Illegal curb cuts, illegal parking pads, illegal driveways and illegal curb painting to stop someone from parking their vehicle in front of a house is ALL ILLEGAL and should be reported to Department of Buildings (DOB). Not only are these all eyesores and devalue your street and neighborhood, but illegal curb cuts take public street parking away from others. Illegal curb cuts are easy to spot as are illegal parking pads, you pretty much can tell right away. For most houses that have them, the owners have normally taken out the entire grass in front of their property (ILLEGAL), cemented all over (more than likely with no type of drainage system for water) and have cut the curb illegally. On certain occasions DOB will issue a permit to do a curb cut, but it is rare and most curb cuts are illegal. Some people will cut the curb illegally in front of their place and then charge someone to park in front of their house.
Below are several examples of illegal curb cuts, illegal parking pads/driveway.
Unfortunately this is an issue, like so many other quality of life issue, that the City is not addressing. Where will you NOT find curb cuts, very white Forest Hills, Queens Borough Melinda Katz’s hood.
Two big differences between a place like Forest Hills (a mostly community of white) and Jamaica (mostly a community of color). One is the quality of people, while Jamaica has many bottom of the barrel type slobs that bring down a community, Forest Hills does not. But the biggest difference, quality of life issues would NOT be tolerated in Forest Hills by the powers to be, while in Jamaica, the powers to be (including our BLACK elected officials) allow quality of life issues to exist because they do not enforce laws, allow people to do whatever they hell they want (and the folks know this) and really don’t seem to give a shit.
While the 103rd “The Untouchables” cannot handle all of this shit, (I mean they are police officers who have other issues to deal with), the other city agencies need to step up to the plate and our elected officials, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, need to really address these issues in communities of color. The following quality of life issues are not new, but just are not really being addressed and lack of enforcement is allowing this to continue again and again. I am sure not one single of the below issues exist in Ms. Melinda Katz’s hood, so why should they be allowed to exist and continue in Jamaica. I will tell you, because it is a color of community and the powers to be do not really give a shit and the people here are not being loud enough of the bullshit and nonsense going on.
1. A major problem all over our community. Illegal curb cuts/driveways and parking pads. And the more poor zoning allows 1 family houses to be torn down to put up crap multi-story apartment buildings on the exact same lot, brings more people and more cars into the community that cannot handle all of these people or vehicles.
This is the way it should be a legal two family house on a a lot, not like the below photo which is directly across from this house and once had a very similar house on it’s lot.
2. Problematic vacant lot (169-13 90th Ave) with vacant property owners to take care it. This spot and others have been havens for litter and garbage dumping.
3. At the SW corner of 170th St/90th Ave sits NYCHA Senior Citizen Apartments that continually have garbage dumped on their corner.
4. Apartment building at 170-25 90th Ave. Garbage cans without lids or property covered not only are eyesores, but cause all kinds of rodents, plus is AGAINST Sanitation laws. All garbage cans MUST be properly covered, but rarely enforced. And since these bottom of the barrel people would never think of covering cans, maybe hitting them where it counts, their wallets, would.
5. Apartment buildings at SW corner of 171st St/90th Ave. Graffiti appears all over the community and little it done to combat it.
6. Illegal Parking Pads and Illegal curb cuts are evident at 88-11 & 88-13 171st Street. Major eyesores that devalue neighborhoods. How many curb cuts and illegal parking pads are in Forest Hills.
7. This problem still seems to be a big one in Jamaica. Cars without license plates (like this one on 171st St below Hillside Ave). An issue that just really is not getting addressed in residential areas.
8. This is one of many illegal curb cuts and driveways on this block. The below issue is at 87-81 172nd Street.
9. This garbage at 89-16 172nd Street (NW corner of 172nd St/89th Ave) has been piling up for some time. This whole street is awful with many quality of life issues.
And of course, let’s not forget the huge trucks barreling all narrow residential streets, even though it is ILLEGAL.
So the powers to be what to overdevelop the fuck out of Jamaica, but yet do not want to address quality of life issues and enforce laws. I have a feeling no matter what development they do, it will still be shit here in this community. It will just be more crowded with fancy buildings but still have horrible quality of life issues mixed in with bottom of the barrel slob people and lousy elected leaders. All one needs to do is look at that billion dollar slum, Flushing.
But one thing is for certain, communities of color certainly get treated by the powers to be very differently than their white counterparts. None of this shit would take place in a white community or if it did, it would be addressed and solved yesterday. Yes, racism certainly exists and it is apparent by the lack of services in communities of color by our elected officials, city agencies and our Queens Borough President, who loves to talk about “vibrant and diverse”, she just does not want to do anything to see that these “vibrant and diverse” communities have the same standards as their counterparts. Maybe when Jamaica becomes WHITE, she and others will take an interest of seeing that quality of life issues are addressed…………… maybe.
The powers to be want to dump shit in our communities, they want to over-develop or gentrify, yet they DO NOT WANT TO ADDRESS QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES. No wonder our communities and this City is going to shit. This is what the assholes get paid big bucks to do, fuck everything up.
On one hand we have the mega rich, who don’t give a shit and on the other hand, the bottom feeders who just take, take, take and destroy neighborhoods. The middle class gets fucked in the ass and has to fend for itself. Before long the city will be the mega rich and the mega poor, a deadly combination. Because by that time, the middle class we be gone, moving out of this hell hole city.
Borough President Melinda Katz (D-Queens) will hold a Queens Borough Board meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, according to a media advisory distributed Friday.
Borough President Melinda Katz (D-Queens) speaking on Saturday, Nov. 22, at a forum about real estate development in Jamaica, Queens. Borough President Katz will host a meeting of the Queens Borough Board on Monday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall to discuss large-scale real estate development of Queens. Source : Queens Borough President’s Office/Official Photograph
Scheduled to be discussed during the meeting is an agenda item titled, “Planning for the Future of Queens – an Update on Strategic Initiatives.” Carl Weisbrod, a director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, is expected to address the meeting, according to the Borough President Katz’s media advisory.
The Queens Borough Board meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday evening, and the meeting will take place in the Borough President’s Conference Room of Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard, 2nd Floor.
According to the media advisory, “The Borough Board is chaired by the Borough President under the New York City Charter and comprised of the borough’s City Council members and the chairperson of each Community Board in the borough. The Board focuses on issues dealing with land use, development, public policy, budget, and other important matters with potential borough-wide implications. The Board hears presentations from City officials and others and, as part of the land use review process, is sometimes called upon to vote on land use questions that impact more than one Community Board District.”
Queens finds itself in the cross-hairs of real estate developers and government officials for major development, none of which fully addresses the need for the creation of large-scale stock of affordable housing. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) announced that the city would target Flushing, Queens, for zone-busting development, and the city’s Economic Development Corporation has expressed interest in exploiting Jamaica, Queens, for rapid development, as well. Flushing is encompassed in Queens Community Boards 7, 8, and 11, whilst Jamaica is encompassed in Queens Community Boards 8 and 12. Already, a group has formed in Jamaica “to build relationships with private companies” to facilitate real estate investments in Jamaica.
Residents in Queens, including long-term immigrant residents, have opposed the conversions of hotel facilities into permanent homeless shelters, like the former Pan American Hotel, as seen on Oct. 3, 2014. Queens is being targeted for rapid upscale real estate development at the same time when the borough is also paradoxically being chosen as the setting for a greater share of the city’s homeless shelters and for more juvenile inmate detention centers. Source : Louis Flores
Separately, the city is looking at Queens for the creation of permanent homeless shelters, which is causing turmoil in bedroom communities opposed to inconveniences associated with shelters, even pitting long-term immigrant residents against newly-arrived immigrants. The city is also evaluating the need to create a permanent detention center in Queens for juvenile inmates to comply with new state regulations at the same time when federal prosecutors, in an unrelated action, have recommended to the de Blasio administration the relocation of teenage inmates away from Rikers Island, a recommendation that New York City Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens) said could be accomplished by renovating the now-vacant Queens House of Detention.
All of this is taking place as neighborhoods try to cope with quality of life complaints that never seem to be addressed in the face of pressures for further real estate gentrification, like the short-sighted approval of the Astoria Cove project with minimal provisions for affordable housing, the feared demolition of landmark buildings, like the Queens Plaza Clock Tower, and the further displacement of the poor and working classes caused by higher rents and real estate prices.
Many community boards are a joke, many of the folks on them have been handpicked by the Borough President and many of them are just extensions of the useless elected officials. Until community boards become independent and sever ties with the elected officials, who are actually the problem in most communities, they will pretty much just be puppets and little will get done.
Community Board 12 in Jamaica showed some backbone with the issue of homeless shelters continually being dumped in Queens and Jamaica, but as usual this is a little too late. This issue and many other quality of life issues (garbage, illegal apartments, bad zoning, trucks on residential streets, cars without plates on neighborhood streets, illegal curb cut/driveway, etc) have been going on in this community for years and decades and where was the Community Board 12 on all those issues. No, they wait till the situations are so out of control and so much damage is done, to show some backbone and then it is a little too late as usual.
The ongoing community outcry against a new homeless shelter in Elmhurst and one proposed for Glendale have been watched with interest within Community Board 12.
“There are 18 permanent shelters in Queens, and 10 of them are in Community Board 12,” said Board Chairwoman Adrienne Adams at the group’s Nov. 19 meeting.
The board in December will vote on a resolution calling for a moratorium on the placement of permanent shelters by the Department of Homeless Services until the city can come up with what members deem a more equitable system for locating them.
The vote was intended to have taken place last Wednesday before the meeting began to run over its time limit.
District Manager Yvonne Reddick, mentioning the various types of group shelters in the district, reiterated a familiar refrain.
“We only want other neighborhoods to do their fair share,” Reddick said.
Published reports this past week state that the city’s Department of Homeless Services recently rented out rooms at the Radisson Hotel in Jamaica near Kennedy Airport, allegedly telling management they were for “a government group.” The group turned out to be homeless residents who stayed about a week. Neither the hotel nor DHS returned messages seeking comment.
In an exclusive interview with the Chronicle two weeks ago, city Comptroller Scott Stringer voiced his displeasure with how DHS is taking more reactive than proactive actions to prevent homelessness in the first place.
On the other hand, a report issued last week by the city’s Independent Budget, based on data between 2002 and 2012, determined that a section of Jamaica sent the highest number of families into the city shelter system from all of Queens. Adams said CB 12 wants the rest of the city to understand what the district has been working to deal with for years. She urged a “yes” vote.
“We know voices are being raised in other neighborhoods,” she said.
In other business before the board, Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer and First Deputy Clerk Alexis Cuffee were on hand as part of an ongoing effort by their office to increase the response from people summoned for jury duty.
Pheffer pointed to fliers they were handing out — fliers designed to get attention.
“It says ‘WARNING!!!’ on the top with red letters,” Pheffer said. “It’s that serious.”
Cuffee said that after factoring out returns from those who have moved and those who just cannot be located, the clerk’s office averages only about a 50 percent return rate on juror eligibility surveys that it sends out.
And she spoke directly to people who might feel that there are not enough minorities in a jury pool that tries and convicts many minority defendants, but who ignore their surveys.
“Community Board 12 has one of the lowest response rates,” she said. They also pointed out that ignoring a jury summons can be punishable by fines of up to $1,000 and up to 30 days in jail.
“And then you still have to serve jury duty,” Pheffer said.
Jury duty is limited to U.S. citizens who are residents of Queens. They must be 18 years old and have no felony convictions. Someone who has been a juror in New York State in the last six years or in federal court within the last four can get an exemption.
“Community Board 12 has one of the lowest response rates,” she said. (in regards to sending back jury responses). That is not surprising, Jamaica residents are some of the most apathetic folks around who really don’t give a shit about anything, hence why Jamaica is the big mess it is.
Dasher is no being treated at the ASPCA hospital after being thrown on a highway from a moving car
On Thanksgiving Eve (11.26.14) at Neirs Tavern in Woodhaven, the local bar/restaurant and local group K9 Korall had a fundraiser to help with Dasher’s medical bills. I found out when I went there that Dasher still has some serious injuries but is stable and the local Ridgewood fireman who rescued Dasher is going to adopt her as soon as she is well enough to live. Being Thanksgiving Eve, plus the nasty weather, some people were not able to attend, but wanted to donate. Below is some information and how you can donate. Raising funds for the female dog wrapped in a sleeping bag and tossed out of a moving vehicle. She’s been named “Dasher” for the holidays. A local firefighter who responded brought her to the local vet and would like to adopt her if she can be rehabbed. Unfortunately medical bills are mounting and without funds to pay for them Dasher will not find a home for the holidays or much less live. The local group K9 Korall and local bar and restaurant Neirs Tavern has teamed up to donate a venue, food and prizes to raise funds. Also the Forum and the Courier Newspapers have joined us in this effort as well. Please help however you can so we can save Dasher’s life and Bring Dasher Home for the Holidays. You can attend the event and/or donate through www.gofundme.com/bringdasherhome
I cannot think of a better way to give thanks on Thanksgiving during the holiday season, by making a donation to this beautiful creature that did not deserve this horrible ordeal.
Brisk and cold weather could not put a damper on the Untouchables,
(Sergeant Cedillo & and his crew), together with Team P/J and supporters to complete the job.
First stop, The Untouchables accompanied me to Councilman Miller’s office to fetch tools and supplies. Sanitation department did not deliver the supplies that they had promised; no surprise there.
Pamela Hazel and one of The Untouchables at Councilman Miller’s office.
The Untouchables. Sgt. Cedillo, center.
Councilman Miller was kind enough to give us some garbage bags and a few pairs of gloves from his office. We then headed to the garbage-filled sidewalk at 109th & Merrick Boulevard.
At the garbage site of Merrick Blvd & 109th
Darkness was fast approaching around 5:00 P.M. on the winter Friday afternoon of 11/21/14. Yet, there was a sense of safety and protection; because we were surrounded by the presence of the Untouchables.
Thus,Team P/J and supporters began cleaning the famous always-filthy area that is called a sidewalk. The entire vicinity was covered with garbage and leaves.
Getting down to business
Never mind that I had informed the staff at the Borough President’s/ Melinda Katz office about a week ago. The garbage strewn site was still intact.
We filled all the garbage bags that were available. Plenty more garbage bags were needed. Once again, due to sanitation’s irresponsible behaviour, we could not remove all the leaves.
Months ago, Team P/J had reach to the conclusion that only The Untouchables are capable of, and willing to enforce quality of life laws. However Madam Katz, appears to depend on the sanitation department disastrous non-working policies.
Please Madam Katz, if you are serious about ridding Jamaica Queens from its decade’s old problems, then do not be too proud to pay attention to The Untouchables. Then follow suit.
Keep tuned to Boone, NY1 reporter and The Untouchables. They are getting the job done.
Watch part of the NY1 video news story on Jamaica’s The Untouchables.
QUEENS — The city is planning to transform a run-down Jamaica garage into a development that would include affordable housing and retail, as part of its goal to revitalize the long-overlooked neighborhood, officials said.
The city’s Economic Development Corporation will soon release a request for proposals in an effort to develop the 45,000-square-foot site on 168th Street, between Jamaica and Archer avenues, Kyle Kimball, president of the agency, announced at a recent community event in Jamaica.
The agency tried to revitalize the site seven years ago, but the developers were hampered by the recession, the city said.
The city-owned site, across the street from the Home Depot, is currently used by the NYPD as a parking garage.
Sources familiar with the site said that it can accommodate about 300 apartments.
The city said the planned development would include affordable housing as well as some market-rate units and retail space.
Kimball made the announcement during a city-organized workshop on Saturday, during which residents and business owners had a chance to submit their ideas about how to improve their neighborhood.
The recommendations from the workshop, officials said, will be taken into consideration as the city is working on an “action plan” for Jamaica in an attempt to re-energize the neighborhood.
“The 168th Street site holds powerful potential to serve the neighborhood with affordable housing and other amenities,” EDC spokesman Ian Fried wrote in an email.
At this point it’s impossible to say how many affordable units will be included in the proposed development, officials said.
In 2007, the city also released an RFP seeking to develop the site. But the agency said that the request didn’t work out at the time because of the recession.
The selected developers were affected by the crisis and were not able to continue the project, the agency said.
Several new developments have already been planned for the neighborhood, which once succumbed to crime and neglect, but is now becoming a vibrant hub again with a number of new apartment buildings and hotels.
“The future of Jamaica is already in motion,” EDC tweeted Saturday.
This shit cracks me up. First the article talks about the city wants to transform a run-down garbage into housing/retail development. But the “run-down” property (which it is, a mess with garbage all over and high weeds during the spring/summer) is actually city property, so the City itself allowed this property in a community of color to become run-down. Why?
Second, toward the end of the article, it states several developments have been planned for the neighborhood, which once succumbed to “crime and neglect” is once now becoming a “vibrant hub”.
Let’s talk REALITY, not this made up bullshit. First off Jamaica is not nor right now is it a “vibrant hub”, whatever the hell “vibrant hub” means. If by vibrant hub, you mean filthy, garbage strewn sidewalks and streets loaded with crap, low-class third world dreck retail that looks like some slum retail in a third world country, then yes, it is a vibrant hub, but please do not make it out to be something that it is not, at least right now.
Crime and neglect is still very much apparent and real and this city owned property is a perfect example of neglect and we who live here in Jamaica know all too well the crime, major garbage issues and other quality of life issues in this community that have gone on for years and have not been addressed by city agencies and elected officials.
The city owned property in question.
The city owned property in question.
So stop insulting our intelligence with this bullshit and try infusing some REALITY into the picture.