Meet the new head boys varsity basketball coach at Maspeth High School

Dan Franchese is the new boys head varsity basketball coach at Maspeth High School. He is replacing former coach Anastasia Bitis, who was recently tapped to coach the York College women’s basketball team.

IMG_9412As the head jv coach and assistant varsity coach for the past 3 years, Franchese has been a vital piece of the winning culture that the Maspeth High School basketball program is known for.

Franchese posted a 16-4 record with his jv team last year, and plans to keep the same consistent winning attitude gonig into the 2017-2018 varsity season.

“Intense focus, family atmosphere, and a positive mindset are the pillars of the winning culture that coach Bitis & I have built over the past few years,” said Franchese.

“We have intense practices and everyone in our program buys in to the system and ‘the process’ of what we’re trying to accomplish,” added Franchese.

Throughout the past 4 years, Franchese has coached most of the boys in the program. He has helped developed the now seniors, and after last year’s season, he helped send 3 graduates to play basketball at the next level.

Nathaniel Nickel is a freshman at SUNY Cobleskill, Derian Puente is a freshman at York College, and Tamer Tamer is a Redshirt Freshman at Lycoming College.

“Franchese is a great coach and an even better person,” said John Sanchez, the varsity coach at Martin Luther High School. “He sent three graduates from last year’s program to play basketball at the college level, so it’s obvious that he knows how to develop college level players.” “I look forward to our December 3rd matchup at MLS,” added Sanchez.

Maspeth High School competes in the PSAL B division. They play opponents such as Academy of American Studies, Eagly Academy III, Martin Luther School (non-league), and McClancy (non-league).

Stay tuned for the posting of their 2017-2018 regular season schedule.

The Camera Store is solving problems for photographers and videographers in Queens


Buying a camera or video equipment online and know what you need? Great – The Blattworld Camera Store has a huge selection of competitively priced new and used photo products online.

New to the photography / videography game and want to actually test out a camera & other products in-store? Looking for something retro, or want a professional opinion?

Enter, The Camera Store.


1When a customer walks into BlattWorld, located at 60-18 Fresh Pond Road on the Maspeth / Ridgewood border, he or she is surrounded by a sea of cameras, equipment, cases and other technology.

With walk-in camera stores declining because of e-commerce, Robert Blatt’s company, The Camera Store, is thriving due to hands-on purchasing and knowledgeable management.

“Actually, for the consumer it’s even better. On the Internet, you don’t see what you’re getting. Here, you can come in and buy the same thing and you can walk out with it,” Blatt told The Maspeth Blog.

Owner Robert Blatt takes pride in the wide selection of items his store offers, ranging from special collector’s items to 100-year-old cameras and newer gadgets. He also has a camera repair service in Maspeth, Queens that is top-notch, according to the community. He has darkroom equipment, filters, lenses, gaming printers, panoramic cameras, voice recorders, binoculars, telescopes, and so much more.

BlattWorld, which started in Williamsburg back in 2000, now does most of its business on the Internet.

“It’s still competitive pricing worldwide because we ship all around the world,” Blatt said. BlattWorld sells on its website, advertises on social media and thrives on Ebay sales.

Despite his store’s online presence, Blatt said he would still like to have more foot traffic inside his shop. BlattWorld isn’t located on the “retail end” of Fresh Pond Road, he said, and it’s become worse since the Staples nearby closed.

“We are trying to give the same opportunity to people to buy and come in and see the merchandise,” Blatt said.

Blatt said the more that customers buy over the Internet, the harder it is for stores to stay alive. That’s why he’s leveraging multiple avenues to reach out to customers.

Looking forward, Blatt said he intends to have more business and better deals for his customers. “We have tremendous amounts of different hard-to-get items, regular items,” he said. “If we don’t have it, we can always get it for them at the right price.”

Blatt’s ‘The Camera Store’ can be reached at 855-267-4700.

Easter Rising Way beautified for another season

Step Street

Last November, Maspeth’s “Step Street,” a municipal staircase near 53rd Avenue and 64th Street, was transformed into “Easter Rising Way.”

It’s co-named to commemorate the long fight for Irish independence, and got a nice makeover thanks to the Horticultural Society of New York and Department of Transportation.

Through New York City’s Greener Initiative, the “Hort” will continue to pay seasonal visits to Easter Rising Way to ensure the staircase stays beautiful all year round.

This past weekend, the step-street was weeded, pruned and filled with perennials and shrubs. Here’s to hoping it stays like that!

What’s it like in that big restaurant on the corner of 58th st.? We have your answer…

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 2.46.40 PMMany travel past the big restaurant on the corner of 58th street and BQE Service Road Eastbound, and wonder, “what’s it like in there?”.

The Maspeth Blog has your answer…

Andres Carne de Tres at 51-05 58th street, was established in 2007, and the family-oriented Colombian restaurant has earned its place as a great spot to grab a bite to eat or host a party in Queens.


c700x420The food served at Andres is mainly Colombian but also draws culinary inspiration from several other countries. From paella to skirt steak, Andres has a number of dishes to satisfy any hungry patron.

Parents looking for a place to bring the kids? Andres Carne de Tres is kid-friendly! On Saturday’s and Sunday’s kids eat free from 12-5 with an adult meal purchase.



1345556550773In addition to being a steakhouse, Andres Carne de Tres acts as a nightclub after 10 pm featuring a local DJs and Barranquilla Carnivals.

For over six years now, Andres Carne De Tres has been the host of over 30,000 parties for adults and children alike.

Andres Carne de Tres can also be an event space for corporate events with a party room at 100 person capacity.


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Call 718-205-7773 to make a reservation or visit online at






Lions Club’s Halloween Ragamuffin Parade is Tuesday, Oct. 31st

The Maspeth Lions Club presents the annual Halloween Ragamuffin Parade!

The parade will begin on Tuesday, October 31st at Mt. Olivet Cemetary’s Main Gate at 65-40 Grand Avenue between Remsen Place and Grand Avenue at 7 pm.

The parade will end at Maspeth Federal Savings Lot at the corner of 69th Street and Grand Avenue.

All children are welcome to attend. Those in costume will receive a bag of treats. There will also be prizes for the person with the best costume! Happy Halloween!

St. Stan’s graduate launches heating company, Master Mechanic LLC.

Michael Caputo, a graduate of St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Maspeth, has been in the heating business for over 15 years.  After being an integral part of a large heating company for the majority of his heating mechanic career, he has decided to form his own company.

Caputo and fiancé, Sylwia Baran, formed Master Mechanic LLC., to help local homeowners and business owners in Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood and surrounding Queens areas.

mastermechaniclogoMaster Mechanic LLC. is a full service boiler repair, removal, and installation company that provides oil and gas services for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

They provide heat and hot water service, perform annual boiler inspections, and process NYC DEP Triennial Renewals. They specialize in clearing NYC DOB & ECB Violations, and also provide service for oil tank abandonments, removals, and installations. They do chimney cleaning and installations and Fulton High Pressure Steam Boiler repairs and inspections as well.

“Master Mechanic guarantees same day emergency service,” said Caputo. “I am confident that our prices are better than our  competitors,” said Caputo, is a lifetime resident of Maspeth.

Services Master Mechanic offers:

  • Types of Boilers we service: Oil and/or Gas for Residential, Commercial and Industrial buildings
  • Heat/Hot Water Service (no service agreement required)
  • NYC Dept. of Buildings Annual Boiler Inspections
  • NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection Triennial Renewals
  • Clearing NYC DOB & ECB violations
  • Boiler Installations, Repairs and Removals
  • Oil Tank Abandonments, Removals and Installations
  • Chimney Cleaning and Installations
  • Fulton High Pressure steam boiler repairs and internal/external inspections
Call for a free estimate today: 347-510-5544 or email

Caputo teamed up with former St. Stan’s classmate, Michael Mattera, to develop an app for boiler mechanics and the entire heating industry. The app is named, Master Mechanic, and is available in the iTunes app store for Android and Apple phones. The app is a useful tool that simplifies the job of sizing and choosing boilers, radiators and much more.

Master Mechanic is a licensed NYC Oil Burner Equipment Installer, License #5357B. Also a Fulton Factory Certified Service Technician.