March 2005 Juniper Berry Magazine - JuniperCivic.com
Serving Middle Village and Maspeth since 1938.
March Juniper Berry Magazine

March 2005 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.

Back to Juniper Berry Archives
Letters to the Editor – March 2005

Letters to the Editor – March 2005

Sixty-ninth Place between Caldwell and The Expressway is a very large street which can be used as a two-way going to Long Island for a better flow of traffic. Caldwell is a smaller street with a traffic back-up from 69th Street which causes much pollution and accidents on 69th Street, where a few deaths occurred.

Read More
Laying Out A Better Vision for Our Future

Laying Out A Better Vision for Our Future

I have always said that budgets are more about people than they are about numbers. On Thursday, I presented a Preliminary Budget for the City's Fiscal Year 2006, which begins July 1st. It's a good budget for all New Yorkers.

Read More
Mayor Bloomberg to Visit Juniper Civic Town Meeting, March 3rd

Mayor Bloomberg to Visit Juniper Civic Town Meeting, March 3rd

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will make his third visit to the Juniper Park Civic Association on Thursday, March 3rd, 7:45pm at Our Lady of Hope School Auditorium (Eliot Avenue and 71st Street). In October, 2001, candidate Bloomberg visited the JPCA and was given a standing ovation by over 500 residents.

Read More

Police Beat 104: FIRST ANNIVERSARY FOR CAPTAIN SCOTT SHANLEY

When Captain Scott Shanley assumed the post of Precinct Commander of our 104th last May, this community was deluged with motorized scooters, graffiti, teen gangs, noise, and many quality of life problems.

Read More
RCN Still Fighting the Monopolies So You Have a Choice in Middle Village & Maspeth

RCN Still Fighting the Monopolies So You Have a Choice in Middle Village & Maspeth

Cable Television, Phone and High-Speed Internet. Who would have thought the revolution that underdog RCN started in 1997 would have come this far? Back in those days the incumbents dreaded the presence of an "overbuilder," because it meant competition, and competition was bad.

Read More
THE LIGHTS GO DIM AT Niederstein's

THE LIGHTS GO DIM AT Niederstein's

It was confirmed recently what we all knew would happen, our beloved Niederstein's Restaurant has been sold and will probably see the wrecking ball to make room for future ownership. Niederstein's has been at its current location since the mid-1850's.

Read More
The Grand Old Days of Local Inns and Picnic Parks

The Grand Old Days of Local Inns and Picnic Parks

At the same time that industry was leaping ahead in Newtown township, cemeteries expanding, and hotels carrying on a brisk trade with travelers, there was yet another business developing in our community. The age of the Picnic Park was emerging, and people from the city as well as nearby residents flocked to the beer gardens, dance pavilions, lakes, ball fields and beautiful lawns of these Picnic Parks.

Read More
Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

New York City, Gotham, has brought America many, many things. Our city is the city of immigrants, Wall Street, the media, high and low culture, and countless other things. In 1911, out of tragedy, New York City brought liberalism to America.

Read More
A SURVIVOR'S STORY

A SURVIVOR'S STORY

I, with a number of other girls, was in the dressing room on the eighth floor of the Asch Building, in Washington place, at 4.40 o'clock on the afternoon of Saturday, March 25, when I heard somebody cry ! "Fire!" I left everything and ran for the door on the Washington place side. The door was locked and immediately there was a great jam of girls before it.

Read More
Peace with 7-Eleven

Peace with 7-Eleven

It looks like the long dark period of tension with the 7 Eleven on Eliot Avenue opposite Our Lady of Hope School in Middle Village is finally over.

Read More
Freight Traffic...Without the Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel

Freight Traffic...Without the Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel

Clearly, the reason we don't need the Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel is that the rail network east of the Hudson is joined to the national rail network at Selkirk New York. The main rail line network heads out of Chicago across the Great Lakes and into Selkirk. Incidentally, one of the largest freight rail yards east of the Mississippi is located at Selkirk New York.

Read More
OLH GIRLS WIN SOCCER TITLE

OLH GIRLS WIN SOCCER TITLE

The "Our Lady of Hope Hornets" girls 3rd grade (Hope #1) soccer team won the Championship Title Game in their first season on November 21, 2004 at Juniper Park. The team is coached by Dmytro Fedkowskyj and Dan Bruno.

Read More
LOCAL STUDENT TO WALK IN FOOT STEPS OF U.S. LEADERS

LOCAL STUDENT TO WALK IN FOOT STEPS OF U.S. LEADERS

Mr. Schuyler Myjer of Middle Village will join 200 middle school students from throughout the United States at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) from Saturday, March 5 to Thursday, March 10, 2005 in Washington, D.C.

Read More
Owners with illegally converted apartments face civil and criminal penalties

Owners with illegally converted apartments face civil and criminal penalties

We have all read the headlines about the carnage resulting from illegal rentals. Two firefighters were killed jumping from the 5th floor of an apartment house because an illegal wall put them in a room with no fire escape.

Read More

Businesses that Supported the JPCA Free Holiday Raffle

The following businesses in our area very generously contributed to the Juniper Park Civic Association Annual Holiday Raffle held Thursday, December 9, 2004 at Our Lady of Hope Auditorium. These merchants are the JPCA cheerleaders and many of them advertise in the Juniper Berry.

Read More
OLH STUDENTS VISIT MIDWAY NURSING HOME

OLH STUDENTS VISIT MIDWAY NURSING HOME

On Tuesday December 21, 2004 Our Lady of Hope's National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and Students Helping Others – United Together (SHOUT) programs went to the Midway Nursing Home. There are about 179 people in the home. We all wrote two Happy Holiday cards for each resident in the nursing home.

Read More
August Speer

August Speer

August Speer was born in Germany on September 21, 1836. He came to America and on June 21, 1861 and almost immediately enlisted in the 70th New York Infantry, Company D. The 70th New York Infantry was organized at Camp Scott, Staten Island.

Read More
Systematic Withdrawal from Retirement Portfolio

Systematic Withdrawal from Retirement Portfolio

Since we tend to live longer now, and therefore spend more time in retirement, the old question of how much to take out from your portfolio is becoming more and more relevant.

Read More
True Healing

True Healing

Many people today are in need of healing in one or more dimensions of their lives. All you have to do is read the newspaper or watch the news and in a few minutes it will become obvious to you: violence in our homes and schools, murder, drug abuse, rape and child abuse.

Read More
Man of the Year: Councilman Dennis Gallagher

Man of the Year: Councilman Dennis Gallagher

Dennis Gallagher was first elected to the New York City Council in the November 2001 election, the election that immediately followed the horrors of September 11th.

Read More

Neighborhood Hall of Shame, March 2005

Thankfully, the vast majority of property owners in Middle Village and Maspeth take pride in the appearance and well-being of our neighborhood. But a few property owners have a total disregard for the condition of their property. So we induct these properties into this monthʼs Hall of Shame. In this issue we focus our lenses on cheap stores and storefronts on Grand Avenue. Space keeps us from putting in dozens more. Please if you see commercial or residential properties in disarray or in violation, call 311.

Read More