In the dark: Maspeth community concerned about disabled street light on Andrews Avenue

Maspeth street light
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Members of the Maspeth community have voiced their concerns over the street light being out on Andrews Avenue.

With the street light being out for several months now, residents said the only source of light on the road comes from the Metropolitan Oval Soccer Field when the lights there are on.

According to Maspeth resident Charlene Stubbs, there was a point in time in which the entire light pole was missing, with just the base being there. She said she has reported the issue with the light to Community Board 5 and her elected officials on multiple occasions. Additionally, she noted a similar problem in front of Grimaldi’s Bakery on Menahan Street.

“When Metropolitan Oval Soccer Field does not have its lights on, the bridge there is pitch dark,” Stubbs said. “I reported it to 311, my elected officials and Community Board 5 numerous times. I walked my neighbor home that way and I had to use the flashlight on my phone to guide us.”

Stubbs credits the darkness on the road as being a contributing factor to a car accident that occurred there Wednesday night. One person was sent to the hospital as a result of the collision.

According to Community Board 5 member Gary Giordano, the board intends to approach the New York City Department of Transportation on the light being out on Andrews Avenue. However, he also noted that it’s possible that an electrical problem could be the main issue as to why this has not yet been addressed. He said that when a street light still is not working for a period of time after complaints were made, electrical problems are typically the main issue.

QNS has reached out to the New York City Department of Transportation for comment on the issue and is waiting to hear back.

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