Car Crash At Maspeth Memorial Square

The hustle & bustle of normal Grand Avenue traffic on a sunny Saturday was disturbed just after noon as an elderly man apparently driving on the service road of the LIE lost control of his black sedan and drove over a bench near the corner bus stop and then though the iron gate surrounding Maspeth Memorial Square. His car came to rest at the entrance – pictured here.

Thankfully there were no pedestrians along the path although the man and someone who was reported as a woman passenger were removed from the car and transported to the hospital.


The car came to rest at the gate of Maspeth Memorial Square

The car came to rest at the gate of Maspeth Memorial Square



Maspeth resident had her car stolen

The car was taken to the 7th Precinct in the Lower East Side. Screen shot via Google Maps

The car was taken to the 7th Precinct in the Lower East Side.
Screen shot via Google Maps

What a rude welcome to the new year.

Maspeth resident Ann Marie McGee told Maspeth Blog that on January 6, her car was stolen.

Last Friday night, McGee and her husband were returning home when they noticed that their gray 2009 Toyota Corolla was missing.

After calling 911, McGee said police used an app to track the car, which located it on the Williamsburg Bridge at 5:30 a.m. They later found the car parked right next to the 7th Precinct in the Lower East Side.

McGee said she believes the perpetrator lives in the housing development on Pitt Street.

According to the Maspeth resident, who posted about the incident on Facebook, when cops approached the suspect, he was attempting to take off her car’s license plate.

“They went up to him and he got away,” McGee wrote. She later said that an officer lost him after chasing him for six blocks.

McGee said police officers “got a good look at him” and was supposed to turn himself in on Monday, but didn’t show up.

“He’s a professional car thief who needs to be off the streets,” McGee said. “People have to realize that cars are not safe anymore.”

McGee believes the theft first broke in when her windows were busted a few months before, and found a way to break in again. She advised neighbors to “be aware if your windows get broken.”

“Secure your car to the best of your ability,” she said.

She said she hopes once officers catch him, they “put this guy away forever.”

Although she got her car back, McGee estimates that there were thousands of dollars worth of damage. She’s already trying to get new keys and ignition for the car.

“I don’t want this happening to anybody,” she said.

McGee, who lives on 70th Street between 53rd Avenue and 52nd Drive, asked that if any neighbors have any information, including possible surveillance footage, report it to the 104th Precinct or Maspeth Blog to help with the investigation

Barnwell announces district office location

Screen shot via Google Maps

Screen shot via Google Maps

Newly-elected Assemblyman Brian Barnwell announced his district office location, which will be at 55-19 69th Street in Maspeth.

If you’re wondering, it’s the same one as his former political foe, Assemblywoman Marge Markey. He defeated Markey, who served in the Assembly for more than 15 years, in the primary.

If you have any constituent problems, his office is now open. Contact Assemblyman Barnwell at or 718-651-3158.

Barnwell said he’s also working on having Saturday office hours, but that is subject to change depending on events that may happen on weekends. The assemblyman advises constituents to call in advance for a Saturday visit.



Martin Luther HS to host Invitational Wrestling Tournament on January 7th

cougarlogosmallThe 42nd Annual Martin Luther School Invitational Wrestling Tournament will be held on Saturday, January 7 in MLS’ Cougar Dome.

Teams participating are: Rye CDS (2016 Champions), Martin Luther School, LI Lutheran HS, Poly Prep CDS, Collegiate, Dalton, Trinity, Lexington School for the Deaf, Queens Complex, Herbert Lehman, and Info Tech School.



Coach Mike Toro and Coach Chuck Ciccione


All Cougar Wrestling Alumni in attendance will receive a Luther Wrestling t-shirt.

For more information, please contact Mr. James Regan, Athletic Director, 718.894.4000 x. 142 or

Maspeth bank targeted in string of Queens robberies

3545-16-mcs-bank-rob-pattern-30-new-photoThe Chase Bank located at 54-12 48th Street in Maspeth was the latest target in a string of recent bank heists in Queens.

Police are looking for a man who has stolen more than $17,720 from at least six different banks from September 30 to December 27.

Yesterday afternoon, at about 2:40 p.m., the man, pictured above, passed a note to the teller demanding cash. The teller complied, giving him $5,000 before the suspect fled.

In each robbery, the suspect passed the teller a note demanding money.

The thief also robbed Chase Banks in the following neighbors:

  • Briarwood ($2,100)
  • Bayside ($5,000)
  • Jamaica ($4,620)
  • Richmond Hill ($1,000)
  • Forest Hills (Unknown amount)
  • Maspeth ($5,000)

Take a look at a map of the places he has hit:

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Good Eats Diner wishes the community a Happy Holidays

John & Maria Kolombos, proprietors of Good Eats Diner in Maspeth, would like to wish the Maspeth & Queens Community a joyful, healthy holiday season.

“We are proud to serve our community and provide our patrons with the best food and highest level of service,” said the family who has run the Maspeth diner for almost a decade.

Stop by Good Eats Diner, known for having the biggest portions in Queens, located at 69-32 Grand Ave. in Maspeth, or call them at 718.478.2420.


Lafyes Jewelry 50% OFF Holiday Sale

Luis Flores, owner of Lafyes Jewelry on Grand Avenue, is offering up to 50% off of select in-store jewelry.

“I am proud to have served the community of Maspeth for over 12 years, and hope to continue to serve our community for a very long time,” said Flores. “Maspeth is a beautiful, peaceful, thriving place, and my goal is to provide all of my customers with quality, affordable jewelry,” said the master jeweler.

Visit their Facebook Page to see their latest sales and promotions.

Lafyes is located at 65-50 Grand Avenue, and the phone number is 718-894-0360.