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?
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.
Living at The Alexander at Rego Center has every dream luxury available, both in the building and your apartment. Bet your friends were pretty impressed when they visited at your Super Bowl Party. Planning another for Cinco de Mayo? Let’s put a bit of extra fun into hostessing your party, and serve something just as fabulous as those delicious football cocktails everyone was raving about.
A great Cinco de Mayo celebration is all about Margaritas, right? What if we tell you won’t even need a glass to down one or two of these yummy drinks? We’re talking triple-layer Margarita ice-pops!
These ice pops are a tangy-sweet mix of fruit and tequila. Make sure to taste each mix before you freeze it. You might want to adjust the sugar or limejuice quantities, depending on how sweet your fruit is.
Need 6 ice pop molds (available at most $1.00 stores)
3 kiwis, peeled
1 large, firm pear, peeled and cored
12 medium strawberries, hulled
Blend the kiwis, sugar and tequila, then fill each ice pop mold 1/3 full with the margarita mix.
Freeze for at least 2 hours
Blend the pear, tequila and limejuice, then fill another 1/3 into each ice pop mold.
Place foil over the molds, and insert an ice pop stick into each one, making sure it goes into the pear layer.
Freeze for at least 2 hours
Blend the strawberries, tequila and limejuice.
Remove the foil from your ice pop molds, and fill the remaining third with the strawberry margarita mix.
Freeze for at least 2 hours
A little bit of an effort to create these beauties, but so worth it.
Love our Margarita pops? Let us know! We’re interested in your feedback on this and other suggestions we make, or if you have a question about the area, ask us. In addition to all the luxury that surrounds you in your new home we want to help include the ‘fun’ element’, as well.
Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Finish your holiday shopping yet? Oh, still have gifts to buy? Not a problem if you live at The Alexander in Rego Park. A quick elevator ride is all it takes to visit Rego Center, Queens’ major shopping center located at your front door. And, with a superabundance of national retailers here, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.
OK, you’re here. See how easy that was – no mess, no fuss – which, in this case, means no hassle – no unbearable traffic to fight and no worry about “where am I going to park this car?” Now, take out your list . . . ready, set, go!
Let’s see – let’s start with Uncle Gus. He’s been hinting for a new drill ever since his old one bit the dust. (Yes, that was meant to be a play-on-words!) Check out Sears – their selection of Craftsman tools is impressive, and their prices are always equally as impressive.
Remember what a disaster last Thanksgiving was for Aunt Edna? She was so frustrated trying to carve the turkey with that dull knife. Bet she’d appreciate an electric carving knife. Stop into Bed, Bath & Beyond – they always have a wonderful choice of household gadgets.
See how easy that was? Now, what do you want to get for your twin nieces? Not sure what seventeen-year olds might want, other than a car? Oh, how about gift cards from Ulta? This way they can each pick out whatever they like. And, while you’re there you should pick up some bath products to add to the gift basket you’re making for your sister-in-law.
One more stop at Sprint to see what deals they have on a smart phone for John, and you’re out of there . . . but not before you pick up everyone’s favorite Dallas BBQ ribs for dinner tonight. That’ll be a nice surprise.
Wow! Six gifts purchased in just a few short hours of one-stop shopping at the Rego Center. So easy. So convenient. Everyone loves living at The Alexander at Rego Center, and you will too. It will truly be the best present you ever gave yourself.
Catering to fashion savvy middle-income consumers, Alexander’s Department Store was best known for its’ discounted designer fashions and high-quality private label goods. The original store opened in 1928 on Third Avenue in the Bronx, ultimately growing into an area-wide chain that included an additional fifteen properties.
Alexander’s Rego Park opened on Valentine’s Day 1959, in a three- storied building, with 250,000 square feet of selling space and a twelve acre parking lot that had the capacity to hold 2,000 cars. Due to its’ immense popularity, Alexander’s was enlarged down to 62nd Drive during the summer of 1966. But eventually the Farkas family, owners of the chain, discovered their properties had more value than the business itself. Alexander’s Rego Park closed in 1993.
Enter – Rego Center
Built on the property that once housed Alexander’s Department Store, Rego Center Mall is home to Queens’ most popular shopping destination. Phase I is a 277,000-square-foot, 4-floor complex of major retailers including Sears, Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, and Old Navy, among others. Phase II opened on 62nd Drive in 2010, with an additional 950,000 square feet of retail space. It houses Kohl’s, Century 21, Costco, T.J. Maxx, Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us, Payless, Panera Bread, and Pier 1 Imports, to name a few.
Among the roster of nationally recognized retailers, many are ‘discount’ operations, and offers the best value to their customer, à la Alexander’s.
Enter – The Alexander
Rising 27 stories above Rego Center, the newly opened luxury rental building, The Alexander at Rego Center, offers Manhattan-style amenities at comparable Queens rates. The building boasts a rooftop terrace with seating and a barbecue area, an indoor and outdoor children’s playground, a fitness center, a club room with fireplace, a game room with pool table and video game nook, on-site parking and 24/7/365 doorman and concierge services. The sleek and modern apartments, with perfect layouts and top of the line appliances, have been designed especially for your comfort and convenience. Oh, and let’s not forget the easy access to a short commute to New York City via public transportation . . . or the excellent neighborhood schools . . . or, last but not least, those breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline . . .
Quality and value – it still exists at the Alexander At Rego Center
Rego Park, Queens is a neighborhood that has seen many changes over the years. Once considered the suburbs, it is now a bustling community home to many families. The population of the area, like much of New York City, has grown a great deal over the past 50 years. Today, just a short subway ride from Manhattan, Rego Park offers residents and visitors easy access to other areas of the city. The E, G, R and V lines of the New York City subway system stop at 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard. The community has adapted to reflect the changing, diverse residents and their needs, as is evident in the growth of venues for the arts and theater, museums, musical arenas and of course, Rego Park’s next-door-neighbor, Citi field. A proposed Queens version of the popular NYC High Line will begin, or end, depending on the direction in which you’re walking, in Rego Park.
Rego Center, an in-door shopping complex built in two phases to accomodate the growing population, is bordered by the Long Island Expressway, Junction Boulevard, Queens Boulevard, 63rd Drive, and 99th Street. With major tenants like Costco, Sears, Century 21, and a constant draw for national retailers, the mall is noted to be the most popular shopping destination in Queens. Management remains focused on the community. Children are entertained with special free events; Mad Science Saturday is a neighborhood favorite of Rego Park children, holidays are acknowledged with parties and parades, and Family Fun Day features games, prizes, face painting and entertainment which is equally enjoyed by the moms and dads.
In the latest ‘what-will-they-think-of-next’ effort to offer the ideal Rego Park life-style, Vornado Realty Trust, the developers of the property, have constructed a luxury rental twenty story tower soaring above the mall. Called The Alexander at Rego Center, the building contains 312 apartments with a mix of studios, one-bedroom, one-bedroom + home office, and two-bedroom units.
Every apartment is well planned, with 9′ ceilings, hardwood flooring, the latest in high-end appliances, including washer/dryer combos (not available in three studios), oak wood kitchen cabinets, porcelain tiles and quartz counters in baths, and so much more. The building is enhanced with amenities found in New York City apartments; indoor and outdoor play areas for children, an adult fitness center with an outdoor Yoga lawn, a wood-burning fireplace in the Club Room, and a pool table and video game nook in the Game Room. Wait, there’s still more! The Alexander has a full-time doorman, concierge service and on-site parking.
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to live in style, comfort and convenience. Come take a tour of the building and see for yourself. Expect the unexpected!
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.”
Everyone loves shopping locally at the Rego Center – but then, how could they not? With a variety of major retailers running the gamut from home furnishing to gift items boutiques, and everything in-between . . . from Costco and Aldi Food Market for grocery shopping . . . from restaurants offering soup and salad to BBQ ribs . . . and on-site parking all housed under one roof, the Rego Center is a proven bonus for those living at The Alexander in Rego Park. Management of the Rego Center appreciates their community and is quick to give back through the use of its’ Community Room for civic activities.
As an example, the room is being utilized by the New York Blood Center for a Blood Drive on Saturday, July 11th between the hours of ll:00am to 5:00pm and again on Thursday, August 6th between the hours of 1pm to 7pm. Every person donating will receive a pair of tickets to a Mets game. Sounds like a win-win situation for everyone, doesn’t it? And, if the Mets win, we’re looking at a trifecta of sort. Some events are held outside the Community Room, and can be found within the mall itself.
If you bring your children to the Galleria between Mandee and Panera Bread on Saturday, July 11th between 1:00pm and 1:45pm, they will have an opportunity to witness some amazing feats of chemistry when genies are released from the bottles that hold them captive. You can be sure you’ll hear the words ‘fun’ and ‘science’ uttered in the same sentence by your child for the first time ever.
Family Fun Day is held along the Galleria walkway on Saturday, July 18th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. All activities are free and include a bouncy house, fabulous face painter, balloon twister, games and cool prizes. The star of the afternoon is everybody’s favorite, Yo Gabba Gabba’s Fooifa.
The Community Room is located at 97th Street and Horace Harding Expressway. Always check the Rego Center’s event page at www.regocenter.com/events.aspx to stay current with Rego Center’s community events.
Living in Rego Park just keeps getting better and better…