Carvel Coming Back To Grand Avenue

Sources close to a deal say that a lease is almost done for a Carvel Ice Cream store to take over one of the two stores formerly occupied by Stokes at 69-21 Grand Avenue – across from ‘Deals.’
There are no timeline details as of yet, but the other storefront will apparently be a 3-floor medical office.

69-21 Grand Avenue was home to Stokes Card & Gift Shop for decades. Now a Carvel is said to be the next tenant.

69-21 Grand Avenue was home to Stokes Card & Gift Shop for decades. Now a Carvel is said to be the next tenant.

St. Stan’s student awarded Jill Rudzewick Memorial Award

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Martin Luther School announced Veronica Constantinides as the 2017 recipient of the Jill Rudzewick Memorial Award.

Constantinides, an eight grader at St. Stanislaus School, will receive a partial scholarship to attend Martin Luther School in September.

The Jill Rudzewick Memorial Award was established in 2013 to celebrate Rudzewick’s life and contributions to Maspeth, St. Stan’s and Martin Luther School.

Constantinides was awarded the scholarship due to her good school citizenship, high academic achievements and service to both the school and community. She is a volunteer with the St. Stan’s Home School and Association. Additionally, Constantinides serves as a lunch monitor for Pre-K students each day.

Flushing Avenue at Onderdonk Gets New Look By DOT

Citing “Vision Zero” initiatives – a program to protect the public by keeping the streets safe, Officials from Queens DOT , at the urging of The  Queens Chamber of Commerce, met with management of M&V Provisions, a meat distribution center located at the corner of Flushing and Onderdonk Avenues Friday afternoon to discuss making changes to the intersection – which has no traffic signal. Following a number of recent accidents and near misses, DOT officials, after the meeting in the M&T offices said it will be conducting a new study of the intersection over the next two months.

Mike Ciuffo, Co-Exec. VP at M&V said the bulk of the traffic happens between 3AM and 7AM – when large trucks are moving in and out of the block.  That’s when it becomes dangerous. “I am so grateful to the Queens Chamber and for the DOT for looking into this again,” Ciuffo said. “The attention we received here is outstanding. The DOT people were so helpful at the Friday meeting,” he said.

DOT said they should be installing cameras to eye traffic within a few weeks.

Mike Ciuffo, Co-Exec VP of M&V Provisions - a meat distribution Wholesaler on Flushing Avenue, speakes to representatives of DOT, Council member Crowley , Councilmember Reynoso, the Public Advocate's office and the Queens Chamber of Commerce about traffic Concerns along Flushing Avenue across from the Onderdonk House.

Mike Ciuffo, Co-Exec VP of M&V Provisions (standing) – a meat distribution Wholesaler on Flushing Avenue, speakes to representatives of DOT, Council member Crowley , Councilmember Reynoso, the Public Advocate’s office and the Queens Chamber of Commerce about traffic Concerns along Flushing Avenue across from the Onderdonk House.

Fire at KUBUS Deli on Grand Avenue

IMG_6503Friday night saw flames on Grand Avenue at the popular KUBUS Polish Deli.

At 8:15PM, four fire trucks and dozens of firefighters were on scene to help contain the hour long fire at 65-27 Grand Ave.

No injuries are reported at this time. One local resident said the owners live upstairs, but she had no knowledge of their whereabouts, as the upstairs apartment window was charred.

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Grand Avenue Key Food Said to Be Taking Over Duane Reade Site

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 11.17.58 AMThe management at the Key Food at 66-17 Grand Avenue has said that it is in negotiations to take over the site of Duane Reade at 66-56, just up the block from its current location.

Maspeth residents remembered that site as housing the A&P and Ben Franklin for decades back in the 60s and 70s.

The site has plenty of parking and would provide easier access for trucks to make deliveries and for customers to park.

Lifetime Maspeth residents open The Maspeth Pizza House

Maspeth residents, Lou Selamaj and Rich Adamiak are staying true to their roots.

The duo recently opened The Maspeth Pizza House at 55-60 60th Street (near the McDonalds on Maurice Avenue).

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Lou and Rich renovated their pizzeria / Italian restaurant / full bar with new, modern fixtures, including brand new seating, bar, televisions, kitchen and a brick oven pizza stove. It shares a parking lot with the McDonalds, so there is ample parking available.

Happy hour at the MPH is from 4pm – 7pm, Monday through Friday, and features 1/2 price on drinks, beer, appetizers and 10″ pizza.

The full menu includes:

16864778_936230529846895_7153384423804922611_nAppetizers available are: buffalo wings, fried calamari, meatball sliders, chicken parm sliders, mozeralla sticks, chicken fingers, jalapeno poppers, zucchini sticks, fresh mozzarella, and tomato and shrimp cocktail.

Pasta dishes available are: baked ziti, baked lasagna, baked manicotti, baked shells, linguini with white or red clam sauce, penne w/ brocolli rabe, chicken tre scallini, and six cheese tortellini. You can also make your own pasta by choosing your favorite type of pasta and the sauce you want.

Specialty wood fired pizzas available are: margherita, white, chicken bacon ranch, meat lover’s, hawaiian, buffalo, chicken caesar, 16115043_914398185363463_5198913644492280919_nveggie, and proscuitto.

Sandwiches available are: Grilled chicken, chicken parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana, meatball parmigiana, sausage and peppers, philly steak, chicken caesar wrap, california chicken, veggie wrap, greek wrap, and steak italiana.

Entrees available are: eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, chicken marsala, chicken francese, veal parmigiana, veal marsala, veal francese, salmon oreganata, 16105976_914398188696796_1666986723480912242_nflounder oreganata, shrimp scampi, and shrimp parmigiana.

Desserts available are: Italian & traditional cheese cakes, chocolate layer cake, carrot cake, tiramisu, and tartufo.

The Maspeth Pizza House has a huge selection of beers  and alcoholic drinks.
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“Tried the chicken parm hero and margarita pizza both were delicious!  The bartender Evan made a great cosmo and mixed drink,” said Lisa from Maspeth.

“The pizza is so worth the 30 minute drive from Long Island! The staff is so friendly. The bartender is on point with the drinks and I look forward to walking in and seeing one of the owners personally greet their customers!” said Emily who traveled from Long Island.

Lou and Rich have plans to open up a large dining room right next door. The Maspeth Pizza House will then be able to host large parties.

They do cater, and if customer reviews are any indication of how good their food is, then they seem like an excellent choice for catered food.

The MPH delivers. Their phone number is 718.326.1222 and their email is themaspethpizzahouse@gmail.com.