Crowley announces expanded sanitation services


Good news for shop owners on Metropolitan Avenue. Help is on the way.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced on Monday that she has allocated $225,000 for additional street cleaning and litter basket pickups on major commercial corridors in her district.

It’s part of a city initiative called CleanNYC that focuses on cleaning up major commercial thoroughfares.

“A clean corridor is not only welcoming for local residents and people visiting, it also helps our businesses grow,” Crowley said. “We all know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and their energy is best spend on growing their businesses.

With the funding, the Department of Sanitation will provide 39 weeks of additional service along Grand Avenue in Maspeth, Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, and Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood.

Scenes from 104th Precinct’s National Night Out

104th Precinct

Last night, thousands of residents attended the 104th Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime at Juniper Valley Park.

It’s an important event to strengthen the relationship between local police precincts and community members.

Kids and families enjoyed free hot dogs and popcorn, a bouncy castle and even a water slide. There was live entertainment throughout the event.

“Each year, National Night Out Against Crime celebrates the important partnership between our neighborhoods and the police department,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. “It shows we recognize the best way to keep our communities safe is by working together, block by block.”

Check out photos from the rest of the evening:

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Crowley hosts CPR event

cprpicCouncilwoman Elizabeth Crowley teamed up with the FDNY’s CPR Training Unit last week for a training session for a dozen local residents.

Each year, more than 350,000 people nationwide go into cardiac arrest our of the hospital. When this happens, their survival can depend on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby.

If CPR is performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, their chance or survival can be doubled or even tripled.

“Knowing how to administer CPR can make the biggest difference in an emergency situation,” Crowley said. “Every second counts.”

Join Community Education Council 24


Community Education Council for District 24 has two membership vacancies to fill, and they want you to join.

If you’re a parent of a child in Pre-K through 8th grade and/or a parent of an English Language Learner (ELL) in District 24’s public school you’re eligible to apply.

Duties of a CEC24 member include:

  • Monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday or every month with the superintendent to hear public comment from the school community
  • Participate in trainings and education programs
  • Provide input to the chancellor and Panel for Educational Policy on local concerns
  • Serve as a liaison to school leadership teams
  • Prepare and approve zoning lines
  • Review annual operating budget
  • Review the 5-year capital plan
  • Prepare an annual review of the community superintendent.

If you’re interested, contact the CEC at

In the Middle of Nowhere, In the Middle of Everything

From food to convenience spots, these 5 places in the heart of Queens make Middle Village great.



69-16 Metropolitan Avenue Middle Village, NY 11379

(718) 894-0485


Since 1964, Arby’s has redefined fast food through its signature roast beef sandwich, but also through their six principles that found the restaurants: Dream big, work hard, get it done, play fair, and make a difference.  Now, Arby’s carries those principles to the residents of the Middle Village/Metropolitan Avenue area. Arby’s continues the tradition of their signature roast beef as well as other new delicious meats/new foods to try. Arby’s: We Have the Meats!

Open Monday-Thursday 7AM-10PM

Friday and Saturday 7AM-11PM


Cypress Hills Taxidermy Studio

71-01 Metropolitan Avenue Middle Village, NY 11379

(718) 827-7758


Mr. John Youngaitis specializes in the art of taxidermy, posing dead animals in lifelike poses (how ironic).  The front room of his shop is decorated with a small display of stuffed species ranging from a century-old mountain goat to a little golden lion tamarin monkey. There is a Russian brown boar, a penguin, a black bear frozen in muted mid-roar.  These are just a few unique animals to show off his craft.  You’d be surprised how convenient it is for residents, considering it’s not the first                                                                                thing you look for but you know it’s there.


Quagliata Brothers Italian Deli

7512 Metropolitan Avenue Middle Village, NY 11379

(718) 326-0510


If you’re searching for Il cibo autentico d’Italia (the authentic food of Italy), Quagliata Brothers Italian Deli is your destination.  With your lunchtime and catering needs covered, Choose from their sandwich platters, buffet party heroes, pasta/pork/seafood/vegetable/beef/poultry/veal entrees. Quagliata’s variety is sure to be your go-to for Italian food right on Metropolitan Avenue that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy.

Open: Monday-Saturday 8AM-6PM

Sunday 8AM-4PM



Hot Bagels

7905 Metropolitan Avenue Middle Village, NY 11379

(718) 326-0510


“The BEST bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel. They even put a hash brown in it. Heaven.” –Vanessa Ficalora, Middle Village resident, lover of Hot Bagels.

Hot Bagels is for the early risers who need a big breakfast, or even those that just really want the best neighborhood bagel…I mean, HOT neighborhood bagel.  It’s conveniently located on Metropolitan Avenue to satisfy your on-the-go breakfast cravings. (I’m getting kind of hungry for a bagel talking about this right now.)

Open EVERY DAY (that’s a great thing) 5AM-4PM



7802 Metropolitan Avenue Middle Village, NY 11379

(718) 326-0254


The proof is in the pudding, DEALS is your one-stop shop for an eclectic mix of what you need at discount prices.  Searching for things at name brand stores can be a hassle when you’re on a budget, but DEALS allows you to splurge and get what you need (score!). They keep their shelves stocked with day with extreme values on cleaning supplies, health & beauty products, office supplies, school supplies, toys & crafts, teaching supplies, greeting cards, household supplies, home décor, floral supplies, and everything in between. Conveniently located on Metropolitan Avenue, you could easily walk to find something quick that you need or make a shopping trip out of it.

Open every day 8AM-9PM


by: Jennifer Luizzi Marketing/Editorial Intern

Meet the company that has helped dozens of Middle Village homeowners increase the value of their home


It’s no secret that the condition of the floors and countertops in your home effect the value of your home.

Meet the two brothers who have perfected the art of wood floor, vinyl foor, stone floor, and stone countertop restoration.

Frank and Angelo Castellino, owners of SMS, have helped dozens of Middle Village homeowners by helping restore the glow of stone floors and countertops.

“We have been serving the Queens and Long Island for over 15 years in cleaning, stripping, sealing, polishing and waxing of all floor types,” said Frank Castellino.

When it comes to wood & vinyl floor restoration, their technicians undergo extensive training. A certification process and have a minimum of 10 years of floor care experience is required to work for SMS.

“We have provided commitment to quality and making sure your flooring keeps its new appearance from the wear and tear of everyday life,” said Angelo Castellino.

You can see pictures of their work here.

“SMS was professional at every stage of the process: communication, scheduling, care of your premises, appearance, and of course the end result,” said Kathleen, a Middle Village resident for over 40 years.” 

They have also helped many businesses, such as the Juniper Valley Animal Hospital. “Presenting a clean business environment is paramount to impressing your clients and customers as well as improving morale among your employees,” said Frank Castellino. “We work hard to earn your trust and confidence, going beyond just meeting your business’s daily cleaning needs,” he added.

SMS restores all types of natural stone, counter tops, walls, table tops, vanity tops and in essentially any area there is natural stone. You can learn more about their stone countertop restoration techniques by clicking here.

“At Stripping Maintenance Service, no refinishing or restoration project is too large or too small,” said Frank Castellino. “We restore natural stone floors in all different size spaces and our company is dedicated and committed to a higher standard of cleaning services. We are fully licensed and insured.”

You can learn more about their stone floor restoration by clicking here.

Call Frank & Angelo Castellino for a free consultation today: (516) 209-9516

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