A+ Colleges Right in Your Backyard

There’s no need to leave Queens to obtain an excellent college education. Everyday, thousands of students pursue degrees in campuses across Queens. The following institutions offer two-year, undergraduate, or graduate studies right here in our borough.

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LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)

LaGuardia Community College is a CUNY school in Long Island City offering two-year programs for commuter students. Called “The World’s Community College” LaGuardia enrolls 14,000 students from nearly 150 countries, speaking more than 80 languages. In 2002 the Policy Center on the First Year of College named the college an ‘Institution of Excellence in the First College Year’, one of only two community colleges in the U.S. to receive the honor. Impressive!

LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)

31-10 Thomson Avenue

Long Island City, New York 11101

718-482-7200

http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu

 

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Queensborough Community College (CUNY)

Another member of the CUNY system and a commuter school, Queensborough is in residential Bayside, and enrolls 12,000 students in its two-year programs and more in its Continuing Education branch.

Queensborough Community College (CUNY)

222-05 56th Avenue

Bayside, New York 11364

718- 631-6262

http://www.qcc.cuny.edu

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Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Formerly the College of Aeronautics, Vaughn College enrolls 1,300 commuter students in bachelor and associate degree programs. It offers degrees in engineering, aviation, and management at its LaGuardia Airport campus.

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

86-01 23rd Avenue

Flushing, New York 11369

1.866.6VAUGHN

http://www.vaughn.edu

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St. John’s University

The main campus of St. John’s University is located in Jamaica Estates, and boasts 105 acres of a traditional university setting with commuter and residential students. Undergrads and graduate students of this private Catholic university number about 20,000.  St. John’s basketball team – Red Storm – is nationally competitive.  Its alumni rolls are long and distinguished, and include two former governors of New York, Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo, and a slew of NBA players. St. John’s law school has been consistently rated among the best in the state.

St. John’s University

8000 Utopia Parkway

Queens, New York 11439

888-9STJOHNS or 718-990-2000

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York College (CUNY)

A four-year college in the CUNY system, York College enrolls commuter, undergraduate students in liberal arts and professional programs, including nursing and aviation.  Founded in 1966, it’s been at its present location in Jamaica, Queens, since 1986.  NYPD Chief Raymond W. Kelly is York College alum.

York College (CUNY)

94 – 20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

Jamaica, New York 11451

718-262-2000

http://www.york.cuny.edu

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Queens College (CUNY)

Queens College is almost synonymous with Queens as a leading institute of higher education in the borough. It is one of the largest colleges in the City University of New York system, and one of the most highly regarded. Queens College has consistently appeared on the Princeton Review’s lists of best undergraduate education, and master’s programs, based on academics, tuition, financial aid and diversity on campus. Located in Flushing, the campus sports 77 acres and 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Queens College (CUNY)

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, New York 11367-1597

718- 997-5000

http://www.qc.cuny.edu

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CUNY School of Law

Though it is located on the Queens College campus, and officially known as “the CUNY School of Law at Queens College,” the CUNY School of Law deserves its own mention. Publicly funded, the law school, according to The National Jurist, produces more lawyers in public interest field than any other law school in the U.S.

CUNY School of Law

2 Court Square

Long Island City, New York 11101-4356

718-340-4200

http://www.law.cuny.edu

Residents of the newest luxury rental building in Rego Park, The Alexander, have the privilege of living within close proximity to all the above-mentioned institutions of higher learning. LaGuardia Community is the furthest, approximately 30 minutes straight down Queens Blvd. into Long Island City and the closest; Queens College is about 15 minutes east via the Long Island Expressway.

The Alexander has the very best, in real estate lingo, of location, location, location.

 

Love and Knishes at Knish Nosh

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Ms. Laura Silver, author of “Knish: In Search of Jewish Soul Food,” describes a knish; ” “In its most pure form, it’s a pillow of dough stuffed with mashed potatoes and seasoned with onions,” she says. “But there are many varieties. They can be baked or fried, sweet or savory.”

While most of us have never encountered a knish we didn’t love, many newcomers to Rego Park have never tasted a knish, period! Thankfully, you’re in luck! Now, everyone can give it a ‘go’ as Knish Nosh moves to its’ new storefront location at 98-104 Queens Blvd., a short walking distance from The Alexander.

Since 1952, Knish Nosh, one of the oldest businesses in the neighborhood, concentrated exclusively on baking knishes filled with liver, kasha (roasted buckwheat groats) or potato. The updated Knish Nosh has introduced spinach knish and sweet potato knish to its offerings, and is now a full deli restaurant that reflects the true taste of its’ Eastern European heritage.

If you’re not sure what to order, don’t be shy; the helpful staff behind the counter will answer your questions, explain what’s what and offer great suggestions for your culinary enjoyment.

Knish Nosh

98-104 Queens Blvd.

Rego Park, New York 11374

718-897-5554

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Cash only

Daily: 8:00am-8:00pm

Wheelchair Accessible

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Achieve True Luxury at The Alexander

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Crystal Lau, a reporter for The Tribune Press, a local Queens’s newspaper, toured The Alexander late last month.  This is her report, as published in the August 7th edition.

“The Alexander in Rego Park, a new luxury rental building located above Rego Center at 61-55 Junction Blvd., is now available for leasing and immediate occupancy.  The new LEED-designed residential building offers 312 residences, ranging from studios to one and two-bedroom apartment layouts.  Aside from the upscale finishes and open layout, the residences also feature nine-foot-high ceilings, white oak Werner flooring, Daltile Quartz countertops, Italian porcelain tiling within the kitchen and bathroom, and Whirlpool stainless steel appliances.

The Alexander allows residents access to all of their recreational and social amenities, including 24-hour concierge, a private state of the art fitness center complete with cardio and strength-training equipment, a game room, a public lounge with a kitchen and fireplace, both indoor and outdoor children’s playgrounds, and an outdoor landscaped terrace with seating, cabanas and a barbecue area.

Rising 27 stories above Rego Center, residents are offered a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline across the water, ease of access to many retail shopping areas and eateries, and transit to Central Queens and beyond.  The location of the building offers convenient traveling; resident can easily reach subway service to Manhattan via the M and R lines nearby at the 63rd Drive-Rego Park station, and is in close proximity to the Long Island Expressway with connections to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and Manhattan.

The Alexander is also situated near several of Queens’ most popular attractions, including the Queens Botanical Garden, the Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Citi Field, and the National Tennis Center.

“We’re very excited to introduce The Alexander to the Rego Park community,” said Geoff Smith, vice president of development for Vornado Realty Trust. “This vibrant, family-friendly area has a strong sense of community and is bustling with retail, dining and recreational activities. We believe The Alexander is a perfect complement to the area, and one that will attract both existing and new residents who are drawn to Rego Park’s attributes and desire a more modern, amenity-rich lifestyle.”

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Back To School Family Fun Day – A Community Favorite

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Exciting monthly events planned for the Rego Park community sponsored by Rego Center I and Rego Center II focus on issues of importance to all its’ neighbors.

With summer drawing to a close and the anticipation of the Queens schools opening on Wednesday, September 9th, a fun send-off bash is planned for Sunday, September 6th.   Family Fun Days have long been a community favorite for children of all ages, and this one will be no different.  Parents are encouraged to partake in the free activities along with their children, so if you see a mom or dad with colorful face painting, or wearing a balloon hat resembling a cat, don’t be surprised.  This month’s ‘celebrity’ star comes to Rego Park direct from PBS’s animated television series Cyberchase . . . Digit*, the dearly loved cybird that helps the kids on their mission to save Cyberspace.

Back to School Family Fun Day

Sunday, September 6, 2015

11:00am – 2:00pm

Galleria walkway between ALDI and the Vitamin Shoppe

*Ironically, Gilbert Gottfied is the official voice of Digit.  Many of you may be familiar with Mr. Gottfried association with Rego Park through a recent charity event held to benefit the Forest Hills Rego Park Ambulance Corps,  “Laughter is the Best Medicine… Take 2” in which he starred.

Mad Science Saturdays, a favorite among older children, are spectacular science-themed shows designed to amaze and entertain through demonstrations and logical explanations

On Saturday, September 19th, come one, come all, and step into three rings of fun as Mad Science Saturday presents a series of chemistry and physics demos that explain how a bed of nails can provide a great night’s sleep or how important balance can be to a tightrope walker. Watch as super secret Snooberfish eggs hatch – see an amazing high dive that doesn’t make a splash. When it comes to fun science Mad Science Saturday provides the greatest show on earth! All Mad Science Shows are free and will take place in the

Galleria between Mandee and Panera Bread from 1:00pm to 1:45pm.

Burlington gives back to the Rego Park community on Sunday, September 20th as they promote Community Safety Day.  In partnership with the local police station, the 112th precinct, safety issues will be addressed to raise awareness of potential dangers and how to avoid bringing harm to you or your child, i.e., car seat safety.  If you’re interested in providing a record of identification for your child, fingerprinting will be conducted on site.  Visit the Burlington store between 10:00am and 3:00pm and bring any questions you may have relating to family and/or community safety.

The school year is off to a wonderful, safe start for you and your family.

Queens Rental Tower With Easy Highway Access

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C.J. Hughes at The New York Times reports on The Alexander:

Sites that New York’s luxury residential developers once shunned but now seem eager to embrace are numerous: in office districts, across from public housing complexes or along industrial waterfronts. And now a spot by a major highway can be added to the mix.

In the latest what-will-they-think-of-next effort, a development team has constructed a high-end rental tower in Rego Park, Queens, at the edge of the roaring Long Island Expressway.

Called the Alexander at Rego Center, the tower, which was developed by Vornado Realty Trust in partnership with Alexander’s, a department store chain turned real estate company, rises from a large and busy mall, Rego Center, at Junction Boulevard and 62nd Drive.

In a tight market, in a burgeoning corner of Queens, few brokers believe the Alexander’s setting will hurt the project.

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