Vision Zero enforcement initiative coming to Maspeth

All next week, the NYPD 104th Precinct will be holding a vision zero program that will provide motorists with educational materials to help explain vision zero. The program also includes an enforcement portion that will target various hazardous violations that contribute to death and injury of New Yorkers.

The first portion of the program, the education aspect, will take place at the intersections of Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Avenue, 69th Street and Grand Avenue, Woodhaven Boulevard and Cooper Avenue, Maurice Avenue and Borden Avenue and more unnamed locations.

The purpose of the educational message is to explain to residents the three E’s: education, engineering and enforcement.

Secondly, police will hold targeted enforcements looking for violations that include: speeding, improper turns, operating a vehicle while on the phone or texting and failure to yield to pedestrians (If a pedestrian is anywhere in the crosswalk/street you must yield until they are completely out of the street).

Street milling work scheduled for next week in Maspeth

Maspeth, get ready for the traffic and parking problems in a week from now as the New York City Department of Design and Construction prepares to do some work in the area.

On Friday, September 18, the work being done will involve the milling of the streets listed below in preparation for resurfacing, which will be carried out by the Department of Transportation Roadway Repair & Maintenance (RRM) division at a later date. During work hours, from 6a.m. to 6 p.m., there might be limited access to certain blocks, but deliveries and emergency vehicles will still be allowed. Public buses might detour while construction is going on.

For some areas, there will be “No Parking” signs enforced and residents may have driveway access restriction.

To learn about more information, you can contact the Community Construction Liaison, Joan Rivera, at 718-487-3938 or email During non-construction hours, you can contact the NYC Government Services and Information Hotline at 311.

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Community mourns loss of Tom Ripley

Ripley, left, at his Grand Ave. shop in the 1970s.

Ripley, left, at his Grand Ave. shop in the 1970s.

Sometimes on Sunday nights, after Tom Ripley had logged countless hours over the week at the first company he’d ever owned, Grand Avenue’s Maspeth Glass, he and his wife Lorraine would sail out to the Manhasset Bay with their two young children, and through binoculars look at the glittering homes across the water.

“Wouldn’t it be nice to live there,” they’d say to each other, to their children. Some 50 years, two businesses and 10 grandchildren later, it was in a glittering house in Manhasset, his home for more than three decades, that Ripley passed away on July 2, 2015, just a few days short of his 86th birthday.

One of Maspeth’s most successful entrepreneurs, Ripley started out as a new Marine Corps grad with a $200 loan from his parents and went on to build numerous businesses throughout Maspeth, reaching customers across the country and employing 17 from his Grand Ave. store at its peak.

“Tom was always someone that could look at something and imagine what it could be,” said John Horan, Ripley’s son-in-law and protégé, over coffee at the Fame Diner last week. “He could see a jewel in the rough, see the ability or potential in it, and follow through.”

Read the full story in the Queens Ledger

Councilwoman tours Maspeth Coca-Cola factory


Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley tours the Coca-Cola factory, part of north Maspeth’s industrial zone.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley toured the Maspeth Coca-Cola packaging facility this week. The site’s been open since 1946 and has over 450 local employees, shipping to vendors throughout the five-boroughs.

“The jobs created here by Coca-Cola allow hundreds to sustain the lives of themselves and their families,” said Crowley. “It’s important to keep this vibrant, industrial community thriving. Coca-Cola invests so much in their local communities, and have shown they are a partner.”

The Federal Railroad Administration launches safety review after Maspeth crash

The train accident that took place in Maspeth a couple weeks ago

The aftermath of the train accident that took place in Maspeth a couple weeks ago

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration announced the launch of a safety review of the New York and Atlantic Railway in response to the train-truck collision in Maspeth last week.

According to Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, this safety review is needed in the community.

“I am confident that this review by the FRA will help to improve safety standards.  I will continue to monitor this important situation and working with my partners in government- city, state and federal, to make sure that Queens rails and roads are safe,” Nolan said.


Train strikes truck in Maspeth

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A freight train struck an 18-wheeler at the intersection of Rust Street and Maspeth Avenue last night, causing significant traffic delays through the night and into the morning commute.

There were no injuries to report after the train allegedly stuck the tractor-trailer while going approximately 10 miles per hour (per ABC7).

Crews were still on the scene this morning, directing traffic and cleaning up debris from the incident.

Police team up to stop drag racing

The NYPD 104th precinct

The NYPD 104th precinct

A joint operation between the 104th and 108th precinct is aimed at cutting down on drag racing and making the streets safer for motorists and pedestrians.

Last Friday, May 15, at 3 p.m., the commanding and executive officers from the 104 Precinct and 108 Precinct conducted the operations in regards to numerous complaints from the community regarding the racing.

A vehicle was placed, in plain view, with flashing lights at the McDonald’s (56-60 55th Road) to send a clear message to motorists that drag racing in the vicinity of the precincts will not be tolerated. In addition, traffic officer were deployed to the hazardous locations to be on the lookout for racing activity.

Members of the community are reminded to call 911 for emergencies and 311 for non-emergencies so that these incidents are appropriately documented and dispatched to members of the service on patrol.

Please note both Precincts are also aware of additional locations in and around both Precincts where these drag racers may frequent. Those locations will also be met with enforcement.