Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park

Perlman, M. H. (2015). Legendary locals of forest hills and rego park. Place of publication not identified: Arcadia Pub.

This book was announced by the author on Facebook a few months ago.  Of course I had to pre-order it from  To make a long story short, I lived in Rego Park in 3 different apartments from 1951-72 and 1978-1983.  My parents moved to Forest Hills in 1980.

This books contains photographs with annotations about local landmarks including:

  • Alexanders
  • Hamburger Train
  • Fairyland
  • Rego Park Jewish Center
  • Eddie's Sweet Shop
  • Trylon Theater
  • Midway Theater

Most of book is devoted to photographs and thumbnail biographies of famous people who lived part of their lives in Rego Park or Forest Hills.  Those include:

  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • Danny Troob
  • Gypsy Rose Lee
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Art Buchwald
  • Alan King

Michael Perlman is to be congratulated on a job well done.  It is hard to believe that I left Rego Park over 30 years ago.  I live only 4 miles away in Flushing, but every so often I like to return to reminisce and to see how the old neighborhood has changed.  Perhaps when I am retired I'll have some time to research the old neighborhood.

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