From the Queens Times Ledger:

MTA buys land to redevelop aging Jamaica Bus Depot

The MTA reached a milestone in its long-in-the-works plan to update the Jamaica Bus Depot. Photo by Rich Bockmann

The MTA reached a milestone in its long-in-the-works plan to update the Jamaica Bus Depot. Photo by Rich Bockmann

By Rich Bockmann

The MTA recently bought up a handful of properties adjacent to the South Jamaica bus depot, which it has been hoping to expand for years, but until the agency can come up with the needed capital funds, construction plans will sit as idle as the buses parked along Merrick Boulevard.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority paid $6.6 million earlier this month to the Hollywood, Fla.-based Rejtx LLC for four properties fronting Merrick Boulevard on the block just south of York College and Tuskegee Airmen Way as well as a fifth property at the block’s northwest corner.

The acquisition of the additional 50,000 square feet brings the MTA’s footprint on the block to about 221,000 square feet and represents a long-awaited milestone in the push to redevelop the aging facility.

“To alleviate a chronic shortage of bus parking and servicing facilities in Jamaica, the [New York City Transit] Department of Buses has long desired to expand the footprint of the Jamaica Bus Depot,” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said. “Ultimately, we plan to construct a new bus depot on the site of the existing depot expanded to include the purchased properties.”

Built in 1940, the 58,000-square-foot depot is one of the oldest — if not the oldest — in the MTA’s portfolio. It serves as the home to some 200 buses operating on nine lines throughout southeast Queens, but it is too small for the task and many of the vehicles sit idle along Merrick Boulevard, especially at night and on weekends.

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), who served as head of the Queens bus drivers union before he was elected to office last year, said the MTA has been eyeing the properties for the last three years, but plans to renovate the depot go back much further.

“I went to work in the Queens division in 1989, and they probably had it in the capital plan back then,” he said.

In its most recent version of the capital plan, the agency last year scaled back the renovation to include only pre-construction work, as funding is not available to put shovels in the ground. In the meantime, South Jamaica residents will have to continue to put up with buses parking on the street.

Community Board 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick said the vehicles are a nuisance to residents of a nearby senior center and prevent street sweepers from cleaning the street.

“As a matter of fact, just a couple of weeks ago I had to call the MTA about the buses so the mechanical broom could get by and clean,” she said. “I’m happy to hear they purchased property, but I’m disappointed they don’t have money to start construction.”


This fucking shit, which is a major eyesore, should have been taken care of decades again. This is not acceptable and would never have been acceptable in a white area, but again, just dump crap in a community of color. This is has been a long ongoing problem in all communities of color. Very ironic that all our leaders in Jamaica are all people of color, yet still allow this type of bizzaro form of racism to continue.

The article stated “City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), who served as head of the Queens bus drivers union before he was elected to office last year, said the MTA has been eyeing the properties for the last three years, but plans to renovate the depot go back much further.”

Well, according to former Councilman Leroy Comrie, Miller was supposedly a very active member in the community, so where was he (and other leaders like Comrie) on this issue before.  MIA as usual.

This also goes to show the problematic infrastructure not only in Jamaica but all of NYC (and the rest of the country for that matter) that cannot handle the large population that just keeps growing. So keep wasting money on wars and getting involved in other countries, while our own house is falling apart.

And of course the issue of using communities of color as dumping grounds for all kinds of SHIT and turning a blind eye. Why is this issue never spoken of, yet a recent article spotlights Muslims (a small percentage of our population) in NYC complaining about the surveillance on their community. What about what is happening in black communities, such as Jamaica.


For the past couple of years, I have heard from our many useless Jamaica leaders that Jamaica is “getting revitalized”, “we are on the cusp of great things”, “a perfect place to invest”, blah, blah, blah. With tons of promises of development that is going to take place, first off, will it all happen, second, will people come to this garbage strewn ghetto cesspool of low-class ghetto and low-class third world immigrants, cheap tacky retail stores, lack of quality restaurants, shootings, killings and an overall poor quality of living, most caused by the bottom of the barrel Jamaica residents that we have here. You see them all the time, hanging out in front of shitty crappy dirty delis, day in and day out, standing in long lines on Jamaica Avenue to purchase expensive sneakers that they cannot really afford, tossing garbage all over their own community, blasting loud ghetto music from their cars, I mean I could go on and on, but we all know what I am talking about. A shitty community that has became shit because of the types of quality of people who have moved here over the years.

So will these developments even take place and will they attract quality people and businesses to the community. Only time will tell. But if this does happen and property values rise, which is a good thing for home owners, just then maybe the low class scum will be forced to go elsewhere and the new residents coming in will not tolerate any of their bullshit. Where will they go, who gives a fuck and as long as they get out of here.

From Commercial Observer:

The Tide is High: Jamaica, Queens Could Become a Destination in its Own Right

Long a transportation hub, developers think that Jamaica, Queens could become a destination in its own right.


Ask the average New Yorker about Jamaica, Queens and you’ll likely hear an answer about its rail station or proximity to J.F.K. airport. Despite the development boom occurring west of the neighborhood in Astoria and Long Island City, Jamaica continues to feature more prominently in the minds of many city residents as a stopover en route to more glamorous locations.

But since the neighborhood was rezoned, local stakeholders have become increasingly optimistic that the perception of Jamaica as a gritty transit and discount shopping hub can change.

“We see the downtown [area] as a regional center of many activities that if concentrated here would have a high public purpose,” said Carlisle Towery, the president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, the area’s economic development entity.

Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens

The area is at once “under-housed,” “under-hoteled” and “under-retailed,” according to local stakeholders, who are engaging developers in discussions on how to improve the neighborhood’s building stock.

Those discussions are already paying dividends. There are a number of multimillion-dollar development projects in the pipeline in the vicinity of Jamaica’s bustling Long Island Railroad and AirTrain stations.

“The opportunities here are apparent when you look at land values compared to other parts of the city,” Mr. Towery said. “There are readily available sites that are zoned for development at prices that are appealing.”

In 2007, the City Council approved the Jamaica rezoning plan to increase the development potential in the area. The plan included 368 blocks and updated zoning regulations that hadn’t been meaningfully addressed in nearly half a century.

Increased development and improvement of Jamaica’s building stock would go a long way toward changing the perception of the neighborhood in the rest of the city as simply a rough-around-the-edges transit pit stop. Mr. Towery acknowledged that Jamaica’s reputation has been a deterrent in the past but is determined to stress what he deems are the realities.

“We recognize the gritty image, but we believe that image is based on a perception that’s not a reality,” he said.

Still, Jamaica does see its share of violent crime. Just last weekend, 17-year-old Khalil Bowlin was shot and killed at 143-07 Lakewood Avenue, about 10 blocks south of the LIRR station.

Such crimes aren’t the norm, Mr. Towery argued. “I can count on one hand the incidents of crime; it’s not there,” he said. “The crime is perceived more than it is realized.” (In the 103rd precinct, which covers downtown Jamaica, the overall crime rate has dropped 78 percent since 1993 according to CompStat. That said, the precinct reported five murders in the first quarter of 2014, up from a single murder for the same period last year.)

Perception (promoted by 50 Cent, among other rappers who grew up in Jamaica) or reality, the crime rate doesn’t seem to have curbed the increased appetite for development in the area.

Among the most notable projects in the pipeline is a $225 million mixed-use building at the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue that is expected to boast up to 100,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and 400 apartment units.

The site for the project was assembled over time by Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and sold to BRP Companies, a transit-oriented, mixed-income developer. With experience developing transit-related projects area-wide, the developer expects the Jamaica opportunity to be a successful venture.

“[Jamaica] has the density, it has the economic activity—particularly downtown—and it is right on a transit node,” Meredith Marshall, the managing partner and co-founder of BRP Companies, told Commercial Observer. “Based on our due diligence on commercial viability and demand, Jamaica stands up well.”

The development is expected to be divided among approximately 20 percent affordable units, 50 percent market-rate units and the remainder allocated to the New York City Housing Development Corporation’s New Housing Opportunities Program, or NewHOP. The initiative combines a first mortgage, funded through proceeds from the sale of variable or fixed-rate taxable bonds, with a second mortgage, provided through HDC corporate reserves, to finance multifamily rental housing affordable to moderate- and middle-income families.

Elsewhere, the Bluestone Organization is on schedule to complete a $32 million mixed-use project with 100 units of mixed-income housing and 12,000 square feet of commercial space by this summer. The development, called Norman Towers, is located at 90-14 161st Street, between 90th and Jamaica Avenues.

Norman Towers.

The building will offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with rents ranging from $500 and $1,700 per month, according to published reports. Eric Bluestone of the Bluestone Organization did not return calls seeking comment on the project.

Jamaica is also working to help solve the area’s hotel shortage. Just south of the BRP development site, at the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and 95th Avenue, Able Management has plans to build a $35 million, 210-room hotel under the Hilton Garden Inn brand. With its proximity to transit hubs—the site is directly across the street from the LIRR and AirTrain station—the hotel development should appeal to travelers, but both the developer and the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation hope the accommodations will attract a broader demographic.

“We feel the hotel will cater to more than travelers,” said Viral Patel, the chief executive of Able Management. “People visiting within the Queens market, as well as the western Nassau [County] market, will utilize the hotel as a matter of convenience.”

The hotel, which is expected to break ground between the fall of this year and spring of 2015, will include a meeting facility, a restaurant and a bar. There had been plans for a retail component, but the overall square footage limited the developer’s options.

Despite that minor setback, stakeholders are optimistic that a department store will soon return to Jamaica. Once home to three such stores, the neighborhood waved goodbye to its last in 1981and has since become a hub of discount retailers.

“Generally, Jamaica is under-retailed,” Mr. Towery said. “There is a huge improvable market for retail development here and huge interest.”

According to the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, there is $3.7 billion worth of unmet consumer demand within a 3-mile radius of Downtown Jamaica. In an effort to satiate that market, the economic development group last year contracted Blumenfeld Development Group to transform two ground-level parking lots at 168th Street, between 90th and Jamaica Avenues. The estimated $50 million project would see Blumenfeld increase parking capacity of one lot to a full garage while converting the other into a department store.

The importance of Jamaica’s proximity to J.F.K. cannot be overstated and is highlighted by numerous stakeholders as the neighborhood’s most appealing attribute. Since late 2003, Jamaica has been a hub for the Port Authority’s AirTrain, an 8-mile rail shuttle with service to J.F.K.

Jamaica has become so integrated with the airport that Mr. Towery links the neighborhood directly to New York’s busiest airport. “In effect, we are a piece of the airport, and we see potential for aviation-related development of all sorts,” he said.

Bolstered by both Jamaica’s transit assets and the spate of new development in the area, hope abounds for investors, who are confident the tide is changing.

“We certainly feel there is growth potential in Jamaica and feel the developments in Jamaica are gaining traction,” Mr. Patel said. “There are other projects around Jamaica Square, which once realized will spur more growth in the area.”

The demographics would seem to back up the enthusiasm. The average household income of the 670,000 people living within a 3-mile radius of Downtown Jamaica is $75,000, placing the area firmly in New York City’s middle class. That population spends more than $6.5 billion per year on retail goods and services, according to the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

What’s more, within 45 minutes of Jamaica, the college-educated population counts close to 1 million, outnumbering the same demographic within 45 minutes of both Wall Street and White Plains, Greater Jamaica claims.

Despite the signs of positive growth, stakeholders have cautioned against making comparisons to the recent drastic transformations of other outer borough comeback kids.

“I don’t see potential growth like the Long Island City waterfront, but that’s really not Queens; it’s not the heart of Queens,” Mr. Towery said. “We see potential but not like Downtown Brooklyn, with the towers there.”

“It’s still a work force group,” Mr. Marshall said. “We’re not talking Downtown Brooklyn or Long Island City.”



So we will get either an upgraded community or just more of the same shit.

Low class ghetto slobs love to toss their filthy mattresses everywhere.

Low class ghetto slobs love to toss their filthy mattresses everywhere.

We will see. I certainly hope for the former as do other quality people. Those that don’t want to see this happen are the ghetto trash that caused the problem in the first place.




It seems our local leaders are finally getting some balls and attempting to clean up Jamaica. Whether they just stand in the batter’s box or come out swinging is something completely different.

Wills lays out plan to clean up southeast Queens

City Councilman Ruben Wills (c.) is joined by community members as he announces a sweeping initiative to tackle trash in southeast Queens. Looks like we have Yvonne Reddick from Community Board 12 and good ole Leroy Comrie doing some photo ops.

City Councilman Ruben Wills (c.) is joined by community members as he announces a sweeping initiative to tackle trash in southeast Queens. Looks like we have Yvonne Reddick from Community Board 12 and good ole Leroy Comrie doing some photo ops.

By Rich Bockmann

From Queens Times Ledger:

Southeast Queens lawmakers are taking the gloves off in order to deal with the area’s persistent trash problem.

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is backing proposed legislation that would toss litterbugs behind bars for up to a year for throwing their household refuse away in sidewalk trash baskets.

“If you are caught using these litter baskets illegally, you will be fined, and after the third subsequent fine you will be charged and locked up,” Wills said Monday morning during a news conference in South Jamaica as he announced a sweeping initiative aimed at cleaning up southeast Queens.

The councilman said he and his colleagues have been forced to take “drastic measures.”

“Our litter baskets are for refuse when you’re going to and from. They are not for you bringing garbage from inside of your homes, putting it on the litter baskets,” he said. “It is disgusting and it has to stop.”

The councilman said southeast Queens has been plagued by a trash problem for at least 15 years, although the issue has been thrust into the spotlight recently by Joe Moretti, a controversial community activist who documents his disgust with dirty streets — and the leaders he blames for them — on his blog

While Wills did not mention Moretti by name, he did make reference to “people always jabbing at elected officials, people always saying things that are negative about elected officials and never seeing the work that we actually do.”

Moretti, acknowledging his long streak of criticizing Wills, said he thought the lawmaker was finally on to something.

“I think it’s good,” he said, adding he thought a jail sentence may be “drastic,” but would probably be effective. “My big thing is, what took so long? You knew the issue was going on for a long time.”

“But I think it’s great,” he said.

Standing alongside Wills were community members and Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), who has co-sponsored a bill that would allow the city to repossess trucks used by contractors who dump illegally.

“Once this legislation is passed, if you are caught, we will hit you in your pocket and we will take your vehicle away from you,” Wills said. “If you are a construction worker or a contractor, which I suspect a lot of these people are, your license will be suspended.”

Other prongs of the initiative include the city Sanitation Department’s adopt-a-basket program, which provides volunteers with liners so they can empty trash baskets before they overflow as well as the Wildcat Service Corp., a nonprofit that employs disadvantaged and hard-to-place job seekers in cleaning up neighborhoods.


107-58 164th St. The James Fobb eyesore taken recently  by community activist Pamela Hazel

107-58 164th St. The James Fobb vacant house eyesore taken recently by community activist Pamela Hazel

The article states: While Wills did not mention Moretti by name, he did make reference to “people always jabbing at elected officials, people always saying things that are negative about elected officials and never seeing the work that we actually do.”

WHAT FUCKING WORK, this is the first time Wills or any of his buddies are bringing up this issue in all of these years. By the way, this is just an introduction to a bill, it does not mean it will pass, but the way things have been in this garbage strewn ghetto mess, it sure has a good chance. If Wills and his fellow elected officials were doing their job to begin with (including former three term Councilman Leroy Comrie), this would not have been a monstrous issue, but they dragged their feet and asses on it, so the community looks like crap and the problem took on a life of its own.

Also , why am I considered “controversial”, because I speak my mind and state the truth, which most people do not want to say or hear. Let’s face it, the low-class ghetto people and low-class immigrants have caused this problem, that is a fact. The elected officials have not done their job in addressing this problem, that is a fact. So slamming elected officials for not doing their jobs that I help pay their salary and calling out the ghetto slobs who cause the problem is just telling the truth, nothing controversial about that. But I guess if you speak out on our dim bulb elected officials or call people for what they are, then you are considered “controversial”.  Back in the day, it was called telling the truth and calling people on their own bullshit.

More of the James Fobb vacant house courtesy of our low class ghetto slobs who love living in their own shit. Hell, even animals don't live in their own shit, so what does that make these folks, sub-animals.

More of the James Fobb vacant house courtesy of our low class ghetto slobs who love living in their own shit. Hell, even animals don’t live in their own shit, so what does that make these folks, sub-animals.


As long as we have the bottom of the barrel folks living here and we do have the bottom of the barrel living here and some, plus a slew of useless and majorly corrupt leaders, NOTHING will never change in Jamaica, despite the claims by the bullshit voices of the so-called leaders. This two part article by Pandora, the online newspaper of York College sums it up pretty good.

It seems like the only people benefiting are the leaders of Jamaica, many who do not even live here. No doubt a dying community I have come to realize in my short three and hopefully last year here.


MORE BULLSHIT TALK BY BULLSHIT LEADERS. Senator Gregory Meeks and President of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Carlisle Towery. The GJDC has announced plans for a $25 million plan to build and restructure the Jamaica LIRR station. (WALTER KARLING)

Senator Gregory Meeks and President of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Carlisle Towery. The GJDC has announced plans for a $25 million plan to build and restructure the Jamaica LIRR station. (WALTER KARLING)

In 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Robert C. Lieber as deputy-mayor for economic development. Lieber, who had been handpicked for his economic initiatives to redevelop slum cities, stood at a podium the day of his appointment and vowed to transform Downtown Jamaica into an “airport village” where residents would be nestled on top of a vibrant shopping community, next to sit down restaurants and living in luxury condos. It was the same promise that had been seen through with former sleepy cities like Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Astoria, Queens, both now bustling destination-spots for the outer boroughs.

But while Lieber spent years racking up a salary of more than $160,000 a year, residents of downtown Jamaica never saw the village they were promised by bureaucratic bigwigs. Instead they continued to see, as they’ve been for years even to this day, their neighborhoods continue to flood during rain storms, unemployment rise to 16 percent and families living in poverty rise to 22.4 percent by 2010, according to census reports.
This dramatic pause of development and promise for a better Jamaica left residents disillusioned and not hopeful for any major changes. And while some officials have blamed the 2008 economic downturn for much of the stagnation in progress, vast sums of money have continued to flow into Jamaica through an intricate network of non-profit organizations. Read the rest here:



From The Daily News:

EXCLUSIVE: Queens Library scandal spurs state lawmakers to push for system reforms

In the wake of the News’ revelations about the borough’s library chief Thomas Galante, Albany and Queens politicians are preparing to introduce a bill requiring financial disclosures, an audit committee and reduced terms.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
 Thomas Galante. embattled director of the Queens Library, remains at the center of a scandal that may result in sweeping reforms.

Thomas Galante. embattled director of the Queens Library, remains at the center of a scandal that may result in sweeping reforms.

Lawmakers have introduced a bill to prevent a sequel to the page-turning drama of the Queens Library.
The state legislation, which will be proposed Thursday, aims to curb runaway spending in the borough’s library system — as epitomized by embattled head Thomas Galante.

The call for more oversight and transparency is unlikely to affect Galante, who faces the possible final chapter in his employment Thursday night, said state Sen. Michael Gianaris, co-sponsor of the bill.

“Events on the ground are moving faster, and I suspect this situation will be addressed before this becomes law,” Gianaris told the Daily News. Read more at:


Not that I am defending Galante, but I love how this one particular story is getting so played out, yet some of the same things could be said about our local political system as well, especially South East Queens which has seen so much corruption and scandal at the suffering of communities.

The comment in the story “The call for more oversight and transparency”, should apply to our elected leaders as well.

I love Katz’s  “We’re trying to make sure that the library system serves the public, and not someone’s personal interest.”

Should not this apply to our many corrupt officials such as Senator Malcolm Smith, Congressman Gregory Meeks, even Katz’s  Deputy President Leroy Comrie, who while as Jamaica Councilman, gave $5000 to a bogus medical clinic in Hollis. What many of our local elected officials do, including Queens Borough Presidents, is serve their own interest and friends interest and not the public’s interest so much of the time.

Funny, we have a witch-hunt lead by witches.hypocrites


From DNAinfo:

Katz Asks Queens Library President to Take Leave of Absence

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on April 1, 2014

Oh, now Katz is going play the "moral" card.  Pretty funny considering her track record.

Oh, now Katz is going play the “moral” card. Pretty funny considering her track record.

QUEENS — Borough President Melinda Katz has asked the embattled CEO of the Queens Public Library to take a leave of absence until investigations into his leadership are completed, her office said Tuesday.

Thomas Galante, president and CEO of the Queens Library, is under fire for his $390,000 salary and the $140,000 he spent last year to renovate his library office in Jamaica.

Following those revelations, city Comptroller Scott Stringer launched audits of New York City’s three library systems in January, beginning with the Queens Public Library. The FBI is also examining spending by Galante on the $10 million overhaul of the library’s main branch in Jamaica.

On Monday, Katz sent letters to Galante and the library’s board of trustees, saying that “recent events have undermined the faith in the Library and its leadership” and that the investigation could hurt the library’s ability to receive funds.

“In order for the Library to operate effectively and more importantly, to continue to receive taxpayer money, I believe it is best for the institution that you take a leave of absence effective immediately, and continuing until the various investigations and audits into the Library’s operations are resolved,” Katz wrote to Galante.

In her letter to the board, Katz asked its members to take action at their meeting scheduled for Thursday.

“As an elected official charged with allocating taxpayer dollars, I must ensure that they are appropriated wisely — and I cannot do that while the Library’s sitting President faces a federal investigation,” Katz wrote.

Eric Sumberg, a spokesman for Stringer, said Tuesday that “the audit is ongoing.”

The FBI and the library declined to comment.



You have a lot of nerve Katz, asking someone to take a leave of absence. Did you ask this from your incompetent predecessor, Helen Marshall?

This is just the typical political ploy of “look there, so you don’t
look here” from Melinda Katz. I mean really why are you so involved in
this, when there are so many bigger issues in Queens and especially the
community of Jamaica’s quality of life issues. This smells so much of
the Bernie Maddoff situation. Find a boogie man that people will hate
(Maddoff), even though he had little to do with the majority of people
and the economy, drag it out, which then takes focus completely away
from the real culprits of the economy meltdown, the CEO’s of major
companies who caused the problem, yet not one has been brought up on
charges to this day.

Ms. “I am so moral” Katz, what are you trying to deflect?

Focus on the REAL problems of Queens and especially Jamaica and it’s poor quality of life issues and leave the detective work for the professionals. This is not your job. I mean where are you with corrupt Senator Malcolm Smith or Congressman Gregory Meeks about stepping down from office?

I am so tired of this typical political bullshit of not focusing on the REAL issues. This is FBI work, let them do what they need to do and you go to doing whatever the hell it really is you do with your six figure salary courtesy of the tax payers.



Yet another black person shot and killed in South Jamaica, AGAIN. According to the Times Ledger:

ShootingTeen killed in South Jamaica double shooting: NYPD

By Christina Santucci

A Cambria Heights teenager was killed and another teen wounded in a shooting on a South Jamaica street Sunday afternoon, police said.

Authorities said they were called to the shooting scene in front of 143-07 Lakewood Ave. near the intersection with 109th Avenue at 3:20 p.m.

Emergency responders then brought 17-year-old Khalil Bowlin, who was shot in the torso, to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.

An unidentified 18-year-old, who had been shot in the leg, was also taken to Jamaica Hospital and listed in stable condition, police said.

Authorities blocked off the street Sunday evening with tape as they collected evidence in the rain.

An investigation into the killing was ongoing, authorities said.


This particular area is bad and keeps getting worse. Why aren’t our leaders doing everything they can to deal with this. This is a classic case of the “Broken Window Theory”.

Our leaders have done so little for this area and just allow it to continually fall into shambles (and let people live in these conditions) and then they think it will just get better by itself. This is what happens when you do not take care of small quality of life issues and ignore them over a long period of time, which is what has happened for years in this area. Garbage all over, garbage strewn abandoned homes and lots, falling down buildings, bad roads, illegal apartments, abandoned cars, poor zoning, no grocery stores, questionable delis more than likely involved in something illegal (most of the delis certainly have very few staples and seem to be hang outs for criminal activity).

I mean how can our local elected leaders, our church leaders, our community board, our business leaders keep turning a blind eye to this. Enough with bullshit like street naming ceremonies, play acting a homeless person,  photo-ops and of course corrupt behavior and shady dealings,  how about actually getting your hands dirty (the good way), doing some hard work and coming up with solutions. You know this area has a high unemployment issue, so why not get funding for something like a “Doe Fund” and put people to work to clean up the area, fix homes, maintain properties, etc.  Why are not all of you leaders working as a team and unit, it is all Greater Jamaica. The church leaders, including the Flakes, especially should be ashamed of yourselves for not calling our elected leaders out on their bullshit. Many of you church leaders say you do this and you do that, but look around, what exactly are you doing, because I see OPPRESSION.

There is no reason what-so-ever to keep letting this community go down and down, while you say you are doing everything you can because YOU ARE NOT!

What is the purpose of having a black president, a black media mogul (Oprah), filthy rich rappers (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Jamaica’s own 50 Cent), if black people and their communities are still being held down like this. It is an American disgrace that is as bad a stain as slavery.

Black oppression by our black leaders.

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