Police looking for suspects in Maspeth burglary

Police are looking for public assistance in locating two individuals wanted for questioning in connection with an attempted break-in and burglary in Mapseth.

The first incident took place on Monday, July 31 at around 11:55 a.m., when two individuals attempted to break into a residence on 55th Drive through the front and rear entry doors.  The individuals fled the location without gaining access.

In the second incident, it was reported that on Wednesday August 2 at around 7:30 a.m., two individuals entered a resident on 56th Road through the front door and removed an Apple Macbook and $250 in cash.

Individual one is described as as a white man, with a slim build and dark hair with a receding hair-line.

Individual two is described as a white female, with a slim build and blond hair.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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.


Spotlight on Jacup’s Coffee Bistro

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Jacup’s Coffee Bistro on 69th Street is a place you will definitely want to visit. This restaurant is one of Maspeth’s hidden gems. With affordable prices for everyone, outdoor seating, rustic decor and a friendly staff, Jacup’s Coffee Bistro is putting themselves on the map. Their wide variety of menu items ranging from croissants, cookies, and coffees, in addition to traditional Latin flavors such as arepas and empanadas, will make you want to come back for more every time you walk by. Their intimate setting is perfect for a quick breakfast pick up or as a lunch date.  Also offering takeout and delivery, Jacup’s entire menu is available to be ordered by call or online. Their convenience, kindness, and delicious food is definitely why Jacup’s Coffee Bistro should be your next favorite place in Maspeth.

5217 69th St

Maspeth NY 11378

(347) 813-4853

Jacup’s Coffee Bistro is open everyday from 7 am to 9 pm.

Put a team in the Maspeth Blitzball League, a new wiffleball style game for all levels

“Come join the Maspeth Blitzball League and relive your childhood by playing wiffle ball again,” says Jim Johnson, co-organizer of the Maspeth Blitzball league.

unnamedBlitzball is a new type of wiffle ball invented a few years back to try and breathe life back into wiffle ball. There are no more skinny yellow bats that are impossible to get hits with, and no more white flimsy balls that break every other swing.

MBL is looking to start small with 6 to 8 teams of 5 players (co ed welcome )for this first season, which will be 6 weeks starting early September.

Each team will play two (2) 5 inning games every Saturday. All teams will make playoffs.

The fee to enter will be 250 and if paid in full by the first game a 50 dollar discount will be applied.

Games will be played at Forest Park on the asphalt field on 82nd and myrtle ave.

At the end of season there will be a HR derby that the best hitters from each team can compete in.

For more information, contact Jimmy at 917 515 9166 or Connor at 732 812 7557.


Betty Medina, the woman behind Tranquility Hair Salon

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One of the most central and well-known locations in Maspeth is Tranquility Hair Salon. Whether you are getting your hair done for your wedding or getting your daughter’s hair done for her communion, so many residents of the Maspeth community have had countless personal memories with Betty Medina and her staff at Tranquility Hair Salon.

Medina reflected on her 25 years of service to the community, as well as her 10 years of service at Tranquility Hair Salon.

Medina is an active member of the Maspeth community. From working closely with local schools such as the School of Heroes, St. Stanislaus Kostka School, and Martin Luther School where she formerly graduated from.

“It went by fast,” she explained. “It was part of my passion that I wanted to do, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing this for 25 years. I could do it for 25 more.”

Medina is a community aid and role model to not only her son, but to her clients and all of the Maspeth community too. She’s a business owner and a mother who cares about the people living in the neighborhood. She attends events at St. Stan’s, where her son is a student, and tried to get involved with school functions.

She also sponsors the Community of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET), a not-for-profit civic association organization that has been running since 1994.

Being a hairstylist does not come without its fair share of challenges. Medina explained that in the changing world we live in, keeping up with all the new hair trends is very difficult. She also talked about how it is even harder trying to figure out if these new trends will work on one person and won’t work on another. However, she constantly spoke about her unconditional love for both her clients and staff.

“I love my clients. I’ve had the same clients for years,” she said. “My staff is my family. This is my second home. I actually think I spend more time here than at my actual house.”

Medina is dedicated to her profession while keeping consistent clients throughout these years.  She further explained, “Generations change. I have all types of clients. I have young ones, middle aged, older, everyone, everyone!”

The many different people of Maspeth who continually walk in and out of her salon only confirmed Medina’s statements.

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When asked why Tranquility Hair Salon was so important to the Maspeth community and its residents, she concluded with, “We’re not just a workplace that’s like ‘okay, get your haircut and get out, goodbye,’ you know. We keep a small staff, we keep it simple.”

“We keep our prices very, very affordable because we have to go with the area that we are in,” Medina added. “Everybody knows me, we have a reliable staff. We’re responsible and we want our clients to be 100% happy, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.”

Tranquility hair salon has continued to flourish throughout these past 25 years, and it is only growing more and more every day.

Tranquility Hair Salon is located at 60-78 Flushing Avenue.

By: Angelica Katcher


DJ party & live music at “The Room” at the Maspeth Pizza House Friday & Saturday night

If you’re looking for good food, music, and company, The Maspeth Pizza House is the place to go.

The community has been raving about MPH’s phenomenal food, service, and full bar with a wide array of drink options. Recently, MPH opened up a large space next door which they call “The Room”.

“The Room” features a DJ party every Friday night for the rest of the summer starting at 10PM. The Friday party features DJ Eddie & Bartender Toni (both formerly of Sly Fox).

This Saturday, August 12th, “The Room” will welcome Dr Jin’s Live band, performing classic rock as well as the hits of the 80’s, 90’s & today.

Located at 59-50 55th Road in Maspeth (shares parking lot with McDonalds on Maurice Avenue), the MPH is easy to drive to, and has ample parking.



Crowley announces expanded sanitation services


Good news for shop owners on Grand Avenue. Help is on the way.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced on Monday that she has allocated $225,000 for additional street cleaning and litter basket pickups on major commercial corridors in her district.

It’s part of a city initiative called CleanNYC that focuses on cleaning up major commercial thoroughfares.

“A clean corridor is not only welcoming for local residents and people visiting, it also helps our businesses grow,” Crowley said. “We all know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and their energy is best spend on growing their businesses.

With the funding, the Department of Sanitation will provide 39 weeks of additional service along Grand Avenue in Maspeth, Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, and Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood.

Construction Being Done at St. Stan’s School


IMG_7888 IMG_7889 IMG_7890Yesterday, the Maspeth Blog took a sneak peek into the construction being done at St. Stan’s School. It has been a few decades since work has been done at the school. From the new electric wiring all around the building, to totally reconstructing the bathrooms, we snapped some pictures of the work that’s been done for three weeks now. We’ll show you pictures of the end product soon!

By: Angelica Katcher