9. Rego Park was the setting of The King of Queens and scenes from The Wolf of Wall Street
Rego Park was the setting of many popular television shows and films over the last few decades, including The King of Queens which takes place in Rego Park. The CBS sitcom, which ran from 1998 to 2007, focuses on Doug and Carrie Heffernan, a working-class couple who live in Rego Park. The couple lives at the fake address 3121 Aberdeen Street, which was actually filmed in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Though, there are occasionally clips of Rego Park in the sitcom.
The film The Wolf of Wall Street was also filmed in part in Rego Park, specifically at the now-closed Shalimar Diner. Located at 63-68 Austin Street, the diner has since been demolished but was in business for 45 years. Shots from both the interior and exterior of the diner appear in the film. The 1980s sitcom Dear John centered around the fictional Rego Park Community Center, and parts of the 2009 crime film Brooklyn’s Finest were filmed in Rego Park as well.