Saturday, August 25, 2007

Neighborhood Report

I live in Rego Park. Its a nondescript distinctive neighborhood in central queens --look a map of NYC, find NY's airports. Draw a line from one airport to the other, find the middle of the line—you've just located Rego Park.) (You can take a photo tour and get a history lesson here,
or read what the NYTimes had to say earlier this year. There is even an entry on Rego Park in Wikipeadia.)

Before WWI, the area was home to many small farm, many of which grew traditional Chinese vegetable for NY's Chinatown.

Between the wars, the Real Good Real Estate (a development company) bought up a lot of the land and created RE(al)GO(od) Park--much of what they developed has no park areas! (The park like environment was created by small home on medium lots, and lots of grass).

After WWII, development continued --and real city parks and playground were added! But the parts of Rego Park that were first developed still have very little park area. Many of the new developments (like my co-op) have large gardens and grassy areas, too, continuing in the earlier style.

What we do have is lively mix of ethnic groups, and great green groceries!

Since my fall last month, I have been making an effort to loose some weight. It's easier to do in Rego Park than in some other places.

I am blessed with 4 green grocers locally, plus a general grocery store that works hard to compete.
I can find a huge selection of fresh fruits and vegetable at price far less than the national chains. The selections are so abundant and attractive i wanted to share the variety available at just 3.
All of these stores are on 63 Drive –a street that changes names and becomes 63 Road when it crosses Queens Blvd.
First the grocery store:

The furthest green grocer

The closer green grocer:

These photo's just are most colorful and appetizing--the interior shot weren't as bright and colorful.

And they don't begin to show all the selections. Both of the store each featured; 5 or more varieties of eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, grapes, beans, and bean sprouts! and lots of other interesting vegetables and fruit--like the fresh lychi's above and MOO.

Does anyone know what MOO is?

It seems to be a tuber of some sort.. but...


Sonya said...

These are beautiful pictures Helen - and you said you couldn't take photos! Another Rego Park factoid: Rego Park is mentioned in Art Spiegelman's _Maus_. It's where Spiegelman's father, a Holocaust survivor, lived. And don't be chagrined.

Anonymous said...

I think it's a daikon.

Rachel said...

I don't think it is daikon, aren't they a bit more brown then green? Anyhow, I love all the yummy veggies! I go to a famer's market here, but the selection is nowhere near that big! Those grape tomatoes look so yummy!

sulu-design said...

Queens has the best green markets, hands down. They carry all sorts of things that no one can even recognize!

|chee-uh| said...

It is definitely a type of turnip or Daikon in Japanese. That would be good as a pickle - peeled, sliced thin (or thicker if you want more crunch) with a mandolin and marinated in a dressing of rice wine vinegar, soy, sesame oil, and PLENTY or chopped garlic. Very refreshing and crunchy. My mom does marinate the skin too if she uses the center for clear soup made with beef soup bones, scallion, ginger and turnip chunks.

zippiknits.....sometimes said...

Since you live so close to New Jersey, You should be able to get great vegetable right? But, are there still small farms in Rego Park?

My mother's small farm was along a river that went through San Gabriel. /though it was close to the original Garvey Ranch house log cabin, it was pretty urbanized around it. The soil was fabulous.