Maspeth residents and leaders are split over arts center
Maspeth residents and leaders are split over arts center
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 10/09/2013 at 3:49PM

Maspeth leaders and residents are ready to rumble over the Knockdown Center. The center, a former glass and door factory turned arts hall, has hosted everything from weddings, Tiki Disco parties and even a mini-golf art exhibition since last year. Now, owners are applying for a license from the State’s Liquor Authority (SLA) to serve [...]

Maspeth street co-named George Gibbons Jr. Way
Maspeth street co-named George Gibbons Jr. Way
Southwest Liam La Guerre 9/28/2013 at 6:03PM

For the past few years teary eyes and frowns were a familiar sight when talking about the hit-and-run murder of Maspeth resident George Gibbons. Gibbons, who owned Gibbons Home bar on 69th Street, was killed in a 2011 traffic accident and it took a month-long manhunt to catch his murderer, Peter Rodriguez. But at a [...]

More bike lanes coming to western Queens
More bike lanes coming to western Queens
Southwest Liam La Guerre 9/04/2013 at 4:31PM

The wheels are turning in the right direction for one community’s push to get more bike lanes. At a recent Community Board (CB5) Transportation Committee meeting, the Department of City Planning (DCP) revealed a list of streets that could have bike lanes in place by early 2014. The DCP is looking to add six potential [...]

Community Board discusses hydrofracking, new gym
News David Beltran 1/17/2012 at 12:34PM

There were several important issues brought up at Community Board (CB) 5’s first meeting of the new year, but none drew as much attention, or speakers, as the issue of hydrofracking. In the process of hydrofracking water, sand and chemicals are shot into the ground to push out natural gases. One of the many problems, [...]

Slay-suicide horror in Maspeth
Slay-suicide horror in Maspeth
News Jay Lane 12/21/2011 at 9:00AM

Slay-suicide horror in Maspeth A woman died yesterday after her boyfriend slashed her throat in their Maspeth apartment, stabbed her stepson, then jumped in front of an LIRR train, authorities said. Maureen Biermann, 43, died at Wyckoff Heights Hospital. Her attacker, James Peck, 33, died on the tracks. Biermann’s stepson, 22, was in stable condition. [...]

Store vacancies in Queens hurt other businesses
Store vacancies in Queens hurt other businesses
News Alexa Altman 11/21/2011 at 11:40AM

Some stores along Queens’ prominent shopping streets have been abandoned, sitting vacant for months. Several landlords have posted hopeful “for rent” signs. Others remain completely empty. Officials from Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Chambers of Commerce across Queens blame the nation’s foundering economy for the string of vacancies. Others insist that skyrocketing rents are causing [...]

[UPDATE] Suspect arrested for George Gibbons’ hit-and-run
[UPDATE] Suspect arrested for George Gibbons’ hit-and-run
News Billy Rennison 11/15/2011 at 5:39PM

Only two days after Maspeth residents rallied demanding “Justice for George,” the suspect wanted in connection with the hit-and-run that killed George Gibbons was apprehended in Connecticut, according to police. Peter Rodriguez was taken into custody in Connecticut by the Regional Fugitive Task Force one month to the day after the accident.  The suspect was [...]

[UPDATE] Peter Rodriguez apprehended in Connecticut
[UPDATE] Peter Rodriguez apprehended in Connecticut
News Billy Rennison 11/15/2011 at 3:10PM

[UPDATE] According to police, Peter Rodriguez has been apprehended in Connecticut by the Regional Fugitive Task Force. They came to demand “Justice for George.” On Sunday, November 13, over 100 members of the community, many wearing “Justice for George” T-shirts, gathered at 69th Street and Grand Avenue in Maspeth — just blocks from Gibbons’ Home bar [...]

‘Justice for George’
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 11/15/2011 at 9:41AM

It’s been a month since George Gibbons was killed in a wrong-way, hit-and-run crash on the Long Island Expressway. But for his family, it must seem like years. Not only did they lose a son, uncle and brother, but the community lost an upstanding citizen and popular bar owner whose death has been deeply mourned. [...]