Three recent connected robberies in Maspeth

The 104th Precinct is sharing information on three recent robberies and attempted robberies in Maspeth from multiple perpetrators acting in concert. They all took place on Friday, February 7 after 9 p.m. The first incident took place near 71st Street and Grand Avenue. The suspects assaulted a man and attempted to remove property from his pockets. The perps fled in an unknown direction. A canvass … Continue reading Three recent connected robberies in Maspeth

Crowley picks up key union endorsements in BP bid

Former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, a candidate for Queens borough president, has earned the endorsements of two major unions in New York City. Last week, Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 endorsed Crowley, with their president Tony Utano saying they’re confident she “has the best plan to protect and create thousands of transportation jobs.” In response, Crowley said she will prioritize new rail projects like the … Continue reading Crowley picks up key union endorsements in BP bid

Rep. Grace Meng hosts supply drive for Puerto Rico

From January 15 until February 5, Congresswoman Grace Meng is hosting an emergency supply drive to help the people of Puerto Rico following the devastating earthquake that recently struck the island. Meng is collecting basic necessities such as water, first aid kits, flashlights, non-perishable foods, batteries, baby formula, diapers and feminine hygiene products. Supplies can be dropped off at her Flushing district office at 40-13 159th … Continue reading Rep. Grace Meng hosts supply drive for Puerto Rico

Queens Bus Route Re-design Looks OK For Maspeth – so far

Citing the need for fewer turns, fewer bus miles and better, more direct connections to subways, the MTA and DOT have unveiled a plan with longer distances between stops and what they claim to be ‘straighter paths’ along what appears to be busier streets. The plan is being scoured by Community Boards. Community Board #5 meets on Wednesday evening at 7:30 @ Christ The King … Continue reading Queens Bus Route Re-design Looks OK For Maspeth – so far

Historic marker notes home of DeWeitt Clinton

A new historic marker noting the former location of New York Governor DeWitt Clinton’s mansion house in Maspeth has been installed. The Newtown Historical Society announced that it has replaced a long-lost roadside marker that was originally installed in the 1930s. The marker, located at the intersection of Maspeth Avenue, 56th Terrace and 58th Street, notes that Clinton worked on plans for the Erie Canal … Continue reading Historic marker notes home of DeWeitt Clinton

Vietnam Veterans Memorial opens on Friday

After decades of advocating, funding and construction, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Queens is finally here. On Friday, 10 a.m. at Elmhurst Park, at the corner of Grand Avenue and 79th Street, Borough President Melinda Katz will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The multi-million dollar memorial will feature the names of service members from Queens who died during the war. Another plaque pays tribute to those … Continue reading Vietnam Veterans Memorial opens on Friday

CEC 24 to host Chancellor Carranza at town hall

Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24 is hosting Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. The town hall will take place in the auditorium at PS 58 School of Heroes, located at 72-24 Grand Avenue in Maspeth. Parents are encouraged to attend, as the chancellor will address issues and concerns regarding local schools and students. District 24 includes the following … Continue reading CEC 24 to host Chancellor Carranza at town hall

St. Stan’s, Transfiguration get funding for food pantry

Some funding from the latest city budget is coming to St. Stan’s and Transfiguration. Last week, Councilman Bob Holden announced that 10 food pantry sites in his district will receive a slice of the $95,595 total allocation. The funding will go toward helping pantries that serve families in need. Among the sites funded was Transfiguration Church and St. Stan’s. “Many people fall on hard times … Continue reading St. Stan’s, Transfiguration get funding for food pantry

PS 58 to open new playground on 9/11

PS 58 is renovating its school playground, thanks to funding from local politicians and the Trust for Public Land. The community playground will have features like a running track and turf field, basketball hoop, volleyball court, ping pong tables, play equipment and more. According to Principal Adeline Tripoli, the grand opening will be fittingly on September 11, as the school is named the “School of … Continue reading PS 58 to open new playground on 9/11

Maspeth Book Festival on May 18

The 1st annual Maspeth Book Festival is approaching quickly on May 18. The event, hosted at the Martin Luther School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature panels, workshops, book signings, giveaways and more. Young writers will also get to participate in a writing workshop to have their work critiqued by professional authors Alex Shvartsman and Ian Randal Strock. The event director is Carl … Continue reading Maspeth Book Festival on May 18