EMPTY LOT/ABANDON PLAYGROUND FINALLY CLEANED UP, BUT FOR HOW LONG

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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.

Finally cleaned up, but for how long.

Finally cleaned up, but for how long.

Here are some previous incarnations of this problematic area, one of many in Jamaica.

171st/109th Ave off Merrick Blvd. 7.4.13 Beginning point of Clean Up Jamaica Protest March that Comrie could not bother to show up.

171st/109th Ave off Merrick Blvd.
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Beginning point of Clean Up Jamaica Protest in March that Councilman Comrie could not bother to show up.

171st/109th Ave off Merrick Blvd. 7.4.13 Beginning point of Clean Up Jamaica Protest March that Comrie could not bother to show up.

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Abandoned playground at 171st St/109th Ave that Comrie mentioned in 2010 article and how it looks today

Abandoned playground at 171st St/109th Ave that Comrie mentioned in 2010 article and how it looks today

 

Empty lot/Abandoned playground: 109th Ave/171st St. Constant major eyesore for years that the city has not really addressed.

Empty lot/Abandoned playground: 109th Ave/171st St. Constant major eyesore for years that the city has not really addressed.

Empty lot/Abandoned playground: 109th Ave/171st St. Constant major eyesore for years that the city has not really addressed.

Empty lot/Abandoned playground: 109th Ave/171st St. Constant major eyesore for years that the city has not really addressed.

Empty lot/Abandoned playground: 109th Ave/171st St. Is there a baby underneath all of that garbage!

Empty lot/Abandoned playground: 109th Ave/171st St. Is there a baby underneath all of that garbage!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CITY TO SPRAY PESTICIDES IN QUEENS AS OPPOSED TO ENFORCING ENVIRONMENTAL/SANITATION LAWS

The Health Department will be spraying harmful pesticides all over various parts of Queens including Maspeth, Ridgewood, Middle Village,  Rego Park, Flushing, Pomonok, Fresh Meadows, Murray Hill, Kissena Park and Queensboro Hill — from 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130730/flushing/city-spray-pesticides-queens-combat-west-nile-virus).  They say they use it as a last resort  to battle the West Nile Virus.

What about being proactive from the get go. All over Queens, especially Jamaica, are numerous vacant lots with high weeds and grass, garbage, tires that collect rain water which attract mosquitoes. These  high weeds and grass (plus garbage) are also found at abandon homes, in front of businesses, apartment building and homes where owners do not take care of their property, or maintain weeds and grass. Hell buy a damn weed whacker. A major big issue is why the city doe not enforce laws. This seems to be a major ongoing issue with the city, enforcing the damn laws and handing out fines/violations to the owners.

So while they spread poison all over the place, we will continue to see these common sites:

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Try to find the fire hydrant

Try to find the fire hydrant

163 St & Jamaica Ave, down from the other pile of shit, is this pile of shit sitting here for about 2 weeks as well.

163 St & Jamaica Ave, down from the other pile of shit, is this pile of shit sitting here for about 2 weeks as well.

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All My Children Day Care and Nursery School at 110-15 164th Pl

All My Children Day Care and Nursery School at 110-15 164th Pl

Property located at 107-58 164th Street owned by James Fobbs who lives at 60 Doughty Blvd, #205 in Inwood (Long Island), NY  11096. March 2013.

Property located at 107-58 164th Street owned by James Fobbs who lives at 60 Doughty Blvd, #205 in Inwood (Long Island), NY 11096. March 2013.

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It is not FUCKING ROCKET SCIENCE folks.  Just do your damn job and enforce laws instead of letting people do whatever the hell they want.

 

DOUCHEBAG QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT HELEN MARSHALL ENDORSES MAYORAL CANDIDATE CHRISTINE QUINN AND DOES ANYONE REALLY GIVE A SHIT

Queen Borough President Helen Marshall. "Dazed & Confused."

Queen Borough President Helen Marshall. “Dazed & Confused.”

Douchebag Queens Borough President Helen Marshall endorsed so-so mayoral candidate Christine Quinn on Monday.  Her endorsement holds about as much weight as a deflated helium balloon. If anything, the endorsement by one of the worst, incompetent, clueless and plain stupid Queens Borough President of all time  would do more damage than good. Hell if Marshall is endorsing Quinn, something is rotten in Denmark.

Marshall stated to The New York Daily News, ” You can’t find another candidate in this race with a record of fighting for the middle class that even comes close to Chris Quinn’s. You also can’t find another candidate with a vision as concrete, a will as strong, or a plan as substantive.” I was totally shocked, Marshall can say two complete sentences in a row and use a big word as substantive and use it correctly.

Marshall’s legacy will be the destruction of Queens, being an old whore to developers and one of the dumbest people on the planet.  This dumb shit had no idea that corrupt John Liu was even running for Mayor (http://politicker.com/2013/05/helen-marshall-didnt-know-john-liu-was-running-for-mayor/) and had no idea that Jamaica had a garbage problem in the NY1 four part garbage series in March.

The biggest mystery is how this woman was voted three times as Queens Borough President. So Ms. Marshall, your endorsement of Quinn is as relevant as MC Hammer or the dictaphone.  So now that you are coming to the end of your term, do the best thing and strap on your depends and head off to the sunset with the little dignity that you might have.

You will be sorely missed as much as George Zimmerman not showing up at a NAACP convention.

GUESS THE GARBAGE LOCATION: JAMAICA, ASTORIA OR OTHER

Take a guess where this location is:

Astoria garbage

Looks like your typical Jamaica sidewalk where low class ghetto/immigrant people just casually drop their trash like it was nothing…………………………………………………BUT it is not Jamaica. This mess is brought to you by Astoria, specifically 28th Avenue & 41st Street.  Something a few years back you would have never seen in Astoria, that is until a few years ago when a few blocks, especially on Steinway, was taken over by Egyptians and other third world immigrants. And this is in Mr. Peter Vallone’s district, who wants to be Queens  Borough President.

Beginning to see a pattern.

As I said, what happens in Jamaica can easily begin to spread to other parts of Queens and in reality is actually starting to happen.

Again, no judgements, just observations and facts. You can all draw your own conclusions.

New York City, the greatest city in the world as Mayor Bloomberg likes to state all the time. I think that is debatable.

***Photo courtesy of Nick from Astoria and posted on Queens Crap (http://queenscrap.blogspot.com/2013/07/lets-play-guessing-game.html)

TO THE LEADERS OF JAMAICA: HOW CAN ANY OF THIS SHIT BE ACCEPTABLE?

While riding my bike Sunday morning, I encountered several garbage strewn places (many illegal dumping and most of the spots have been reported numerous times).

Take a good look at our community:

1. Our Post Office (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) at the corner of 164th St & 89th Ave.???????????????????????????????

2. Post Office Parking Lot at 164th St & 89th Ave. This has been piling up since last week and I wondered how long it would stay like that.

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3.  Lot next to 170-18 Liberty St, or as I like to call that block, “Ghetto Row”.

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4. What appears to be an empty house at 103-24 171st St.Garbage 7.28.13 009

5.  The next two photos are a house at 104-11 171st St that I have reported several times.???????????????????????????????

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6. The next three photos are an empty half built building next to Mike’s Towing at 115-45 Merrick Blvd right across the street from the Northeastern Conference of Seventh Day Adventists Administration Building and a few blocks from the beautiful Roy Wilkins Park. It is obvious this has been an illegal dumping ground for a long time and obvious nothing has been done about this.

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7. And here again is the notorious empty James Fobb house at 107-58 108th Ave, which has been reported for two years now.

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8. The bus stop at Merrick Blvd & 108th Ave, a major spot for dropping off household garbage.

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9. Over flowing garbage cans at SE corner of Jamaica Ave & 170th St. A constant problem.

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10. The SW corner of Jamaica Ave & 170th St.

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11. The next two photos are of an apartment building located at 90-21 & 90-25 170th St, right across from a NYC Senior Housing Center. I have been reporting this numerous times, but is anything being done about this?

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Now does anyone reading this think that this is totally acceptable? Would any of this be acceptable in a majority white area? So why is this acceptable in a community of people of color? Is it that people of color do not deserve to live in a nice area, is that it, but white people are.

Again this is a combination of some of the majorly low class ghetto people we have in our community, a major lack of enforcement by DOS, poor leadership from our top officials down to our community boards and upstanding citizens of our community either ignoring this, thinking this is the norm or not doing something as small as reporting these places to 311 and calling your local officials.

Yesterday, I was at a screening of the film: Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes put together by Art, Food & Soul and presented at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. Afterwards I talked to several of the people in attendance, many young and open-minded artists in our community who want a better Jamaica and they talked about the conditions of our community and what it looks like and they were not happy about it at all.

And this is why the perception of Jamaica is the way it is. The perception is REALITY!

So why is NOTHING being done about this? Why I am constantly reporting on these conditions, many that are the same areas over and over again?

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COULD THE SWEDISH RETAILER H&M BE HEADED TO JAMAICA AVENUE

The other day walking along Jamaica Avenue, I was saying to myself, damn I wish there were some better retail stores on Jamaica Avenue, hell at least an H&M (right now my favorites for men are the Italian stores Fino and Porta Bella). Well,  I might just get that wish.

Site of the possible future H&M store.

Site of the possible future H&M store.

The building that housed a former furniture store at 160-08 Jamaica Avenue, which sets next to the Landmark building that houses the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning , was purchased for $14 million (peanuts compared to NYC standards) by Developer United American Land last August and is rumored to be in talks with H&M as reported by the Times Ledger (http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2013/29/jamaicabuildings_tl_2013_07_19_q.html).

This could be another big boost for the quality retail stared Downtown Jamaica. Along with the recent opening of the first non-chain sit-down upscale bar/restaurant CityRib (https://www.facebook.com/CityRib) and the in the works Sheraton Hotel near the Sutphin Blvd train Station, along with other major developments in the downtown area, Jamaica might finally be headed in the right direction. Now if they can only get their act together and start cleaning up all the damn garbage everywhere.

By the way, if you have not been to CityRib on Parsons Blvd & 89th Avenue,  I suggest you go there.

Cityrib

Not only is it a very good restaurant to eat at but also is a very hip/stylish place to just hang out and sit at the bar while having some of their great drinks, like their signature Moonshine Cooler Moonshine cooler or an appetizer, like their signatures grit sicks grit sticks or go all out and get their ribs, potatoe salad and cornbread.ribs

Last night I had some drinks with a friend there and the place had some quality stylish people there that you normally do not see walking the Ave, which was a mixture of Black, Hispanic, two hot looking Middle Easternish females, and something I do not see that much, several white people, including an interracial couple. Hell, when I first moved here a few years ago you would be hard pressed to find one white person in Jamaica, let alone on a Friday night.

As Sam Cooke sang ” A Change is Gonna Come”.

JAMAICA’S BLACK LAUREL & HARDY (COMRIE & WILLS) ATTEMPT TO DO SOMETHING AFTER THE FACT

Wills in front of many of these types of shelters that litter Jamaica

Wills in front of many of these types of shelters that litter Jamaica

For years Jamaica and some other parts of Queens have been littered with homeless shelters, half-way houses, drug rehabs and single men’s shelters (many housing sex offenders). Can you imagine this happening in the West Village, Forest Hills, Long Island City or white areas, but as usual for decades anything goes in the Wild Wild West of Jamaica, while leaders sit on their asses with thumbs completely lodged in their anuses and pretty much do nothing OR do something way after the fact after the damage has been done.

Well this is the case with the team of the Black Laurel & Hardy of Jamaica, Councilman Leroy Comrie & Councilman Ruben Wills. They are now only addressing this problem which has existed for years.

It's his fault!

It’s his fault!

Always reacting after the ship has sank instead of plugging the hole before it sets sail. Although most politicians and poor leaders act in this manner.

I am glad that Comrie & Wills want to put a cap on the number of these types of housing, but why wasn’t this discussion had years ago at the start, why wait till after the damage is done.  How about more defense instead of too much offense.

You can read the The Daily News article at: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/queens-pols-seek-limit-homeless-shelters-article-1.1406917.

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