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Rego Park in Queens, New York

Neighborhood Profile

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Forest Hills and Rego Park

View of Queens Boulevard from Forest Hills, toward Rego Park, and Manhattan. Note the airplane departing LaGuardia Airport.

Photo (c) Michael Perlman

Rego Park is an upper middle-class - middle-class neighborhood in central Queens. It's not as well-known as adjoining Forest Hills, but shares much with it. Large apartment buildings dominate the housing, but there's a range that includes multi-family and single-family homes. The excellent transportation options, the quality of local schools, and the variety of shopping and restaurants make the neighborhood a magnet for families, although an expensive one.

Boundaries of Rego Park

To the north, Rego Park's boundary is the Long Island Expressway (LIE) and Corona and Elmhurst. To the east, it's Forest Hills for a long stretch, along 99th and 98th Streets and then Queens Boulevard to Yellowstone Boulevard and finally to Selfridge Street. Rego Park stretches a slim arm all the way south to Metropolitan Avenue where it meet a tentacle of Glendale. It's border to the west is simply Woodhaven Boulevard across from St. John's Cemetery and Middle Village.

Rego Park Transportation: 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.

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 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.

Neighborhood Basics

  • Queens Library at Rego Park 91-41 63 Dr, Rego Park, NY 11374, 718-459-5140
  • Parking is tough. Queens Boulevard is usually your best shot at finding a spot, compared to the side streets.
  • Post Office - 9224 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY 11374
  • Police Station - 112th Precinct covers Rego Park and Forest Hills. 68-40 Austin St, Forest Hills, NY, 11375-4242, 718-520-9311
  • Community Board 6- Community Board 6 represents Rego Park and Forest Hills. 104-01 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375, 718-263-9250
  • Zip Code - 11374
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