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Regostan is the new nick name for this queen?s neighborhood and I like it better then the original "Rego Park" which is derived from the builder of $6,000 to 10,0000 home in the 1920s REal GOod Construction Company. It started its post Columbus life as Dutch and German farmland which was well before it was the setting of the King of Queens TV show.
But why this VTer who like remote travel and cultures is interested and writing about this place is because of its new Central Asian resident?s that make it the closest ?Stan? as in Uzbeki-stan, Parkistan etc to my new home in New York. The central core of its Stan-ness is the very recent inflow of Jews from Central Asia they are know as Bukharan Jew the name they take from the market town on the Silk road in what is now Southern Uzbekistan. About 100,000 of them have left Central Asia and seems like 150,000 settled in Queens but I am told it is closer to 30,000. They are in reality from all over central Asia Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan but most come from the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khokand, and Dushanbe.
Also in this neighborhood are the ?Mountain Jews? from Azerbaijan and both these group speak a Persian derived language the ?Yiddish? equivalent of Central Asia. Take that all mix it up with some Latinos form Colombia, Romanians, Koreans, Iranians, and you have well Rego-stan Amerkia.
Central Asian Dinning --the real reason for people who are students of remote exotica culture and could care less about languages like Tat and Bukhori it is the food -it is wonderful. Start off with a Bukharan/Korean carrot and red pepper salad. (The Korean from the Pacific coast of Russia were transplanted to the Stans in the 1940 and became the vegetable kings). Add to that lamb cooked in a clay kiln with all the spices that ever travel the Silk Road, some large meat dumplings. Grilled lamb testicles anyone!!!
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