Discover Rego Park, New York City’s Best-Kept Secret!

maxresdefaultManhattan is touristy, Brooklyn is turning mainstream, and Queens is now the up-and-coming borough in New York.  As a destination, the borough of Queens has been overlooked and underrated by New Yorkers for years, and only now is starting to get the recognition it deserves.

According to the book, “Queens: What to Do, Where to Go (and How Not to Get Lost) in New York’s Undiscovered Borough,” written by Ellen Freudenheim, Rego Park is described as a melting pot of cultures ranging from Jewish and Bukharan Russian to Asian, South Asian and Latino.

The area is named after the Real Good Construction Company, builders of many of the private homes in the 1920s. Those quaint Tudor homes sporting manicured lawns and shady trees remain in a section of Rego Park called The Crescents, an area of semi-circular streets named for their crescent-moon shape. There are also attached two and multi-family homes, detached wood-frame houses and apartment buildings.

Adding to the skyline of Rego Park, Vornado Realty is developing the new luxury twenty-story rental apartment building, The Alexander, at 62nd Drive and Junction Boulevard.  Residents will enjoy the many one-of-a-kind amenities being offered. These include a club room, complete with a fireplace, a game room with a pool table and video game nook, an indoor children’s play room, plus an outdoor children’s play room with water jet feature and Kompan play equipment, a fitness center with a Yoga lawn, an outdoor Barbeque area and an outdoor lawn area with seating and cabanas.  Luxury continues inside the apartment, as well, featuring Whirlpool stainless appliances, a Bosch vent-less washer and dryer, 9” ceilings, white Oak wood flooring throughout, Oak cabinetry in kitchen, high-end finishes in all rooms. The Alexander’s close proximity to New York City, without having the costly rent of a city apartment is attracting a new generation of young families and professionals. The luxurious amenities of the building and the apartments all add up to incredible VALUE.

The area boasts what is arguably the best shopping in Queens. The Rego Center I and II shopping complexes feature stores like Costco, Century 21, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Aldi Supermarket and Burlington Coat Factory. Small businesses, many family-run, dot Rego Park’s main streets. Having a vast variety of superior brand stores and independent shops within walking distance from The Alexander clearly indicates CONVENIENCE.

With world-class restaurants from every corner of the world, nearby major sporting venues and cultural institutions, and the sense of belonging to a community, Rego Park has everything necessary to finesse your lifestyle, and its’ all located in one NEIGHBORHOOD.

For Yvonne Shortt, executive director of the Rego Park Green Alliance, it was the area’s laid-back, family-friendly vibe that attracted her 10 years ago. “I wanted a neighborhood where people lived in the community much longer,” the mother of two said. “I wanted a place where people knew each other and really have conversations. And that’s something we’ve got here.”

Peter Beadle, a 16-year resident of Rego Park and member of BCommunity Board 6 added; “It feels sometimes like a village. When I walk the streets, neighbors and shopkeepers know me.” That sense of community, the excellent school and the neighborhood’s diversity are the reasons he, his wife Rachel and their two children never moved from Rego Park. “People found our secret. They’re realizing they don’t have to go far away from Manhattan to start a life and have it be affordable,” he said. “It’s in the middle of it all and it’s a neighborhood with long-term roots and families.”

We couldn’t agree more.

“Queens: What to Do, Where to Go (and How Not to Get Lost) in New York’s Undiscovered Borough.”

Ellen Freudenheim

ellenfreudenheim.com

The Alexander

61-55 Junction Blvd.

Rego Park, New York 11374

212-228-3700 Ext. 426

http://alexanderregopark.com/

 

Hey, Go Fly a Kite!

Kite flyingNo, not an insult – this is actually an invitation to enjoy a kite building and flying afternoon in Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

Children will build kites using recycled material and their imagination.  After selecting one of three basic designs available, the children are encouraged to personalize the kite anyway they want; they may draw from the theme of the event, which is exploring ideas of flying, freedom, and community, or be inspired from the park’s fantastic view of Manhattan, or just create a “Happy Mother’s Day, Mom” kite.

The remainder of the afternoon will reflect a display of colorful art as these beautiful kites soar high above the park.  Unfortunately, workshop space is limited and participation for this free event will be on a first come, first served basis.

Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Blvd.

Long Island City, New York 11106

Saturday, May 9, 2015

11 AM – 3 PM

http://socratessculpturepark.org/

The Voices of a Concerned Community Have Been Heard

 

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The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) announced plans for the redesign of Queens Boulevard to make it more accommodating for drivers and pedestrians alike.  This project, expected to begin in August, launches the start of the DOT’s $100 million Green Streets initiative, which will cover all seven miles of Queens Boulevard.  “This corridor has been re-imagined and will be redesigned to become a safer, greener and more attractive corridor for residents and businesses, suitable to traverse through the World’s Borough,” stated DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, after making the announcement.

Unique redesigns include a protected bike lane integrated into a widened service road median, with new pedestrian space and median-to-median crossings.  The first redesign segment will cover the 1.3-mile portion of Queens Boulevard between Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd Street. Some of the features to be implemented include safer crossings, increased pedestrian space and improved intersections.  The preliminary plan also looks to calm the traffic on service roads.

This project came about after listening to community input at a safety workshop held in Woodside on January 22, 2015.  The agency plans to hold more public workshops during the fall and winter for the future phases of the initiative, from 73rd Street to Eliot Avenue and from Eliot Avenue to Union Turnpike.

Living at The Alexander in Rego Park just keeps getting better and better.

Buy Me Some Peanuts & Crackerjacks . . .

719x517_kids_clubSpring signals baseball with a capital ‘B’ and there’s nothing better than Major League Baseball action, especially a live game.  Most residents of Rego Park are Mets fans, and everybody boasts of ‘living next door to Citi Field’.

Why not take yourself and your family out to a ball game?  The first daytime home game at Citi Field is Monday, April 13th, when the Mets face off against the Philadelphis Phillies at 1:10pm.  The first evening game happens the following day, Tuesday, April 14th at 7:10pm, with the Mets giving the Phillies another chance to beat them.   Not happening!

The Mets have special events at Sunday home games for their younger fans in appreciation of their loyalty to the team –

  • Kids Giveaways features a different kids-themed promotional giveaway, Items include Kids Sunglasses, a Lucas Duda Growth Chart, a Curtis Granderson Wall Decal, a Toy Truck and more.
  • Mr. Met Dash is a  family favorite as they watch their youngster run the bases at Citi Field after the game.  The kids especially love meeting their adorable mascot, Mr. Met, in person.
  • The 2015 Mr. Met’s Kids Club offers a great benefit package, regardless if you choose a paid or free membership option.

 

Blue Membership: FREE

Four (4) complimentary ticket e-vouchers to be used at select games by Kids Club member and family.*

Membership card and lanyard for Mr. Met’s Kids Club Sundays

Check in at the Mr. Mets Kids Club Kiosk each Sunday to get your card stamped.

Come to four (4) Sunday games = receive autographed player photo card

Come to seven (7) Sunday games = receive Mets cap

Come to ten (10) Sunday games = receive duffle bag

Come to all thirteen (13) Sunday games = on-field recognition prior to the final Sunday game

One blue membership per child

* Eligible for all games, pending availability, except for Opening Day, Red Sox and Subway Series games. Tickets can be redeemed for separate games, but all must be redeemed at one time. Complimentary tickets received through Mr. Met’s Kids Club may not be re-sold.

 

Orange Membership: $29.00

Ten (10) complimentary ticket e-vouchers to be used at select games by Kids Club member and family.*

Membership t-shirt (available for shipping)

Access to additional exclusive ticket offers

Membership card and lanyard for Mr. Met’s Kids Club Sundays

Check in at the Mr. Mets Kids Club Kiosk each Sunday to get your card stamped.

Come to four (4) Sunday games = receive autographed player photo card

Come to seven (7) Sunday games = receive Mets cap

Come to ten (10) Sunday games = receive duffle bag

Come to all thirteen (13) Sunday games = on-field recognition prior to the final Sunday game

Scoreboard welcome message at every Sunday game if a member checks in at the Kids Club Kiosk by the end of the 1st inning

Exclusive front-of-the-line privileges for Kids Run The Bases on the field following Sunday afternoon games at Citi Field

One voucher good for four (4) tickets to a select 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones game at MCU Park

Orange members are automatically entered to win the opportunity to view Batting Practice from the field

* Eligible for all games, pending availability, except for Opening Day, Red Sox and Subway Series games.  Tickets can be redeemed for separate games, but all must be redeemed at one time. Complimentary tickets received through Mr. Met’s Kids Club may not be re-sold.

For more information or to place your order by phone, please call the Mr. Met’s Kids Club Hotline at (718) 559-3115, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET or contact the stadium at mrmetskidsclub@nymets.com

Complete game schedules can be found at http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ballpark/

Citi Field

123-01 Roosevelt Avenue

New York, New York 11368

http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ballpark/

 

 

What Are You Willing To Do For Love? #tellus

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What would you be willing to do when you love someone?  That’s the question asked of Queens’s residents in a recent art project.  The responses will be displayed in the windows and door of an empty storefront on April 8th, and remain in place for about a month.  The storefront, at 39-11 47th Avenue, had been home to an accounting firm for over two decades, and has recently been vacated.

Students attending P.S. 206 in Rego Park and other community members offered a variety of powerful phrases, hashtag style, such as: #staypositive, #supportthem, #forgivethem, #givebreakfastinbed, #makequalitytime and #rubfeet.  Those Rego Park kids are pretty smart!

“I hope people see these actions, reflect on being in love and what it means, and hopefully take positive actions to show their love,” said Yvonne Shortt of Rego Park Green Alliance Studio, a nonprofit focused on projects seeking to engage local residents using creativity to address complex community problems.  The organizers also hope the campaign will help attract attention to the empty store and the community, eventually leading to finding a new tenant.

What are you willing to do for love?   We’d love to hear from you.

Our answer?  #bakebrownies

RPGA Studio, Inc.

43-01 22nd Street

Suite 2015

LIC, New York 11101

347-201-2186

http://www.regoparkgreenalliance.org/