Middle Village lies further west. Like Forest Hills and Middle Village, Rego Park is one of the neighborhoods on the cusp of the urban/suburban divide that separates the densely populated apartment neighborhoods of Queens from the more suburban, residential neighborhoods in western Queens.Find Rego Park apartments
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Rego Park doesn’t have a very colorful history. It started out as farmland for Dutch and German farmers until the early 20th century, and at some point was a Chinatown produce supplier. In fact, even the name “Rego Park” has rather silly beginnings. The “Reel Good Construction” developed the area in the early 1920s and had built 525 houses, stores along Queens Boulevard, and apartment buildings all by the 1930s. In other words, the Reel Good Construction company singlehandedly turned former farmland into a neighborhood, hence “Rego” Park.
Fortunately, Rego Park has since become a much more interesting place. In the 70 years since its development, the neighborhood has become a quiet, safe place to live with several shopping centers, including the sprawling Rego Center and a “main street” in the form of 63rd Drive. Its proximity to Queens Boulevard makes it a convenient place for drivers, and Queens Center Mall is next door in Woodhaven.
Architecturally, Rego Park is similar to Forest Hills - it was built to attract upper-scale residents, and the Tudor style architecture reflects that. To this day Rego Park has a very large Jewish population, and many restaurants throughout the neighborhood are kosher. Rego Park is also home to a sizeable East European presence, and it is noted for being a great place to find authentic Uzbek and Tajik cuisine. Albanians, Romanians, and Bulgarians are prevalent, but Israelis, Iranians, Columbians, South Asians, Chinese, and South Koreans are also well represented. Popular eats include Ben’s Best Kosher Deli, Sake Sushi, Tandoor, and Cheburechnaya.
There are 7 public schools in Rego Park, but is one of the few neighborhoods without its own zone high school. The nearest high school is Forest Hills High. There are 3 parochial private schools in the area, as well as the Rego Park Jewish Center. The branch of the Queens Library in Rego Park is notable for having the largest annual circulation in Queens as of 2010.
Rego Park is served by the E, M, and R trains at 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard, and a small number of buses run through to Manhattan. The main thoroughfares are Queens Boulevard and 63rd Drive.