There are a handful of disgruntled Maspeth residents who take to Facebook nearly every day to complain about how the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force, its member groups and all the loyal protesters handled the Holiday Inn fight. We've never personally met many of these people. Yet they lob wild accusations at organizers and claim that protesting was a waste of time, when it actually was responsible for pushing the property owner to file a lawsuit against the hotel owners. They allege that we failed because the city is renting rooms for 60 homeless men at the still functioning commercial hotel. Would they have preferred the conversion of the hotel into a permanent 220-person capacity shelter instead? They complain that hiring a lawyer and taking bus trips were a waste of time and money, yet those complaining the most never donated a penny and didn't participate in any of the public events. In these people's warped minds, everyone should have just sat at home and let the city run roughshod over Maspeth, which they certainly would have also complained about. The biggest joke is that they keep whining that Maspeth needs its own civic association, yet none of them are volunteering to start one and are themselves discouraging volunteerism, which is the exact behavior you'd expect from keyboard warriors.
Originally published in the March 2017 Juniper Berry Magazine
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March 2017 Table of Contents
- Yesterday & Today: Grand Ave looking west from 83rd Street
- Community Eyesores
- BERRY BITS: Farewell, Duane Reade
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Electeds' shelter lawsuit dismissed
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Perp shot by cop during gun struggle suing NYPD
- Patent to Francis Doughty and Companions
- 104th Pct Report
- JPCA to Honor Hometown Hero John Russo on March 16th at OLH
- Exactly who has been deported?
- Love Story in Juniper Valley Park
- Pete Polonski 1921-2016
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Atlas Park mall slow on plowing
- BERRY BITS: Maspeth Jewish Center repurposed as a school
- BERRY BITS: Office building to reach new heights
- BERRY BITS: Maspeth homeless shelter battle continues...
- BERRY BITS: Shelter fight contact information
- BERRY BITS: Seeing the cemetery through the trees
- BERRY BITS: Never-beginning bridge project actually begins!
- BERRY BITS: Unusually high water bills and leaks?
- BERRY BITS: Keeping an eye on the GMI
- BERRY BITS: How to say "Maspeth's 375th anniversary," Latin-style
- BERRY BITS: Petey wants to give back
- Elizabethan Error 2
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Council speaker, Crowley make laughable appearance on Fox 5
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: No good deed goes unpunished thanks to keyboard warriors
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Calamus sewer project a long nightmare
- Spring Clean Eating
- How Hank Behrman made it from Maspeth to the World Series
- Rev. Francis Doughty ‒ Maspeth's Puritan founder
- A walk on Jamaica Bay's wild side
- New Business Spotlight: Jacups Coffee Bistro
- OP-ED: The Looney Left
- The Mystery of the Missing Monument
- Return of the Trolley Dodgers
- Our Lady of Hope Pastoral Council
- The Mata Hari of Maspeth
- Letters to the Editor
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Facebook fools fall for phony photo
- "50 Years in Middle Village"
- Did you know?
- Killy's Corner
The Juniper Berry magazine, first published in 1938 is an all-volunteer effort containing articles on crime prevention, neighborhood issues, meeting reports and notices, neighborhood history and photographs, guest articles, editorials and more.
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