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From Queenscrap, 8/2/09

Maspeth needs and deserves a park

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

I am a lifelong (60 years) resident of Maspeth, as were my parents and grandparents. I am hoping to convince the City to acquire the land of the former St. Saviour’s Church and turn it into a park.

This area goes back to the beginning of Maspeth. Where Newtown Creek ended, the first Dutch settlement began among the native people. Maspeth was the first chartered settlement on Long Island. During the Revolutionary War, local homes were used by the British as their headquarters. Former mayor, governor, senator, etc., DeWitt Clinton’s home was here across the street from the St. Saviour’s property. The land was donated by Congressman Maurice for community needs and was known as Maspeth Hill.

The area around Newtown Creek became a major industrial area in NYC, and it’s said that more tonnage was carried on Newtown Creek than the Mississippi River during WWII…

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 2, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Posted in newtown creek

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