Quality and Value Equals Luxury Living at The Alexander in Rego Park


During the 1950’s and 60’s discerning New Yorkers traveled to The Bronx in search of the perfect dress, accessories, shoes or outerwear.  Realistically, they knew they could find the same merchandise at their local department store, but at Alexander’s they would get the best price. Quality and Value . . . Alexander Farkas’ credo.

Later on, Alexander’s would open 14 additional stores throughout New York City.  With more visibility, new customers and more buying power, there was no other place like it!  Although several retailers tried to compete, they all failed.

One of the more popular Alexander stores was located at 61-55 Junction Boulevard in Rego Park. Today that address is home to the many stores located within Rego Center I and Rego Center II, a most unique shopping outlet.

An original landscape to the shopping center is the rising luxury residential building, appropriately named The Alexander, which has added a new dimension to the property.  In keeping with Alexander Farkas’ belief, The Alexander offers a luxury lifestyle never before seen in Rego Park.  With top-grade appliances, beautifully planned apartments, in-door and out-door children’s activities, adult amenities including a game room with pool table, fitness center with a yoga lawn, outdoor bar-b-que area and so much more, we’re sure Mr. Farkas would agree this shouts “Quality and Value” like no other residential Queens building can!

Come see for yourself.  There are three model homes which will be available for viewing beginning June 1st. – a studio, a one-bedroom and a 2-bedroom.  To make an appontment for a private tour register at http://alexanderregopark.com/.   You’ll be glad you did.

The Alexander

61-55 Junction Blvd.

Rego Park, New York



Family-Friendly Outdoor Marketplace Will Showcase Diverse Food, Art, Merchandise, and Performances from New York City’s Cultural Tapestry

tchgpuxj0jidtfvr2rmlNight markets have long been a fixture in many parts of the world. In recent years, they’ve become tremendously popular in cities like Philadelphia, San Diego, LA, Toronto, and Vancouver. Queens, as one of the most diverse places in the world–and the Lonely Planet’s top US tourist destination for 2015–is an ideal place for an open air market with an international theme. Therefore, it came as no surprise that the Queens International Night Market made a smashing debut on Saturday, April 25th in the parking lot of the New York Hall of Science, part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The aroma from the diverse culturally authentic street foods encouraged attendees to try new tastes.  A wide array of art items was pleasurable to the eye.  A variety of merchandise for sale was appealing to those looking for a ‘bargain’, as The Queens International Night Market aims to be uniquely affordable.  Small-scale performances of music and dance were a big part of the night market experience and excitement.

The Queens International Night Market is a short distance from Rego Park.  Rain or shine, the event takes place every Saturday from 6:00pm to midnight through October 20th.  Admission to the market is free.

The Queens International Night Market

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th Street,

Corona, New York


Every Saturday from 6:00pm to midnight through October 20th.


Summer Camps at the National Tennis Center

Tennis camps

Since 1978, the annual United States Open Tennis Championship
has been played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, New York City.
Of course, as a tennis enthusiast, you already know that! But, do you know the USTA runs summer camps on these famous hard courts for children and adults of every playing level?

Junior Camp runs from June 22nd through August 7th, offering a variety of activities grouped by age and ability.
Beginners through Intermediate level cater to youths from four years to ten years of age. This introductory session is not only about tennis. This level includes cross training of other sports to enhance your child’s long-term athletic development and overall camp experience.
Beginners through low Intermediate level are designed for youngsters at all levels of play who are between the ages of ten and seventeen. Emphasis is placed on technique, tactics and strategy. Cross training introduces soccer, softball, and other sports.
Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate and Advanced level is specifically geared to create outstanding players in the ten to seventeen year-old age bracket. Players applying to the Academy must be actively competing in sanctioned tournament play, be respectful to fellow students and coaches, and 100% committed to the sport. This level follows the USTA player development coaching philosophy, and all applicants will be evaluated by USTA’s pro staff to determine appropriate group placement.

Mom and Dad, why not give your child the gift of summer camp at the National Tennis Center? You can be sure when he returns to school in September his ‘what I did over my summer vacation’ report will consist of only six words – “I had the best summer ever! “– with a huge smiley face filling the remainder of empty white space.

Adult registration is now on-going for a full day session of tennis instruction with USPTA-and PTR-certified pros. Work on specialty shots, try Cardio Tennis and enjoy a healthy lunch. You can also challenge the pros to return their serves. Team tennis match play included in the afternoon. Other programs, including private lesson for adults, are listed on the USTA website.

Just when you thought the luxury conveniences of living at the newest Rego Park rental building, The Alexander, couldn’t get better, living in the shadow of the National Tennis Center gives you yet another glorious amenity to brag about.

Registration information is available online at http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/National-Tennis-Center/Information/camps_for_juniors_and_adults
If you require additional information, or want to find out about other programs call 718-760-6200 or email ntcprograms@usta.com

Rego Park gets better and better everyday


Once again, the people of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Garden and Richmond Hills have spoken, and once again, their voices have been heard.

Security cameras, kiosks with ‘real-time’ information about subway service and air conditioning for several schools in Central Queens will soon receive funding under the City Council’s participatory budgeting program. More than 1,300 residents from the district voted how to spend $1 million of City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz’s capital fund-  From 13 projects that appeared on the ballot, voters chose to fund three.

$350,000 for 10 additional NYPD cameras, which will be placed throughout the district.

$675,000 will pay for electrical upgrades necessary to install air conditioning in auditoriums, cafeterias and libraries at three local schools: P.S. 99 in Kew Gardens, P.S. 139 in Rego Park and P.S. 175 on the border of Forest Hills and Rego Park.

Several subway stations will also receive so-called “On The Go” kiosks, which provide real-time information about subway service.  One kiosk will be installed at the 63rd Drive—Rego Park station, three at the Forest Hills—71st Avenue station and the Kew Gardens—Union Turnpike station will receive two. Currently in use in Manhattan, they have proven to be a successful tool for commuters.  The kiosks will be placed before turnstiles, where straphangers can check for updated information that might affect their commute before entering the station.

“The community worked hard to make this process a success,” said Ms. Koslowitz. In. “I am happy that citizens voted for projects that will benefit everyone in our district”.

Living in Rego Park just keeps getting better and better.

It’s a Wonderful World – Celebrate Louis Armstrong


Plan on spending Saturday, June 30th at the second annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World at Flushing Meadows, Corona Park. Queens has long been proud of its’ contribution to jazz history. This festival celebrates the life and legacy of one of America’s musical icons, Louis Armstrong, with a day of music, food, tours, and fun.

Arrive at 12 noon at The Backyard Bash and Pops’ Place located at the Queens Museum. The Backyard Bash features family-friendly activities throughout the park. Pop’s Place offers Satchmo-inspired tunes played by DJ Cochon de Lait, DJ Sultán Balkanero, and DJ Rekha.  Enjoy the music while the kiddies take advantage of the space provided in the family area for interactive exhibitions and an art-making table.

Main Stage performances kick-off at 12:30 PM. This year’s music line-up blends traditional jazz with modern favorites and boasts entertainment by Lauryn Hill, Antibalas, Ozomatli, Rebirth Brass Band, and the Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band.

Lauryn Hill

The legendary Lauryn Hill broke new ground for female artists in hip-hop, becoming one of the most dominant musical figures of the ’90s, and the first hip-hop artist to take home a Grammy for Album of the Year. Ms. Hill rose to international fame when the Fugees’ 1996 album, The Score, topped charts around the world. A seasoned performer, Ms. Hill continues to impress fans with her substance-over-style approach.


Antibalas, (Spanish for bullet-proof), the 12-piece ensemble is credited with carrying the Afrobeat torch into developing a powerful live show that is the stuff of legend. Since their beginning in 1998, the group has performed at major venues throughout New York City, and in 32 countries around the world.


The Grammy-winning multicultural L.A. party band, Ozomatli, is known for its “effortless mashup of musical styles.” The band is a super mixture of hip-hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga – and any other sounds you might expect to hear while driving through the melting pot of Los Angeles with your windows down.

Rebirth Brass Band

Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. The band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound.

In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack.

Shannon Powell

A leading force on the traditional jazz circuit, Shannon Powell is a highly sought after drummer and percussionist who has achieved international acclaim for his commanding technique and style, rooted in the characteristic funky drum beats of New Orleans.

For those interested in learning more about the relationship of the borough of Queens with the jazz art form, The Queens Museum is offering city tours of notable jazz spots on the Panorama of the City of New York, the crown jewel of their collection. Tours will start every hour and are offered in English and Spanish. Audio and video of Louis Armstrong will be shown in the space between tours.

Stop at the food court to sample a wide variety of local food trucks and flavors. There’s a variety of ethnic cuisine and old school favorites available and, of course, Louis’ favorite food — rice and beans!

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World is a free all-ages event open to the public.  However, you must have a free ticket to access the Main Stage area. Register online today at http://www.armstrongswonderfulworld.com, as tickets are limited.

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World

Flushing Meadows, Corona Park

Avenue of Peace & Avenue of Asia

Corona, NY 11368

Saturday, June 30, 2015

Noon – 8:00pm




Come For the Run, Stay For the Fun


The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. One word of caution, though; don’t let the terminology fool you. If you are in this for a real RUN, you’ll likely be frustrated once it begins, as color runners tend to stop and go, and take selfies along the way. So be prepared to navigate around people if you even hope to keep up a jogging pace. Oh, and there are no winners or official times, either.

Let us clarify this for you – the Color Run caters to everyone from first time runners to seasoned athletes, with the understanding this run is about having fun and has nothing to do with athletic prowess.  For the uninitiated, the 5K Color Run is an event in which the participants, all clad in white tee shirts, are doused head to toe in different colors at each kilometer along the course. There’s even a live band that’ll have you rocking and rolling (or dancing) your way to the finish line where you’ll arrive smiling, and a mess of bright, vibrant colors.

After Color Runners complete the race the fun continues with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger-than-life party known is often referred to as the best post-5k party on the planet!

Now that we’ve piqued your curiosity why not visit the website to find out about additional activities planned for the day?  This is also the site to register for Color Run 5k to be held at Citi Field on Saturday, May 23rd.

The Color Run was founded in March 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. Each year, as the event grows around the world, it is the hope of the promoters that the Color Run 5k event will act as a catalyst for all participants to live an active, healthy lifestyle.  See you at the finish line!


The Color Run

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Citi Field