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A Brief History of Maspeth, NY

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Maspeth is a residential neighborhood in Queens, New York. The community hosts an approximate population of 30,516 and belongs to ZIP code 11378.


The area of Maspeth, NY, was originally inhabited by the Mespeatches Indians, a Native American tribe. The neighborhood is named after the Maspat Indians' word for "at the bad water place."

Dutch and English settlers settled the area in the early 17th century. The Dutch purchased the land of Maspeth in 1635, and by 1642, the area was granted to Francis Doughty, a Presbyterian minister. The land grant made Maspeth the first English settlement in Queens, New York.

In 1652, the Queens area was generally referred to as Middleburg, which eventually developed into the neighboring community of Elmhurst.

Throughout the 17th century, the community was known for its water and milling industries, originally founded by the English Quakers. Following the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century, the neighborhood developed and constructed roads.

Before the neighborhood was officially named Maspeth, it was referred to as Columbusville until the 1890s.

In the 19th century, Maspeth saw an influx of immigration, and by the 1970s, the neighborhood largely consisted of Polish, Irish, and German residents.

Today, Maspeth is considered a desirable place to live in Queens, NY, and is known for its charming homes and convenient location.


Maspeth is home to a nearly equal population of female residents (51%) and male residents (49%) with a median age of 38.6.

The community lives a comfortable lifestyle with a median household income above the national average ($62,843) at $73,189.

The population of Maspeth is equally split amongst homeowners (50%) and renters (50%). The median home value in Maspeth is well above the national average ($217,500) at $655,016. The median rent in Maspeth is also above the national average ($1,062) at $1,625.

The racial demographic of Maspeth is as follows:

  • 47% White
  • 33% Hispanic
  • 17% Asian
  • 1% Two or More Races
  • 1% African American

The education levels of Maspeth residents vary and are as follows:

  • 8% Master's Degree or Higher
  • 19% Bachelor's Degree
  • 23% Some College or Associate's Degree
  • 36% High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • 15% Less Than a High School Diploma

Maspeth is home to many growing families, with 32% of households consisting of families with children. The neighborhood is known to have a strong sense of community. According to Niche survey polling, 71% of residents say there is a good sense of community in Maspeth, and 50% say that LGBTQ+ residents are very accepted.


Maspeth is a great community in Queens, NY, offering residents access to local attractions. If you are in the area looking to visit some local favorite locations, be sure to check out:

  • Knockdown Center, located at 52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens, NY 11378
  • Frank Principe Park, located at 63rd Street, Maurice Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378.
  • Hush Cafe Lounge and Garden, located at 70-10 Grand Ave, Queens, NY 11378.

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: July 7, 2021
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