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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 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: 53rd Drive at 63rd Place, looking west

Yesterday & Today: 53rd Drive at 63rd Place, looking west

The site of the Maspeatches Indian Village, although in Maspeth, was on the Ridgewood Plateau. Photo taken at 53rd Drive and 63rd Place, down the road from O'Neill's Restaurant.

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BERRY BITS: $8M allocated to Midville sewer project

BERRY BITS: $8M allocated to Midville sewer project

The August flooding we experienced is actually a recurring problem that has been going on for decades. The Penelope Ave sewer replacement was supposed to prevent this from happening, however, years of delays, capped by the discovery of contaminated soil on 74th Street have resulted in millions more dollars being necessary in order to complete the project.

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BERRY BITS: Two local restaurants suffer devastating fires

BERRY BITS: Two local restaurants suffer devastating fires

The Goodfellas (Clinton) Diner at Rust Street and Maspeth Avenue experienced a horrible fire the afternoon of June 12th. The diner had closed for the day when around 4:30pm it was noticed by neighbors that smoke was rising from the building.

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BERRY BITS: Cooper Avenue shelter plan resurfaces

BERRY BITS: Cooper Avenue shelter plan resurfaces

City Council Member Robert Holden received confirmation on July 27th that negotiations were underway for a proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale, this time for homeless men.

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BERRY BITS: Update on O'Neill's rezoning

BERRY BITS: Update on O'Neill's rezoning

As mentioned in the June 2018 Juniper Berry, O'Neill's Restaurant is seeking a zoning change that would allow them to build a rooftop catering hall with a capacity of 140 people.

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BERRY BITS: Metro-Fresh Pond bridge project enters home stretch

BERRY BITS: Metro-Fresh Pond bridge project enters home stretch

As of July 31st, we're now in phase 3, the final stage, of construction on the Metropolitan Avenue-Fresh Pond Road LIRR bridge.

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BERRY BITS: KMart closing

BERRY BITS: KMart closing

The lease for the KMart space at the Metro Mall in Middle Village was set to expire in early 2019, but the chain announced that it would close its store there this October.

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BERRY BITS: 79th Street Stoplight Installed

BERRY BITS: 79th Street Stoplight Installed

In late June, a new stoplight was installed at the corner of 79th Street and Juniper Blvd South. The plan for this was previously reported in the March 2018 Juniper Berry.

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BERRY BITS: Cleaner commercial strips

BERRY BITS: Cleaner commercial strips

City Council Member Robert Holden has allocated $145,000 in funding this year toward keeping our commercial areas clean. Wildcat Service Corporation has been tapped to perform the work, and they started in mid-August.

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BERRY BITS: 2018 Juniper Valley Park Summer Concerts

BERRY BITS: 2018 Juniper Valley Park Summer Concerts

During the month of July, we saw the kickoff of our annual concert series – but we also saw a lot of rain.

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BERRY BITS: The bigger they are, the harder they fall

BERRY BITS: The bigger they are, the harder they fall

Congress Member Joe Crowley, cousin of former council member, Elizabeth Crowley, surely must have thought that he'd breeze to re-election this year. What he didn't count on was a very tenacious newcomer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, giving him a run for his money.

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BERRY BITS: Senior housing planned for abandoned Glendale site

BERRY BITS: Senior housing planned for abandoned Glendale site

Word came in August that a major eyesore on Cypress Avenue in Glendale would become 88 units of senior housing.

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BERRY BITS: New mailboxes fail to stop phishing

Captain Mastronardi warns that mailbox "phishing" has seen a large increase in the command and this even includes the new retrofitted mailboxes.

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BERRY BITS: Walking tours Sept 22nd and Oct 6th

BERRY BITS: Walking tours Sept 22nd and Oct 6th

On Saturday, September 22nd at 10am, the Newtown Historical Society will be leading a Maspeth walking tour, stopping at historic sites and points of interest along the way.

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A message from the president September 2018

A message from the president September 2018

Here we are, 8 decades after the founders of the Residents of Juniper Park Homes met for the first time to fight for the betterment of their neighborhood. And I must say, I think we've kept the area in pretty good shape!

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The Gateway Queensboro Bridge

The Gateway Queensboro Bridge

The Queensboro Bridge is not the most glamorous of bridges. Though lacking the graceful swoop of the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg suspension bridges, the importance of the Queensboro Bridge should not be overlooked.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Fix NYC311 – Just DoITT!

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Fix NYC311 – Just DoITT!

The headline of QNS reporter Ryan Kelley's article published July 23rd reads: "City DOT takes two years to resolve complaints about a broken guardrail on a Maspeth street". Having called in hundreds of 311 complaints over the years, this sounded all too familiar to me.

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Letters to the Editor: PARK HAWK ENCOUNTER

Letters to the Editor: PARK HAWK ENCOUNTER

One morning I was walking in the park when I heard some birds chirping in the trees. I looked up to see what kind of birds they were. As I scanned the tree tops I could not believe what I saw.

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Letters to the Editor: KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Letters to the Editor: KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

After reading the Summer 2018 Juniper Berry I must share three things with the staff

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Letters to the Editor: FOREST PARK GREENHOUSE CONNECTION

Letters to the Editor: FOREST PARK GREENHOUSE CONNECTION

On the last Juniper Berry cover you had a pic of the greenhouse in Forest Park. You are not going to believe this but Anton Schafer's son George, who'd be my great, great uncle, was in charge of building those hot houses in the early 1900s.

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Letters to the Editor: DEC SEEKS HELP FROM POOL OWNERS

Letters to the Editor: DEC SEEKS HELP FROM POOL OWNERS

DEC is encouraging New York pool owners to participate in DEC's annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey. This is the time of year when Asian longhorned beetles (ALB) emerge as adults and are most active outside of their host tree.

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The Beginning of Maspeth

The Beginning of Maspeth

The Maspeatches Indian Village site was located near the head of Maspeth Creek, on rising ground east of Mt. Zion Cemetery. Indian artifacts were found in the area by a local teen, and documented by local historian, Reverend John D. O'Halloray, who illustrated the photo inset of what the Tide Mill at Mispat Kill (creek) would have looked like in 1664.

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Rest in Peace, George O'Neill

Rest in Peace, George O'Neill

The co-owner of O'Neill's Restaurant, George O'Neill, passed away July 18th after battling a long illness. He was waked at Papavero's Funeral Home, remembered at a funeral Mass at Transfiguration Church and interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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Know the Types of Mutual Funds

Know the Types of Mutual Funds

The past two installments about Mutual Funds have been an overview to make you familiar with the terms, rules and opportunities available. You can invest money in mutual funds two ways as mentioned in previous articles.

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Shining a spotlight on new Maspeth businesses

Shining a spotlight on new Maspeth businesses

What makes for a successful community? A safe, clean area where residents regularly patronize its commercial corridors. This year, Maspeth has seen a variety of new businesses looking to set up shop here. We'd like to introduce them to you and wish them the best of luck.

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Short Story: The Moon and I

Short Story: The Moon and I

It happened in Juniper Valley Park during the nightshift. Like the others assigned to the Park, I generally sleep here during the day and early evening hours, though I often stay awake just to watch the daytime activity of our visitors: the walking, jogging, bicycling, skateboarding and all the rest.

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D'Angelos Drive-in Sausage

D'Angelos Drive-in Sausage

The setting of the D'Angelos Italian Sausage truck presents a dramatic contrast. Monday through Saturday, the truck parks in a long-established spot on Woodhaven Boulevard, on the border between two largely residential neighborhoods, Middle Village and Rego Park, beside the green expanse of St. John Cemetery.

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Villa Erasmo hosting JPCA 80th anniversary party September 27th

Villa Erasmo hosting JPCA 80th anniversary party September 27th

We will be hosting a cocktail reception on Thursday, September 27th from 6-9pm at Villa Erasmo. We will have hors d'oevres, beer, wine, music and dancing all for $25/person. Please RSVP to info@junipercivic.com or call 718-651-5865 and pay cash or check at the door.

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JPCA to honor hometown hero at October meeting

JPCA to honor hometown hero at October meeting

How about this for an act of heroism: Middle Village son Chris Gaulrapp, a member of FDNY Rescue 1 in Manhattan, saved a drowning man on August 30th.

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After the Storm

After the Storm

This time there was dangerous lightning, exploding transformers, downed trees, power and phone outages and wire fires across the area. Two men were hit by lightning in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. To many it felt like Armageddon.

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Amazing Stories: "UNLOADED GUN" VICTIM DIES BY FRIEND'S HAND

Amazing Stories: "UNLOADED GUN" VICTIM DIES BY FRIEND'S HAND

Frank Oakley, 27 years old, one of the clerical force at the Brooklyn Transit Company's barn at Grand street and Juniper avenue, Maspeth, was shot and instantly killed at 6:55 PM by Stephen Madden, 19 years old, his friend and fellow employee.

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Joyride Bikes

Joyride Bikes

With someone who knows what they are doing from major overhauls to small tweaks, Joyride Bikes is not only great for repairs, but has a fine bike selection. In a friendly but not pricey atmosphere, Josh puts in a dedicated effort to help customers.

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How Harry McArdle Helped Shape Juniper Valley Park, Part 2

How Harry McArdle Helped Shape Juniper Valley Park, Part 2

In order to convince the City to expand the sporting facilities at Juniper Valley Park, it was clear that it would require something more than just another side-of-the-angels appeal to cleanliness, Godliness, and plenty of catcher's mitts.

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The sweet science of a Maspeth institution

The sweet science of a Maspeth institution

Horst (John) Fierek is a native of Hamburg, and Magrit (Mutti) Fierek is a native of Bonn, Germany. They immigrated to the United States in 1958. With great pride and determination, they set forth on a journey to carve out their slice of the American dream.

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104th Precinct Report: Neighborhood Policing is coming to the 104th Pct

104th Precinct Report: Neighborhood Policing is coming to the 104th Pct

The cornerstone of today's NYPD is Neighborhood Policing, a comprehensive crime-fighting strategy built on improved communication and collaboration between local police officers and community residents. Neighborhood Policing greatly increases connectivity and engagement with the community without diminishing, and, in fact, improves the NYPD's crime-fighting capabilities.

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Short Story: The Thrill of Surviving Snake Hill

Short Story: The Thrill of Surviving Snake Hill

I was a youngster growing up in Maspeth in the 1960s, and I remember a special block that all the kids in the area knew about with its many risks, amazements and possible peril. I'm talking about 72nd Street between Grand Ave and Calamus Ave.

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"We Are Now One" Our community becomes part of Greater New York

"We Are Now One" Our community becomes part of Greater New York

This year marks the 120th anniversary of the consolidation of Queens, Kings, New York and Richmond counties into Greater New York. As December 31st, 1897 flowed into January 1st of 1898 New York City assumed the boundaries of what it is today.

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Meng Introduces Legislation to Require Covers on Freight Trains

Meng Introduces Legislation to Require Covers on Freight Trains

With several Queens communities negatively impacted by freight trains hauling waste and construction debris through their neighborhoods, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng introduced legislation that would require covers on all rail cars that transport materials such as trash and debris.

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Jerry Drake & the Front Page at the Ridgewood Library

Jerry Drake & the Front Page at the Ridgewood Library

In an event generously sponsored by Councilmember Robert Holden, Jerry Drake & the Front Page, a 12-piece jazz band, will be performing in a free concert hosted by the Friends of the Ridgewood Library (FORL) at the Ridgewood Library on September 24th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

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Killy's Korner September 2018

Killy's Korner September 2018

Hi everyone! Hope it was a "not so bad" summer for you all. It certainly made the record books for rain. And how about those lightning storms? One prevailed over the Juniper Valley Park Summer Concert on 8/7 and really hit us hard that night.

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Remember Me, Nine Eleven

Remember Me, Nine Eleven

September Eleventh will always be the day that you remember me. My dad, mom, brother, sister, daughter, son, wife will never see me live my life.

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Maspeth remembers  FDNY Paramedic Lt. Mario Bastides

Maspeth remembers FDNY Paramedic Lt. Mario Bastides

In a touching ceremony held August 15th, 73rd Place between 57th Avenue and Queens Midtown Expressway in Maspeth was officially co-named after long time FDNY Paramedic Lieutenant Mario Bastidas who died last year of a 9/11 related illness.

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Bring a little European flavor to your plate

Bring a little European flavor to your plate

In this issue of the Berry I wanted to highlight one of my favorite recipes of all time. This is a dish that is perfect for this time of year, as the shellfish is extra succulent and sweet tasting.

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Empty stomach, empty heart

Empty stomach, empty heart

The reasons for homelessness are as varied as the people involved. No two stories of how people get to rock bottom are the same, but according to the Coalition of the Homeless, 70% of the homeless population in New York City are family units, and 40% of individuals are children.

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame September 2018

Neighborhood Hall of Shame September 2018

The old Welbilt factory building in western Maspeth has been for sale for some time. We don't know what will end up there, but we do know that right now it is quite a graffiti covered eyesore. If the owner wants to attract a buyer, perhaps they should improve the appearance of the property by investing in a paint brush and can of red paint.

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Scooter's Corner

Scooter's Corner

The unassuming house at 78-01 64th Street in Glendale offers no hint that a Hall of Fame baseball star spent his formative years in it.

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