Maspeth’s Knockdown Center to premiere opera inspired by Hurricane Sandy victims


| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Anna Groth Shive

Nearly three years after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of south Queens, music collective thingNY will be using a unique art form to explore the reactions of individuals affected by the superstorm.

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WWE Superstar John Cena grants Maspeth boy’s wish


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy the Lanzer family

To wrestling fans around the world WWE Superstar John Cena is known for being a 15-time world champion, but outside of the ring he is best known for his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Monday night Cena set the record for most celebrity wishes at 500, by making an 8-year-old boy from Maspeth’s dream come true.

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Kosciuszko Bridge project will cause long-term closure of Maspeth roadway


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Google Maps

Work crews will shut down a Maspeth street for six months beginning next week as construction of the new Kosciuszko Bridge begins in earnest, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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PHOTOS: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin film in Maspeth


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos By Kelly Marie Mancuso

Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin descended upon Nat’s Diner in Maspeth on Monday to shoot scenes for New Line Cinema’s remake of the 1979 comedy “Going In Style.”

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Film featuring Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine to shoot in Maspeth


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Screenshot via YouTube/Yellow Red Studio

On Monday, Aug. 10, “Going in Style,” a reboot of the 1979 movie of the same title, will shoot a scene at the Clinton Diner, located at 56-26 Maspeth Ave., in Maspeth. The diner was a featured location in the classic “Goodfellas” film.

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PHOTOS: ‘Shades of Blue’ with Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta films in Maspeth, Middle Village


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Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso

Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta hit the streets of Maspeth and Middle Village on Wednesday to film scenes for the new NBC police procedural “Shades of Blue.”

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Road conditions at dangerous railroad crossing concern Maspeth business owners


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

Road conditions at the railroad crossing located on Maspeth Avenue and Rust Street, where a crash between a locomotive and tractor-trailer occurred earlier this month, were a main concern voiced during Thursday’s Maspeth Industrial Business Association (MIBA) meeting.

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Maspeth, Middle Village set to co-name two streets for community leaders


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The City Council unanimously passed a bill Thursday that includes the proposed co-naming of two Queens streets, one in Maspeth and the other in Middle Village.

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New York & Atlantic’s safety procedures under review following Maspeth crash


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

In the wake of a fiery collision between a train and a tractor-trailer at a railroad crossing in Maspeth on July 8 that left the truck driver hospitalized, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced they will launch a safety review of New York & Atlantic Railway’s (NY&A) safety culture and management practices.

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Kids learn basketball fundamentals at Maspeth High School summer camp


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos by Anthony Giudice

Maspeth High School wrapped up its second summer basketball camp on Friday, where local middle school students came together to learn the fundamentals of basketball, play some games and most importantly, have fun.

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Train that hit truck in Maspeth was speeding: investigators


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The locomotive that crashed into a tractor-trailer at a Maspeth intersection on July 8 was traveling above the speed limit, and the man behind the switch could face disciplinary action, authorities reported.

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Video shows fiery Maspeth train-truck collision and apparently slow crossing gate


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Video courtesy of Filco Carting Corp.

Footage from a garbage truck’s dashboard camera depicts Wednesday’s fiery collision between a train and tractor-trailer in Maspeth early that morning — as well as an apparently slow railroad crossing gate.

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