Maspeth in the 1940s - NewtownHistorical
Grand Avenue before the Expressway

Grand Avenue looking west from 68th Street. Most of what is seen in this
photo was demolished for the Long Island Expressway in the 1950s. The buildings on the right - Arnold Thau Jewelers and Prosperity Cleaners - were condemned, as were the four closest buildings on the left. The construction of the L.I.E. ripped a trench through the heart of Maspeth that exists to this day.

Grand Avenue before the Expressway

Grand Avenue looking west from 68th Street. Most of what is seen in this
photo was demolished for the Long Island Expressway in the 1950s. The buildings on the right - Arnold Thau Jewelers and Prosperity Cleaners - were condemned, as were the four closest buildings on the left. The construction of the L.I.E. ripped a trench through the heart of Maspeth that exists to this day.

Maspeth1940s