A former private playground at the corner of 109th Ave & 171st Street, has been empty for years and pretty much nothing inside of it even resembles a playground except for a rusty bent up sliding board. For over a decade it has been nothing but a major eyesore and dumping ground for people who walk by to illegal dumpsters such as contractors and handymen. My clean up Jamaica comrade, long time resident and community activist, Pamela Hazel has been trying to get this mess cleaned up way before I ever arrived in Jamaica (http://www.qchron.com/editions/eastern/her-crusade-to-clean-up-jamaica/article_4907d4a7-37ed-54eb-88c5-55543ee52d1d.html). Back in 2010 Hazel said she had contacted several area politicians about the eyesore including state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica), Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and then Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton), and claims all she got from them is “lip service.” Wow, how surprising.
Comrie to this day still really has done nothing and Senator Malcolm Smith never returned the Queens Chronicle’s phone call back then; maybe when he is in jail he can find time to return that 3 year old phone call. Even back then our elected officials were not “leaders”.
At one time this eyesore was owned by the apartment complex across the street, but a few years back when the apartment complex was sold, the new owners did not want that parcel of land. The current owner is David Crown Landau of David Crown-Landau Realty located at 1358 47th St #1 in Brooklyn. He, like other absentee property owners, is required to maintain the property, but when our elected leaders do not put pressure on our city agencies and Department of Sanitation does not enforce the laws all the time, then these slumlords get away with murder and the community is left with one big mess.
This site was even featured on a Help Me Howard episode last year.
Currently after several complaints, the empty lot has been cleaned up of high weeds, garbage, concrete stones and every other piece of shit you can think of. But the question is how long will this last. The place has been cleaned up before only to turn to shit pretty quickly and as long as our leaders do not put pressure on and DOS does not come down hard on the owner, it will not be too long before we see diapers, TV’s, contractor’s waste and other assorted shit.
Here is how it currently looks as of July 28th.
Here are some previous incarnations of this problematic area, one of many in Jamaica.
Can you even imagine something like this for so long in Chelsea, the West Village or Park Slope, but here in Jamaica with our shitty do nothing leaders and even more shittier low class ghetto people, this is an all too common site.
WELCOME TO THE HOOD!