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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Addabbo, Miller visit Middle Village Adult Center

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State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assemblyman Mike Miller visited the Middle Village Adult Center this week.

They thanked the center’s administrator, Rabbi Richard Levy, for his efforts maintaining the center.

The adult center provides seniors with social services, activities and other educational and health-related programs. They provide daily hot lunches and classes in aerobics, fall prevention, line dancing, Pilates, Tai Chi, Zumba and more.

The Rabbinical Seminary of America sponsored the adult center, which first opened in September 1975.

New York Junior Tennis League to stay at Juniper


Thanks to funding from the City Council, the New York Junior Tennis League will continue to serve hundreds of youth across the city, including 5-to-18-year-olds at Juniper Valley Park.

The Council allocated $800,000 to allow the tennis program to continue for another season.

“The New York Junior Tennis League has made such an impression on kids from all over the district, ranging from young elementary schools to high school seniors. It’s important these and all kids have a chance to be active, learn new skills and be social in a productive setting,” Crowley said. “Not only do I want to ensure they are supported financially, but that they have people in the community who will always advocate on their behalf.”

The six-week session entails three practices a week, according to NYJTL Juniper Park Site Director Thomas O’Kelly. The sessions were often disrupted by other players on the reserved courts.

Crowley has requested NYC Parks to place a patrol officer at the court to ensure youth get their full practice.

“We have a strong program, and provide a ladder to success for youth to learn and grow as players and as people,” O’Kelly said. “It’s important they get the most out of this league.”

CB5 set to meet July 12th

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Community Board 5 is meeting on Wednesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School.

The meeting will be in the CNL Room.

On the agenda is a Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) application to extend the term of a special permit for the New York Sports Club at Atlas Park.

The board will also consider a BSA application to develop a medical diagnostic and treatment facility, including a second story and indoor parking on the first floor, in Glendale.

That will be followed by the public forum, the chairperson’s report, the district manager’s report and committee updates.

CB5 re-elects executive board

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At its June meeting, Community Board 5 re-elected its executive committee.

Here are the results:

  • Chair: Vincent Arcuri, Jr.
  • 1st Vice Chair: Walter Sanchez
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Dmytro Fedkowskyj
  • Treasurer: Kathy Masi
  • Secretary: Margaret (Peggy) O’Kane
  • At-Large Members: Patricia Grayson, Fred Haller, John Maier and Theodore (Ted) Renz

For more information about the community board, click here.