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June Juniper Berry Magazine

June 2018 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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Yesterday & Today: Dry Harbor Road at 82nd Place looking northeast, 1935

Yesterday & Today: Dry Harbor Road at 82nd Place looking northeast, 1935

It may appear that everything in the 1935 photo above has disappeared, but that's not the case. Nearly every prominent structure is extant, albeit altered.

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From April Snow to Spring Glow

From April Snow to Spring Glow

Winter's last gasp happened well after spring was officially on the calendar. The April Fool's joke was on us when we got socked with heavy snow on April 1st.

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Berry Bits: New contractor for Fresh Pond Road bridge project

Berry Bits: New contractor for Fresh Pond Road bridge project

After Mugrose Construction walked away from the Fresh Pond Road-Metropolitan Avenue bridge reconstruction project around Thanksgiving 2017, the prospect of getting things moving again were looking grim.

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Berry Bits: Woodhaven Blvd lights to be synchronized

Berry Bits: Woodhaven Blvd lights to be synchronized

DOT is currently in the process of collecting data that will help them better synchronize the stoplights along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Blvds.

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Berry Bits: DOT seeking to reconstruct bridge over CSX tracks

Berry Bits: DOT seeking to reconstruct bridge over CSX tracks

DOT has awarded a $7.2 million contract to the Parsons Transportation Group for the "reconstruction of the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge/CSX."

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Berry Bits: Too many units crowd the nabe

Berry Bits: Too many units crowd the nabe

Plans have been filed to build an apartment house at 66-73 79th Place. The structure will be 29 feet tall with 10,816 square feet of space, and 11 housing units with 11 parking spaces. This will replace a two-family home.

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Berry Bits: Temporary library opens in Atlas Park Mall

Berry Bits: Temporary library opens in Atlas Park Mall

The Queens Library opened a temporary branch on May 24th to provide service to patrons of the Glendale Library as it undergoes 18 months of renovations.

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Berry Bits: Holden moves office to Dry Harbor Road

Berry Bits: Holden moves office to Dry Harbor Road

Council Member Robert Holden moved his office out of Atlas Park and into a building at 64-69 Dry Harbor Road. He held a ribbon cutting on April 21st and welcomed the public into the space.

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Berry Bits: Chain reaction on Grand Avenue

Berry Bits: Chain reaction on Grand Avenue

Three chain stores have opened outlets along Grand Avenue. Key Food moved its operations to the old Duane Reade site on May 24th, while its former location is now an organic market.

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Op-Ed: ACC's proposed animal intake center is good for Queens

Op-Ed: ACC's proposed animal intake center is good for Queens

The current Animal Care & Control of NYC Queens Intake Center is located at 92-29 Queens Blvd in Rego Park. It is only 750 square feet. A new, bigger and better center will be opening at 66-78 69th Street in Middle Village, at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue in a long-empty 1,400 square foot storefront. 

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Message from the President June 2018

Message from the President June 2018

The Juniper Park Civic Association is currently celebrating the 80th year since its founding in 1938. For 8 decades, our organization has been at the forefront of battles to preserve our quality of life.

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Remembering the Old Maspeth Car Barn

Remembering the Old Maspeth Car Barn

The Maspeth Car Barn was located on the south side of Grand Street (now Grand Avenue) between what is now 69th Street and Brown Place. In July 1854 a horse car railroad started operating from the ferry landings in Williamsburg, along today's Flushing Avenue, to Onderdonk Avenue which was the end of the line.

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The contaminated truth about the Midville sewer project

The contaminated truth about the Midville sewer project

When a conversation starts out with, "You're not going to believe this!" it generally means something incredibly stupid is about to be revealed. This was the way I found out about the now infamous lead contaminated soil from the Penelope Avenue sewer project being dumped in a lot across the street from an elementary school.

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How Harry McArdle helped shape Juniper Valley Park

How Harry McArdle helped shape Juniper Valley Park

The Fall 2017 issue of the Juniper Berry featured coverage of how Brennan Field was re-discovered by the Brennan family itself. Now, details have become available as to how the field and its adjacent areas were designed and built.

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Things That Are Dumb: City wants communities to site shelters

Things That Are Dumb: City wants communities to site shelters

The Department of Homeless Services has issued an edict/threat to community boards throughout the city. In a nutshell, they want them to suggest locations within their boundaries to site shelters.

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Things That Are Dumb: The Power Keeps Going Out

Things That Are Dumb: The Power Keeps Going Out

Businesses in western Maspeth in the vicinity of 48th Street and 55th Avenue have suffered from power outages due to transformer explosions 3 times over the past few months.

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Things That Are Dumb: M train service falters hours after being restored

Things That Are Dumb: M train service falters hours after being restored

On April 30, Middle Village M train riders rejoiced after enduring eight months of construction which forced their one seat rides into 2 or more seat rides (which for some really unfortunate riders also included shuttle buses).

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Things That Are Dumb: Production company unnecessarily takes up street parking

Things That Are Dumb: Production company unnecessarily takes up street parking

We don't mind when life is occasionally disrupted for a day of filming. But the HBO series "The Deuce" did something pretty dumb, not to mention inconsiderate, on May 4th.

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Things That Are Dumb: Chilled Trees

Things That Are Dumb: Chilled Trees

Goldington Court received some new street trees this past January 24th courtesy of the poor judgment of a Parks contractor.

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Things That Are Dumb: Trashed Tracks

Things That Are Dumb: Trashed Tracks

The CSX tracks which traverse Middle Village need some attention. There are discarded tires, shopping carts, furniture and kids' toys strewn about and a good amount of standing water, which breeds mosquitoes.

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Things That Are Dumb: Grand Theft Mailbox

Things That Are Dumb: Grand Theft Mailbox

Cops from the 112th Precinct recovered a mailbox from the back of an SUV at 67th Road and Yellowstone Blvd in Forest Hills on May 11th.

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Things That Are Dumb: Queens Blvd rezoning could bring thousands more people to Woodside

Things That Are Dumb: Queens Blvd rezoning could bring thousands more people to Woodside

The firm Madison Realty Capital has asked for a rezoning in order to build two towers at 69-02 Queens Blvd., which formerly was home to a gas station/car wash.

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OP-ED: The need for a single-family rowhouse zoning designation

OP-ED: The need for a single-family rowhouse zoning designation

In the wake of a seeming population boom, I have requested that the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) consider creating a single-family rowhouse zoning designation in the neighborhoods of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodside and Woodhaven.

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Letters to the Editor, June 2018

Letters to the Editor, June 2018

My grandfather, Francis Carr, is an avid Juniper Berry reader turned 92 on April 7th. He moved to 82nd street in 1961 and lived there consecutively until 1999 when he and his wife Rosemary Carr moved to the Poconos. In 2016 and after the passing of his wife, Mr. Carr has moved back to the same block to live with one of his daughters.

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Op-Ed: What Independence Day Means to Me

Op-Ed: What Independence Day Means to Me

Today, sadly, we hear so many negative things about our country 'tis of thee! These United States are a magical tapestry that was woven over the centuries by extraordinary people from all over the world!

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There is a School in Woodside

There is a School in Woodside

It's funny how things happen for a reason. I've now taught at the same school in Queens for 24 years, which is something I'd never thought would be my life's work, or at least half of it.

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Made in Maspeth: Descendant Cider

Made in Maspeth: Descendant Cider

Hard cider was a very popular drink in colonial times, as water in many areas was not always safe to drink. Interest in it declined after Prohibition, but in recent years, demand for hard cider has been on the rise.

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Short Story: The Winfield Ghost

Short Story: The Winfield Ghost

In a year of the improbable, one in which the Mets won their first World Series, it was fitting that a little railroad archaeology plus my grandmother's handwoven rug would lead Jane and I to purchase our first house.

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All About Mutual Funds

All About Mutual Funds

The pension plans our parents or grandparents had are disappearing and rare to find and 401Ks, 403Bs and 457Bs don't pay out anywhere near the amounts those plans did.

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Celebrating Independence Day with Fantastic Food

Celebrating Independence Day with Fantastic Food

In the spirit of Independence Day I have put together some recipes that I love and hope you will enjoy all summer long! I want to wish you and all of your families, friends and loved ones all the best as we joyfully celebrate our nation's birthday!

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Short Story: Pickle Love

Short Story: Pickle Love

One balmy morning in May, Mr. Pink and his son, young Howie, were out together for a jaunt. They had left their home, 'The Pink House', as it was generally known in the neighborhood due to its shocking-pink siding, and were slowly wending their way ‒ though they themselves were as yet unaware of their precise destination -- toward 'The Green House' at the other end of Maspeth.

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Amazing Stories: SUNDAY  MORNING  FIRE  ROUSES  MIDDLE  VILLAGE

Amazing Stories: SUNDAY MORNING FIRE ROUSES MIDDLE VILLAGE

The worst fire that has been known in years in the old Town of Newtown occurred in this village early yesterday morning, totally destroying Wendel's large hotel and opera house, Joseph Bermel's marble yard and office, part of Seibs' hotel, Mrs. Betzenhamer's confectionery store, the house occupied by Mr. Schaefer and the building owned by Mrs. Seibs.

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After the Storm

After the Storm

We learned again on May 15th that Mother Nature is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. A quick moving rainstorm downed trees and power lines all across the area, but Middle Village seemed to be hit the hardest.

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New Business Spotlight: Don Tequila Urban Cantina

New Business Spotlight: Don Tequila Urban Cantina

Juan Liz converted the former Baha Lounge into Don Tequila Mexican Cantina last autumn and the result is remarkable. Great food, friendly service and fun decor await you inside the doors at 83-38 Woodhaven Blvd (near Myrtle Ave) in Glendale.

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Op-Ed: Preserve the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT)

Op-Ed: Preserve the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT)

The State Assembly Education Committee's ratification to eliminate the SHSAT serves as a wake-up call for parents of high achieving students. To address the low number of enrolled Blacks and Hispanics, the Mayor and Chancellor have heavily promoted an ill-conceived plan to move from objective merit based admissions to highly subjective evaluation procedures, including setting aside 20% of seats for less qualified students.

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Op-Ed: The mainstream media ignores Trump's successes

Op-Ed: The mainstream media ignores Trump's successes

President Trump is currently on a roll fulfilling one campaign promise after another, turning the economy around and making significant advancements on the international stage in North Korea, Israel and Iran but you would never know it if you only followed the mainstream media.

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104th Pct Report June 2018

104th Pct Report June 2018

Two Maspeth homes were burglarized in May which resulted in the burglars stealing a safe containing thousands of dollars in cash plus jewelry. The first incident happened May 25 at approximately 9:05 p.m. A male broke through the front door of a home on 52nd Avenue near 73rd Street.

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Inside the Forest Park Greenhouse

Inside the Forest Park Greenhouse

The Forest Park Greenhouse first opened in 1905 in what was then one of Queens' newest parks. The greenhouse was designed and manufactured by Lord & Burnham, best known for the Conservancy at the New York Botanical Garden.

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One Epic Principal = One EPIC School

One Epic Principal = One EPIC School

What makes a school great? A great school is not defined just by what's behind the walls, but the relationships forged within them. The principal, teachers, staff and equipment are important but most significant are the rapport and bonds created between the teachers and students which are based on trust, understanding, respect and sense of belonging to a community.

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A Kidney for Steve

A Kidney for Steve

Hello Neighbors! I am desperately attempting to find a kidney donor for my husband, Steve. As the result of being born prematurely and with a rare syndrome, Steve's original kidneys were unable to function properly.

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A Kidney for Sandy

A Kidney for Sandy

Mike and Sandy Bilski have been married for 24 years and raised 4 kids in Glendale. But 2 years ago, they got some bad news: Sandy's kidneys were failing, and she would need dialysis for the rest of her life. Fortunately, Sandy qualifies for a kidney transplant, but as is always the case, the challenge is finding one.

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Killy's Korner June 2018

Killy's Korner June 2018

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful summer with lots of sunshine and good times with family and friends. Also, a reminder that Thursday, June 21st will be the last JPCA town meeting until September. Be sure to put it on the calendar! If you haven't paid your dues for 2018, please make sure to mail in your check or pay at the meeting. We can't keep things going without your support.

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Jerry Drake and The Front Page Big Band headlines Maspeth Summer Concert Series

Jerry Drake and The Front Page Big Band headlines Maspeth Summer Concert Series

Jerry Drake is an extremely talented musician with a fine ear. Listen to his songs and his melodies will pull you in, and then you will want to dance...be it a samba, cha cha, or swing tune.

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O'Neill's Restaurant seeks zoning change

O'Neill's Restaurant has requested a zoning change for their property as well as surrounding ones in order to add a 140-person capacity 2nd floor catering hall.

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Short Story: Mr. Sherry's Deli

Short Story: Mr. Sherry's Deli

In the 1960s, 72nd Street was like any other road in Maspeth. It began at the corner of Grand Ave where the main watering hole was located. Men who put in a hard day's work would stop in to have a drink, talk, and forget about the events of the day and maybe engage in some conversation about Vietnam, which was just getting the neighborhood's attention.

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Community Eyesores – June 2018

Community Eyesores – June 2018

The Maspeth Diner on 69th Street near Eliot Ave was demolished in 2004 (RIP) and plans were submitted that same year for a 10-unit apartment building.

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Remembering Stanislaw Kozikowski, hero of The Lost Battalion of WWI

Remembering Stanislaw Kozikowski, hero of The Lost Battalion of WWI

On the evening of October 2nd, 1918 Major Charles W. Whittlesey, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, led nearly 700 men under his command into the narrow Charlevaux Ravine deep in the Argonne Forest of northeastern France.

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