SO EXPLAIN HOW THE $400 MILLION HOUSING/RETAIL PROJECT “THE CROSSING” WILL IMPROVE JAMAICA WHEN ALL THE SHIT AND CRAP IS STILL HERE

So the powers that be think this is the saving grace for Jamaica and I would like one of them to explain how. I mean take in consideration these items:

  1. The area surrounding the LIRR station, directly across from this mega development is filled with homeless people, druggies, drug dealers and other assorted crap, human and non-human.
  2. More and more homeless shelters, hotels turned homeless shelter and supportive housing are popping up all over the Jamaica area.
  3. One of the biggest polluters and worst business neighbors, Royal Waste, which is the cause of major truck issues 24/7 is housed right in the downtown area.
  4. Auto body Shops which are number two bad neighbors who have taken over public streets and sidewalks with their junked and unlicensed vehicles are EVERYWHERE in the community.
  5. Illegal garbage dumping is a MAJOR PROBLEM in the area.
  6. The streets and sidewalks suck, most are in poor conditions.
  7. Traffic congestion is a fucking mess with buses, dollar vans, dollar cabs, livery cabs, green cabs and trucks, not too mention the awful double parking on Jamaica Ave alone.
  8. Tons of litter caused by the low-class ghetto slobs of the area.
  9. Awful slaughterhouses in the downtown area.
  10. Drug places keep popping up in the community that seem to serve people from outside the area, including Long Island and those folks bring more issues to the community, hanging out, tossing litter, making noise, etc.
  11. The local parks from Rufus King Park to Major Mark Park are a refuge for homeless, drunks, druggies and both have a major litter problem.
  12. Jamaica Center Station is a cesspool and a homeless encampment, drug dealing place and other ghetto nonsense.

So explain, how The Crossing, is going to improve the community, while the above shit still exists.

Sutphin Blvd between Jamaica Ave and 90th Ave

And this shit needs to stop. 170th Street at Jamaica cannot handle trucks this size. This truck can barely make the turn as it heads to Royal Waste Dump

Royal Waste

The running of the bulls in downtown Jamaica

Hala Live Slaughterhouse (92-56 165th St) right in the middle of downtown Jamaica and yes those are apartment going up across from it.

Elderly man’s legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

Vacant “condo” where Con Ed has put up a sign that “electricity of off due to lack of payment. Can you say ghetto B&B.

Come visit Jamaica Ave, home of low-class ghetto & crap third world shopping.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

ILLEGAL. Blocking of sidewalks

Downtown Jamaica, UNACCEPTABLE

Yes, the new symbol of Jamaica Ghetto! This in Rufus King Park.

BUSURA!

Watch your step!

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

The state of Jamaica, Queens and eventually our country if we stay on this course.

Good old Downtown

Downtown area, next to GJDC 168th St parking lot and near across from Cookies.

Jamaica Ave, although this looks even worse when I saw it the other day.

Is this an example of being on “the right track”.

Problematic El Camino homeless shelter in Downtown Jamaica

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From NY1:

Construction Underway on $400 Million Jamaica Housing, Retail Project

By Clodagh McGowan
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 05:44 PM CDT
 

Work is now underway on a major $400 million dollar mixed-use project in downtown Jamaica. NY1’s Clodagh McGowan has more on the largest private investment in the area in decades.

It was a groundbreaking more than 10 years in the making. Construction is now underway on the Crossing at Jamaica Station, a 773,000 square feet housing and retail project.

“It’s the largest and the most transformative project in Jamaica and it’s the linchpin for things to come in Jamaica,” said Meredith Marshall, the co-founder of BRP Companies.

The $400 million dollar project is directly across the street from the Jamaica transit terminal. It boasts two buildings, 25,000 square feet of retail space and almost 700 affordable housing units.

Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer said the units will be affordable to families making as little as $24,000 to others making a moderate middle-class income.

“That’s important, because we need to make sure we’re addressing the affordable housing crisis in a way that there are homes available to families of different incomes,” said  Torres-Springer.

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation has worked towards the project for 15 years, purchasing lots with an affordable housing project in mind. The community planning organization sold the land to the real estate development company BRP in 2014. Goldman Sachs also invested $300 million dollars in The Crossing. It’s one of the largest private investments in Jamaica’s history.

“This is a great day, this is a tremendous symbol of the revitalization happening in the downtown,” said Hope Knight, president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

In addition, the project is expected to create 4,000 new construction jobs.

“Beyond the great paying jobs on the construction site, we’ll have permanent jobs with the retail, the community facility and the building operations and it will send a signal to other investors and financial institutions that Jamaica is open for business,” said Marshall.

Construction is expected to be complete by 2020.​

LOW-CLASS GHETTO SLOBS MUCKING UP SUTPHIN BLVD A FEW BLOCKS UP ON THE SAME DAY AS GROUNDBREAKING “THE CROSSING”

On the same day as the usual suspects of government (local elected officials, community leaders, etc) had shovels in hand for the ground breaking ceremony of the biggest development in Jamaica’s history at Sutphin Blvd and Archer, The Crossing, the OTHER USUAL SUSPECTS (the low-class ghetto slobs) had their garbage ground breaking ceremony a few block north on Sutphin.

NY1 report has Maria, Torres-Springer of Department of Housing Preservation and Development stating in the video

“the units will be affordable to families making as little as $24,000 to others making a moderate middle-class income.”

First off a family that makes $24,000 cannot live in a low moderate city with such a income, why the hell would you be in super expensive NYC, but unless THE CROSSING gives out handbooks called, “The Deconstruction of Ghetto Slobs, How to be Civilized, Respectful & Clean Neighbors in Three Easy Steps” for the folks moving into The Crossing, expect the mess in the photos below.

Putting ghetto slobs into a nice apartment building without changing their behavior is just, well, ghetto slobs in a nice apartment building.

Maybe the crew from Queens Borough Hall and the local elected officials should have taken their shovels after the photo op a few blocks north for some much needed cleaning.

Its THE CROSSING vs GHETTO SLOBS, Round 1.

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From a Reader:

One freaking block! Look at this mess on Sutphin Blvd between The Ave and 90th ave. No pride, dignity, or self respect…Doesn’t exist in Jamaica.

 

MORE GHETTO BEHAVIOR BY HOOD RATS IN GREATER JAMAICA VIA HOLLIS

Typical ghetto nonsense:

  1. Took place in Greater Jamaica/Hollis
  2. Took place in front of a bodega
  3. 9pm on a weekday
  4. Victim is not cooperating with police

YEP, Ghetto hood rats behaving badly.

Sometimes you have to laugh at this clowns and this bullshit.

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From DNAInfo New York:

Man Stabbed Outside Hollis Bodega After Fight, Police Say

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | April 24, 2017 11:53am

 Police are looking for this suspect who they say stabbed another man outside a Hollis bodega on April 12.

Police are looking for this suspect who they say stabbed another man outside a Hollis bodega on April 12.

NYPD

QUEENS — A 19-year-old man was stabbed in the back during a dispute that erupted outside a Hollis bodega earlier this month, police said.

The verbal argument, which took place on Wednesday, April 12, shortly after 9 p.m. in front of a bodega at 190-34 Jamaica Ave., turned into a physical altercation during which the attacker stabbed the victim in the back with a sharp object, before fleeing on foot in unknown direction, officials said.

The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

It was not immediately clear what the men argued about and whether they knew each other.

Sources said the victim is not cooperating with investigators and no arrest has been made as of Monday morning, police said.

Authorities described the suspect as being approximately 18 to 20 years old. He was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt and glasses.

Last September, another man was shot in the foot and back inside the same bodega.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

 

NYC WILL SPEND $1.8 MILLION DOLLARS ON NEW TRUCKS TO CLEAN SIDEWALKS – YOU CAN START WITH THE FILTHIEST MOST DISGUSTING SIDEWALKS ON THIRD WORLD COUNTRY HILLSIDE AVENUE IN JAMAICA

Right outside shitty Yummy at corner of Hillside Ave/168th. Typical of the Hillside Ave but perfect for the low class ghetto and low class third world folks.

“Clean sidewalks and graffiti-free business corridors and neighborhoods vastly improve quality of life in our crowded and thriving city,” de Blasio said in a statement.

REALLY, Mayor Dumbo, you just figuring that fucking out (what a dimwit).

Well, start with the most filthiest, most disgusting sidewalks in all of NYC, the low-class third world country Hillside Avenue, which anyone who lives in the area or has visited this garbage strewn stretch from Queens Blvd to 179th can attest to, especially the Bangladeshi section of 168 to 171th, the most filthiest of the filthy. With the exception of a few businesses, have you ever seen our “diverse and vibrant” business owners EVER hose down their sidewalks, let alone push a broom. Besides the disgusting gum strewn greasy sidewalks, do something about the constant illegal dumping of Bangladeshi household garbage that gets dumped inside overflowing public garbage cans or piled up next to them, which I have seen a million times and have actually seen our Bangladeshi neighbors toss their household garbage in these spots, again, especially between 165 and 174th St.

But let’s not say anything about this, because one might come off as “racists” or it interferes with the rights of some of the slob Bangladeshi folks to turn that section into their own county’s filthy environment. Sure, fuck up your country and make a mess of it and then come here and repeat. This area of Hillside has gotten worse in the past 10 years with the arrival of this population.

Fuck Fox News “fair & balanced” no spin zone. Clean up Jamaica Queens is the Fair & Balanced no fucking spin zone that gets to the crux of the issue without the bullshit niceties or lies and always has the photos or videos to prove it.

But some folks don’t like this as this asshole commenting person said on one of my posts about unlicensed vehicles parked on streets, typical ghetto comment:

Bo
Kouturedior@gmail.com
74.88.70.234
You’re extremely petty & self absorbed. Why is any of that your business? It is not “your” street smh That’s for the police to deal with. I cannot stand people like you. People like you are part of the reason why society is so messed up.

On second thought with these cleaning machines, hose down the entire Hillside area with these machines, not just the sidewalks and do it every other day. Oh, hell do the entire Jamaica and SE Queens area.

Hillside Avenue as it looks today

Beautiful Hillside Ave. The REAL Jamaica.

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From The Daily News:

EXCLUSIVE: New York City spending $1.8M on new trucks to clean sidewalks

 

Mayor de Blasio has added $1.8 million to his executive budget to purchase 14 sidewalk-cleaning trucks, which the city will begin using in the fall.

(Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News)

Mayor de Blasio is ready for some spring cleaning.The mayor will announce plans to spend $1.8 million on 14 new sidewalk-cleaning trucks as part of his executive budget, set to be rolled out on Wednesday.

The trucks help the city’s Economic Development Corporation spray down dirty walkways along major commercial corridors — and each one in the city will get a deep clean once a year, the mayor’s office said. The trucks can each clean up to 10,000 square feet of sidewalks a day, and are part of the mayor’s CleaNYC program. It’s part of the EDC’s Quality of Life Program, which also runs anti-graffiti efforts.

“Clean sidewalks and graffiti-free business corridors and neighborhoods vastly improve quality of life in our crowded and thriving city,” de Blasio said in a statement. “As we build a New York that is more accessible and affordable, CleaNYC is creating jobs and bringing high-efficiency, street-cleaning tools to our city streets.”

New York City will be debuting sidwalk cleaning trucks.

(Handout)

The trucks cost $125,000 to $130,000 each, have already been ordered and are expected to hit sidewalks this fall. They’re custom-built and will be mounted to a fleet of Ford F-450 trucks that will bring them from neighborhood to neighborhood, where they’ll roll off and get to work — resembling a zamboni going over an ice rink, City Hall says.

CleaNYC will hire 32 people to run the trucks with the help of the Doe Fund, which helps employ formerly homeless people.

 

THIS FUCKED UP CITY SPENDS OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS A NIGHT ON HOTELS FOR HOMELESS – WHAT A WASTE

Can you imagine how all this money could actually help improve this city if it was not wasted irresponsibly like this on this whole homeless bullshit, plus eliminate the Public Advocate position (a completely do nothing job) and it’s entire office and support staff, eliminate all the borough presidents (another useless position) and their offices and support staff, streamline city agencies like MTA, DOB, DOS, DEP, DHS to work more effectively and reduce waste, to increase fines majorly on many quality of life issues and actually ENFORCE them. Get a more efficient and better system than the fucked up 311 that is in place. Eliminate all those useless studies like studies on  trucks driving illegally on residential streets which everyone seems to know about except the city, which needs to do expensive “studies” and all the other wasteful spending this city government does.

But back to this homeless crisis bullshit which is actually Homeless BIG BUSINESS. Eliminate the bullshit “right to shelter” in this city and state. The cities that have this besides NYC, Seattle, San Francisco, LA have the worst homeless situation and problems because everyone from other states that are not “right to shelter”, which is the majority of states and everyone from other countries that comes to the most expensive cities in the country with no job and no kinds of finances (that is idiotic in itself and shows the types of people coming here) and these cities (which are already burdened) become more burdened and have to shell out more money while the cities/states where these slackers come from get off the hook of taking care of their own residents. Then not to mention the money that is wasted and the time that is wasted by NYPD & FDNY on many of these folks who are very problematic. So what I would like to see, which to this date I have not, are the statistics of the homeless in NYC who actually came to this city from elsewhere already homeless. And how about statistics of how long these folks actually stay in these hotels and how long they stay in the homeless system circus. How many eventually get jobs and what are the steps taken to see that such people are either trained or placed in jobs to get them out of the system. I get tired of only hearing there are 65,000 or whatever inflated number the city throws at us. This city is not in the business of attempting to eliminate homelessness they are in the business of increasing it and making more people dependent on the system. It is called HOMELESS BIG BUSINESS and it seems to be A VERY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS.

Homeless shelter with local residents hanging out all day. Two blocks from downtown Jamaica Ave

Jamaica’s newest homeless shelter

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From Times Ledger:

City spends over $500K a night on hotels for homeless: Stringer

A new report by Comptroller Scott Stringer finds the cost of using commercial hotels to house the homeless is soaring in the past four months.

 

The cost of housing the homeless in commercial hotels has skyrocketed in recent months, with the city spending $530,000 per day, up from $400,000 per day just four months ago, according to a new analysis released Monday by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. That’s an increase of 32.5 percent.

The report also revealed that the average daily cost for commercial hotel bookings rose 600 percent over 16 months, going from $82,214 per day in November 2015 to $576,203 in February 2017.

“The rising costs are extraordinary, and we are calling for more transparency from the City because the more open we are about our challenges, the more likely we are to solve them,” Stringer said. “Openness will help deliver results.”

The analysis estimates that the number of individuals now being placed in commercial hotels by the Department of Homeless services has jumped 33 percent, to nearly 7,800 New Yorkers, between October 2016 and February 2017.

Commercial hotel shelters often offer limited services, have limited privacy, and lack kitchens. They are largely inappropriate long-term solutions for families trying to get back on their feet, according to Stringer.

“Homeless New Yorkers don’t belong in hotels — this is a practice that has to end,” Stringer said. “Hotel rooms are not only a Band-aid solution to a complex problem, but they’re also very expensive. If families are going to get back on their feet, we need to help get them the services they need.”

The de Blasio administration announced in February the goal of phasing out commercial hotel rooms as a form of homeless shelter six years from now.

To ensure the city reaches that goal, the comptroller says openness and benchmarks are critical. Stringer called on DHS to also share more information publicly on progress around reducing commercial hotel use.

City Hall dismissed the report, saying the comptroller ignored several facts in making his analysis, such as citing the initial charge for booking rooms on certain nights without taking into account discounts that were negotiated.

“The comptroller is behind the curve,” de Blasio spokeswoman Jaclyn Rothenberg said. “We announced as part of our plan that we will be ending the use of hotels by opening a smaller number of better shelters across the five boroughs, reducing the number of shelter sites by 45 percent. The average cost per night of a hotel is $175 and we recently put into place a plan to further reduce costs and improve services.”

Stringer has been a frequent critic of the mayor’s handling of the homeless crisis, with its population at a record-high 60,000 for the last few months, but he has ruled out challenging de Blasio this fall.

 

LOOKS LIKE HILLSIDE RIVER HAS FINALLY DRIED UP AFTER OVER 2 FUCKING WEEKS OF THE CITY NOT DOING JACK SHIT

Say goodbye to Jamaica’s  newest attraction,  Hillside River, which raged on for over two weeks with this fucking city not doing a damn thing about it. But now Hillside River is no more. Coming home from work this evening (4.24.17) crews were all about putting a cork in it.

I mean really, over two fucking weeks to do something about this major water break. Why rush NYC, I mean the street did not get a chance to cave in on the F subway line below it. What a FUCKED UP CITY.

GROUNDBREAKING THIS TUESDAY ON MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT, THE CROSSING IN JAMAICA

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.

Well, finally, the massive development across from the LIRR station at Sutphin and Archer is breaking ground after years in the making. Expect the usual crap of officials at this like Katz, Meeks, Comrie, Wills, Cook and any other bullshit do nothing “leaders” of Jamaica show up with shovel for a photo op. (After the photo shot, keep the shovel and clean up the garbage). But what they will be shoveling is their own bullshit and talk about how wonderful Jamaica is (which IT IT NOT RIGHT NOW), yet none have done much to help with the huge amount of quality of life issues that exist here. I wonder though if all the homeless, druggies, drug dealers, crazies and various other Jamaica element crap, which is all over this particular area, will be somehow moved for the photo op. The area is a fucking mess, which anyone who has been there knows all too well.

June 24, 2014 at McDonalds on Sutphin Blvd. The Crossing residents have this to look forward to.

But this groundbreaking of this huge development should also finally be the turning point for Jamaica for various reasons. The biggest being that this huge complex certainly will not be cheap to live here or do business here, so new folks moving in certainly do not want to see all the human crap and retail crap that exists in the area. Once it goes up, figure all that shit will be moved out and torn down, which is a GOOD thing for this community which has been on the bottom for decades. Expect after this development and if it does well, which I cannot see why it would not, to see other similar development all along Sutphin, Archer and Jamaica.

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

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From The Wall Street Journal:

Groundbreaking set for mixed-use development in Jamaica, Queens after years of delays

The Crossing at Jamaica Station is part of the downtown redevelopment

A large mixed-use residential development will break ground in Jamaica, Queens, on Tuesday, local officials said, a milestone for a revitalization plan years in the making.

The Crossing at Jamaica Station, a $407 million project with two towers at Sutphin Boulevard near Archer Avenue, is set to rise near Jamaica’s transit hub. It is one of several projects that are part of the downtown redevelopment expected from a 2007 rezoning. That hoped for redevelopment was put on hold during the recession, said Hope Knight, chief executive of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp., a nonprofit that has played a big role in downtown’s revitalization.

“It’s important because of its strategic location right across the street from the Long Island Rail Road station,” Ms. Knight said. “All of the commuters who travel through Jamaica will see the building rising and it will create a sign, [a] symbol of revitalization.

 The project’s developer, BRP Cos., bought the site from the Greater Jamaica Development Corp., which had spent about a decade assembling the parcels so a large project could take place, Ms. Knight said. The nonprofit development organization issued a request for proposals, aiming to increase residential density and more retail businesses in the area.

The Crossing is part of an estimated $1 billion in private- and public-sector investments made in Jamaica over the past decade, the development corporation said. Those investments have resulted in plans for projects, including more than 3,000 mixed-income and market-rate apartments, at least 2,200 hotel rooms and a 150,000 square-foot retail complex in various stages of development.

Meredith Marshall, BRP Cos.’ co-founder and managing partner, said the Crossing represents the firm’s core strategy of developing mixed-income, affordable housing in neighborhoods with access to public transportation and retail.