O’Neills Expansion Gets Nod From CB5 Land Use Committee

Conditions, Conditions, Conditions…

After three meetings, at which dozens of Maspeth Plateau residents attended, the Zoning and Land Use Committee at Community Board #5 gave O’Neills some good news last night at their committee meeting.

Their zoning change and expansion to have a 140-seat catering hall on the 2nd floor will get to the floor of the community board with unanimous support from the Zoning Committee.

The community board’s monthly meeting is next Wednesday, May 16th at 7:30 at Christ the King HS in Middle Village. But there will be conditions, which if not met, will not allow O’Neills to expand.

There are typically about 100 people in the room for the community board meeting and we will (of course) have some coverage of the results for this important issue for future of the Maspeth Plateau.

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The meeting on Monday night was mostly civil. The  committee of nine heard testimony from people who were against the proposal and people who were in favor of the rezoning and expansion of this restaurant.

It seemed that the properties around O’Neills were supportive, but a petition from those not in favor of the zoning change signed by more than 200 people was thrown into the mix on Monday, and was front-and-center in the discussion.

There was also a letter of opinion from a Whitestone resident, Paul Graziano, who says he was hired by some in the community to view this expansion. He was against the expansion.

The board also received personal letters from two dozen individuals who were in favor of the expansion, as well as a petition in favor of the zoning change allowing a second-floor commercial use expansion, from more than 200 people.

The two conditions the committee has put on the applicant is that they must get some parking lots in the area to agree to park cars there and to somehow legally agree that they can’t ever build higher than the second story.

Maspeth Federal Savings to award $1,500 grant to small business contest winner

Your favorite community bank is at it again!

logoThis Spring, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank will be awarding one small business a $1,500 grant, and it’s up to you to decide who will receive it.

Nominate your favorite small business in the Queens or Nassau area between now (April 26th) and Friday, May 4th, to give them a chance to win $1,500!

“We’re excited to give you – the community, an opportunity to get involved in our latest efforts by nominating a deserving business for our small business grant. Giving back is at the core of what we do, and has been for over 70 years, so vote today and be a part of something great,” said Christina Zanca, VP & Marketing Director of MFS.

Fill out this form to nominate a local business for the Maspeth Federal Savings $1,500 Community Small Business Grant!

The winner will be announced during the week of May 7th.

St. Stanislaus Hall of Fame Dinner A Success

Two-hundred people filled St. Stanislaus School Hall to celebrate the eight inductees to the St. Stan’s Hall of Fame. They were:

Brother Donald Sukanec – management committee,

John Sanchez – alum & Martin Luther Varsity Boys basketball Coach,

David Daraio – community activist – Maspeth Federal VP,

Joseph Grippo – Maspeth Lion – City Landlord,

Sharon Sperruggia – teacher at Stans,

Joseph Romano – Grand Knight K of C,

Maryann Todzia – Matthew’s Mission

Bill Donovan – coach 2 St Stans.

St. Stan’s Endowment Committee chair – Jill Nicholois was the emcee for the evening. Principal Cathy Mangone spoke about the bright students and the incredible graduating class at St. Stans, with record-numbers of scholarships to a dozen High Schools in the area this year.


Pictured below:

Members of the St. Stans Players performed. They put on ‘Alice In Wonderland’ this season.

Members of the Hall of Fame are pictured with the new inductees.

Brother Donald Sukanec

New inductees – Left to right: John Sanchez, Sharon Sperruggia, David Daraio , Joe Grippo, Jill Nicolois, Joe romano, Bill Donovan, Brother Donald Sukanec and Maryann Todzia.

Stans HOF 4-26 pic kids singing


Stans HOF 4-26 pic 50 people Stans HOF 4-26 pic Bro Donald
Stans HOF 4-26 pic group





Maspeth kids assaulted, robbed of their bikes


Last evening, two Maspeth kids were robbed of their bicycles and were allegedly assaulted inside the school yard of PS 58 The School of Heroes.

According to a Maspeth resident, who wishes to remain unidentified due to fear of retaliation, her son and his friends were riding their bikes on school property when the incident occurred.

A man inside a Lexus got out of his car and began chatting with the Maspeth kids. According to the source, two other men entered the yard on each side, and threw her son off his bike. Her son suffered cuts on his hands and knees.

The alleged perps then took the bike, and threatened her son’s friend to get off because they “have something in my pocket,” alluding to a weapon.

The two men left on the bikes, while the first suspect drove off in his car.

According to the source, police went to the school this morning to view surveillance footage.

A photo of her son’s bike can be seen above.

O’Neills Looks To Expand for 2nd floor catering

The historic Maspeth restaurant, O’Neills, located on 65th Place at 53rd Drive is planning to add a 140 seat catering room on a newly designed second floor.

O'Neills in Maspeth plans a second floor expansion.

O’Neills in Maspeth plans a second floor expansion.


They will present a plan, which asks for a change in zoning, to the community board Wednesday, April 11th at 7:30 PM. The Community Board meeting is to be held in the cafeteria at Christ the King in Middle Village.
The meeting is open to the public. If approved, the catering hall could be completed by Fall of 2020.
One of the more complicated elements of the project is that since the restaurant and some of the adjacent buildings were built and used as commercial establishments even before zoning was commenced in the early 1960’s, the zone needs to be updated to reflect the use there now.

Maspeth Chamber of Commerce meeting 12pm today @ Connolly’s Corner

The entire business community of Maspeth is invited to the Maspeth Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting today (Tuesday) 12pm at Connolly’s Corner.

The Maspeth Chamber of Commerce is an organization to foster, promote and improve business in the Maspeth Community

Led by Chamber President, and Maspeth Federal Senior Vice President & COO, David Daraio, the Chamber has implemented many programs over the years including:

-Holiday Street Lighting
-Seasonal Banner Program
-Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
-Support of Anti-Graffiti Programs
-Erected a “Welcome to Maspeth” Sign
-Participation in the NYC Green Streets Program
-Benefactor Sponsor of the Maspeth Memorial Day Parade
-Placed Decorative Trash Receptacles along Grand Avenue
-Planted and Maintained the Spruce Tree at Maspeth Memorial Park
-Founder and Co-Sponsor of the Grand Avenue Street Festival held every June
-Installed Antique Street Lights in Coordination with Assemblywoman Margaret Markey
-Installed Light Pole Planter Baskets also in Coordination with Assemblywoman Margaret Markey

Throughout the years, the Chamber has joined forces with many community organizations to fight against issues that would adversely effect our community and our business district. In recent years, many thousands of dollars have been spent to enhance our small-town appearance.

Tel: (718) 779-1111