Each time I read something about so-called “up-coming” Jamaica, I have to say, who the fuck makes up this shit and do they really believe their own bullshit. This article starts off with “Local officials and real estate agents want Jamaica to be the next Queens neighborhood on out-of-towners must-visit lists.”

What fucking local officials, our illustrious asshole elected officials, because they certainly are not doing anything to help improve this community and have never in decades, in fact they have helped cause the destruction of this community for years by ignoring issues, focusing on bullshit and putting in place things that have helped to destroy it such as poor zoning and allowing all kind of shit to be dumped here.

Hey, believe me there is no one more than me that would like to see this place fixed up, but first clean the fucking community up and respond to all the issues that myself and community advocate Pamela Hazel have been complaining about for years. Also, as long as the “Jamaica element” is still in place, not a damn thing will change.

Also, we do not need the community turned into some silly fucking strip mall filled with chain stores either, like some of the ones listed in the article. Think outside the fucking box folks.

By the way, here is a site from last year months ago that out-of-towners would have enjoyed seeing on Sutphin.

Just an ordinary day in the hood.

Just an ordinary day in the hood.

June 24, 2014 in front of McDonalds on Sutphin Blvd.

June 24, 2014 in front of McDonalds on Sutphin Blvd.

June 24, 2014 at McDonalds on Sutphin Blvd.

June 24, 2014 at McDonalds on Sutphin Blvd.


From The City Lens:

Sutphin Boulevard: The Next Tourist Hot Spot?

Local officials and real estate agents want Jamaica to be the next Queens neighborhood on out-of-towners must-visit lists

Crossing at Jamaica Center

Flushing Meadows Park. Kaufman-Astoria Studios. Citi Field, the home of the Mets. These are all Queens landmarks on many tourists must-see lists. But Sutphin Boulevard?

If the plans of a group of local officials and real estate agents play out, it soon will be. At least 150 people packed the main room at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens on Wednesday, all anxious to realize the vision that prompted Lonely Planet to name Queens its top U.S. destination for 2015.

While most people outside of New York City know Queens by the neighborhoods of Astoria, Jackson Heights, and Flushing, Jamaica is not as well known nor is it a destination hotspot for out-of-state travelers. Jamaica business interests want to change that.

And that’s why real estate brokers mingled with commercial real estate developers and Queens officials on Wednesday at the “Jamaica Revealed” event at the Performing Arts Center. The theme: to tout a planned redevelopment of the 1-mile trade area surrounding Sutphin Boulevard. The area, flanked by Sutphin and Jamaica Avenue, is dominated by fast-food restaurants and 99-cent stores.

“If we want to help this neighborhood continue to grow and take advantage of all the assets, it serves us to diversity our retail and to try to attract more restaurants,” said Rhonda Binda, the executive director of Jamaica’s Business Improvement District, who grew up in Jamaica and also now lives in the neighborhood.

Binda acknowledged Wednesday that other areas of Queens and New York City have “been more competitive.” That’s the reason, she said, it’s important for the neighborhood to start catering to its own residents so they don’t go and spend their money elsewhere.

At the moment, the neighborhood boasts a 15-screen Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas a block from a subway line and a mall lined with second-hand stores selling street clothes, cellphone accessories, and knockoff shoes.

But the area is also a transportation hub, with the J, Z, and E subway lines converging at two stops: Jamaica Center/Parsons and Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue. It is also a gateway to the John F. Kennedy International Airport with the Airtran at the Sutphin subway spot.

“There’s a lot going on here,” said Bradley Diamond, a managing director with Lee & Associates NYC, a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm that hopes to attract more national chains to the area. Diamond participated in the event with two other colleagues.

“We’re definitely excited about Jamaica,” Diamond said. “Between the two hotel projects and the big apartment building that they’re doing, I think that people are going to need to eat and that is a better argument, a pro argument for restaurants to come in.

“Also what I learned from today is that they want to make this a tourist destination spot as well and tourists certainly are going to want to eat at restaurants and eat at something other than fast food.”

Jamaica may be the latest neighborhood that will burnish the borough’s hip image, as explained by Lonely Planet. The travel experts, who publish city and country guidebooks for all types of travelers and trips, picked Queens because they said New York’s largest borough is “quickly becoming its hippest,” but lamented that “most travelers haven’t clued in… yet.” Lonely Planet also cited Queens because “nowhere is the image of New York as the global melting pot truer than Queens.”

Stroll down Sutphin or Jamaica and it’s a meld of Chinese take-out, Indian groceries, and African hair braiding spots.

But new developments announced to take place in the coming months could alter the feel and look of the neighborhood.

Groundbreaking for a Hilton Garden Inn to be built on the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Avenue, directly across from the Airtran/LIRR station, is set to begin later this year. The 26-story hotel will have 240 rooms.

BRP Companies, a real estate investment and development firm, will also build a mixed-use residential and retail complex at the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue. It will include 100,000 square feet of retail and community facilities, 580 residential units of which it has said 100 will be reserved for affordable housing, and 300 underground parking spaces.

Lee & Associates NYC hopes to use that as leverage to entice national restaurant chains like California Pizza Kitchen, the Cheesecake Factory, Grand Lux Café, Olive Garden, and T.G.I. Friday’s among others.

“It’s a great shopping district and I think there’s a great potential for other type of shopping,” Diamond said. “There’s room for more. If you’ve got a developer like BRP coming into the area, you know, those guys aren’t stupid. They may be a little ahead of the curve. So we’d like to see a restaurant that would believe in the area as well.”

The event began with an address from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and included a keynote from developer Drew Greenwald. It proved largely positive as people networked and asked questions of a panel of developers.

The event also took participants on bus tours of the area, during which guides pointed out certain vacant and soon-to-be vacant sites that are slated for redevelopment. Diamond pointed out that the current site of a Capital One Bank, on Jamaica Avenue and 162 Street, would be ideal for a Cheesecake Factory because of its large size.

A majority of area residents, workers, and shoppers have said they want more restaurants in the area, according to a survey the Business Improvement District conducted. The survey found that 82 percent want more restaurants, 73 percent want more retail businesses, and 64 percent would like more recreation and entertainment.

“There’s a lot of room for all kinds of growth, on every level of income, at every price point,” Binda said.

The median income in the immediate area is about $55,000, according to 2012 figures from the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. However, at least 35 percent of Queens residents also receive some kind of government assistance.

But the business district’s executive cautioned critics who would dismiss the area as low-income or working-class.

“I think it’s somewhat of a myth that people think that just because it’s this kind of a community that we don’t want certain amenities,” she said. “It’s not that we don’t like it. We’ll go to Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island to get it. And we may be willing to pay a premium if it was offered and that’s what I think the developers have finally realized.”


168 Pl between 89th Ave & 90th Ave

168 Pl between 89th Ave & 90th Ave

Never ceases to amaze me the blatant destruction of our borough and in Jamaica.

On a somewhat quaint small block of Jamaica that is residential and pretty uniform as far as the homes go, a small one family home has been bought by a church and the church is in the process of being built at 89-25 168 Pl. There have been issues with this property for years, stop work orders, damage to next door neighbor’s property, etc (last year was some major damage done to the back portion of the house).  Currently DOB stepped in again and put a full vacate order and stopped construction (, but not until some bizarre damage was done to the home next to it (which that home at 89-27 168 Pl seems to have illegal apartments, but DOB has not looked into that). It seems the construction company for the church, cut a huge part of the eaves and the full length of gutters off the house on the one side. I mean how was this even allowed to happen. I saw when it was first going up and wondered how they were even going to get the top part of the church to fit next to the house and then today I saw what was done. And why was another church (which Jamaica is littered with) allowed to be put up on this block to begin with. Never ceases to amaze me at the shit that goes on & the shit that gets put up in neighborhoods while our leaders do shit.

So here is a photo of the house from the 1980’s, followed by all the incarnations of it to the present crap.8625 168 pl 198089-25 168 pl

Two blocks from me and next to two homes, this has been like this for several years. A disaster in the making.

Two blocks from me and next to two homes, this has been like this for several years. A disaster in the making.

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There are so many fucked up city agencies in New York, but Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is at the top with their lack of doing nothing or doing something totally idiotic.

In the “lack of doing nothing” file, DOT refuses to put up a “NO TRUCKS” sign on the very problematic 170th Street which is a non truck route and has a major 24/7 issue of large and dangerous trucks flooding that street causing safety, pollution and noise issue to what is relatively a quite stretch. They tell me “we do not do negative signage”. What the fuck does that even mean. Code word for we are not going to do anything, that is how we operate.

Waste facility truck barely squeezes by school bus.

Waste facility truck barely squeezes by school bus.

In the “do something idiotic” file, DOT wants to stop left hand turns onto Jamaica Ave from Woodhaven Blvd, instead having vehicles (many which include the same large trucks reeking havoc on 170th) take a residential street.

WHAT THE FUCK. Does this fucking city ever think?


From Queens Chronicle:

No left turns onto Jamaica Avenue?

Proposal would have cars turning down residential Woodhaven streets


Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 10:30 am | Updated: 11:33 am, Thu Apr 23, 2015.

The Department of Transportation is proposing to ban motorists on Woodhaven Boulevard from turning left onto Jamaica Avenue, directing them onto residential streets if they wish to access the commercial corridor — as part of the Woodhaven Boulevard Select Bus service plan.

The move is opposed by transportation advocates, who say taking away taking away left turns, in either direction, would pose a safety hazard for those living on the streets that will have cars driving by them.

“You’re going to have trucks and tractor trailers and all these big vehicles going down these streets,” Kenichi Wilson, Community Board 9’s Transportation Committee chairman, said. “You’re going to have much larger commercial vehicles and more volume.”

The DOT’s proposal to eliminate that left turns would require drivers going southbound on the corridor to divert to 86th Road and northbound motorists to use 85th Road. Several other left turns might also be banned as part of the agency’s plan to have a dedicated bus lane run down the 14-mile corridor, including at Rockaway Boulevard.

Wilson, who lives on Woodhaven Boulevard, is worried about the increased volume of large vehicles that would go down the residential streets.

“You’re going to have much larger commercial vehicles and more volume,” he said.

Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) said the proposal would also hurt the businesses on Jamaica Avenue, because motorists might be less likely to take the side routes to the avenue.

A DOT spokesman said in an email, “NYC DOT is proposing to ban the left turns from Woodhaven Boulevard to Jamaica Avenue to address safety issues.”

“Between 2009 and 2014, there were 3 pedestrian fatalities and 162 reported injuries at the intersection alone and improving safety has been identified as an important community concern,” the spokesman added.

The plan to eliminate left turns onto the business corridor was made known to the public during the DOT’s first public workshop on the SBS proposal last Thursday.

Allan Rosen, a retired director of bus planning for the MTA’s New York City Transit and a transit blogger, blasted the decision to redirect drivers down residential streets.

“It’s a horrible idea,” he said.

Rosen wrote an op-ed in the Queens Chronicle last week, in which he outlined what he considers proponents’ myths about the SBS proposal. He echoed those concerns in an interview with a reporter.

“It’s not a horribly dangerous road,” he said of the idea that Woodhaven Boulevard is one of the most dangerous corridors in the city.

Phil McManus, a Rockaway resident and president of the Queens Public Transit Committee, said the DOT’s plan is “going to hurt more people.”

McManus added the SBS lane would be a detriment to people’s commute and that the time and energy put into developing it should be devoted to restoring the Rockaway Beach rail line, a decommissioned branch that connected South Queens with the rest of the borough.

Wilson said although the corridor needs improvement, much of the SBS proposal is “extremely flawed.”

He added that he plans on attending future workshops on it and that he hopes the DOT will take the community’s suggestions to heart.


Trucks4.24.15 002Although the enforcement is not at the level I would like it to be, the only folks doing anything about the illegal truck driving are Jamaica’s 103rd precinct, the workhorse of a precinct. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, DOT and our local elected politicians have REFUSED to address this issue and come out with a solution, but at least 103rd is pulling their weight.

I just finished writing a post while a large truck came by and immediately filed a 311 complaint. While that truck above was already gone, the 103rd pulled over a truck coming by not long after.Trucks4.24.15 003Trucks4.24.15 004Trucks4.24.15 005Trucks4.24.15 006 This is how it should be.


Trucks4.24.15 001Trucks4.24.15 002In any other community, either here in NYC or across the country, elected politicians would consider the safety of young children and would not tolerate illegal truck driving on residential streets putting not only children, but seniors and others at risk and the pollution and especially the noise that trucks bring by driving illegally on non-truck routes. Factor in that this truck below was carrying load completely uncovered (illegal) and it is just a matter of time.

But here in Jamaica, with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz  loves to talk about the “development of Jamaica” but totally ignores complaints about this issue or makes up some “task-force”, DOT are completes dicks and as usual for a city agency ignores problems, a lack of proper enforcement and local elected leaders, who are supposed to service the community and be the voice of the people do jack shit and prove once again they could care less about the community unless there is something in it for them.

The trio of Senator Leroy Comrie (useless), Assembly Member William Scarsborough  (recent arrested) and Councilman Ruben Wills (recently arrested) who all have ignored this major quality of life issue that effects other streets besides 170th, have banded together to waste time and money fighting the deadly scourge of “sexy alcohol ads”.

This idiotic trio have taken a page from Politics 101, which a reader of Queens Crap blog recently shared on this issue of wasted time on sexy alcohol ads”:

1)Create imaginary problems then implement meaningless, nonsensical solutions to combat them.

Real problems require real and often difficult solutions that reliable client voter blocs or big donors may not like.

Real problems if they can’t simply be ignored are given politically safe but bullshit “gum and duct tape” treatments that allow them to kick the can down the road for a while. Hopefully, the problem will be pushed far enough down the road that the electorate will forget about it and the politician will retire before the shit really hits the fan.
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2)Politically connected firms can be hired at great expense to conduct numerous “studies” of the problems and recommend “solutions”.

3) Ensure that the imaginary solution to the imaginary problems necessitates the creation of new, or expansion of existing, bureaucracies. More political appointees as a jobs programs for friends, more bureaucrats/city employees to make the municipal unions happy.
Some remaining crumbs may be doled out to client voter blocs through some free stuff program or other.

Furthermore, ensure that big crony capitalist political donors are given lucrative contracts or markets are created and/or mandated for the crony capitalist’s goods and services.

A win-win for the right sort of elite people and the client voter blocs collect their crumbs in an exultant epiphany that they got over on someone else.

Oh Yeah!

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Jamaica Clown Trio: Wills, Scarborough & Comrie

In case you are not aware, the unholy trinity of Senator Leroy Comrie, Councilman Ruben Wills and Assembly Member William Scarborough instead of taking care of serious quality of life issues in Jamaica, they decided to focus their attention on sexy alcohol ads in the community. Read

But these “trio of fools” have gave their approval of the below ads. sexy alcohol with wills

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The SouthQueens  “element” destroys community, time to remove this “element”, especially in Jamaica.

From Queens Courier:

EXCLUSIVE: Squatters using foreclosed Ozone Park home as drug outlet even after police raids

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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre
 They just want this nightmare to end.

An Ozone Park home in foreclosure, which squatters use to sell drugs, has been the target of police investigations and raids for years — yet it’s still terrorizing the neighborhood, while the process to reclaim the home is ongoing.

Residents have witnessed squatters exchange money for drugs from the house at 105-17 101st Rd. for about four years. As little as three weeks ago, on April 2, cops busted open the home around 6 a.m. with a search warrant and arrested five individuals from ages 25 to 42 after finding drugs, including marijuana.

Christan Henderson, Hasun and Judith Andino, Ebony Goggans and Troy James were all charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to authorities. But as in the past, even after arrests, illegal activities haven’t ceased at the home, according to neighbors.

“It’s Grand Central Station all day,” said an elderly resident on the block, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of becoming a possible target for the squatters. “All day long you see them coming back and forth, back and forth. I have to have four locks on my door. I remember we never even locked our doors when I was younger. Now I’m afraid. I’m a prisoner in my own home.”

Neighbors say “shady” people rotate as residents in the home, so there is not a set family living in the house. Also, individuals come to buy drugs during the day and even late at night.

The property is noticeably falling apart from the outside and it has been sited with complaints and violations from the Department of Buildings, including illegally converting part of the kitchen into a bedroom.

The dead-end 101st Road is bordered by St. Mary’s Gate of Heaven, a Catholic kindergarten through eighth-grade school, a building that nearly 1,000 kids use for school, religious activities and Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball and volleyball.

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There has never been a reported incident involving the squatters and children, who are as young as 5, according to a school representative. However, the school community joined forces with residents to report illegal activities to authorities and local politicians, hoping stop the problem before any incidents occur. Also, the school wants to limit exposure of drugs to students.

Because the home is private property, the city and cops are not able to stop people from entering it.

The owner of the house is listed as Nicole Absalom of Bay Shore in Suffolk County, according to city records. Absalom acquired the property in 2008, records show. The home has been in foreclosure since 2010, after Absalom failed to pay CitiMortgage, a division of Citigroup.

There isn’t a listed contact number for Absalom, but according to Assemblyman Mike Miller, his office has attempted to contact the homeowner, with no response. Miller is hoping that CitiMortgage can reclaim the house and remove squatters or give authorities permission to lock up the home.

“The only way to really take action and to keep everybody out of the house is to get permission from the owner to do that, but because the owner is not cooperating, we need the bank to foreclose on the property so that we can get permission from them to get everybody out of the house,” Assemblyman Mike Miller said. “We need them to take action. It’s their responsibility at this point.”

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However, the bank said it can’t take back the home yet, because of a sluggish New York State foreclosure process.

“Because Citi services this loan, but does not own it, we have limited options for managing the property prior to foreclosure,” said Mark Rodgers, director of public affairs at Citi. “As we do not own the property, we cannot legally have squatters evicted. We are working with our legal counsel trying to expedite this case.”


Queens and especially South East SUCK and that is because of the “element” that is so prevalent in our communities. But my old hometown of Pittsburgh certainly knew how to handle that fucking “element” in one neighborhood, which way back when I lived in Pittsburgh was bad. Something that Shitty New York could take a lesson from.

From Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

How did East Liberty become safer? Buying out homes that housed criminals

A new study quantifies the results of the East Liberty Development Inc. strategy

A map of East Liberty in 2008 shows Negley Avenue running down the length of a curious red blotch between Penn Avenue and East Liberty Boulevard.

By 2012, the red blotch had dimmed to yellow. The change signified a 49 percent drop in the incidence of crime.

The blotch had covered much of the old residential neighborhood, including Hays, North St. Clair, Mellon and Euclid streets. In the mid-2000s, Eric Jester, then the housing development manager for East Liberty Development Inc., said his and nearby streets were “a steady drumbeat of nonsense. Not just gunfire but street fights, people screaming, hookers propositioning your dinner guests.” He said an identifiable number of properties had reduced quality of life to “an existential threat.”

“We called the police, but as soon as the police left it started up again,” he said. “We tried code enforcement, we tried yelling, we tried shaming.

“We finally decided it’s probably better if we owned the properties.”

The result of ELDI’s strategic purchase of 200 units from slumlords between 2008 and 2012 is the subject of a 23-page report, released recently by the data analysis firm Numeritics, that reframes East Liberty’s narrative of transformation.

For years, it has been built on the commercial investments that poured into the neighborhood through the 2000s — Home Depot in 2000, Whole Foods in 2002 and, more recently, Target and the build-out of Eastside.

But nobody sleeps at Whole Foods.

“You can stack organic arugula as high as you want, but that doesn’t make a neighborhood safe,” said Mr. Jester, who left ELDI in 2014 to head his own company, New Burgh Real Estate.

Numeritics, based in East Liberty, provides previous research, data and correlations, academic theories, graphs, charts and citations that describe the result of what ELDI called “the slumlord buy-out program,” Mr. Jester said.

Through the 2000s, ELDI was buying, renovating and replacing properties for mixed-income buyers, but it intensified its efforts in 2008, going after property owners who allowed criminal behavior as long as tenants didn’t complain about lax maintenance.

ELDI’s acquisition of both large and small apartment buildings led to renovations and the hiring of effective property managers and off-duty police officers. At the same time, ELDI kept the same racial composition and low rents, Numeritics reported.

As it happens, the nonprofit had acquired 3 percent of the neighborhood’s residential rental units, unwittingly hitting the percentage identified in hot-spot theory, which says that 3 percent of locations are responsible for 50 percent of police calls, said Numeritics’ research scientist Victoria Hill, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate

Numeritics’ lead economist Tayo Fabusuyi, who also studied at CMU, said a 49 percent drop in crime between 2008 and 2012 within the streets covered by the red blotch was in direct correlation to ELDI’s acquisitions.

“What was really novel was the use of real estate to address crime,” he said.

One of the acquisitions, Mellon’s Orchard Apartments, was the source of 53 arrests in 2008. In 2012, there were 13.

In this case, as in others, Ms. Hill said, effective property management “has made the difference.”

“Sometime in 2013,” Mr. Jester said, “I was crawling into bed on a hot night and had the windows open. It was so quiet. I asked my wife, ‘When was the last time we called 911?’ ”

Neither could remember.

To find out if ELDI’s strategy had played a part in the change, he collected city crime data and called Carnegie Mellon University, where a graduate student created the “heat maps” that showed where crime was significant enough to register.

In both the 2008 and 2012 maps, a red circle is centered over East Liberty’s business district, just as it is over Shadyside’s Walnut Street. Business districts in all neighborhoods are typically where crime is most significant, most relating to theft.

Zone 5 Commander Jason Lando said he is too new to his job to speak to ELDI’s efforts then, “but I definitely have noticed over the last couple years that area [under the red blotch] has quieted down considerably. I was at a meeting the other day in Garfield and was pleasantly astonished at how Garfield had significantly quieted down, too.

“There is a tremendous amount of credit that goes to community groups” in addressing crime, he said.

ELDI’s role in ensuring mixed-income rentals and home sales throughout the neighborhood have contributed to rising property values, as other developers flock to the market. But there are still many affordable rentals, said Skip Schwab, ELDI’s deputy director. The nonprofit has used state low-income tax credits for equity to afford renovating derelict buildings, he said.

“The neighborhood is now a much more attractive place to live, and so demand for affordable has increased,” he said, adding that whether you live in a market rate house or an affordable apartment, “safety is nonnegotiable.”

Numeritics has evaluated and interpreted data for organizations, companies and non-profits on everything from the effects of after-school programs to the efficacy of a parking app. It also helps organizations build data skills.

Mr. Jester said Numeritics’ findings may be of particular interest in Rust Belt cities, where population pressure is not driving prices as high as it is on the East Coast, making it possible to replicate ELDI’s strategy.

The entire report is embebbed in a synopsis of the project at