Maspeth hip-hop artist, Dalton, to perform in LIC tonight

Liam Dalton, a Maspeth resident who goes by the artist name Ru$ Grey, has been making waves in the hip-hop industry.

The unassuming, red-haired 20 year old who grew up steps from Frontera Park, is producing music that is turning the ears of artists everywhere.

Dalton is performing tonight at the “Before The Fame” concert featuring CantStop Atson & Ru$ Grey. The event is at the rooftop in the Aloft Hotel in LIC, 8PM.

Check out his latest song, “Brand New”, featuring Atson:

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Were You a Fan of the Mets in ’86?

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Who wasn’t a fan of the Mets in 1986? No true New Yorker will ever forget the ’86 Mets World Series. It was such a great accomplishment for not only the Mets, but for everyone living in the city. I am writing a detailed ‘throwback’ story about this significant event in sports history. If anyone is willing to speak to me about memories of being at the game, seeing the players pre or post game, or really any memorable story from that unforgettable day, please contact me via email @ akatcher@queensledger.com. After this we can schedule to speak on the phone, or in person. If desired, the storyteller can remain anonymous, I am truly just looking for some great content.

By: Angelica Katcher

Get to know mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis

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Nicole Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman representing parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, is running for the upcoming mayoral election this November.

The Maspeth Blog met with her on Wednesday to discuss her candidacy for mayor.

Malliotakis was born in Manhattan and grew up in Staten Island. She is the daughter of Greek and Cuban immigrants, and has made history being the first Greek American woman to hold elected office.

“This election isn’t about Trump,” Malliotakis said. “This election is about traffic, transit, and trash.”

She discussed many quality of life issues affecting New Yorkers such as homelessness, crime, and immigration.

Malliotakis says she wants to address the growing homelessness crisis. If she is elected, she wants to provide vocational jobs for those living in shelters. Malliotakis also disagrees with what she called Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “lax requirements” for transitioning people sleeping on the streets and in the subways.

Malliotakis explained that aside from the homeless, 4% of the entirety of New York City has some form of a severe mental illness. In addition, sex crimes have gone up roughly 25% in the last three years. She also spoke to us about some of the city’s most frequent crimes. These include sex abuse, patronizing a child for prostitution, drunk driving, welfare, and grand larceny.

However, Malliotakis has many plans to not only tackle these issues, but to get as many of these criminals off of the streets as possible.

When talking to the Maspeth Blog about her plans for the city if she is elected, we asked, “Why you, Why should you be the people’s choice for Mayor?” She responded with, “Why me? Because I’m presenting the alternative. I’m willing to take on the status quo.”

As the daughter of immigrant parents, Malliotakis said she’s passionate about immigration issues. She said believes in the aspiration and exemplification of the American Dream.

When asked how she would fix cultural divisiveness over the issue, she said as a Republican, she’s in a better position to lobby Washington to “fix the broken immigration system.” Malliotakis said she would like to see the process streamlined so people don’t have to wait decades and pay thousands of dollars to become a citizen.

Rooted in her beliefs, Malliotakis and her principles are a package deal and will be ready for November.

By: Angelica Katcher and Jennifer Luizzi

Follow on Twitter: @NMalliotakis ‏ #NoNonsenseNicole

Treat your little princess to a spa day at the Lollipop Spa… she deserves it

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 1.50.02 PMIf moms were to ask their little girl what they want to be when they grow up, some would say mermaid, others may say a princess. Personally, I would say a mermaid / princess / boss lady… but that’s just me.

The Lollipop Spa allows for your little girl’s princess dreams to come true.

Girls can celebrate their birthdays by choosing between a princess package, rockstar glitter package, diva deluxe package, along with extras for more goodies.

Girls get to experience all the fun and pampering of a spa! If you don’t want to limit the princess time to be only for their birthday, walk ins and after school playdates are welcome as well.

 

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Lollipop Spa | 65-23 Grand Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378

(718) 326-0033

Open Wednesday-Friday 2PM-6PM

Saturday 12PM-6PM

Sunday 12PM-5PM

Article by: Jen Luizzi, editorial / marketing intern

Martin Luther graduates sign with D2, D3 & prep school basketball programs

Three boys from Martin Luther School have committed to play basketball at the next level.

“The opportunity to play basketball at the college level does not come easy. It takes time, hard work, and dedication throughout elementary, middle, and high school,” said MLS Principal, Jim Regan.

Young boys & girls who are serious about their future in the game must work tirelessly to hone their craft, improve their athleticism, and refine their IQ on and off the court. We congratulate our student athletes for representing the MLS basketball program with great pride,” said MLS Executive Director, Randy Gast.

 

mlsblogstoryTaylor Huyghue (middle) is heading to Paul Smith College, a Division 2 program in Upstate NY.

Cristian Reyes (left) will be attending Mt. Saint Vincent College, a Division 3 program in the Bronx, NY.

Kumar Lewis (right) will be heading to Knox National Prep School in Jamestown, NY.

The three guards were starters on Martin Luther’s Varsity basketball team coached by John Sanchez. Lewis averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds, Huyghue averaged 15 points and 5 assists, and Reyes averaged 13 points and 3 steals during the 2016-2017 season.

 

crislayupWhen asked about his experience in the MLS basketball program, Reyes said, “Martin Luther helped me develop myself better as a player. I’m a completely different player now compared to when I came in. Both physically and mentally. I grew and developed exponentially between my first and second (last) year, I learned and bettered my IQ a lot under Coach Sanchez.”

 

When asked about his experience at MLS, and his future at Paul Smith, Huyghue had this to say:

taydrive“Martin Luther was such a great experience for me. Coach Sanchez and the teachers really believed in me and gave me the tools i needed to become a great student athlete. At MLS, you truly become part of a family. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to end my high school career. I expect Paul smith to help me to continue developing as a player and as a young man. Coach Sanchez always told me that if I work hard and continue to listen and learn, there is no telling where this game will take me. His advice got me a scholarship to Paul Smith College, and he taught me lessons that I will never forget.”

MLS plays in the PSAA. During the season, MLS plays conference games vs. The Kew-Forest School, Bay Ridge Prep, Avenues,  rivals such as Lawrence Woodmere Academy, a team with a starting center who is receiving offers from high D1 programs. Their non-conference schedule consisted of games against Maspeth high school, Cathedral Prep., Columbia Prep., Metropolitan high school. Next year MLS will square off with McClancy HS early in the season on November 20th at McClancy in Jackson Heights.

kumarshotweb“I am very proud of these three young student athletes. Not just for their commitment to play at the next level, but for their commitment to working hard, and being professional on and off the court,” said coach Sanchez. “Being recognized and offered by an athletic program at the next level is a result of many efforts. The efforts of the student athlete, his or her parents, his or her coaches, and his or her teachers. Playing basketball is the easy part. Studying, completing homework, being on time, communicating in a professional manner, respecting others at all times, displaying positive body language, etc…; these are things that must be practiced by all student athletes if they wish to be given the opportunity to be a student athlete at the next level,” said Sanchez

If you want to learn more about the MLS basketball program, you can email coach John Sanchez at jsanchez@martinluthernyc.org.

The Maspeth Pizza House’s new 100 person capacity party room is now open

If you’re looking for a venue in Maspeth to host your next party / event, The Mapeth Pizza House will deliver.

MPHpartyspaceThe Maspeth Pizza House’s new 100 person capacity party room has made it the new “go-to” for special events such as birthday parties, corporate events, business lunches & dinners, graduation parties, bridal showers, christening parties, karaoke nights, trivia nights, and more…

Most of Maspeth has already experienced MPH’s high quality food options. From brick oven pizzas to fried calamari, meatball sliders, chicken parmigiana, and other italian specialties; the Maspeth Pizza House has risen to the top of the food chain in Maspeth.

Owners Lou Selamaj and Rich Adamiak received such strong support from the Maspeth community, that they recently opened a party room in the adjoining space. The space can hold up to 100 people.

So, why have your event at the MPH?

For starters, the parking lot makes it convenient for your guests to travel there. Once they’vemphpartyspace2 had a good experience traveling, they are sure to enjoy  MPH’s modern interior which has a simple yet elegant feel.

“Two recent successful events that we’ve hosted lately were the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Fundraiser and a birthday party for community activist, Michael Coyne,” said Adamiak.

“Both events had over 100 people in attendance, and all attendees raved about the space and the food,” added Selamaj.

Besides parties and events, the MPH is still ideal for lunch, happy hour, and an intimate dinner. Happy hour is Monday – Friday from 4-7PM, where appetizers, 10’ pizza, beers, and cocktails are half price.

The Maspeth Pizza House is located at 59-60 60th St. in Maspeth. It shares a parking lot with McDonalds off of Maurice Ave. Give them a call at (718) 326-1222 to find out more information about having your party / event at the MPH.