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...
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