Maspeth Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"So close yet so far—that’s how Maspeth seems. It borders Brooklyn and is the second neighborhood in coming from Manhattan. But no subway goes there, and the neighborhood is hemmed in by cemeteries and industrial districts that can be desolate in off-hours. Outside the truck-route-and-warehouse territory, a small-town ambience prevails in much of residential Maspeth. Its aesthetic lapses notwithstanding, Maspeth has proved invaluable to New York City. The first land deed ever issued on Long Island, in 1642, covered the Maspeth area (it got its name from an American Indian tribe called Mespat or Mespachtes). DeWitt Clinton, arguably the most important statesman New York has produced, resided in Maspeth while serving as NYC mayor. Innumerable goods and services that New Yorkers rely on every day are stored, handled, or prepared in Maspeth. For generations it’s been a place where immigrants gain a foothold in America. And what about Maspeth’s sacrifice on September 11, 2001? Nineteen firefighters from Maspeth’s Squad 288/Hazmat Company 1 gave their lives, the biggest loss of any firehouse in the city."