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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 2016 Juniper Berry

The Juniper Berry magazine has a rich tradition in the communities of Middle Village, Maspeth and Elmhurst. It was first published in 1938. The quarterly magazine is an all-volunteer effort and contains articles on crime prevention, neighborhood issues, meeting reports and notices, neighborhood history and photographs, guest articles, editorials and more.

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BERRY BITS: "No trucks" sign placed along Grand Ave

BERRY BITS: "No trucks" sign placed along Grand Ave

The NYCDOT has programmed a lighted sign on Grand Avenue near Remsen Place to say ͞"NO TRUCKS EXCEPT LOCAL DELIVERY."

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BERRY BITS: Car ads being cleaned up

BERRY BITS: Car ads being cleaned up

There are a number of auto body shops in the area that take junked cars and fix them up in order to resell them.

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BERRY BITS: Silver now Village Barn

BERRY BITS: Silver now Village Barn

THE END OF AN ERA: As many know during the summer, Abe Gabor, longtime owner of Silver Barn sold the business to the owner of Met Food, Bill Fani.

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BERRY BITS: Keep private trash out of public bins

BERRY BITS: Keep private trash out of public bins

It's a sanitation violation for household trash to be placed inside or next to public trash bins.

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BERRY BITS: Never beginning bridge project delayed yet again

BERRY BITS: Never beginning bridge project delayed yet again

We were told this spring that it would finally happen. The week of Independence Day, the jackhammers were going to get started on the Metropolitan Avenue-Fresh Pond Road LIRR Bridge replacement, the DOT told Queens CB5. Only it didn't happen.

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BERRY BITS: Cyclist badly injured on Lutheran Avenue

BERRY BITS: Cyclist badly injured on Lutheran Avenue

The morning of July 13th, a 64-year-old male cyclist was traveling northbound on Lutheran Avenue. According to police, near the intersection of Juniper Boulevard North, a 71-year-old driver made a U-turn and then backed into a parking space, hitting the cyclist in the process. The man was taken to the hospital with a serious leg injury.

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BERRY BITS: Pullis Farm Cemetery rejected by LPC for official landmark status

BERRY BITS: Pullis Farm Cemetery rejected by LPC for official landmark status

Farmer Thomas Pullis, a Dutch immigrant, was among those who purchased land in Middle Village just after the Williamsburgh-Jamaica Turnpike had been established. In 1822, he acquired land stretching roughly between Juniper Blvd North and Juniper Valley Road.

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BERRY BITS: Plateau arches finally restored!

BERRY BITS: Plateau arches finally restored!

At long last, all four of the Ridgewood Plateau arches have been restored. Lawrence Madine of Woodside had been working on the project some time ago when a series of unfortunate events, including the theft of his ladder took place, delaying the work.

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Farms and Residences of Old Middle Village

Farms and Residences of Old Middle Village

A review of landmarks and notable sites in old Middle Village

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Yesterday & Today:60th Ave at 84th Street looking east

Yesterday & Today:60th Ave at 84th Street looking east

A lot has changed at this intersection, but much also remains the same. The top photo was taken circa 1920. The building in the center on the right side of the street is the home of the Haspel-Staab VFW post today.

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Tree trimming on 69th Lane courtesy of Dom's Tree Cutting Service and NYC Parks. I don't think these trees have a chance of surviving. Why then are there plans to dig up our sidewalks to plant more of them?

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Did you know?

South Africa ‒ Scientists say they discovered a new member of the human family tree, revealed by a huge trove of bones in a barely accessible, pitch-black chamber of cave in South Africa.

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A Maspeth United Will Never Be Defeated

A Maspeth United Will Never Be Defeated

About two years ago, the Pan Am Hotel on Queens Blvd was unexpectedly converted into a homeless shelter without community notification. Shortly thereafter, word came that the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express was for sale. I sent out an email sarcastically predicting it would become our next area homeless shelter. In my heart I was only half-joking because I could see the writing on the wall.

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104 Pct Report

104 Pct Report

JUNE 10 Based on a complaint at the JPCA Town Meeting regarding "For Sales Signs" ON A CAR with no plates, we went to the location after the meeting and towed the car.

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OP-ED: America has changed

OP-ED: America has changed

Americans have always prided themselves as people who respond to the needs of others around the world in times of catastrophic events, lead the world in producing the best doctors and inventing cutting edge medical procedures and provide a haven for those threatened due to their political or religious beliefs.

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Presidential politics in 1816

Presidential politics in 1816

In 1816, just as in 2016, the area of Queens known as Jamaica had a candidate in the presidential race. Today we have Donald Trump, but in 1816, the local seeking our nation's highest office was Rufus King.

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The Florists of Mount Olivet Crescent

The Florists of Mount Olivet Crescent

In 1847, the New York State legislature passed the Rural Cemetery Act and in 1852 the Common Council of the City of New York (then consisting of Manhattan only) banned the future use of any new ground for burial purposes. These two governmental actions brought great change to the sleepy little town of Middle Village.

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Pokemon GO: It's all about how you play the game

Pokemon GO: It's all about how you play the game

Several weeks ago, outgoing NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton had a few harsh things to say regarding the hit mobile game, Pokemon GO, and those who play it. For the uninitiated, Pokemon GO is a free GPS-based game which can be downloaded to smartphones, and primarily consists of the player walking around their neighborhoods to virtually "catch" fictional creatures called Pokemon.

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Glendale at the dawn of filmmaking

Glendale at the dawn of filmmaking

As mentioned in previous issues of the Juniper Berry, picnic parks were ubiquitous in the Maspeth-Middle Village-Glendale-Ridgewood area at the turn of the 20th century. It's hard to imagine now, but there was a bounty of undeveloped land on which to site these large parks.

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History of the Christ the King High School site

History of the Christ the King High School site

Christ The King Roman Catholic High School was founded in 1964 by the Bishop of Brooklyn, Bryan J. McEntergart and was built with funds received from the parishes of the Diocese of Brooklyn for the building of Catholic High Schools.

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Queens Archeology

Queens Archeology

In the present day Queens of terraced high rises, a little trolley rail imbedded in blacktop remains. While bones of steel remain as buried artifacts, bones of many colonial and Early American settlers are lost and forgotten.

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Join us at the German-American Steuben Parade!

Join us at the German-American Steuben Parade!

The German American Steuben Parade is held annually on the third Saturday in September. It was founded in 1957 by German immigrants and German Americans—one of the largest ancestral groups living in the United States.

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How people traveled before the turnpike

How people traveled before the turnpike

How people traveled before the turnpike From An historical sketch, of ancient agriculture, stock breeding and manufactures in Queens County by Henry Onderdonk, 1867.

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Glacial erratics: Pre-history in the modern world

Glacial erratics: Pre-history in the modern world

Several oversized rocks are scattered throughout our area; some are celebrated, others are hidden in plain sight. A few of these rocks have recent historical significance ("recent" defined as being within the last 400 years), but all of them date back to a time before human existence.

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Killy's Corner

Killy's Corner

Hello Everyone! Hoping you all had a great summer. Well we did spend some time in Montauk and as I have said before, I always run into people from Middle Village wherever I go and this summer was no different.

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Getting the most out of your fruits and vegetables

Getting the most out of your fruits and vegetables

Most Americans are aware the eating fruits and vegetables is part of healthy diet. Aside from being naturally low in fat and calories, they are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A and C.

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Community Eyesores

Community Eyesores

The house at the corner of 83rd Place and 63rd Ave has been a mess for a very long time. The upstairs window has been missing for at least 10 years. Several of the other windows have trash bags hanging in them. The siding on the southern face of the building has seen better days. There are 2 new windows on the second floor in the front of the building, so at least there is hope for a renovation.

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Amazing Stories

An argument over a 90-cent gambling debt and drunken brawl in "Hoover Village," a down-and-outers camp near Newtown Creek, Maspeth, sent one man to the hospital with serious stab wounds and another to the police lineup on a felonious assault charge today.

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Marge Markey's meltdown

Marge Markey's meltdown

Why are you booing me? Why? I am opposed to this shelter. I am not giving any money to it. You are being manipulated. I have not, nor has the state put any money into this shelter. We are not funding it, we are not cooperating and we oppose the shelter.

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Meet the Challengers

Tony Nunziato is the Republican candidate in the 30th Assembly District. He will tell you the motivation to run for elected office resulted from his own observation that when he would go to meetings he discovered how seriously underrepresented our area was with elected officials who were never present to speak for the people on critical issues.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Atlas Park patron parks stupidly

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Atlas Park patron parks stupidly

Atlas Park conveniently has parking located both indoors and outdoors. However this driver felt it was perfectly acceptable to block the only lane of traffic that leads out to Cooper Avenue instead of utilizing one of the previously mentioned options. This selfishness endangers pedestrians and other drivers.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Batting cage looking worse for wear

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Batting cage looking worse for wear

The batting cages at Juniper Valley Park are very popular. So popular, in fact, that the infrastructure wears out quickly. The current condition of the cage is deplorable and in fact renders it useless. Why hasn't Council Member Crowley allocated funding toward the repair and upkeep of this valuable park resource as she did for the bungled bocce courts?

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Selfish sidewalk parking

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Selfish sidewalk parking

We are well aware that parking is at a premium in Maspeth and Middle Village, but blocking sidewalks is completely unacceptable. We frequently find cars parked across sidewalks in driveways and in front of stoops.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: It's a crosswalk, not a crosspark!

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: It's a crosswalk, not a crosspark!

Just a reminder ‒ a crosswalk is not a parking space. It's supposed to be a safe area where pedestrians have the right to cross the street. Blocking it is extremely selfish. Once again, No one should be forced to walk into traffic and endanger themselves in order to get around an illegally parked vehicle.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Tall fences make for bad neighbors

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Tall fences make for bad neighbors

This house on 63rd Avenue apparently likes their privacy. Unfortunately, they installed an illegal fence. The zoning code prohibits fences taller than 4' in the front yard. The owner was fined for this infraction in June 2015, but still has not taken the fence down. It's time for a return visit from DOB.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: PEP patrolling in pairs

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: PEP patrolling in pairs

Queens has so few Parks Enforcement Patrol Officers that it's rare to see two of them in one location at the same time. This is not the type of policing that requires officers to partner up. It would be much more beneficial to the park and its patrons to spread the officers around instead of pairing them up.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Truck way off course

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Truck way off course

It's no secret that we have a major problem with trucks using our residential streets as shortcuts. Here is a gigantic 18-wheeler on 74th Street trying to turn west onto Caldwell Avenue. Is this a location where a truck this size should be seen? Caldwell Avenue is one lane from Eliot Avenue to 69th Street and a truck this large and heavy can cause some serious damage to the road, street furniture, parked vehicles and possibly even pedestrians.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Sold sign must go

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Sold sign must go

This property, owned by Trinity Lutheran Church in Maspeth, was sold in 2015. Therefore the realtor should come and pick up her sign. Section 22-322 of the zoning resolution of the Department of Buildings, New York City, does not permit real estate companies to attach a "SOLD" rider on a for sale sign. A sold rider is only advertising for the real estate company and the property owner must pay the fine. Fines can range up to $1,000 or more.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Trees and tree pits are not free ad space

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Trees and tree pits are not free ad space

Street trees and tree pits are the property of NYC ‒ all taxpayers ‒ and advertising in or on them is prohibited by law. If you see a business, such as CityView Realty or Dunkin Donuts on Grand Avenue doing this, call 311 and report it to the Parks Department. They will visit the location and ticket the offender. A more confrontational alternative is to rip them down yourself.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Tree guards become eyesores

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Tree guards become eyesores

The people who installed tree guards installed on Grand Avenue meant well, but the results are less than desirable. The ironwork sits too close to the curb, making it impossible for passengers to exit cars. It also leads to damage of not only the car doors, but also the guards themselves. We need a do-over with a more intelligent design.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Crowley strums while Maspeth burns

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Crowley strums while Maspeth burns

Boy, the Crowleys sure love to say they're from Maspeth. Yet when Maspeth is threatened, they are nowhere around. While we were having nightly protests and preparing for the 8/31 public meeting about the homeless shelter, the singing/guitar-playing Congress Member Joe Crowley was the special musical guest at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser on Park Avenue.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Dirty dog area

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Dirty dog area

There are many people who use Juniper Valley Park who are either not from the area or use the park during business hours and therefore are unaware of the off-leash activity that regularly takes place. Here is an example. A family arranged for a party or picnic in the very area where dogs urinate and defecate every morning before 9am. Hello, E. Coli! Surely, if they were aware of what goes on there, they would not have pitched their tent in that location.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Mystery barrel remains

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Mystery barrel remains

A barrel marked "NYS DEC" with a bunch of numbers written on it has been sitting under a tree with caution tape around it at 61st Street and the eastbound LIE service road for weeks.

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