I first got wind of this from Queens Crap, a must daily read.

First off, let me say what shoddy journalism the article below is starting with the title, “Old Queens Hotel”. The hotel in question (and a luxury hotel at that) is located in hot Long Island City and the Verve Hotel was built only in 2007, hardly what you would call “old”.

In a totally other bullshit article (http://commercialobserver.com/2015/09/melinda-katz-leads-her-borough-through-high-times-with-a-little-bite/) about that horrible Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, she stated “Hotels are good to a large extent, because if we are building hotels it means that people actually are coming here. Part of what we want to make sure is as new businesses open up, including the hotels, that they are actually hiring from the community.”

BUT BUT BUT, many are not actually hiring from the community (we need to see the statistics on that, which I am sure Katz does not want you to see). Here we go again with a politician that just by saying something automatically makes it a fact without showing statistics. But obviously all these hotels DO NOT mean people are actually coming, well homeless people yeah, as this latest hotel and a luxury one at that has proven by being turned into a women’s shelter. BUT again, who are these women, who are these homeless. Are they from the LIC area, are they even from NYC. If we dig really really deep, we might find out that the homeless problem really is not as huge as as a problem as it is one being created by the city and this Mayor as well as other mayors from past. Again show statistics who all of these people are, are they here legally in this country, are they from other states/cities, are they from other countries as opposed to actually being New York residents. Let’s be transparent on this issue. Are they the “chronic unemployed”, are they mentally ill, etc. How about some statistic on this as just opposed to saying we have a “homeless crisis”. The Democrats love to play the “Fear Card” as much as the Republicans like to do when it suits their agenda. Not to say there is not a homeless situation going on, but is it really as big as this city says and are many of these people coming from other places since NYC is a right to shelter city and so they are coming here for the free rooms.

Regardless, if LIC’s hotels are being turned into homeless shelters, can you imagine all these hotels being built here in Jamaica, which is already the homeless shelter capital of Queens.

Here is an idea, how about sticking to the whole affordable apartment plan as opposed to the constant warehousing of the homeless into hotels, which seems to be a big booming business that is profitable for a few and costs the city so damn much money. How about actually putting these “homeless” people into actual housing and putting these people back to work to get them out of this cycle. How about fixing up the NYCHA disaster. How about doing something about all the vacant homes, many in Jamaica.

The whole hotel boon sound extremely fishy. Some very nice digs below for the homeless. Wonder just how much money was spent by the city for this place, a pretty penny to say the least , considering the location and the hotel itself.


The Daily News:

Old Queens hotel turning into a homeless shelter just for women

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:49 AM
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi Christie M Farriella/for New York Daily News

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, center, said many of his constituents were worried about security during a meeting about the women’s homeless shelter, as it faces a school, but he said the tone was respectful.

Facing a spike in the number of women entering the city’s teeming shelter system, the de Blasio administration said Friday it was transforming an old Queens hotel into housing for homeless women.

The 200-bed, women’s only shelter will be at the site of the old Verve Hotel in Long Island City, and is the second shelter the city has opened this year.

It’s the 25th shelter to open since de Blasio has taken office.

Administration officials said it is necessary because they have seen a 9% spike in the number of single women entering the system.

“We want to ensure we can provide shelter and services — including employment services and clinical services — to these women as they rebuild their lives,” said Ishanee Parikh, a spokeswoman for the mayor.

De Blasio has invested more than $1 billion in new funding to deal with homelessness over the next four years.

The administration held a three-hour meeting with community members Friday afternoon to tell them about the new shelter, said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens).

Many of his constituents were worried about security at the site on 29th St., across from a school, but he said the tone was respectful.

“There was no animosity towards the homeless or the women, instead it was how can we make it the most manageable,” Van Bramer said.

The opening of a shelter at the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst last year led to nasty clashes between residents and community members, with some locals hurling epithets at their new neighbors.


Two recent articles about Jamaica or have Jamaica mentioned as the next “it” hood” (http://www.amny.com/real-estate/city-living/queens/jamaica-queens-what-to-do-see-eat-and-more-in-nyc-s-new-affordable-frontier-1.10908385 AND http://commercialobserver.com/2015/09/melinda-katz-leads-her-borough-through-high-times-with-a-little-bite/) REEK with utter bullshit.

WHY? Here are a few reason with PHOTOS, you know PHOTOS DO NOT LIE, but elected officials do, Melinda Katz does and Real Estate Developer do. While some photos are new, others older, the scene never really changes, just more shit and more shit, BUT no solutions.

1. Homeless shelters dumped and I mean DUMPED all over our communities.
2. Poisonous waste facilities DUMPED into our communities dumped near residential homes and parks, like the Royal Waste facility,which then causes noisy pollutant trucks to drive on our residential streets. Jamaica has some of the highest Asthma rates in NYC, a fact, not something made up.
3. Auto body shops DUMPED all over our community near residential homes and then we have to deal with their junked cars parked illegally on streets and sidewalks.
4.Ice Cream trucks (probably many not even licensed) dumped into our community to play ILLEGALLY loud music while they are parked at all hours of the night.
5. Methadone clinic DUMPED on Hillside Avenue and 175th, where school children have to walk by this site and see “folks” hanging out.
6. Churches of various faiths DUMPED all over the community, making various noises at all hours in residential areas, like Prem Bhakti Mandir which bangs drums out on sidewalks during wedding ceremonies at all hours, including late night, during a whole weekend.
7. Illegal posting of signs such as “cash for cars”, “we buy homes” littered on every block, on trees, telephone poles, etc.
8. Illegal garbage dumping such as the Merrick Flea Market on Merrick Blvd that looks like shit right near businesses and homes.
9. Slumlord apartments with garbage all over and residents hanging out in front making noise, drinking and disturbing neighbors who follow rules.
10. Businesses all along Hillside Ave and Jamaica Ave with illegal signage and racks blocking sidewalks.
11. Illegal truck driving on ALL residential streets.
12. Illegal parking of tractor trailer trucks on residential streets.
13. The utter poor conditions of streets in this community.
Garbage Merrick and 108th October 2nd NEWTrucks 9.30.15 001merrick flea market garbage

Another shelter

Another shelter

Shelter 10.2.15James fobb house

The symbol of Jamaica : DECAY

The symbol of Jamaica : DECAY

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This gentlemen just adds to the delight

This gentlemen just adds to the delight

These people had to climb over this shit to get into their car.

These people had to climb over this shit to get into their car.

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HELP ME, Call 311.

HELP ME, Call 311.

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And after DOT did this shitty job. Fucking Really. Why didn't you just stuff it with some diapers that some slob tossed out a car window.

And after DOT did this shitty job. Fucking Really. Why didn’t you just stuff it with some diapers that some slob tossed out a car window.

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James Fobb vacant house, a continuous eyesore that no one is doing a damn thing about

James Fobb vacant house, a continuous eyesore that no one is doing a damn thing about

Jamaica Center E train

Jamaica Center E train

Polluting solid waste company, Royal Waste, dumped into a residential area, a few blocks from Downtown, thanks to elected officials.

Polluting solid waste company, Royal Waste, dumped into a residential area, a few blocks from Downtown, thanks to elected officials.


Beautiful Hillside Ave. The REAL Jamaica.

Beautiful Hillside Ave. The REAL Jamaica.

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Millers district and in front of Rev Floyd Flake's parking lot.

Millers district and in front of Rev Floyd Flake’s parking lot.


171st PL & 107th Ave 10.16.14

171st PL & 107th Ave

WE ARE AWARE OF IT. Miller's District

Miller’s District

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.

Not even a bit of green exists in this third world dreck apartment.

Not even a bit of green exists in this third world dreck apartment.


You might not be able to tell, but this is one big ass tire, certainly did not come from a car.

You might not be able to tell, but this is one big ass tire, certainly did not come from a car.

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108th & Merrick, a constant problem of commercial and household garbage.

108th & Merrick, a constant problem of commercial and household garbage.





More promoting of Jamaica courtesy of AM New York.

It starts off stating that Jamaica is only 15 minutes to Midtown. Not quite true. Sure you could get to Penn Station in about 20 minutes via the LIRR at the Sutphin Train Station, but the E & F train will get you to Midtown in about 40 minutes depending on how the trains are running and the J local Train can get you to downtown Manhattan in about 45-50 minutes.

In the below article real estate agent Badrul Chodhury states “A lot of people, especially young couples, are buying homes in Jamaica right now”  and “The demand is high, especially near Hillside Avenue,” the area has cleaned up a lot and it’s been great for the community.”

I do not know quite know the truth about a lot of young couples buying homes, I mean real estate agents are not know for being honesty and truthfulness. As far as the area being cleaned up a lot, HELL NO and definitely not on Hillside Avenue, which is one of the most disgusting stretches in NYC with garbage, dirty sidewalks and not the cleanest of businesses.  Again all one needs to do is look at the photos on my site, photos do not lie, but real estate agents do. But it is funny that Badrul does later on  gripe that Jamaica’s infrastructure, cleanliness and other maintenance could also use attention. HELL, like MAJOR ATTENTION.

Well, is this hype, bullshit or is Jamaica really going to be the next “it” neighborhood or at the very least improve. Time will tell, BUT if the huge development “The Crossing” goes up as planned across from the LIRR, I think we might just seem some big changes for the ghetto, just maybe.



From AM New York:

Rufus King Park and the King Manor Museum
Rufus King Park and the King Manor Museum in Jamaica, Queens, Friday, Sept. 24, 2015 (Credit: Linda Rosier)

Jamaica, Queens: What to do, see, eat and more in NYC’s next affordable frontier



It’s time for Jamaica to have its moment in the spotlight.

Located just 15 minutes from midtown, the south Queens nabe is becoming a desirable option for those in need of convenience and affordability but are being priced out of nabes like Williamsburg, Astoria and Long Island City.

“A lot of people, especially young couples, are buying homes in Jamaica right now,” said Badrul Chodhury, an agent with Charles Rutenberg Real Estate who formerly owned Liberty Pizza on Liberty Avenue. He said he’s watched the neighborhood transform over the years.

“The demand is high, especially near Hillside Avenue,” he said. “The area has cleaned up a lot and it’s been great for the community.”

Crime rates in Jamaica are dropping – they fell 15% in the last 15 years, according to the local precinct’s CompStat report – and the area is well-situated. It is home to the Long Island Railroad’s massive Jamaica Station and is a stop on the AirTrain between JFK and LaGuardia airports.

The area's diverse cultures are also a draw,
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

The area’s diverse cultures are also a draw, locals said. Once predominantly African-American, today it is also home to Hispanic, Indian, Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankan residents, among others. Their influences are apparent at local markets and restaurants.

“There is a really large Asian community in Jamaica,” explained Bangladeshi resident Afjal Hussain, 37. “You feel like you can walk down the street and see familiar faces and go to stores carrying products from back home.”

But Hussain - who is raising two children
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

But Hussain – who is raising two children in Jamaica – admits there is room for improvement.

“There are a lot of families with kids which is great but the schools need work,” he said.

Jamaica’s infrastructure, cleanliness and other maintenance could also use attention, he griped.

“Up until a few months ago, there weren’t even garbage cans on the street,” he said. “There are good and bad things about living in Jamaica, just like anywhere else.”
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Finding Jamaica

Jamaica is bordered to the north by Hillside

Jamaica is bordered to the north by Hillside Avenue and to the south by Archer and 93rd avenues, according to StreetEasy. It is bound to the west by the Van Wyck Expressway and to the east by 180th Street.
(Credit: Google maps)


The basics

Transportation: Trains: -- Jamaica Station (LIRR) -- AirTrain



— Jamaica Station (LIRR)

— AirTrain to JFK Airport

— F to Sutphin Boulevard, Parsons Boulevard, 169th Street and Jamaica-179th Street

— E, J and Z to Archer Avenue/Sutphin Boulevard and Jamaica Center


— Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q8, Q9, Q9A, Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q25, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q36, Q40, Q41, Q42, Q43, Q44, Q54, Q56, Q60, Q65, Q75, Q76, Q77, Q83, Q84, Q85, Q110, Q111, Q112, Q113, Q114

— N1, N4, Nx4, N6, N22, N24, N26 x68


QPL Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., QPL Baisley Park Branch, 117-11 Sutphin Blvd., QPL South Jamaica Branch, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

Post Office:

USPS, 88-10 164th St.


Jamaica is part of the 103rd Precinct, located at 168-02 P.O. Edward Byrne Ave. In its CompStat report for the week of Sept. 14-20, the precinct reported one rape, six robberies and four burglaries. The precinct reported two murders and 18 rapes so far in 2015 as of Sept. 20.

Celebs born in Jamaica:

50 Cent

Jimmy Breslin

Mario Cuomo

Rocco DiSpirito

Debi Mazar

Lamar Odom

Russell Simmons

Donald Trump


Jamaica real estate

To rent 180-09 Jamaica Ave. #2B Three beds,

To rent

180-09 Jamaica Ave. #2B Three beds, one bath; $1, 749 per month

88-40 144th St. #B4 Two beds, one bath; $1,900 per month

88-40 144th St. #B1 One bed, one bath; $1,500 per month

To buy

143-20 91st Ave. Eight beds, two baths; $675,000

110-50 176th St. Three beds, two baths; $360,000

168-10 89th Ave. #10A One bed, one bath; $120,000

2015 Jamaica Market data as of sept. 29

Median sales price: $451,500

Number of units on market: 48

Median rental price: $1,750

Number of rentals on market: 53
(Credit: Linda Rosier)


Where to eat in Jamaica

-- Spicy Lanka, 159-23 Hillside Ave. A Sri
— Spicy Lanka, 159-23 Hillside Ave. A Sri

— Spicy Lanka, 159-23 Hillside Ave.

A Sri Lankan eatery serving traditional dishes including pittu and a selection of curries. 718-487-4499

— CityRib , 89-04 Parsons Blvd. One of the newer additions to the Jamaica dining scene, this restaurant is known for large portions of flavorful BBQ. cityrib.com

— El Rey Bar & Restaurant, 147-13 Hillside Ave.

This bistro features Latin American fare including Mofongo with Shrimp and Arroz Con Pollo and a small back bar to watch sports. 718-206-0614
(Credit: Linda Rosier)


To do

-- Taste the Caribbean at Sybil's Bakery, 159-24
— Taste the Caribbean at Sybil’s Bakery, 159-24

— Taste the Caribbean at Sybil’s Bakery, 159-24 Hillside Ave.

A neighborhood staple, head here to sample Guyanese beef patties, cassava pone and fish fry. 718-297-2359

— King Manor Museum/Rufus King Park, 89th Avenue between 150th and 153th streets.

Once the home of Revolutionary War soldier and lawyer Rufus King, the park offers green space, playgrounds and free Wi-Fi. It is also home to the King Manor Museum, highlighting King?s work in the anti-slavery movement. nycgovparks.org

— Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

Showcasing both visual and performing arts, this arts center plays host to a variety of cultural events. jcal.org
(Credit: Linda Rosier)


To party

-- Maloney's, 87-67 Sutphin Blvd. A traditional, no-frills

— Maloney’s, 87-67 Sutphin Blvd. A traditional, no-frills

— Maloney’s, 87-67 Sutphin Blvd.

A traditional, no-frills Irish pub where patrons can sip on boozy beverages and eat takeout from local eateries. 718-526-8800

— O Lavrador Restaurant & Bar, 138-40 101 Ave.
Guests come for the Portuguese and Spanish fare and stay for the daily Happy Hour specials. olavradorrestaurant.com

— H2O Lounge, 153-33 Hillside Ave.

Enjoy a hookah, fishbowl-sized cocktails, weekend dance parties and special events at this local nightclub. h2oloungeny.com
(Credit: Linda Rosier)


To shop

-- Jamaica Farmers' Market, 160th Street and Jamaica

— Jamaica Farmers’ Market, 160th Street and Jamaica

— Jamaica Farmers’ Market, 160th Street and Jamaica Avenue

This weekly farmer’s market is held every Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 21. gjdc.org

— Shops along Jamaica Avenue, between 159th and 168th streets

Locals head to this main thoroughfare for the big-name retailers including Marshall’s, Payless, Raymour and Flanigan, Old Navy, Foot Locker and Nine West.

— Corner Fish Market, 9102 Sutphin Blvd.

Head here for crates filled with live crabs and a delicious selection of fresh fish. 718-523-6001
(Credit: Linda Rosier)


Buzz: Jamaica is getting a major facelift, thanks to a handful of new developments.

Among the first signs of revitalization was the

Among the first signs of revitalization was the opening of Moda, a luxury residence at 153-50 89th Ave., built in 2012. It is LEED-certified and has the popular CityRib restaurant on its ground floor.

Another new development in the area is the Norman Towers mixed-use development complex, built in the summer of 2014 on 190th and 191th streets.

Construction will soon begin in on the Crossing at Jamaica Station, a mixed-use development at the corner of Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard right next to the train stop.

Nearby, a Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott Courtyard and Fairfield Inn and Suites are planned, which locals said will bring employment opportunities for area residents.

“There are so many unique and desirable changes happening in the community right now,” Jamaica-based real estate agent Badrul Chowdhury said. “The new construction is going to continue to make things better — the stores, hotels and restaurants will create jobs — and it’s all benefitting the community.”
(Credit: Linda Rosier)


Q&A with Peter Frouw: Co-owner of Bellitte Bicycles

If anyone knows Jamaica and its changing landscape,

If anyone knows Jamaica and its changing landscape, it’s 54-year old Peter Frouws. His family has operated Bellitte Bicycles — the oldest continuously owned bike store in the United States, originally opened as a bicycle, motorcycle and radio repair shop by family patriarch and Sicilian immigrant Salvatore “Sam” Bellitte — since 1918, in the same location on Jamaica Avenue, formerly known as Fulton Street. Peter mans the front of the shop, located at 169-20 Jamaica Ave., along with his son Matthew.

What do you like best about Jamaica?

It’s constantly changing. Jamaica is the last frontier of NYC, the last area to develop. After 9/11, a lot changed, there were [run-down] Federal Buildings in the area and they were redeveloped. Ever since Home Depot opened here [in 2007], a lot of new businesses have moved to the neighborhood. It?s exciting!

What are your favorite memories of Jamaica?

The people, our customers; we have always enjoyed a great reception from the community and there are people who have been coming to buy bikes from us for generations. They are grateful to us for being here; they support us and don?t want us to leave. So we won’t.

What is the neighborhood missing?

We need more bars and restaurants, but I think that’s coming. I think Jamaica also needs more residential development. There are a lot of young families coming to live here, but more living options would bring even more people.

Are you a bike rider yourself?

I definitely practice what I preach. I ride about 125 miles per week, and have even lost 20 pounds doing it.


WOW, talk about a snow job bullshit story on Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. But then what would you expect from the Commercial Observer, which is just a big real estate media outlet and since Melinda is in the deep pockets of the real estate developerS, of course it is going to be filled with bullshit over top of more bullshit wrapped in bullshit, like the constantly over used phrase of Katz, “most diverse county” in the United States. There are more than 130 languages spoken throughout the borough, with 120 countries represented.”

Like who gives a flying fuck when most of your borough looks like third world shit with the exception of Katz’s hood of Forest Hills (where I am sure huge trucks do not drive on her residential street) and LIC and Astoria.

I also love the line, “Hotels are good to a large extent, because if we are building hotels it means that people actually are coming here,” Ms. Katz said.  Ah, NOT REALLY, it could also mean that many of the said hotels will be turned into homeless shelters like several have in Jamaica and let’s not forget the huge Pan Am Hotel on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst or did you forget about those hotels Ms. Katz.

Now, please excuse me while I throw up from all this this shit I just digested.



From Commercial Observer:

Melinda Katz Leads Her Borough Through High Times With a Little Bite

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in her office (Photo: Sasha Maslov/For Commercial Observer).
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in her office (Photo: Sasha Maslov/For Commercial Observer).

successful borough president knows how to rile up a cheering section.

The master of this was Brooklyn’s Marty Markowitz. He was born with Nathan’s frankfurters dangling out of his cuffs, and Junior’s cheesecake on his breath. He radiated unadulterated love for all things Brooklyn—from the Nets, to the Cyclones, to the Atlantic Antic. And he presided over Brooklyn during a period when it was easy to be a cheerleader for Kings County. The borough was poised for a once-in-a-generation boon, and Mr. Markowitz was its most well-known mascot.

Melinda Katz, the Queens borough president, finds herself in a similar situation, albeit slightly to the northeast. If Brooklyn was ready for its close-up 10 years ago, the cameras are focusing on Queens now. It has the same undervalued housing stock that Brooklyn once had; it offers the same proximity to Manhattan; and it offers the New York Mets over the Cyclones. But unlike Mr. Markowitz, who seemed to be all about the Brooklyn cheer, Ms. Katz treats her job with a little more bite.

When Astoria Cove, the mega-development being built by an Alma Realty Corp-led team that will provide 1,700 apartments (20 percent of them affordable), as well as an elementary school, a 25,000-square-foot supermarket, a new waterfront esplanade and expanded parking, came before the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), she recommended against it.

She thought the developers could do better than 20 percent on the affordable housing component.

“I think my overall job is to create economic development and create tourism,” Ms. Katz, 50, said. “And the reason why I think we are so popular is because we are a borough of families. We are a borough that folks fight their whole lives to come to. And so that requires an infrastructure for families, too, but that’s not preclusive of one another.”

Rendering of the proposed mixed-use development Astoria Cove. (Rendering: STUDIO V).

She called for the developers to build 35 percent of the units as affordable to accommodate more middle-income families. Also, she demanded ferry service to be added to the project as the nearest subway is about a mile away.

After long negotiations with the city council, developers agreed to reserve 27 percent of the project for affordable housing. Also, a $5 million ferry dock is being built.

But Ms. Katz’s involvement in the neighborhood revitalization didn’t stop there. She allocated $1 million (and Astoria council member Costa Constantinides added an additional $1 million) for an eco-dock and center on the peninsula that would provide educational programing for local students about marine life and environmental sustainability. And then she allocated another $1 million to redo the existing Hallets Point Playground near the 1,102-unit Astoria Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development on the peninsula.

“Melinda Katz is a very shrewd, caring borough president,” Mr. Constantinides told Commercial Observer. “She understand the issues very well. She was an invaluable resource to have as part of this process. We were able to get a landmarked deal because she was part of this process.”

Waving the banner of Queens is somewhat personal to Ms. Katz. A native of Forest Hills, who took the seat at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens nearly two years ago following a landslide victory, she is also one of its most connected daughters.

Her father, David, was a well-known conductor who founded the Queens Symphony Orchestra in 1953, and her mother, Jeanne Dale, was a singer who created the Queens Council on the Arts in 1966. (In a nod to her musical family Katz has been known to sing “God Bless America” at events.) 

“Me being borough president is sort of a culmination of their careers,” Ms. Katz said.

Even as the borough president, Ms. Katz still lives in the same house in which she grew up with her two young children, Hunter, 4, and Carter, 7 (both fathered by radio talk show host and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa), about a mile and a half from Borough Hall.

Ms. Katz graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and earned a law degree from St. John’s University (a 10-minute drive from Borough Hall) and was a politician for two decades with time in the New York State Assembly and then the city council, where she chaired the land use committee.

In interviews, Ms. Katz is prone to repeat that Queens is the   This is why Ms. Katz branded Queens “The World’s Borough” last year, and partly why travel guide Lonely Planet named Queens the number one destination in the United States this year.

And her Queens boosting goes deeper than merely the latest magazine article—Ms. Katz co-chaired the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee, which oversaw a series of events over a six-month period last year commemorating the 75th and 50th (together) anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair events at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It brought thousands of families to the park, and an estimated 60,000 people showed up just for the May 18, 2014 World’s Fair Anniversary Festival.

‘But it’s up to the borough presidents to make sure that their districts get enough attention. I do think that Melinda keeps them on their toes.’—Rob MacKay

The success of the event led to another World’s Fair celebration in the park this June, which, coupled with her 16 free “Katz Concert” events, made for a summer packed with programming.

“I’ve got a 4 year old and a 7 year old—I know what it’s like to make the weekend go by,” Ms. Katz said.

Another family event that Ms. Katz was involved in was the reopening of the New York State Pavilion, an extraterrestrial-like relic of the 1964 World’s Fair, which brought an estimated 5,000 people to see inside it for the first time in decades last year. (The movie “Men in Black” made a fairly convincing case that the pavilion was, in fact, extraterrestrial.)

The pavilion faced demolition last year before Ms. Katz and local advocates fought for it. She has led the charge to raise funds to paint, renovate and relight the structure, because of its historical relevance. It is also expected to help tourism, which is another industry that has been growing during her tenure.

Ms. Katz has been on the frontlines in a battle for more attention for Queens from NYC & Company, the organization that markets New York City (where Mr. Markowitz is a vice president).

“I understand that Manhattan gets most of the money and that’s reasonable. People don’t come from Stockholm, Sweden to check out the Applebee’s on Jamaica Avenue,” said Rob MacKay, the tourism director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation. “But it’s up to the borough presidents to make sure that their districts get enough attention. I do think that Melinda keeps them on their toes.”

A key area for tourism growth in the borough is Long Island City, due to its proximity to Manhattan.

In 2008, there were just five hotels in the neighborhood and now there are 26, according to 2015 data from the LIC Partnership, a local business advocacy group. The 17-story, 183-key Hilton Garden Inn located at 29-21 41st Avenue opened in April. And the 108-key Boro Hotel opened in the summer, becoming number 26. And 25 more hotels are in the pipeline in just LIC. Ms. Katz is working with local leaders to make sure the enormous growth helps provide locals with jobs.

“Hotels are good to a large extent, because if we are building hotels it means that people actually are coming here,” Ms. Katz said. “Part of what we want to make sure is as new businesses open up, including the hotels, that they are actually hiring from the community.”

Ms. Katz is on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s seven-member airport master plan advisory panel, which is overseeing the biggest transportation project in the borough and arguably the city, in the redesign of John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. While much has yet to be completed with those plans, the redesigns include a 505-key, $265 million hotel at JFK constructed and managed by a partnership of MCR Development and JetBlue. The airport redesign is a topic, which concerns Ms. Katz as much as it excites her, because of complaints of airport noise and pollution from neighbors and activists living nearby.

“If we are going to be a borough of families and raise kids here you have to be able to sleep at night, and send your kids to school without closing the windows because of the airport noise,” Ms. Katz said.

Development is all over. A 70-story building on top of a Long Island City clocktower is on the drawing board. Development in Queens has even reached the once-written-off Jamaica. Local activists led by nonprofit Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and city agencies started the process of extending subway service down Archer Avenue, creating the JFK AirTrain station in 2002 and then six years later offering a massive rezoning plan of its commercial corridor area to encourage larger mixed-use development.

Now as a transportation hub of numerous buses, subway lines, LIRR service and the JFK AirTrain, developers are venturing into Jamaica for the first time in decades. Numerous hotels, commercial and housing projects are planned for the area. Those include Able Management Group’s 27-story, 225-room Hilton Garden Inn at 93-47 Sutphin Boulevard and BRP Companies’ 26-story, 580 mixed-income housing project, The Crossing at Jamaica Station, near the JFK AirTrain. About 100,000 square feet spanning the first three levels of the BRP project will be dedicated to local and national retailers.

“She has been supportive of what we are trying to do,” Meredith Marshall, the co-founder of BRP, said. “Our plan sort of was announced right when Melinda was taking office so we worked with the prior administration. We had to present our plan to her and she was very receptive.”

The Crossing at Jamaica Station (Rendering: FXFOWLE).

Ms. Katz and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen worked with leaders of the community to build a 21-step initiative called the Jamaica Now Action Plan, to promote and beautify the neighborhood. Following nine months and more than 30 meetings with local leaders and community members, the completed plan will bring $153 million to the neighborhood in the form of renovated green spaces and streetscapes, jobs creation systems, support of the arts and programming, marketing of the neighborhood and services for local businesses. It’s a plan that many say will be the final push in revitalizing the community, leading to further growth.

“With the Jamaica Now Action Plan it creates an agenda for certain portions of the community, and we are marketing [Jamaica] so coupled with that I think it will be a winning combination,” Mr. Marshall said.

He added, “Jamaica doesn’t have the buzz yet, but I believe once our building goes up along with those hotels the buzz will come.”

Further south from Jamaica is Rockaway, which has particularly benefited from the borough’s growth because of its beaches. But even there, a bone of contention has been limited ferry service to Manhattan.

“[Ms. Katz] has been a big advocate throughout the borough, but certainly with the Rockaway ferry,” said State Senator Joe Addabbo, who represents the neighborhood. “She was with me in the city council when we voted for the initial ferry pilot program in one of the city’s worst fiscal situations on the heels of 9/11.”

As a councilwoman she voted for allocating money in 2002 for a ferry to Rockaway. And again during her run for the borough presidency, she campaigned partially on permanent Rockaway ferry service, which was implemented after Superstorm Sandy for a short pilot period to help provide additional transit options to the area.

“With the ferry, not only will retail come but housing, because people now can live there and work in Manhattan,” Ms. Katz said. “Right now if you live in the Rockaways and you work in Manhattan you’re spending an hour and a half commuting every day.”

Rockaway ferry service will be relaunched as part of the city East River Ferry network in 2017.

“If you have families here, you need jobs, you need hotels for your families to visit, you need to create the work so it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to get to your job,” Ms. Katz said. “People are moving here in record numbers in order to raise their kids. They are trusting their entire family to this borough and there is a responsibility that comes with that. And I think we are living up to it.”



Received an email from Jamaica Business Improvement District talking about new businesses on Jamaica Ave.

Well, let me say neither Carter’s Babies and Kids or Skechers Outlet is anything to really brag about. This is just more of the typical crap that gets dumped into ghetto hoods. The Avenue already has cheap crappy baby and kid’s store and, really another shoe stores, several of them. If your goal is to make Jamaica more shitty and ghetto, then these two stores will add to the flavor. Nothing wrong with having a few cheap low-class stores, but does everyone have to be low-class shitty crap stores. I guess give the people what they want, but many of the people I know in the area, would not be caught dead on the Ave or that is the only way to be on the Ave.

And I could say with a 100% accuracy it will be staffed with unprofessional rude employers who know nothing about customer service. The Skechers in Queens Center mall has gotten horrible reviews on the employees, can you imagine the employees here in Jamaica, which has some of the worst customer service by lazy ass rude folks. Also within a week of opening, both stores will look like a hurricane hit due to the low-class people who can make a mess out of a store within minutes and turn it to SHIT!

Guess me and others will continue to spend our money outside this shit hole of a business district.

Hardly the “Buzz” stated in that email.

Time to be moving on eventually, doesn’t look like the “revitalization” of Jamaica is happening anytime soon. Just more low-class third world ghetto crap to appease the masses. But unfortunately, much of Queens is headed into the “vibrant & diverse” crap. Not there goes the neighborhood, but there goes the borough.



The Buzz In Downtown Jamaica!!!



Welcome To The Nabe!!!



First off, I want to say that the 103rd precinct has done an pretty amazing job of ticketing the trucks that have been driving on 170th Street, a residential street (not a truck route). There definitely has been a slowdown and the huge tractor trailer trucks like oil tankers and such is pretty non-existent. But there are still noisy dump trucks that come by sometimes in the morning as the photo below shows from this morning and the evening hours between 5pm and 11pm, sometimes later is still having truck issues with the private waste haulers and some dump trucks, which still continue to use this street. Is there any game plan on this, like at least once or twice a month monitoring 170th (and other streets) for an hour or two when it is known that trucks come through (especially the evening hours). Sure we now have signs up on 170th, but if there is not going to be a regular enforcement of the law and it is  just wait for me to file a complaint, then this problem will continue over and over again.

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But the big problem is a HUGE inequality between communities of color and other communities and since I have lived in both, there is a major difference when it comes to quality of life issues being addressed and enforced properly.

This whole truck fiasco, which still happens on other Jamaica residential streets (like Foch Blvd, 175th, 179th), has been going on for many, many years and everyone from top to bottom has been aware of this, DOT, NYPD, Community Boards, local elected leaders, Queens Borough Presidents and others. They have just chosen to ignore it and do very little. I mean let’s face it, we are not talking about trying to stop ISIS, but enforcing laws that are on the books. But this is a major issue in black communities. Ironic that our so-called “progressive mayor” is heading to Iowa to preach about the critical issue of income inequality, but yet he and his staff have done little about inequality of services and quality of life issues in communities of color such as Jamaica. And our Borough President, loves to talk about our wonderful diverse community and justice for all, but completely ignores such issues as the illegal truck driving in such communities. I mean we all know that this would not be happening in Forest Hills. Our local elected leaders have been at fault on this issue as well as on many of these issues not being addressed properly as well as the many many church leaders in this community who are staying silent. I mean who is sticking up for this community when it comes to these issues. If I did not make such a big deal and spend a long time on the truck driving issue on my street, it would still be completely out of control, because no one is stepping up to the plate for communities of color. Just give me one good example and not the lame closing of a Chase bank branch that is out of the control of elected officials.  And where is Public Advocate, Letitia James, who is a person of color and knows damn well that what is going on in Jamaica is morally wrong. I mean where is she (her office certainly gets all of my notices about issues). She knew how to come out to Jamaica and stump for Leroy Comrie when he was running for Senator, but yet totally ignored all the issues in this community that are not being properly addressed.

Sure some issues like littering are caused by the people, but you cannot blame the people for trucks driving illegally on residential streets or huge tractor trailer trucks parking illegally on residential streets or ice cream trucks blasting music illegally when parked at all hours or homeless shelters being constantly dumped into this community at an alarming rate. No, blame must be placed on the powers to be for allowing and choosing to do very little to nothing.

Progressive liberal Democrats love to talk a good game, but that is all it is talk with little action. They want justice for all, they want everyone to be treated equally, yet as long as it is not in their own backyard, they don’t give shit, RIGHT MS. KATZ. You would be singing a different tune if large trucks were driving on your street in front of your house every single day at all hours of the day and night.

Yep, this is certainly a BLACK THANG!

One person commented on Pamela Hazel’s article on homeless shelters being dumped in Jamaica that was on the Queens Crap Website and it hits the nail on the head:

“But what can one expect when there is a palpable anarchic vibe in the air these days. From the rubber stamp rezoning that have emboldened opportunistic greed among developers to the blatant intentional lack of interest and indifference from those entrusted to serve their districts to the social and moral decay among citizens.”

Mayor deBlasio, Letitia James, Melinda Katz, Leroy Comrie, Gregory Meeks, Ruben Wills, Vivian Cook, Rev. Floyd Flake and countless others. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED of what you could be doing to make a community better. As the true American would say

BUT if you folks in Jamaica do not stand up and fight, this shit will keep on continuing. Demand better and while some of you like to scream out RACISM, now would be a good time to do that, because it is glaring blatant in this community by our own leaders. Bring that up to good ole boy assembly member district 29 candidate Alicia Hyndman, who wants your vote.



The Jamaica community from my point of view is pretty much shit and sure you can blame the asshole elected officials that many of you keep putting in office like the black Humpty Dumpty, useless Leroy Comrie,  who for twelves years as councilman did shit (please folks inform me of his great achievements in all those years, name just two big accomplishments) and as Senator he will also have pretty much the same useless track record. The same can be said for Vivian Cook, Malcolm Smith, Gregory Meeks and Ruben Wills.

BUT big blames goes TO YOU FOLKS. You who sit on the sidelines and do not say anything, those who complain to their friend or neighbor, yet never contact an elected official or file a complaint to 311. Those who just think all this bullshit is just normal.

Well, keep that up and you neighborhood will turn into an even bigger pile of shit or developers will swope in and gentrify the place, which is what they do when neighborhoods turn to shit.

SO FUCKING GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND DO SOMETHING. File complaints, call the police community affairs department (all precincts have one, just to the precincts website), call or email your elected officials, file 311 complaints OFTEN, attend community board meetings and BE LOUD, attend your precincts community council meetings and again BE LOUD. BUT be persistent, don’t just file one complaint and that is it. File all the time until you see progress.

Here are some meeting YOU SHOULD ATTEND, especially the precinct meetings:

Jamaica Precinct Meetings where you can bring up issues such as illegal truck driving on residential streets, ice cream trucks blasting music while their vehicles are stopped (which is ILLEGAL) and other issues that relate to NYPD.

Meetings: The 103rd Precinct community council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at St. Benedicts R.C. Church on 171-17 110th Avenue, Jamaica 11434.

Meetings: 113th Precinct monthly community council meeting is held at 7:00 P.M. on the third Monday of the month (except July and August) at the 113th Precinct located at 167-02 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, NY, 11434-2511

Meetings: The 106th precinct council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 P.M. at the 106th Precinct located on 103-53 101st Street, Ozone Park.

Community Board meetings:

Monthly General Community Board 12 Meeting
The Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center
172-17 Linden Blvd.
St. Albans, New York 11434
7:00 p.m.
Third Wednesday Each Month
(December, Second Wednesday)

Queens Community Board 10

Meetings are held at 7:45 pm on the First Thursday of the month at:

Knights of Columbus Hall
135-45 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park, NY 11420



For various complaints:

  1. Illegal truck driving on residential streets, file complaints at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=NYPD+Traffic+Truck+Route+Violation

2. Ice Cream Truck Music, file complaints at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=DEP+Noise+Ice+Cream+Truck

3. Noise from a vehicle such as music blasting, etc, file complaint at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=NYPD+Noise+Vehicle

4. Noisy Neighbors, file complaint at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=NYPD+Noise+Neighbor

5. Illegal Parking, file complaints at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=NYPD+Parking

6. Illegal apartment or house conversions, file complaint at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=DOB+Illegal+Conversion+Residential+Space

7. For all other 311 complaints, just go to the website and find your complaint: http://www1.nyc.gov/311/index.page

8. Department of Transportation Commissioner Contact: Have trucks driving illegally on your residential street. Go to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/contact/contact-form.shtml and file a complaint as well with #1 above.

9. Illegal curb cuts – Call 311

10. Garbage complaints, go to http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dsny/contact/complaints.page

So here is some information, get off your fucking asses and start to do something, don’t wait till someone else does it. It is your community, stop letting it turn to fucking shit.

AND bombard your elected officials and Queens Borough Hall. These assholes and twats work for you, your tax dollars pay their bloated salaries. AND stop putting the same douchebags in office all the time and stop voting for the Democratic machine backed candidate, you know people like Alicia Hyndman, who is running for Assembly District 29. Otherwise you get the same fucking shit and your community never improves. Christ, for decades it has been the same fucking useless elected officials. Don’t you fucking see the connection.

I FUCKING HATE APATHY, it is while Jamaica looks the way it does and why our society is fucked up.