ASSEMBLYMAN WILLIAM SCARBOROUGH: “IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN AN AFFLUENT, NON-MINORITY COMMUNITY”

In The New York Daily News Queens section was an article in regards to the years of constant flooding in parts of Southeast Jamaica and how nothing really is being done to solve it (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/rallying-flood-relief-southeastern-queens-article-1.1354332). Sounds very similar to the major garbage/litter problem that has been going on for a long time in this community as well.

In speaking about the Department of Environmental Protection, Assemblyman William Scarborough had this to say: “It is an insult to the community to tell us that you have the means to resolve our suffering, but you won’t do it. This is a blatant disrespect and neglect of an entire community. It would never happen in an affluent, non-minority community.”

He is pretty much on the money with that comment and I will expand. Yes, if this was happening in Chelsea, Upper East Side, West Village, Park Slope to name a few, this problem would be taken care of within a reasonable time. The same with the garbage problem, that would have been taken care of very quickly, but the people in those communities would have never “trashed” their communities either (like Jamaica residents have), let alone let the garbage problem drag on for years.

The stores along 164th Street. This was a mess on Saturday and now more garbage has been tossed into the mix.

The stores along 164th Street. Do you think you would see this on Bleeker Street in the West Village?

Last Friday about two dozen people attended a rally in front of the Department of Environmental Protection headquarters in Flushing. Only about two dozen (which means there were probably not even two dozen). Granted that was a work day and it is hard for people to get off of work, but I could bet that even if it was a Saturday, there would probably only be that amount, maybe even less (the excuse would be that this is my day off).

So why in Jamaica……………………….what I have said over and over in regards to the Jamaica community, APATHY. So very little people in Jamaica care about their community and what it looks like, hence the mounds and mounds of garbage all over the place. Many people just ignore what goes on, rarely report trash all on their streets and sidewalks, rarely speak up and pretty much just sit back and do nothing. Do many of these people care, HELL NO. Because if they did, litter would not be tossed all over the community with such abandonment and  illegal dumping would not be tolerated and people would speak out on it. In those other communities that I mentioned, the majority of people care about their community, care what is looks like and do not tolerate any of that negative behavior that is widespread in Jamaica. If something is wrong they speak out  loud and clear till it gets resolved.  Here in Jamaica, with the exception of a few, like community activist Pamela Hazel, NOTHING.

Same area a day later. 5.28.13

Think this would be seen in Chelsea?

In our community, the majority of people put up with so much non-sense and not just the trash/litter problem. They allow knuckleheads to blast music loudly from parked cars in front of their homes and buildings without calling 311 or the police. They allow their neighbors to keep overflowing containers of trash that cause rodents without calling 311 or Sanitation. I have watched people standing around making comments and laughing at a domestic fight and not call the police. I finally had to call since I heard it from my apartment window. They allow slumlords to keep shitty apartment buildings without turning them in. APATHY folks. It is bad enough that Jamaica is so segregated by ethnicity here and so fractured, throw apathy on top of it and it just spells DOOM for a community. Is it any wonder why there is so much crime in Jamaica and that innocent D’aja Robinson was killed on a bus by some punk ass’s gun.

So yes, Assemblyman Scarborough is right when he says, “This is a blatant disrespect and neglect of an entire community. It would never happen in an affluent, non-minority community.” But he forgets that the community he is talking about brings about that disrespect and neglect by engaging in bad behavior and not standing up and speaking out.

As much as I want to blame our elected officials and community leaders, a huge amount of blame has to be placed on the community itself. A community is only as good as the people in it. You will not hear me say this that much, but Councilman Ruben Wills was right when he said, “It’s the people in the community” in the NY1 four part garbage series. But also our elected leaders allowed this garbage problem to get so out of hand over the years and for that they need to take responsibility as well and be held accountable.

Some people in the community do not like the language I use or my tone or the things that I say, but you know what, sometimes you  have to take an unpopular stand to get people to look at themselves and to set fire to people’s ass to do something. Before I moved here there was very little talk about the garbage problem and it was like this was all just normal. BUT IT IS NOT NORMAL AND IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. Civilized people do not act this way.

Bottom line though, it is the people of Jamaica or I should say the quality of the people.

Willie the Wino

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AND NOW THE MARK OF “CLEAN-UP JAMAICA”.

Right next to my apartment building is an empty lot located at 170th St and 90th Avenue. It has been a major litter dumping spot on the surrounding sidewalks on 170th St and 90th Avenue and during the warm weather the weeds grow high and onto the sidewalk. It has been a major eyesore in the community and the city seems to have done very little to this scumbag property owner and pretty much allows him to get away with the mess that is created. The low class scumbag owner Gouranga Kundu (no surprise with that name) who lives in Woodside at 38-25 55 Street refuses to come out and clean the mess on a regular basis. Give him a call at 917-578-5640 to tell him what you think of what he has done to the community. In fact for the last two years, he has only been out 3 times. I have lost count of my filing reports with Sanitation. Most of the time I have to clean it up myself.

Same area a day later. 5.28.13

Recently a wooden fence has been erected around the metal fence, since eventually some construction is to take place, more than likely resulting in a shitty looking third world apartment building to house low class ghetto folks and low class third world immigrants, which I am sure once built, Mr. Kundu will never be around to make sure the place is kept clean.

Well it looks like Mr. Kundu’s property has gotten the Clean-Up Jamaica logo. Consider yourself TAGGED Mr. Kundu.

TAG, you are it Mr. Kundu!

TAG, you are it Mr. Kundu!

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So who will be TAGGED next? Low class apartment buildings with garbage all over, more vacant lots, store fronts who do not clean up their place, the dirty 169th Street Subway stop, which smells like shit  because of a sewage problem, slumlord homes, abandoned cars put on the streets by auto body shops. It is anyone’s guess.

Now this is graffiti that I can live with.

 

AND THE WINNER OF THE OFFICIAL JAMAICA MASCOT CONTEST IS………………….

“WILLIE THE WINO”

Willie the Wino

Willie the Wino, The Official Jamaica Mascot

The people have spoken and the winner of the Official Jamaica Mascot Contest is “Willie The Wino”. Willie represents a huge problem in Jamaica, APATHY.

The reason Jamaica is looked upon with such disdain and negativity has much to do with APATHY. Look up APATHY in the dictionary and you will find this:

Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference.

That pretty much sums up Jamaica, from the low class bottom of the barrel people who live here, the mostly corrupt and do nothing attitude of our elected officials and leaders to many of our so-called upstanding educated residents, who you think should know better. But alas most people in our community either don’t give a shit, do not want to say anything or get involved, are just immune to the garbage and crime or do not want to rock the boat and hence our community is going down the shitter with the  huge amount of garbage/litter and the crime that goes along with it.

How APATHETIC, well all one needs to do is look all over Jamaica and see the widespread horrendous garbage/litter problem that has been going on for years or our elected officials who have not really even addressed this issue let alone some time of action plan or solution or the fact that only 147 people have signed my petition to some of our elected officials to clean up the garbage problem in Jamaica. APATHY kills and Jamaica has been dying for a long time.

One of my postings was featured on the website Queens Crap. The posting entitled “Garbage in Jamaica Symbolic of Bigger Problems” (http://queenscrap.blogspot.com/2013/05/garbage-in-jamaica-symbolic-of-bigger.html) had a comment from an anonymous individual that says so much in a few short sentences:

“It’s the broken window theory all over again…if you (politicians) don’t do something to stop and correct a cancer growing in your own district, things can only get worse. I don’t know anyone who has a positive view of Jamaica. Does anyone? There you go….fix the problem, now!”

Very telling and the reason “Willie The Wino” won.

So thanks to all you APATHETIC residents of Jamaica, you have made “Willie The Wino” the Official Jamaica Mascot. Something to be very proud of.

An example of APATHY, the same area on Memorial Day and day after, REAL NICE. Can you imagine if I did not call DOS.

5.27.13

5.27.13

Same area a day later. 5.28.13

Same area a day later.
5.28.13

 

A MEMORIAL DAY WALK: WOULD THIS BE FUCKING ACCEPTABLE ANYWHERE ELSE

A Memorial Day walk to Blink Gym, but not really different from any other walk in Jamaica. My question, would this be acceptable anywhere else?

As soon as I walk out of my apartment building on 170th St, I encounter this:

In front of empty lot at 169-23 90th Ave

In front of empty lot at 169-23 90th Ave

and this:

In front of empty lot at 169-23 90th Ave

In front of empty lot at 169-23 90th Ave

I turn onto 90th Ave, the other side of the empty lot to see this:

Empty Lot at 169-23 90th Ave

Empty Lot at 169-23 90th Ave

A few feet and I encounter the next empty lot on 90th Ave and this:

The front of another empty lot on 90th Ave

The front of another empty lot on 90th Ave

I have not even gotten two blocks yet, but as I move into the next block (this is near where the $50 million retail project is going up and  across the street from the Marshall’s Department Store and the Police Station), I see this:

Side of house at 89-27 168th Place. The smell is awful either a bunch of dog shit in there, a baby diaper or someone took a shit in there.

Side of house at 89-27 168th Place. The smell is awful, either a bunch of dog shit in there, a baby diaper or someone took a shit in there.

You can actually see a small piece of dog shit to the left.

Right around the corner, this major eyesore that has just gotten some garbage dumped there.

Abandoned Home at

Abandoned Home at 89-64 168th Place

I have only walked three blocks so far, pretty damn amazing. This all near the $50 million retail project.

Now I am walking back from the gym and I walk along 164th Street where the stores of the Colosseum Mall are and I see this, which was a  mess on Saturday, but slobs added more garbage today.

The stores along 164th Street. This was a mess on Saturday and now more garbage has been tossed into the mix.

The stores along 164th Street. This was a mess on Saturday and now more garbage has been tossed into the mix.

And this:

Stores along 164th Street between Jamaica Ave and 89th Ave.

Stores along 164th Street between Jamaica Ave and 89th Ave.

And this:

Stores along 164th Street between Jamaica Ave and 89th Ave.

Stores along 164th Street between Jamaica Ave and 89th Ave.

A turn on 89th Avenue reveals this “Jamaica Revealed”:

164-11 89th Ave. This spot is a great pissing place for the local natives.

164-11 89th Ave. This spot is a great pissing place for the local natives.

And nothing says GHETTO like this:

In front of Fish Market on 89th Ave.

In front of Fish Market on 89th Ave.

So this was just a few blocks from my apartment, TOTALLY DISGUSTING AND TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE (unless you live in Pakistan or India).  Councilman Ruben Wills, who I am not a fan of, was right in the NY1 four-part garbage series when he said “It’s the community”. Claudia Filomena, Queens Director for the Mayors Community Affair Unit was wrong when she stated in a Queens Chronicle article in regards to the Jamaica trash/litter problem: ““There are areas in Manhattan that have trash and graffiti as well,” Felomina said at the meeting.”

No Ms. Felomina there are no areas in Manhattan that look anything like what is going on in Jamaica. I probably have traveled all over the 5 boroughs more than you or most people and have NEVER encountered anything quite like what I see in Jamaica. This past Sunday, I walked all over the West Village, the East Village, Lower East Side, Union Square area and saw nothing that resembled the few blocks that are pictured here, so please do not give me that bullshit statement.

The Jamaica community is a result of too many low-class ghetto people who think nothing of throwing trash everywhere, new low-class third world immigrants who have no respect for their new community and think throwing garbage is normal, absentee landlords of run-down third world looking apartment buildings, owners of vacant properties that are not taken care of, litter laws that are not enforced by Department of Sanitation, a slew of section 8 housing where some of the people have no respect for their community or themselves, corrupt local officials, do very little local officials, community boards that are just an extension of the local officials, community and business leaders with blinders on whose catch phrase is “vibrant and diverse” , a mayor who has pretty much abandoned anything outside of Manhattan and so-called upstanding community residents who say nothing, do nothing, ignore the situation and do not hold their elected leaders accountable. All of this is a recipe for disaster, a dying Jamaica community.

If anyone can tell me if any of this is acceptable, say something now. If anyone thinks that my last paragraph is incorrect, say something now.

CASE CLOSED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANOTHER “JAMAICA REVEALED” WALK: GARBAGE, GARBAGE, GARBAGE

Another Saturday morning walk to Blink Gym revealed the true “Jamaica Revealed”. Of course “Jamaica Revealed” refers to the event held several weeks ago about bringing potential businesses to the downtown area, which I am all for, but how about cleaning up the damn house first folks. This garbage problem in Jamaica is atrocious. How atrocious? Well my walk back from Blink Gym revealed a major eyesore along the Colosseum Mall Stores on 165th between Jamaica Ave and 89th St. (and this was not early in the morning either). One particular eyesore, which looks like it has been in the making for a while, is pretty amazing considering this is right in the downtown area and part of the 164th Street Mall Association. Someone is not doing their job.

This is right near 89-41 165th Street. I have seen this for awhile and wondered how long before anyone said anything. Well I am still waiting.

This is right near 89-41 165th Street. I have seen this for a while and wondered how long before anyone said anything. Well I am still waiting.

More shit along 165th Street.

More shit along 165th Street.

And the beat goes on.....

And the beat goes on…..

......and on and on.

……and on and on.

Empty lot next to Homecare Supplies at 168-30 89th Ave. How much garbage and rodents are hidden in these high weeds?

Empty lot next to Homecare Supplies at 168-30 89th Ave. How much garbage and rodents are hidden in these high weeds?

In front of house at 89-16 172nd St.

In front of house at 89-16 172nd St.

Problematic lot at 170-19 89th Ave.

Problematic lot at 170-19 89th Ave.

And all of this is supposed to draw quality businesses in our area? All it draws in are low-class ghetto trash and low-class third world immigrant trash and the crap that goes along with it.

How bad is our Jamaica garbage problem, well at 112th Precinct Community Council meeting last Thursday, which  covers Forest Hills/Kew Gardens, City Council candidate Jon Torodash, who I know, had this exchange with Claudia Filomena, the Queens director for the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, which the Queens Chronicle covered (http://www.qchron.com/editions/central/trying-to-improve-neighborhood-streets/article_08f05777-caf5-5ba1-b4fb-072e9c7eaf0f.html):

City Council candidate Jon Torodash brought up his own concerns.

“Jamaica has a tremendous trash problem and it has since been growing along Queens Boulevard and there have been individuals who have been documenting it,” he said. “It’s happened on DOT properties, residential properties, and no one is coming out there and no fines have been issued.”

Filomena explained that in certain situations, such as a vacant lot, the Department of Sanitation can clean up the property.

“But in Queens you have a lot of buildings that have just been abandoned and we try to do as much as we can,” she said. “Because you have a lot of absentee landowners and property owners in the area, it makes it difficult. We can bill them, but at the end of the day, they can choose to ignore the fines. Unfortunately it’s kind of just a Band-Aid. We can also reach out to the banks that own those properties but many of them are out of state and don’t always come up with the best solutions either.”

“It is obvious that Manhattan and certain areas of Brooklyn and Queens are better maintained than others, and it’s simply not right,” Torodash wrote in an email after the meeting. “Although Jamaica is not technically ‘in my district,’ it is a hop, skip and a jump from the subways and buses. The slow incursion of graffiti and trash buildup into any area is a troubling indicator of neighborhood decline, correlating with increased crime and lowered property value. We don’t want the problem to creep in: It should be aggressively pursued.”

A resident of Jamaica, who did not attend the meeting, had similar thoughts.

“It’s downright nasty the way some of these streets look,” Gretta Harison said. “Some people probably say they’re used to it, but that’s not a good thing. We shouldn’t be used to trash all over the place and last time I checked, Queens was part of the city that Bloomberg represents. It seems like he forgets that sometimes.”

“There are areas in Manhattan that have trash and graffiti as well,” Felomina said at the meeting. “We want to help property owners and residents keep their neighborhoods clean and I know that in the Jamaica area there are a lot of issues with trash but there is only so much that we can legally do. We encourage anyone who sees trash or graffiti to call it in.”

Torodash was not satisfied.

“It amazes me how Queens Borough Hall can be strewn with trash, a broken handrail, peeling paint on its flagpole and unwashed graffiti for months (on the tarp over Civic Virtue’s former site) but still the city could muster $100,000 to pay for yanking the Civic Virtue statue away from City Hall and come up with $20 million for a glass atrium where healthy cherry trees once stood,” Torodash wrote. “It’s really not that complicated: Inspectors must seriously ramp up their issuing of citations and pass enforcement up the chain of command quickly to deal with the repeat and serious offenders who flout the law.”

Jon took the words right  out of my mouth.

Pretty fucking bad, when someone running for city council, not in our community and does not live in our community, is more concerned than our own elected officials who are pretty much non-existent on this issue. Where the fuck are your concerns Cook, Wills, Meeks, Scarborough, even you Mr. Comrie.

And sure just as I predicted earlier, we heard from Wills, Meeks and even disgraced Malcolm Smith in regards to violence and guns in conjunction with the horrific killing of 14-year-old D’aja Robinson

D'aja Robinson who life was taken by some punkass with a gun.

D’aja Robinson who life was taken by some punkass with a gun.

by some punk ass gang member, who needs to have a bounty on his head “DEAD OR NOT ALIVE”. They were saying the usual empty bullshit that politicians like to say during these times (“This is a tragedy”, “We have to get the guns out of our community”).  But words mean nothing, action means everything and none of you have really done anything on this issue. Why wait for a change in Washington, take care of matters in your own back yard and stop these young punks from running wild in our garbage strewn community. It is not like this is the first time,  this has been going on for years and as usual, to take the words of Stevie Wonder, “You haven’t done nothing”. Hell you clowns cannot even take care of the garbage problem. You are just media whores, looking for an opportunity to put yourself in the spotlight. Nothing but hollow bullshit.

You just don’t get the correlation between garbage run-down communities and crime. They go hand in hand FOOLS!

 

 

 

 

 

R.I.P D’AJA ROBINSON: THINK THE JAMAICA GARBAGE PROBLEM IS NOT A BIG DEAL, THINK AGAIN

Think the Jamaica garbage/litter problem is not a big deal, well think again. Not only does garbage begat garbage, but studies have shown that areas with garbage/litter problems also have a high crime rate.

Last Saturday in Jamaica, innocent 14 year old D’aja (Asia) Robinson was shot in the head and killed by some low life knucklehead punk  who shot at the Q6 bus that D’aja was riding to go home.

Fund to aid family of teen shooting victim D'aja Robinson

14 year old D’aja Robinson killed by some punkass with a gun.

Where is the outrage on that from our leaders, where is the “No more of this bullshit”,   hell, a photo of the young girl was hardly anywhere to be found in a paper.  At least the Queens Chronicle did.

I am sure if it was some little skinny ass blonde  white girl in the East Village, it would be on the front page of The Daily News and people would be up in arms. But here it is just another black statistic in a crime ridden area where problems are not being addressed or finding a permanent solution is not a priority. Oh I am sure some of our elected officials will attend the funeral today and in front of cameras give hollow lip service about “this is what I am going to do” and “no more violence”. But you know what, we have heard this tired old bullshit over and over again and the problems still exists. And we will hear the same bullshit lip service the next time another innocent young black person gets shot. If you do not think a link exists between all of the trash and crime and other issues, then some of you have your  heads much further up your asses than I thought. I am sure if the punk ass knucklehead who belongs to some pussy ass gang, called, “Snow Gang” was stopped and frisked two weeks ago, then some would have been up in arms. But maybe if they did, this young girl would have been alive, instead our community lets a bunch of stupid ass low ass scum run wild, doing whatever they want. The buy back gun program is a fucking joke. These punks are laughing at this stupid shit. Another band-aid solution.

So if you think the garbage problem is not that big of a deal, think again and look into the eyes of D’aja Robinson, whose life was taken way too soon by some low life scum.

When are people in our community finally going to wake up and say ENOUGH!!

Donations can be made to:

https://www.facebook.com/DajaRobinsonFund

WHAT ME TO WRITE SOMETHING POSITIVE, THEN CLEAN UP JAMAICA AND GIVE ME SOMETHING POSTIVE

I sometimes hear: “you do not write anything positive about Jamaica,  it is all garbage and trash”.

My response, well it is mostly garbage and trash, so clean-up Jamaica (like the blog title), take a stand, let your voice be heard, hound our elected leaders, call out people on their bullshit and do something beside standing on the sidelines and doing NOTHING. I love to write about the positives and the “little gems” of Jamaica , I even highlight a gem of the month on this blog. But the reality is that my negative column far outweighs the positive. I have written about the landmark former Loews Valencia on Jamaica Avenue, talked about the various landmarks, restaurants such as Nu Urban Cafe, Rocotto, Annam Brahma and Sangria, the newly opened Mubarak Health & Beauty and events such as the recent Jamaica Ball, but there just is so little positive to write about in this garbage strewn, corrupt elected officials and low-class behavior environment and even worse is the prevalent apathy that is as widespread in our community as the garbage. I am running out of positives, so give me some positives to write about. Make some noise, make some changes and STOP PUTTING UP WITH ALL THE BULLSHIT.

Empty Lot next to 159-05 Normal Road

Empty Lot next to 159-05 Normal Road

It is not like I can write about the neat little coffee/bakery shop that just opened on Jamaica Avenue (there are none) or the cool little boutique store that just opened around the corner (there are none) or the great new jazz lounge to chill out at and meet people (there are none) or the new art venue or bookstore or frozen yogurt place (THERE ARE NONE).  But what we  do have caters to so much of the low life culture in our community, 99 cent stores galore, beauty supply and wig stores on every damn corner, crap food places scattered all over, cheap clothing stores, fruit/vegetable places with bad and rotten produce, unclean stores and fast food joints. Our leaders have forgotten that many of us here are not all low-class people who don’t give a shit, that we like nice retail stores (and would not be caught dead in Shoppers World or Conway), nice sit down restaurants where our food is not slopped on a plate by a person wearing a hair net and a bad attitude and would like to sit in a park that does not have garbage all over or drunks/homeless people sprawled all over and “Yo Bitch, come here”.

Dress for Mess

Dress for Mess

So elected officials, community and business leaders, community boards, DO SOMETHING beside the old bullshit that you have been doing for ages that are not working, that are not benefiting our community, that is not helping to move Jamaica into the future with the rest of New York City.

My blog does not cause people to throw garbage all over, it does not cause politicians to steal tax payer’s money, it does not stop quality businesses from coming into the area. Quality businesses do not come into our area because our leaders have done nothing to clean up our community or our image. Our leaders do not really address the crime or the other major issues in the community. They talk about them but they rarely come up with an action plan and take a hardcore stand on an issue and stick through with it. Why did young innocent 14 year old Daja Robinson have to die the other day by a gunshot to the head, when all she did was ride the Q6  bus to go home.  Where is the outrage, where are the cries of ENOUGH. If this was a young white girl who was shot in Long Island City or Chelsea or the West Village, it would be all over the paper and people would be up in arms. But in Jamaica, it is just another day, another body because our community is so damn apathetic and very few people do anything or care. There are hard statistics that state that areas with large amounts of garbage, litter and trash have much higher rates of crime than areas that do not. This alone should be a reason to clean up Jamaica.

Jamaica is filled with potential, but is has been squandered by apathy, corruption and do nothing politics.  Just another damn day in the hood.

Why not this:

Why not this in our community?

Why not this in our community?

Instead of this:

This is typical of the shit on Hillside Ave

This is typical of the shit on Hillside Ave

You can start by signing the “Clean-Up Jamaica” petition. We are at 136 signatures and would love to to get 20,000 by mid June, only  about 10 % of the population. It takes so very little to do this one damn thing:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/clean-up-jamaica-queens.fb28?source=c.fb&r_by=7853233