Though it slides under the current NYC real estate radar, Maspeth
has a tumultuous land ownership history dating back to the 1600s.
Looking at the quiet community today, one would never know that Maspeth
passed from fur traders to Quakers, to industrial investors, and
various communities in between. The area eventually transitioned into
an industrial hub thanks to its access to Newtown Creek, and the
residential character of the neighborhood developed with the influx of
European immigrant workers in the 19th century.
Today Grand Ave, which becomes Grand St once it crosses over into
Brooklyn, is the main pathway of commerce and culture in Maspeth. The
street is lined with mom-and-pop stores that tempt window shoppers with
Italian pastries, Polish sausages, Irish brews, and general retail.
While still primarily home to European immigrants, since the 1990s the
neighborhood has begun to see more Latino and Asian Americans
communities blossom among its quiet streets.
Maspeth has few large apartment buildings, but many detached single
family homes featuring both front and backyards.