feast on platters of cumin-rubbed skewered meats. Visit the sprawling, unkempt Nagilah Market, where rows of bins overflow with spices, dried fruits, grains, and nuts; and Carmel, a Middle Eastern market where you can load up on homemade burekas. Or just spend a day stocking up on essentials at the Rego Park Center shopping complex, a 950,000 square-foot shopping mall.
Check It Out: Wandering the neighborhood, you’re bound to recognize a street corner or two from the sitcoms All in the Family and King of Queens.