On your mark. Get set. Go…but not too fast. On July 12, the eighth annual Tour de Queens will take participants on a roughly 20-mile loop that starts and ends in Astoria Park. Basically a rolling parade, the tour rides en masse at a family-friendly pace –about 10 mph — with NYPD escorts, volunteer safety marshals, and occasional stops at intersections to gather riders. This year’s route goes through Long Island City, Sunnyside, Rego Park, Forest Hills, and Corona with an optional rest stop with light snacks and water at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village.
Proceeds go to Transportation Alternatives, a nonprofit that promotes bicycling, walking, and the use of public transit in New York City.
Details: Tour de Queens, meet in the Astoria Park parking lot off 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue North, Astoria, July 12, 8 am check in, $22.50.
This two-bedroom apartment in Rego Park is part of a six-story building built in 1955. The living room is very spacious, and the master bedroom fits a king-sized mattress. The pictures on the listing indicate the second bedroom is a child’s, but it still looks like a good size.
The kitchen, as it’s set up now, is eat-in, but there is enough room in the living room area for a dining table and chairs if needed. There is a dishwasher in the kitchen, laundry and storage in the building, and a private gated backyard. The monthly rent is $2,250.
The M and R trains are one block away, and the Forest Hills LIRR station is two stops away from there. The Q38, Q59, Q60, and Q72 buses are all within walking distance. There are lots of shopping and dining options in the area, and there is an elementary school across the street. Click through for more photos.
This three-bedroom, 1.5 bath duplex in Rego Park is part of a 13-story co-op building built in 1950. The first floor has a spacious living room, kitchen, laundry, and half bathroom. The second floor has the bedrooms and full bathroom which can be added in the master bedroom. The kitchen is a bit narrow but has a dishwasher, built-in microwave, and a separate nook for eating. There is an indoor garage, and pets are allowed. The ask is $565,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $2,157.92.
The building is about one block away from the M and R trains, and the QM12, Q23, and Q60 buses are all within walking distance. There are plenty of dining options and shopping in the area. The Queens Center Mall is two train stops away, and Forest Hills Stadium is one stop away. Click through for more photos.
This Rego Park rental is part of a 15-story building built in 1986. The two-bedroom, two-bath has lots of space, hardwood floors throughout, a washer/dryer in the unit, and a large balcony. The kitchen has a fair amount of space and has a built-in dishwasher. There aren’t photos of the bedrooms listed, but the living room is spacious. The monthly rent is $2,500.
The building is in a heavily populated area. The Queens Center Mall is on the other side of the highway, and the Rego Park Center is across the street. There are also lots of dining options nearby. The M and R trains, and the Q11, Q21, Q29, Q38, Q52, Q53, Q59, Q60, and Q72 buses are all within walking distance. There are also parks and playgrounds in the area. Click through for more photos.
This two-bedroom in Rego Park is on the second floor of a private building that was built in 2008. The combo kitchen has lots of cabinets and counter space, there are wood floors throughout, and you have your very own balcony. Gas, heat, and water are included in the monthly rent of $2,100, and there is parking space available for $200 per month.
Transportation options are all within walking distance. You’ve got the M/R trains and the Q38, Q60, Q72, Q59, and QM18 buses. The Queens Center Mall is a ten minute walk away, and Rego Park Center shopping is two blocks away. There are also a lot of dining options in the area. Click through for more photos.
Here’s a two-bedroom condo for rent in a six-story building. The building is fairly new, built in 2013. This unit comes with two bathrooms, a dishwasher, and a washer and dryer.
There are bars, lounges, and restaurants in the area, and it’s about a 10-minute walk from the M and the R trains.
The Rego Park shopping center is next to the nearest M and R train station, and the Queens Center Mall is just one stop from there. The rent comes in at $2,350 per month. Click through for more photos.
Eggs can be symbols of life, fertility, rebirth, and even the resurrection of Jesus. Rabbits laying these ovoids and hiding them in gardens doesn’t really comply with nature, but the Easter Bunny is believed to come from a legend that German immigrants brought to the United States. Regardless of the facts and origins, Queens is hopping with great, secular Easter activities, which are listed on the jump page along with another image.
Michael Perlman, Forest Hills native, is the founder of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council and author of “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park.” The book, just released this year, tells the story of 200 Forest Hills and Rego Park notables who have shaped its culture, history and society. We chatted with him about his new book, the state of preservation work in Queens, his favorite “legendary local,” and much more.
Both NY1 and Times Ledger have reported on a brand new neighborhood group for the Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens area. The group, called “Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens – Our Communities” hopes to bring residents of the three neighborhoods together to promote area events, historic and cultural preservation, and local businesses. The group started its Facebook page on January 24th and 500 people joined after only four days. Now, there are over 1,000 members.
The first official meeting was last week, and the group plans to hold meetings monthly. Facebook posts range from doctor recommendations in the area to upcoming community board events to the group’s memories of the older days of Rego Park, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.
The Wall Street Journal rounded up all the buildings rising around Rego Park, a neighborhood where new development is attracting a younger audience. The Alexander at Rego Center, which is now under construction over the Rego Park II shopping plaza, will start leasing its 312 units in April. The building is a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. At the Rego Modern (pictured), the luxury rental that launched in September, 85 percent of the 38 units are spoken for. WSJ spoke to a broker associated with the project who reported that “Much of the interest came from 20- to 30-year-olds hoping to save money on rent and area residents looking for a more modern space to reside.”
As for under-construction projects, there’s a six-story, 45-unit development slated for 65-70 Austin Street, a seven-story, 59-unit build for at 65-38 Austin Street, and finally an eight-story development at 64-24 Booth Street. With the residential growth, more commercial development is expected too. There are also safety improvements in store for Queens Boulevard as well as momentum to build out the QueensWay elevated park nearby. Rego Park, it’s your time to shine!