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Rego Park

Neighborhood in east central Queens, bounded to the north by Queens Boulevard, to the east by Yellowstone Boulevard, to the south by the intersection of Yellowstone and Woodhaven Boulevards, and to the west by Woodhaven Boulevard. The name is derived from that of the Real Good Construction Company, which developed the neighborhood in the 1920s. Until 1920 the area was covered by farms and had one road, Remsen’s Lane (now 63rd Drive, Fleet Court, and 64th Road), which abutted the Zelier farm; for several years, Chinese farmers who kept strictly to themselves grew vegetables there for sale in Chinatown. The Rego Construction Company bought out the farms during the 1920s and built one-family row houses, multi-family houses, and apartment buildings, and in 1923 the area was named by the developers, Henry Schloh and Charles I. Hausmann. The core of the development was 525 eight-room houses costing $8000 each; the first stores were built in 1926 on Queens Boulevard and 63rd Drive. Apartment buildings were erected in 1927-28, among them Jupiter Court, Remo Hall and Marion Court. A railroad station opened in 1928, the expressway was extended to Queens in 1935, and a subway line to Union Turnpike began service on 31 December 1936. In 1939-40 the World’s Fair spurred development: apartments filled the last open land on 99th Street and on Queens Boulevard. Rego Park has a diverse mix of apartment buildings and private housing, including Lefrak City (1962-67), a huge housing complex astride the Long Island Expressway.

Vincent Seyfried, Encyclopedia of New York City, Edited by Kenneth T. Jackson. New Haven, Yale University Press. 1995.