Queens—specifically Rego Park and Forest Hills—is home to many Bukharan Jews from Central Asia, the result of emigration since the 1970s. Rego Park is sometimes given a “-stan” suffix (like the countries of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) and is nicknamed “Rego Parkistan.”
108th Street in Rego Park has been called the “Bukharan Broadway” or “Bukharian Broadway.” Many Bukharian restaurants and shops can be found in the area.
The name “Buharlem” or “Bukharlem” (Bukhara + Harlem) has also been applied to the area, showing that the area is as vibrant for Central Asian immigrants as Harlem once was for African-Americans.
Wikipedia: Bukharian Jews
Bukharan Jews, also Bukharian Jews or Bukhari Jews, (Hebrew: בוכרים, Bukharim) are Jews from Central Asia who speak Bukhori, a dialect of the Persian language. Their name comes from the former Central Asian Emirate of Bukhara, which once had a sizeable Jewish community. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the vast majority were evacuated to Israel or the United States, while others have emigrated to Europe or Australia.
Currently, Bukharian Jews are mostly concentrated in the U.S. cities of New York, Arizona, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, as well as in Israel, Austria, Russia, France England, Australia, Argentina, and Uzbekistan. New York City’s 108th Street, often referred to as “Buharlem” or “Bukharian Broadway” in Forest Hills, Queens, is filled with Bukharian restaurants and gift shops. They have formed a tight-knit enclave in this area that was once primarily inhabited by Ashkenazi Jews (many of the Ashkenazi had also become more assimilated to wider American and American Jewish culture with successive generations).
On the beginning of the Jewish New Year 5765 (2005), the Bukharian Jewish Community of Queens (mainly Rego Park and Forest Hills) celebrated the opening of the Bukharian Jewish Congress. This establishment further reflects the growing Bukharian community in Queens and their desire to preserve their identity in an ever-changing world.
08-17-2006, 01:57 PM
Chiburek-eating Jews from Central Asia. Many reside in Buharlem, which occupies the general Forest Hills and Rego Park area. 108th Street is where their culture booms. Ironically, the number 108 in Russian is a deragatory slur for low-lived retards. Shit, that is fu*ked up. From ten pharmacies, to ten restaurants, to ten delis and grocery stores, a Russian video store, an HSBC Bank and a Rite Aid, 108th Street is booming and bustling with midget grandmas and cigarette-smoking, cheap cologne wearing teens.
Anywayz, Buharians are innate hustlers and got that cash money flowing, and are one of the reasons for the artificially high house prices in Buharlem. Nobody wants to move, while everybody wants a house. That is why movin on up in Buharlem costs so ****in much, just in case whitey was wondering what is happening to his neighborhood.
Stuy ‘05 blogring
If you take a look in my eyes Youll see ill be a bukhar till i die This family bzness is just right P tell em where u from Bukharlem bro Here my kin is mad tight Here my peops is my height With us da spics and blacks fight P tell em where u from 108th Street yall. My skin is da color gold U dun heard wut i told Cuz i didnt… Wuhhh Turn my headphones up for real son i cant hear in my left ear Turn dem shits up Tell em who u roll wit Da JAK Crew Mufukaz
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