Rego Park, like much of Queens, was mostly farmland a century ago. In the early 1920’s, it captured the interest of city planners and began to exist as a distinct neighborhood. Rego Park ended up borrowing its name from one of its developers, the REal GOood Construction Company. In The Crescents, an area home to some of the neighborhood’s most expensive single-family residences, the mark of city planning is distinctly evidenced in the spiderweb-shaped street grid.
The fact that the bustling Queens Blvd cuts diagonally through the neighborhood means that no matter where you live, you’ll probably be close to shops and restaurants. The main business district of Rego Park is 63rd Drive, just off of Queens Blvd in the northeast section of the neighborhood. The neighborhood also boasts a shopping mall, Rego Park Center, and its own TV show, CBS’s The King Of Queens. Rego Park has many Jewish residents and related community resources, though its highly diverse population includes immigrants from various Asian countries, Eastern Europe, and Russia. Serviced by the E, G, R, and V trains, Rego Park is convenient for all kinds of Manhattan commuters.
Aside from the highly trafficked Queens Blvd, Rego Park is a quiet, middle to upper-middle class neighborhood. The streets are lined with both row and detached houses, and new construction is continuing along the same theme. Real estate listings show a mix of single family homes and condos, with condos being significantly less expensive. The median sales price is slightly over $600K. The median rent is $1100/mo for a studio and $1400/mo for a 1Br.