Politics in middle and southwestern Queens was the favorite sport outside of Citi Field in 2012, and the worst storm to hit the region in 74 years devastated some while causing others just a few flickers of their lights.
As the year began, the city filed an appeal of a ruling by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufus that found discrimination on the part of the FDNY against African-American firefighters in the testing and hiring process.
On Oct. 26, 1962, six New York City firemen were killed in a four-alarm blaze on 56th Road in Maspeth.
Overshadowed that weekend by the Cuban Missile Crisis, “The Maspeth Fire” became all but forgotten over the years by almost all except the families of those who were lost, and their brethren who were there that horrifying night.
Marc Eberle, left, and Peter Keane, owner of VIP Auto Body in Maspeth, will honor the memory and the sacrifice of the six men who died on one of the darkest days in the history of the Fire Department of New York City.
On Oct. 26, a Maspeth businessman will dedicate a plaque in memory of six New York City firemen, 50 years to the day they gave their lives on the site where he has built his livelihood.
Peter Keane, owner of VIP Auto Body at 44-03 56 Road, had often heard the rumors throughout the years.
Devotees of musical theater, as well as young audiences and fans of the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie, will have a lot to celebrate in the coming months, as the spring/summer community theatre season takes off.