Up Close (And Personal) with The Alexander Resident Josh Rhett Noble

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A recent conversation with your neighbor, Josh Rhett Noble has given us incredible insight into how the enjoyment of living at The Alexander at Rego Center has impacted him.

When did you move to The Alexander?
June 1, 2016

What area (s) did you reside in prior to moving to The Alexander?
Sunnyside, Queens

Why did you decide to move at this time?
I was looking for an apartment with more space that was still in Queens.  I absolutely love the diversity and vibe of Queens and knew I wanted to stay in this wonderful borough.

What were your priorities when you were searching for a new residence/location?
Definitely space, location and pet friendly.

Where else did you look and why didn’t those choices work for you?
Various locations in Queens, including Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside.  Unfortunately, I simply couldn’t find a building with the combination of space, amenities and proximity to transit that fit into my budget.  But, then I found The Alexander.

How did you hear about The Alexander?
I saw the building under construction when I was shopping at Rego Center, then I did a Google search and read more about it.  So happy I found it!

What were some of the deciding factors in choosing The Alexander?
There are so many wonderful aspects to The Alexander.  The building and property are gorgeous. The modern decor, the beautiful floors, the quartz countertops in the kitchen and bath…and, not to mention the luxury of having a washer/dryer IN your unit…and a dishwasher.  None of which I had prior to moving.  Also, the fact that it’s pet friendly is essential.

Was commuting/location a factor?
As an actor, I always want to be able to get into Manhattan within a decent amount of time for shoots, classes and auditions.  Luckily, The Alexander is right off the M/R line and my commute is an easy one.  Also, being so centrally located to both JFK and LaGuardia Airport is fantastic.

What are your feelings about the surrounding Rego Park area, i.e. convenience of the train nearby, retail below, established neighborhood compared to still-emerging areas like Long Island City?
Sometimes I feel like I am on constant vacation living at The Alexander because of the HUGE amount of stores, shops and restaurants to visit.  It truly is like living within a shopping destination, but with the added spice of walking over to Queens Blvd. to experience local restaurants, “mom & pop” stores and more.

What type of apartment did you rent; how many bedrooms, what floor, views?
I opted for the “Residence F” line.  It’s a one bedroom, one bathroom with an additional office.  I love the great views of Citi Field, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park with its iconic structures from the New York World’s Fair, Forest Hills and the surrounding area.

What was it about that specific apartment/floor plan that you liked?
It’s perfect with the extra space for when company visits and to have a separate office space to utilize.  Being on the 20th floor gives the apartment fantastic light with extra tall ceilings and over 800 square feet of living space.

Thoughts on the building’s amenities?
All of the amenity areas are stunning.  Since the building is brand-spanking new, you feel like you are in a luxury hotel more than a residence in Queens. The gym is very well equipped and even has an outdoor yoga space with grass. The Lounge and Game Room offer tons of extra lounging space if you want to escape your apartment.  Both are beautifully decorated with multiple TVs, areas for work on your laptop, a pool table, games and more.  The outdoor space is gorgeous with ample seating all around the building’s exterior, 4 huge gas grills that are available for us and a constant breeze that cools you off even on the hottest of days.

Have you met or interacted with your neighbors in the building?  Is there a social atmosphere?
The Alexander is very proactive in getting the neighbors to mingle and meet.  I attended a wonderful “Meet & Greet” right before moving in for all new residents.  Everyone is so friendly and from all walks of life. They even schedule “Ice Cream” socials during the summer.  Brilliant!

Anything else you’d like to point?
I have to say, more than anything, that the team of people working at The Alexander are beyond top-notch.  It was the biggest deciding factor on choosing this as home.  Everyone from the leasing agents, the management, the maintenance to the concierge. You won’t find a better crew of people to welcome you each and every day.

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OK, Dads . . . This One’s For You!

32233444-Happy-Mothers-Day-Stock-VectorOK, Dads . . . this one’s for you.  Sorry, it’s not a brewski, but it’s something to do with your bud.

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day, and the best present your munchkin(s) can give Mom is a gift made with his two little hands.  Borrowing from Genny Upton’s site, GoAskMom, this flower bouquet is the ideal gift for Mom because it doesn’t need to be watered, it will never outgrow its pot, and if it gets droopy, bends back into shape.  Pre-schoolers will need your help, older kids your guidance.

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Here’s what you need:

* clay pot, any size

* washable tempura paint, about 6 to 8 different colors

* artist paintbrushes

* pack or two of multi-colored construction paper or card stock

* flower-shaped cookie cutters (optional)

* scissor

* 2-3 plastic lids from food container

* wet wipes

* green chenille pipe cleaners

* Easter grass, Styrofoam, tissue paper or shredded paper wet wipes

* glue gun or bottle of glue

We suggest you paint the pot first, giving it a chance to dry before the flowers go in.  You can probably pick up a medium sized clay pot, and some paint and brushes at any craft store. Let them use their imagination for the design of the pot.

Here’s where Dad comes in. Begin to make the flowers by cutting flower shapes out of construction paper or card stock. (The easiest method is to trace around a flower-shaped cookie cutter to create a pattern.)  Cut out two of each color you want to make because you will need a front and a back for each flower.

Using washable tempera paint, squirt dots of various colors onto a plastic lid from a food container to be used for thumb printing. Start by dipping a thumb into a color and making a print in the center of a flower. Wipe off the paint from the thumb, then choose a different color and make thumbprints on each petal. Repeat for as many flowers as you’d like to make.  Remember it takes two flower shapes to create one completed flower.

Once the paint is dry, align two flowers of the same color back-to-back, so that your flower now has a painted front and back. Insert a green chenille stem (pipe cleaner) in-between the flowers to serve as the stem and glue it all together. It is suggest to use a hot glue gun so that it’ll be ready instantly, or you can buy a bottle of Elmer’s glue and wait for it to dry.

Bend or cut the chenille stems to the desired height and insert into the flowerpot.  Easter grass, Styrofoam, tissue paper or shredded paper can be used as filler to support the flowers.

That’s it – all done.  Truly a masterpiece made with lots of love.

How convenient is it that you live at The Alexander!  You and your children can hide away in the Library, or children’s play room to create your pièce de résistance, while remaining unseen from mom’s peeping eyes. Make sure to cover the table surface with a durable cloth, or heavy cardboard to prevent any paint or glue drippings.

If you have a child wanting to do a craft, but he wants to do a different project, how about decorating a candle?  This idea is courtesy of ComeTogetherKids.com.

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If you have any questions see the visual instructions on their website for step by step directions.

Here’s what you need:

* white tissue paper

* markers

* pillar candles (white or other light colors works best)

* waxed paper or parchment paper

* hair dryer or heat embossing gun

First thing you need to do is decide what size candle is appropriate.  Then cut a piece of tissue paper to fit around the outside of your candle, keeping it a little smaller than the candle itself.

Using markers, have your child decorate the tissue paper. Stress not to press down too forcefully on the markets as the tissue paper is pretty delicate.  Encourage simple drawings and discourage coloring in large areas or the paper might tear.

When the drawing is completed, cut a piece of waxed paper slightly larger than the candle.  Wrap the tissue paper artwork around the outside of the candle, and then wrap the waxed paper on top of that, using the extra length as a little handle.

Next, use the hairdryer or heat gun to melt the design onto the candle.  (The hairdryer works fine, it just takes a little while to warm up enough.  Put it on the highest heat setting and hold it blowing as close as possible to the candle.)  As the wax melts, the tissue paper will become part of the candle.  You’ll be able to see it change color through the waxed paper, going from white to the color of the candle.  Continue until you can’t see any more tissue paper.

Carefully pull back the waxed paper to reveal your child’s artwork, which is now a permanent part of the candle.  You can burn the candle just as you would any other candle, although we doubt any sentimental mother would.

After everything is dry and ready, wrap the presents in a colorful tissue paper and don’t forget a beautiful bow.

We’re sending a shout-out to the dads – good job!

We’re sending a shout-out to the kiddies – great job!

And, to their lucky moms.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Community Board 6 is Pushing for the Expansion of the Rego Park Library

Queens_Library.svgLocal officials have stepped up their efforts to secure funds for a new building to replace the Rego Park library, as the local population continues to grow.  The branch is approximately 7,5000 square feet, whereas newer libraries are being constructed with a minimum of 10,000 square feet.

Frank Gulluscio, district manager at Community Board 6, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park, spoke on the issue during a public hearing on Queens budget priorities, during which community boards present their most urgent needs.  “Close to 700 people go in there on any given day.  This branch is bursting at the seams.”

Today, libraries are no longer used only to borrow books.  In a sense, they function as a community center in that residents of all ages flock to utilize the many opportunities available inside the building. .  . Moms bring their children for ‘story hour’, school kids do research here, and some go to use the computers, while others attend the variety of free classes and special activities offered there.  Other services can be had without even stepping foot into the Rego Park site.  You can request library materials like books, videos, & more, browse and register for events and download e-books, audio books, E-magazines, & music – all you need is a library card and a mobile device.

With support from local Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and the Queens Borough President, about six million dollars has already been earmarked for a larger Rego Park library, although it will take a great deal more money to complete the project.  Ms. Koslowitz noted the need is urgent, as the local population continues to grow due to new residential housing in the area, including The Alexander, a luxury rental development housing 312 apartments in a 20-story tower, now under construction at the Rego Park Center.

With the focus of the Borough President, local Councilwoman and district manager at Community Board 6 in keeping ahead of the growth and needs of the community they represent, Rego Park is the place to live.  Stay tuned – we will keep you posted when we have additional information to share…

Queens Library – Rego Park

91-41 63 Drive

Rego Park, NY 11374

718-459-5140

http:/www.queenslibrary.org/Rego-Park