DEVELOPER BUYS PIECE OF JAMAICA LAND FOR $22 MILLION – LARGEST BUY IN 10 YEARS

Something is going on in Jamaica, what,  I am not exactly sure, but developers are buying up land and million dollar projects are beginning. No doubt some big things are in store for Jamaica in the next couple of years and if all goes plan, 5 years from now the area could look very different than it does now and in ten year, it might be unrecognizable. Jamaica could become the Downtown Brooklyn of Queens.

The property just bought is one big major eyesore (not unlike many other areas in downtown) right now. More upsetting, that this mess sits right across from York College. How do Jamaica leaders sleep at night, knowing that have done little to improve Jamaica for decades and looked the other way.

Hopefully all this action will change the landscape of Jamaica from third world & ghetoo dreck to how a major area in New York City should actually look like.

As far as I am concerned this is good, because right now a good bit of  Jamaica is crap, especially the downtown area and has been for decades. But as I have said before and many times, we need completely new leadership. But if Jamaica begins to change, so will the population and the make up of the people and I feel the old school useless and corrupt status quo leader’s days will eventually come to an end.

I do smell some gentrification………………………………………………….

From DNAinfo New York:

Developer Spends $22M to Buy Largest Piece of Jamaica Land in a Decade

Jamaica Tower LLC bought a property on Archer Avenue in Downtown Jamaica for $22 million.

Jamaica Tower LLC bought a property on Archer Avenue in Downtown Jamaica for $22 million.

QUEENS — A Flushing-based company dropped $22 million to buy the largest property in Downtown Jamaica in nearly 10 years — and are planning to build market rate housing along with retail, sources said.

The project is the latest among a number of new real estate developments proposed for downtown Jamaica, which has been dynamically changing in recent years.

Jamaica Tower LLC bought the property at 163-05/25 Archer Ave., at Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, from Gertz Plaza Acquisition, according to Massey Knakal Realty Services, which facilitated the transaction.

The property, located near York College, consists of two adjacent lots, where there are several stores, including a Rent-A-Center. It also includes a seven-story parking garage.

The lots have the total space of nearly 90,000 square feet and buildable space of 720,000 square feet.

It’s the largest property sold in the Downtown Jamaica area in nearly 10 years, according to Brian Sarath of Massey Knakal.

Other large properties purchased in the area during the past decade include Jamaica Center, where the Jamaica Multiplex is located, which was bought in the early 2000s.

There is also a lot at Archer Avenue and 168th Street, acquired in 2005, where a Home Depot was built, according to Sarath.

“This sale signifies the return of the residential development market in Downtown Jamaica,” said Sarath in a statement, adding that more than 10 developers have expressed interest in buying the property.

“It is the largest site to trade since the [economic] downturn and will be a catalyst for the Jamaica development market moving forward.”

The Flushing-based group also owns another site on Archer Avenue, near 149th Street, where the company is planning to build a hotel, sources said.

The group did not return phone calls seeking comment.

 

 

COUNTDOWN TO NOVEMBER 4TH GENERAL ELECTION: USE YOUR WRITE-IN-VOTE OPTION AGAINST JAMAICA’S STATUS QUO

Yes Virginia, there is an election on Tuesday, November 4th. It is the General Election, also know as the Mid-Term Elections, where we can change both the House and Senate.

Yes Virginia, it is a VERY IMPORTANT election. Voters will get the chance to decide on the Governor as well as US House of Representatives (Congress), State Senate, and State Assembly, all which can make a very big difference.

Yes, Virginia, many of Jamaica’s corrupt and useless will be running unopposed such as Leroy Comrie (Senate 14 District), recently arrested Assemblymember William Scarborough (District 29) and useless Assemblymember Vivian Cook (District 32). Only corrupt Congressman Gregory Meeks has an opponent, a Tea Party Member Allen F. Steinhardt, who I would vote for before I would vote for Meeks.

write in voteYes, Virgina, even if a candidate is running unopposed, you have the right to use your WRITE-IN-VOTE. Most voters are not aware of this option (and leaders would rather you did not know of this) that we the voters have. We can write in any person’s name that we wish, there is normally a section where “Other” is underneath the candidates so that you can write in a name. So instead of voting for useless Leroy Comrie for Senate, you could write in someone who you think would do a better job, even if you do not have their permission. Over the years people have written in dead people, cartoon characters, etc. But maybe you would like to write in a candidate who was kicked off the ballot by the other candidate who used a form of voter suppression called “petitioning signatures, which both Councilman Ruben Wills and Leroy Comrie used recently. Comrie booted his major competition, Navy Vet Bernadette Semple of the primary ballot. So Yes, Virgina, writing in another person sends a better message than not voting for the lone candidate. So use this American right. For more on Write-in-Vote, see http://www.nysthirdparty.com/how.html

Yes, Virgina, read the back of the ballot this year and Vote YES on Proposition 1. Prop 1 , which if passed will weaken state legislators from continuing drawing their own political districts, so the same old useless leaders do not keep getting into office over and over again,  year after year,  decade after decade, like Leroy Comrie, Vivian Cook, William Scarborough and Gregory Meeks, who all have had a stranglehold on Jamaica and well, we all know how Jamaica has been the last couple of decades.

Here is a complete list of all the candidates running for various offices: http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5048-2014-nyc-candidate-lists

So come November 4th, GET OUT AND VOTE. If you do not like your options such as Leroy Comrie, who is running unopposed, write in someone, same with Gregory Meeks or any elected official that you feel have done SHIT or worst CORRUPT SHIT.

BUT GET OUT AND VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014

Twelve years as council member knowing this issue as well as many others.

Twelve years as council member knowing this issue as well as many others.

NEW QUEENS WEBSITE “PROGRESS QUEENS” TAKES STAND AGAINST THE CORRUPT STATUS QUO

progess queensAnother new website in Queens, which will report on news and politics in our borough, has even grander ideas. Louis Flores, who founded “Progress Queens” on September 15th, stated ” I envision Progress Queens to be supportive of an aggressive reform agenda and an opposition publication against the corrupt status quo.”

Kudos to Louis and Progress Queens. I am sure he can keep busy on corruption just in Jamaica and Southeast Queens itself.

Progress Queens can be found at:

http://www.progressqueens.com/

 

ILLEGAL APARTMENTS ARE NUMBER 1 COMPLAINT WITH DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS, BUT DOB DOES JACKSHIT MOST OF THE TIME

Photo by Bill Parry

St. Albans illegal conversion on Tioga Drive where two children (age 6 & 11) died in fire this year. Photo by Bill Parry

 

The most pressing problem and the one that gets the most complaints in Queens is Illegal apartments, followed by illegal curb cuts. For those of us living in Jamaica, we are all quite aware of both these issues. I, myself, have gotten the Department of Buildings (DOB) to actually shut down two illegal conversions, one across the street from me in one of those typical third world shit hole apartment dwellings (89-19 170th St) and a house (170-09 89th Ave) around the corner filled with typical third world dreck, complete with a third world slumlord. Although both to0k so much time for the final result, they were finally shut down and the tenants removed. But unfortunately way too many illegal conversions fall to the wayside due to the bureaucracy of this very troubling and corrupt city agency. Illegal conversions in Jamaica are a major problem that affect the quality of life in our community, destroys neighborhoods, affects property values and also kill. The last several fires in Jamaica where children died were all in illegal conversions, that have been reported to DOB, yet nothing was done.

Illegal curb cut in Jamica

Illegal curb cut in Jamica

The other issue of illegal curb cuts (and illegal parking pads) seems to be on the bottom of the DOB’s list and when I reported in the  beginning of the year over 30 illegal curb cuts just within a few blocks of me, I was told that illegal curb cuts are not on DOB’s priority list and the guy on the phone was not kidding. Of the 30 illegal curb cuts I reported to DOB, only one was taken care of. Illegal curb cuts as well as the accompanied cement over all green grass, is not only an eyesore on a block, but causes water run off and flooding, yet DOB had failed to address this major quality of life issue.

An illegal parking pad reported to DOB.

An illegal parking pad reported to DOB.

DOB is very similar to our Jamaica elected officials, pretty much useless and corrupt.

From The Forum:

Borough Keeping Buildings Department Busy

It seems that Queens continues to keep the city Department of Buildings very busy.

That was the story Tuesday night at the Community Board 9 meeting as DOB officials detailed how active the borough is with complaints, inspections and penalties.

“In the city, there were 278 access warrants [filed] last fiscal year,” said Anthony Iuliano, director of intergovernmental affairs for the DOB, referring to building-inspection documents, “Two hundred seventy two were in Queens.”

Iuliano also noted that illegal curb cuts remain an issue throughout the borough.

“[Homeowners] have to correct the condition,” he explained, adding that property owners can have curb cuts installed as long as they adhere to codes or resolutions. “Legalize it, or remove it.”

Still, the most pressing DOB issue in Queens is illegal dwelling conversions, Iuliano said. Of all borough building-condition complaints made via the city’s 311 system, more than half are for illegal conversions.

“The name of the game is access,” said Iuliano, referring to the constitutional difficulty for inspectors in gaining entry to a home or establishment that has been converted illegally.

“These conditions break the building codes, the fire codes, even the school codes,” board member Nick Comaianni said. “My main concern is how can we help [DOB] change the current status to gain entry into the buildings.”

Comaianni suggested either the city or state grant DOB inspectors peace-officer status, or bring back an illegal conversions task force, akin to the squad that former Borough President Claire Shulman installed during her tenure. Iuliano indicated that the task force was “successful.”

“By [investigators] not enforcing codes that are already on the books, we’re paying more in services than it would cost to [police] it,” Comaianni said.

 

By Michael V. Cusenza

 

ACTUALLY SOME CULTURE COMING TO DOWNTOWN JAMAICA: JAMAICA CENTER READING SERIES

Considering the amazing history of Jamaica, the icons of jazz that lived here and some magnificent architecture, Downtown Jamaica really does not have a whole lot going as far as cultural events, yes, we have the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and the totally underused Jamaica Performing Arts Center, but there just is not too much in the way of cultural events in the downtown area (HINT: CLEAN IT UP).

Well, add to this barren list, the Jamaica Center Reading Series which began October 9th at the Jamaica Market’s Harvest Room at 90-40 160th Street in downtown Jamaica and will end on December 18th. The event is free and you can sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jamaica-center-reading-series-week-3-tickets-13713406167?ref=enivtefor001&invite=Njk4ODY0Ny9qb2Vtb3JldHRpNThAeWFob28uY29tLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend&ref=enivtefor001.

is proud to present the 1st annual Jamaica Center Reading Series. The event will take place every week starting October 9th at 6:30pm and will end on December 18th, 2014 (except Nov. 27). The ten day reading series will provide an opportunity for local writers, readers, poets, and residents to participate in a community event that showcases New York City’s established and emerging authors and poets as well as a platform to address the literacy issues in the community. Next event is October 23rd and will be held in the Jamaica Market’s Harvest Room 9040 160th Street, Jamaica (entrance on 160th Street)

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Featured Authors:

Hafiza Geter

Hafiza Geter

Hafiza Geter received her BA in English & Economics from Clemson University, and her MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. She is a South Carolina native currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Hafizah is a Cave Canem Fellow and was a semi-finalist for the 2010 “Discovery” / Boston Review Contest. Her poem “paula” received an Honorable Mention in RHINO’s 2011 Editors’ Prize and also became a 2013 Blacksmith House Emerging Writer.

Rich Villar

Rich Villar

Rich Villar is a writer, editor, and educator originally from Paterson, New Jersey. His work has appeared in a number of journals including Black Renaissance Noire, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Union Station,  and Radius; as well as on NPR’s “Latino USA.” Since 2003, he has served as a director and curator for Acentos, a grassroots project fostering the Latino/a voice in American letters. His first collection of poems, Comprehending Forever, was published by Willow Books in 2014.

Retha Powers

Retha Powers

Retha Powers is editor of the anthology, Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica and co-editor of This is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work. Her journalism and essays have appeared in publications such as Essence, Ms., The New York Times Magazine, and Glamour. Powers holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

We are requesting all attendees to donate one children’s book at the event for the South Jamaica Reads book drive.

Food and refreshments will be served!

Disclaimer:

 

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT BY ATTENDING, YOU CONSENT TO YOUR VOICE, NAME, AND/OR LIKENESS BEING USED, WITHOUT COMPENSATION, IN FILMS AND TAPES FOR EXPLOITATION IN ANY AND ALL MEDIA, WHETHER NOW KNOWN OR HEREAFTER DEVISED, FOR ETERNITY, AND YOU RELEASE Jamaica Center Business Improvement District , ITS SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS AND LICENSEES FROM ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER OF ANY NATURE. DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE SUBJECT TO THE FOREGOING.

 

IS THE FACE OF JAMAICA REALLY CHANGING AS REPORTED OR IS IT JUST BULLSHIT

Is this just bullshit, will it really happen, will the area get cleaned up, will we actually get better retail, we will get better people moving it, better food choices, etc or is all this just more shit and babble talk.

From DNAinfo New York:

MAP: Luxury Residence Among Buildings Changing the Face of Jamaica

QUEENS Jamaica, once an overlooked and crime-ridden area in Southeast Queens, has been undergoing a transformation into a vibrant neighborhood, with a slew of new upscale apartment buildings, hotels and stores.

The Crossing, at 93-01 Sutphin Blvd., near the LIRR station, will consist of two towers: One will be 25 stories, and the other will be 14.

The Crossing, at 93-01 Sutphin Blvd., near the LIRR station, will consist of two towers: One will be 25 stories, and the other will be 14.

The Crossing will include 580 mixed-income units and over 100,000 square feet of retail space.

The Crossing will include 580 mixed-income units and over 100,000 square feet of retail space.

One of them, set to be built next to the AirTrain station, is the 580-unit luxury complex called The Crossing, which will have roof terraces and a 24-hour doorman among other amenities.

“It is gratifying to see so many projects in various stages of development taking advantage of Downtown Jamaica’s unparalleled transportation and other assets,” said Carlisle Towery, president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a local nonprofit group that has worked for decades to bring new investments to the neighborhood.

Jamaica, which is only minutes from the airport, has become a major transportation hub, ever since JFK’s AirTrain station opened there in 2003.

Since then a number of hotels have been built in the neighborhood.

And two major projects will soon alter the area located directly across the street from the AirTrain and Long Island Rail Road station.

A 24-story Hilton Garden Inn will bring 210 rooms, a restaurant and a business center to the area.

New Hilton in Jamaica will feature a sit-down restaurant and a business center.

New Hilton in Jamaica will feature a sit-down restaurant and a business center.

And The Crossing will feature more than 100,000 square feet of retail space. It is the largest private investment in Downtown Jamaica in decades, according to Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

The Crossing will feature a number of amenities, including a 24-hour doorman, children's play room and roof terraces.

The Crossing will feature a number of amenities, including a 24-hour doorman, children’s play room and roof terraces.

“Things are getting better every day for those who work, live, visit or play in what more and more investors see as a strong and vibrant center,” Towery noted.

The construction of Moda, a 12-story apartment building, which opened in 2010, introduced new levels of amenities in residential buildings in Jamaica, by offering a 24/7 concierge, two rooftop decks, a gym and a lounge with free Wi-Fi.

But efforts to attract a department store to the neighborhood are often seen as perhaps the most significant sign of improvement.

Jamaica, once the shopping hub for much of Queens and Long Island, used to be home to three department stores — Macy’s, Mays and Gertz. But all of them closed in the 1970s.

Now, the Blumenfeld Development Group is planning to convert two parking lots on 168th Street, near 90th Avenue, into a massive 160,000-square-foot retail store and a 550-space parking garage.

The plan includes 160,000 square feet of retail space and a 550-space parking garage.

The plan includes 160,000 square feet of retail space and a 550-space parking garage.

Other developers showing interest in the area include The Chetrit Group, which owns the shuttered Mary Immaculate Hospital and is considering turning the building into market-rate housing, according to Jamaica officials.

And United American Land, which owns three buildings on Jamaica Avenue, between Union Hall and 160th streets, is planning to turn them into retail space.

United American Land, which owns three building on Jamaica Avenue, between Union Hall Street and 160th Street, is planning to turn them into a retail space.

United American Land, which owns three building on Jamaica Avenue, between Union Hall Street and 160th Street, is planning to turn them into a retail space.

Locals said they hope recent changes will also bring more retail options, while keeping the neighborhood affordable.

“I hope that [Jamaica] will become more vibrant,” Yvonne Reddick, district manager for Community Board 12. “But hopefully we’ll get more quality stores,” she said, adding that currently the neighborhood is filled with numerous fast-food restaurants and 99-cent stores.

At the same time, she said, the neighborhood needs more affordable housing and services.

“Jamaica is growing, and we are getting all these additional people, but we are not getting additional services,” she said. “You have to be able to meet the needs of the community.”

Here are some of the major developments in Jamaica that have recently been completed or are planned for the near future:

Moda

The 12-story building, at 153-30 89th Ave., opened in 2010. It was one of the first developments in the neighborhood to feature numerous “Manhattan-style” amenities, including a 24/7 concierge, a gym, two roof decks and a lounge with free Wi-Fi. Moda, built by The Dermot Company, contains 346 units, including low-income, middle-income and market-rate apartments.

Norman Towers

Two buildings, constructed by The Bluestone Organization at 90-11 160th St. and 90-14 161st St., boast about 100 affordable apartments, which are expected to be fully occupied before the end of the year. Retail space on the ground floor will include a restaurant and medical office.

Hilton Garden Inn

The hotel, at 93-43 Sutphin Blvd., will be located directly across the street from the AirTrain and Long Island Rail Road station. The 24-story building, a project of Able Hotels, will bring 210 new rooms to the area. The $35 million project will also have a sit-down restaurant and a business center. Groundbreaking is expected to take place sometime next summer.

► The Crossing

The development, at 93-01 Sutphin Blvd., near the AirTrain and Long Island Rail Road station, will consist of two towers: One will be 25 stories, the other 14 stories. They will include 580 mixed-income units and more than 100,000 square feet of retail space, according to BRP Companies, which is developing the property. The $225 million project will feature a number of amenities, including a 24-hour doorman, children’s play room and roof terraces. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2015.

Department store planned by the Blumenfeld Development Group

The project, at 90-02 168th St., near 90th Avenue, will include a 160,000-square-foot retail store and a 550-space parking garage. It will be the first major department store in the neighborhood in more than three decades. Groundbreaking is expected to take place after completing the city review process.

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This is all good and well, if the majority of this actually happens, BUT:

1. “Since then a number of hotels have been built in the neighborhood.” SO WHAT, these hotels that have been built so far tend to be low rent type of hotels that add nothing to the area. Hotels do not make a community, especially if said hotels down the road become homeless shelters.

2. “And United American Land,  which owns three buildings on Jamaica Avenue, between Union Hall and
160th streets, is planning to turn them into retail space.” BUT if those retails end up being more 99 cent stores, more beauty supply stores (there are already over 10 alone on Jamaica Ave), hair places or crap retail, this does not help the area.

3. “Two buildings, constructed by The Bluestone Organization at 90-11 160th St. and 90-14 161st St., boast about 100 affordable
apartments, which are expected to be fully occupied before the end of the year. Retail space on the ground floor will include a restaurant and medical office.” WHAT, another medical office, this area has tons of medical offices, many questionable, so what does the area need yet another medical office. Again, this does not help improve a community.

Time will only tell. But regardless, we still need BETTER ELECTED OFFICIALS, not the crap shit, useless and corrupt thugs we have now.

 

QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES ON 5TH AVENUE A BIG DEAL FOR MAYOR, BUT IN JAMAICA HE COULD GIVE A FLYING FUCK

de blasio, if it involves a rich white section of Manhattan then it gets attention, black and brown areas, forget about it.......................

de blasio, if it involves a rich white section of Manhattan then it gets attention, black and brown areas, forget about it…………………..

In a recent article of the New York Observor (Mayor de Blasio is Cracking down on Airbnb), the Mayor has filed a motion against  the buildings at 59 Fifth Avenue and 5 West 31st Street, which have allegedly been renting  out vacant apartments as illicit hotel rooms. Councilman Rory Lancman (Queens District 24) stated “Illegal hotels and apartment rentals destroy a neighborhood’s quality of life, and I applaud the City’s actions to crack down on this irresponsible and inconsiderate behavior. You can read the whole article at http://observer.com/2014/10/mayor-de-blasio-is-cracking-down-on-airbnb/

Very ironic hearing Lancman say that and de Blasio all of a sudden giving a shit about a quality of life issue, while here in Queens and specifically Jamaica we deal on a never ending daily basis with illegal garbage dumping, illegal apartments galore, illegal curb cuts, paving over everything green (which causes water run-off and flooding), , illegally place clothing bins, illegal signs posted all over everything from telephone poles to trees, cars without plates parked on streets, tractor trailers barreling on residential non-truck routes, illegal construction, bombarding neighborhoods with homeless shelters and  tearing down of one family houses to put up a 4 story 16 unit third world dwellings by slum developers,  just to name a few.

I mean don’t these issues majorly destroy a neighborhood’s quality of life way more than these so-called illegal hotels in Manhattan. Oh, but wait, those Manhattan neighborhoods are of a certain color, WHITE & RICH, where poor little Jamaica is just filled with black people, brown people and other assorted folks that the powers to be really do not give a flying fuck about except at election time when they want their votes, otherwise  it is the standard “We don’t give a shit, plus you are in Queens (and not Long Island City or Forest Hills).”

How about a little crack down on irresponsible and inconsiderate behavior in Queens and Jamaica that happens on a daily basis and  has been going on for years. I guess my chances are much higher of having my dick enlarged to 13 inches.

Just goes to show you that our elected leaders only give a flying fuck if it is in their own backyard and affect rich white folks. The rest of us are on our own.

171st PL & 107th Ave 10.16.14

171st PL & 107th Ave
10.16.14 (Certainly a quality of life issue in Jamaica and for these young children going to school). But wait, they are the wrong color, black.

Not only a quality of life issue, but a major dangerous situation, plus it is ILLEGAL.

Not only a quality of life issue, but a major dangerous situation, plus it is ILLEGAL.

WE ARE AWARE OF IT.

What were your words Council Lancman? Oh yeah, “I applaud the City’s actions to crack down on this irresponsible and inconsiderate behavior”…….but I guess that does not for the colored folks in Jamaica.

No this is not a quality of life issue that destroys a neighborhood's  quality of life............no not at all, this is just ghetto parking in the hood.

No,  this is not a quality of life issue that destroys a neighborhood’s quality of life…………no not at all, this is just ghetto parking in the hood.

What quality of life issue, this is called free enterprise.

What quality of life issue, this is called free enterprise.