Public School 72 opened in 1892 on Maspeth Avenue just west of 61st Street. Many older residents of the area were schooled there. In 1944, the Board of Education decided that the building, in disrepair, was no longer needed, as there was adequate capacity at PS73 and PS153 for area students. The argument between bureaucrats and local parents became heated. Local civic leaders warned that after the conclusion of the war, school seats would be in high demand and the building should not be closed. Residents held the city off for 15 years, but in 1959, PS 72 was closed permanently. The building sat as a vacant vandalized eyesore until 1961, when 38 Lutheran congregations throughout the borough raised enough money to purchase the property, demolish the old building and erect Martin Luther High School, which opened in 1962. The only trace of PS72 left in Maspeth is a plaque, now located at Memorial Square at 69th Street and Grand Avenue, dedicated to alumni of the school who had served in WWI. (2017 photo by Tim Brown)
Originally published in the June 2017 Juniper Berry Magazine
Yesterday & Today: Maspeth Ave west of 61st Street
June 2017 Table of Contents
- BERRY BITS: St. Saviour's in the news again
- BERRY BITS: Glendale Hero To Be Honored at Next Juniper Civic Town Meeting
- Rest in peace, William Tolley
- BERRY BITS: A quieter LIE coming soon?
- BERRY BITS: A big win for people & parks!
- BERRY BITS: Civic & MOFTB Working Together To Minimize Film Shoot Problems
- BERRY BITS: Package thieves are in the area
- BERRY BITS: Goodfellas Day
- BERRY BITS: Merchant severs ties with Maspeth High School
- BERRY BITS: Party celebrates Maspeth's 375th
- Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force's coalition strategy pays off
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Beware of the open car door thief
- A Tribute to Ms. Michele Krebs
- Killy's Corner
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial design unveiled
- Yesterday & Today: Maspeth Ave west of 61st Street
- BERRY BITS: THERESA RILEY & DETECTIVE BELL HONORED AT SLOCUM REMEMBRANCE
- The Calvary Line: Trolley to the Cemeteries
- BERRY BITS: Roofing scammers are back
- Polish music, culture and history celebrated at fantastic festival
- BERRY BITS: JPCA marches in Maspeth Memorial Day Parade
- Letters to the Editor
- The short sordid history of the Maspeth High School
- Hike on Over to Forest Park
- OP-ED: The Swamp is Bigger Than Expected
- Robert J. Marks Post, G.A.R.
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: You can't get there from here
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Cross Harbor – $70M more down the drain
- BERRY BITS: Joe's Cleaning Up This Town
- BERRY BITS: Hometown Hero John Russo honored
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Tree pruners cause havoc
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Parking hogs at Juniper
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: DeBlasio proves to be an extremely poor liar
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Crowley supports closing Riker's and opening local jails
- When Middle Village Was Home to GI Housing
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Bioswale headscratcher
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Puerto Rican Day Parade honors terrorist
- Did you know?
- Writing About Maspeth
- The legacy of Herman Ringe
- 104th Pct Report
- Q&A with Robert Holden, Candidate for City Council
- NYC Parks committed to preserving Ridgewood Reservoir as natural open space
- Fitness trackers as workout partners
- Short Story: I am not a sycamore!
- Community Eyesores
- From Malta to Maspeth: Joseph Caruana's First 100 Years
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Dumb Donors
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Drivers think road is reserved just for them
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Stealing from the City as a Business
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