One hundred years ago, the landscape of Firth Avenue in Maspeth was relatively new. The Firth family, after which the street had been named, had settled here and are profiled in this edition. Their heirs sold their property to a developer who built the rowhomes pictured just south of Grand Street. There was open land just past that and a hilltop building in the distance. The area was criss-crossed by dirt roads and there were no motorized vehicles. The street trees, planted in a perfect line, were still young. A boy stood at the corner in his knickers. Today, although much remains the same, much has also changed. Kids certainly dress a lot differently today. The streets are not only paved, but crosswalks are painted. Grand Street is now Grand Avenue. Both the building on the corner and the rowhouses have undergone noticeable alterations. The trees are a lot taller. The LIE now cuts a chasm past the rowhouses with that hilltop building becoming one of the casualties of its construction. Street signs today are bold and bright and there are telephone wires hanging across the road. The City has installed trash cans and parking meters. And there are a ton of cars. Yet you can still gaze down this street and envision a quieter time in Maspeth's history.
Originally published in the March 2020 Juniper Berry Magazine
Yesterday & Today: 69th Place looking south at Grand Avenue, 1920
Photo by Steve Garza.
March 2020 Table of Contents
- Yesterday & Today: 69th Place looking south at Grand Avenue, 1920
- La Bella Torte caters to Vietnam Veterans
- Berry Bits: Cooper Ave shelter opens unexpectedlty
- Berry Bits: Amazon will rent out the Metro Mall
- Berry Bits: Three groups sue to stop Manhattan, Bronx and Queens jails
- Berry Bits: Another option for American flag disposal
- Berry Bits: Long anticipated mall opening soon at Metro Mall
- Berry Bits: Property tax overhaul in the works
- Berry Bits: Early voting for Queens BP special election
- A Message from the President 3-2020
- Remembering Our Unsung Heroes From The Vietnam War
- Historic Marker Dedicated to DeWitt Clinton Home Installed in Maspeth
- MA KIN: You Don't Need to Fly to Thailand for Authentic Thai Food
- Plans for Tony's Pizza to return to Metropolitan Avenue
- Centerfold photos: Richard Murillo
- JC Landscaping and Design
- 104th Precinct Report 3-2020
- Protecting Our Waterways
- Who's Running For Queens Borough President?
- Friends of the Maspeth Library
- In Honor of Those Who Fell in Vietnam
- Berry Book Review: The Woman in the Window
- Berry Game Review: No Man's Sky
- Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers
- Ricco's Recipes 3-2020
- Neighborhood Hall of Shame 3-2020
- Bells: A Campanology Poem
- Things That Are Dumb: Three violent incidents in Maspeth parking lot
- Things That Are Dumb: Headed in the wrong direction
- Things That Are Dumb: Majority of City Council wants to give noncitizens the right to vote
- Things That Are Dumb: De Blasio wants to pack 'em in
- Things That Are Dumb: Bedbug shuts down subway during rush hour
- Things That Are Dumb: The never-ending CSX mess
- History of the DeWitt Clinton House
- A brief history of Berger Industries
- Get Your Social Security Benefit Statement
- The Monument Men of Middle Village
- Things That Are Dumb: He doth protest too much, wethinks
- Letters to the Editor 3-2020
- Juniper Valley Area ‒ The New Transportation Desert!
- Straight, Square and Smooth
- This was supposed to be an obituary
- Thanks to our Holiday Party & Raffle Donors!
- The Musical Legacy of Maspeth's Firth Family
- The absurdity of New York's bail reform
- How You Can Help END Puppy Mills
- New York's Plastic Bag Ban
- She Loves Me. She Loves Me Not.
- Killy's Korner 3-2020
- Memories of PS102
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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