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March Juniper Berry Magazine

March 2019 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: 66th Street at Grand Avenue, looking south

Yesterday & Today: 66th Street at Grand Avenue, looking south

This road, located in Maspeth just south of Grand Avenue, was once called "Columbia Avenue". This circa-1900 postcard lists it as Columbia "Place" but this is definitely the same street.

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Maspeth salutes its veterans

Maspeth salutes its veterans

Major Anthony J. Malankowski of Maspeth was one of the lucky ones, as he returned home after WWII.

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Berry Bits: 'Tis the season for scammers

Berry Bits: 'Tis the season for scammers

One of our residents alerts us that the chimney and roof scammers are around again – be sure to read about them and warn your neighbors, especially the elderly who are often the targets of these scams.

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Berry Bits: Small businesses protected

Berry Bits: Small businesses protected

The City Council has passed legislation to prevent business owners from receiving 4-figure fines for awnings and signs being out of compliance with city building codes.

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Berry Bits: Foam containers now banned

Berry Bits: Foam containers now banned

Starting January 1, 2019, New York City stores and food-service businesses stopped offering, selling or possessing single-use foam food containers such as foam takeout clamshells, cups, plates, bowls and trays.

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Berry Bits: Recycling expanded

Berry Bits: Recycling expanded

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in January announced a bottle bill expansion and a plastic bag ban will be included in this year's Executive Budget.

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Berry Bits: Hotel text Amendment passes

Berry Bits: Hotel text Amendment passes

The City Council on December 20th passed the M1 hotel text amendment which will require special permits for the building of new hotels or motels in light manufacturing, or M1, zones.

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Berry Bits: Voter reforms enacted in Albany

Berry Bits: Voter reforms enacted in Albany

In mid-January, state lawmakers approved a group of voting reform measures in order to ease access to the ballot box.

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Berry Bits: Work continues at 78-16 Cooper Ave

Berry Bits: Work continues at 78-16 Cooper Ave

In mid-February, the DOB shut the site down by issuing its own stop work order, which has since been partially rescinded. If you see late night or weekend work going on at the location please call 311.

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Berry Bits: Principe Park drainage work complete

Berry Bits: Principe Park drainage work complete

On December 24, photos taken by Mike Fordunski showed the track and new fields at Principe Park open to the public despite the lingering flooding issue at the southwest corner.

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Berry Bits: Thank you to our holiday raffle donors

Berry Bits: Thank you to our holiday raffle donors

Our holiday party last December certainly was a lot of fun for all involved. Thirty merchants and individuals contributed 48 prizes.

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Berry Bits: Site chosen for Queens Animal Shelter

Berry Bits: Site chosen for Queens Animal Shelter

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from Animal Care and Control of New York City, Inc. for a site known as Queens Animal Shelter and Care Center, site ID #C241230.

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Berry Bits: Coca-Cola plant demolished

Berry Bits: Coca-Cola plant demolished

Just before Christmas, the Coca-Cola plant in Maspeth on 58th Street and Borden Avenue was mechanically demolished. The property was purchased in 2017 for $63M and a 133K-sq ft Home Depot is scheduled to be built on the 7-acre site.

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Berry Bits: Cityscapes shuttered by SLA

Berry Bits: Cityscapes shuttered by SLA

Capt. Gibbs, Commanding Officer of the 108th Precinct, reports that Cityscapes, located at 55-61 58th Street, had their NYS liquor license pulled on February 15 by the State Liquor Authority.

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Berry Bits: Whoooo's looking at you?

Berry Bits: Whoooo's looking at you?

Middle Village's Bruce Knopf was lucky to spot this Long-eared Owl last year and quick enough to capture it in these photos.

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Op-Ed: A Tale of Two Waterfronts, Progressively Erasing Our Cultural History

Op-Ed: A Tale of Two Waterfronts, Progressively Erasing Our Cultural History

When news first broke on April 20th, 2018 of a plan to remove a WWII statue from the Jersey City waterfront, few Americans knew the significance of what the Katyn Memorial meant to the Polish-American communities of not only Jersey City, but also Greenpoint, Maspeth, Ridgewood, Middle Village and others throughout the tri-state area.

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A Message from the President

A Message from the President

This winter wasn't all that bad weather-wise, and we even had a warm spell in February. As we enter the spring season, I couldn't be more excited.

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At long last, Ridgewood Reservoir is permanently protected

At long last, Ridgewood Reservoir is permanently protected

The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park has officially been designated a wetland by the NYS DEC after 11 years of advocacy by a coalition of environmental and historic preservation activists.

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Things That Are Dumb: Three elections for Public Advocate

Things That Are Dumb: Three elections for Public Advocate

Jumaane Williams was elected to be our new Public Advocate in a February 26th special election to replace Letitia James who assumed the position of NYS Attorney General at the beginning of this year.

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Things That Are Dumb: No one asked for this, part 1

Things That Are Dumb: No one asked for this, part 1

Bioswales were installed along 82nd Place and Dry Harbor Road and at Caldwell Ave and 61st Drive in Middle Village in December.

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Things That Are Dumb: No one asked for this, part 2

Last year we brought you the story of an unnecessary light being installed at 79th Street and Juniper Blvd South, one block west of the existing light at 80th Street and JB South.

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Things That Are Dumb: DOT mistakenly erects no parking signs then has car towed

DOT mistakenly erects no parking signs then has car towed Nicole Laveglia, a nurse from Maspeth, parked her car one early January night near the corner of 52nd Avenue and 70th Street. When she woke up in the morning, she saw the car being towed away.

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Things That Are Dumb: Hard hat required

Things That Are Dumb: Hard hat required

A piece of wood stored along an elevated portion of the 7 train somehow became dislodged and fell through the windshield of a moving car on Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside near 65th Street on the afternoon of February 21st.

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Things That Are Dumb: The Great Crapper Caper

Things That Are Dumb: The Great Crapper Caper

The NYPD arrested an upstate man for stealing automatic flushing mechanisms from fast food restaurants in late December.

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Things That Are Dumb: Filming disrupts holiday business

Things That Are Dumb: Filming disrupts holiday business

The week before Christmas, the Showtime TV program "Billions" came back once again to film at Rosa's Pizza on Metropolitan Avenue.

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Things That Are Dumb: Sharing the road?

Things That Are Dumb: Sharing the road?

During rush hour the morning of January 22, this bus was spotted on Queens Blvd ‒ in the bike lane.

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Things That Are Dumb: Watch your step!

Things That Are Dumb: Watch your step!

At the corner of 69th Street and 61st Road you will find a brand-new safety pad installed on a pedestrian ramp.

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Things That Are Dumb: Abandoned bikes as eyesores

Things That Are Dumb: Abandoned bikes as eyesores

These three bikes have been tied up to a city rack since the end of the school year in June 2018 near PS58. They are slowly being picked apart for parts.

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Things That Are Dumb: Timber!

Things That Are Dumb: Timber!

A strong gust of wind toppled a tree on Pleasantview Street the morning of February 25. This photo was posted to our Facebook page showing the destruction that it caused to parked cars in its vicinity.

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Things That Are Dumb: Junked trailers litter Maspeth streets

Things That Are Dumb: Junked trailers litter Maspeth streets

If you've traveled down Rust Street at any point in the last 9 months or so, you certainly noticed this camper and bus parked along it.

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Letters to the Editor March 2019

Letters to the Editor March 2019

I was saddened to read in your December issue of the passing of Dominick Safuto of Randy & the Rainbows fame. I attended Grover Cleveland High School with his cousin, Phyllis Safuto, who lived on Eliot Ave.

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In memoriam

In memoriam

Donald Capalbi, Community Liaison for Congress Member Grace Meng and longtime Queens civic leader, passed away at the age of 73 on December 2 at a local hospice facility.

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Panepintos win TV Baking contest

Panepintos win TV Baking contest

The owner of Panepinto Bakery & Cafe in Middle Village (71-19 Eliot Ave) was featured with his daughter on an episode of Discovery Family's baking competition series BAKE IT LIKE BUDDY, featuring "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, which aired on Saturday, January 5.

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The perils of upgrading the Metro Mall

The perils of upgrading the Metro Mall

When the Metro Mall was built back in the early 1970s, it was known as "Rentar Plaza" and considered a state-of-the-art facility for receiving goods.

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A transparent MTA will clear the air

A transparent MTA will clear the air

Communities near freight rail operations in Community Board 5 have been advocating for cleaner air to breathe since the late Glendale Property Owners Association President "Uncle" Vito Maranzano called for cleaner locomotive technology way back in 2001.

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The American Legion celebrates its centennial

The American Legion celebrates its centennial

The American Legion was founded in March 1919 in Paris, France, by U.S. World War I military personnel stationed there who were dedicated to four pillars of service and advocacy: veterans, military personnel, youth and patriotic values.

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Understanding your investment risk

Understanding your investment risk

The most important part of any type of investment is risk and there are a few ways to define it. The first is how much you can afford to lose and how likely or possible is it to happen.

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Home is where your heart is

Home is where your heart is

It was over thirty years ago that I began to see marked changes in the Corona neighborhood where I was born and raised. There was a rise in drug-related crimes as the demographics drastically changed.

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Frank Caudo, photographer

Frank Caudo, photographer

Frank Caudo is a local photographer who makes his living photographing weddings, communions, family and baby portraits, groups, school classes, school sports, and trade shows. But this past winter, his artistic cityscapes were featured in the windows of Artis Drugs on Eliot Avenue for passersby to enjoy. Here we present a selection of those works.

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WILLETS POINT: AN EXAMPLE OF GROSS MUNICIPAL MALFEASANCE

WILLETS POINT: AN EXAMPLE OF GROSS MUNICIPAL MALFEASANCE

Willets Point was a debacle created by an outrageous municipal government that would make the infamous Boss Tweed a petty amateur. Listen carefully.

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Train Pain: Bracing for L Hell

Train Pain: Bracing for L Hell

It's early December. Across the street from my apartment, a U-Haul sits idling in the street. My homeowning neighbors are moving to Manhattan to spare their kids a miserable trek to school. They were anticipating the "L-pocalypse" which we all thought would soon be descending upon us.

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Amazing Stories: INJURIES MAY PROVE FATAL

Amazing Stories: INJURIES MAY PROVE FATAL

Charles Burger, 39 years old, a German farm hand, residing with Herman Krollage, on Trotting Course lane, this village, was arrested last night by Detective B. McGratton and Collins of the Seventy-seventh Precinct on the charge of felonious assault made by Henry Stemmler, a fellow employee.

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Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski honored with JPCA Community Service Award

Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski honored with JPCA Community Service Award

The Juniper Park Civic Association honored Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski with the organization's 2018 Community Service Award during our Town Meeting on December 13th at Our Lady of Hope School.

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Laurel Hill's Pastoral Past

Laurel Hill's Pastoral Past

The area of Newtown established as "Laurel Hill" in the 19th Century was comprised of 2 large hilltop farms – one owned by the Rapelye family and the other by the Alsops.

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The Steinway Tunnels, Part 2 ‒ Revival

The Steinway Tunnels, Part 2 ‒ Revival

After being dead and forgotten for several years, the Steinway Tunnels were resurrected. On April 13, 1913, the City of New York purchased the tunnels from August Belmont as part of a supplementary agreement to the famous Dual Contracts of March 19, 1913.

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104th Pct report – Keep Your Money Safe During Tax Season

104th Pct report – Keep Your Money Safe During Tax Season

If you're preparing to file your federal, state and local tax returns, remember these tips and stop fraud in its tracks.

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Killy's Korner March 2019

Killy's Korner March 2019

Hello Everyone. Here's hoping you all got through the winter cold of 2019 and are happily looking forward to the arrival of spring.

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Another Landscape Lost

Another Landscape Lost

So this is what happens when you're not paying attention, or not "involved" enough? Some may say I have no right to complain because I haven't attended any community board meetings as of late, but is this storage unit, and others like it, even something that gets proposed and/or approved by community boards? Well this is a question I will be asking my representatives going forward.

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Toiletry Drive

Toiletry Drive

I want to thank everyone who participated in Catering for the Homeless, Inc.'s Fall and Winter Toiletry Drive in 2018.

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Recipe: French Braised Beef

Recipe: French Braised Beef

The French love to cook with red wine and so do I. You can make this great beef dish for dinner and use the leftovers in sandwiches.

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Op-Ed: Holding the MTA ‒ and elected officials ‒ accountable

Op-Ed: Holding the MTA ‒ and elected officials ‒ accountable

We all know the biggest problem with the MTA: its massive debt compounded by the borrowing of money to pay for such debt. Meanwhile, the services provided to our communities are seemingly getting worse.

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame March 2019

Neighborhood Hall of Shame March 2019

An unintended consequence of the creation of the 1960s-era safety measure known as the Flushing Avenue underpass is that the stretch has become a several blocks-long graffiti canvas.

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Poem: Maspeth Marches On

Poem: Maspeth Marches On

Maspeth, the community of integrity, marking the extraordinary courage of those who gave their all. On the grandest avenue of them all, Grand Avenue remembers!

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