First Settlement In Queens 1642
"Maspeth was the first settlement in Queens, 1642"
Like the rest of Queens, Maspeth has a bustling and gritty shopping district, farting buses and fast cars. Still, much of the neighborhood resembles the bucolic outskirts of London or Dublin, with brick two-story English Tudor-style houses, stony bridges over meandering train tracks, and trees galore. A daytime stroll finds backpack-toting school children dismounting from city buses and Irish pubs where the day laborers take a beer with lunch. It's a homey, old-country population of neighbors and friends, a working class that insists upon decent living conditions. And though time has seen new waves of Indian, Pakistani, Korean, and young Irish immigrant families move into a neighborhood of Poles and Italians.
"Our Citizen Heroes"
24 people died in the Twin Towers on September 11th 2001 from Maspeth to include 19 Fire Fighters who were the members of our Fire Fighting Unit. A modest memorial stands on the town plaza near other memorials from the past in remberence to these members of the Maspeth community. Behind this small placard is the beautiful New York skyline that once included the Twin Towers.
"I think of Maspeth I think of Food."
Grand Avenue, the main artery that flows through town is a ethnic food festival 7 days a week. People still role their shoping carts up to the Avenue and buy their groceries item by item and store by store. There are no mini malls and supermarkets in the center of town for our eldery (and there are a few) to shop nor would they.
It starts at 72nd St. and goes down the Ave. with Matchmakers (under a new name now ?) a Irish restaurant and pub, Maspeth pizzeria, Maspeth Bagels, Tikka Masala an Indian place, The Corner Stone Restaurant ( another Irish cozy place), Walters German Deli, A new Taceria, Scala Italian Bakery, Fame Diner, A Korean fruit stand, Newport Diner ( My favorite), A Polish Deli, Glendale Bakery (fantastic breakfast sandwiches from the griddle), Iavaroni Brothers an Italian market, Rosa's Pizza (see tip !), ABC Diner a polish cafe (tip 2!!), the Hot Dog man of Maspeth who even makes fresh sauerkraut down by Griffs Hardware, and a handfull of Irish pubs and candy stores to crawl through at night. So good eating to all!!!