A Queens college teacher who reads my blog (and is a big fan of it) recently finished building an AMAZING website so that the students (or anyone else) can do research about their own neighborhoods all from one site… like look up nearby environmental hazards & neighborhood air quality, for example. This teacher also found out that since 2014, Jamaica had more 311 calls involving sanitation than any other district in the five boroughs. I guess you could chock that up to Clean Up Jamaica Queens and a shitty Jamaica community with poor leaders and bottom of the barrel people who have made the mess.
And one of the very cool things you can do, is see what your property or another property looked like in the 1980’s before everything became “Third World Ghettofied”. Sometimes the property looks better now, but in most cases, it has become way worse which should be of no surprise to Queens residents. Our borough is filled with CRAP.
Take a gander at these properties near me.
A property (169-23 170th Street) that has appeared on my blog several times, first as a garbage strewn lot, then some crap construction for some third world apartment. Before it became shit, it was a pretty nice two family home with grass, flowers, etc. One of the things you will notice, grass, flowers, and no illegal curb cuts or illegal parking pads.
A nice one family house back in the day.
Now a cheaply built third world piece of crap that will house at least 10 families.
Here is another one (89-24 168th Place),which has been a vacant mess for years, but back before the low-class third world invasion, a pretty nice little house.
A nice little house
A ghetto mess!
Here is another one (88-13 171st), which now has illegal curb cuts, illegal parking pads and no grass, but before, again, a nice house with green.
Notice all the GREEN
SHIT, SHIT and a whole SHIT of Cement
So check out this great website and check out what some properties looked like before it all turned to shit. Wow, they don’t make teachers like this anymore or communities.
Yeah, I know, I ended the blog and in the planning stages of leaving Jamaica, BUT, sometimes I cannot help posting something I see fit.
As many of you know from previous posts that I have been fighting with the illegal truck driving on residential streets, many trucks from waste facilities and that there is a bill being introduced (Intro 495) by City Council, which wold reduce the amount of trash sent to the overburdened neighborhoods (Southeast Queens – Jamaica, North Brooklyn & South Bronx by 18 percent or about 2,700 tons per day until the city’s marine transfer station becomes operational. On a side note, these three communities are communities of color and lower economic communities, something that tells you the powers to be do not really give a shit to begin with. You can read more about this bill at https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/important-waste-caps-protecting-new-york-city-communities-from-overburdening-intro-495-of-2014/
But it seems that a few council members are planning on voting against it and some are on the fence. Ghetto thug politician and totally corrupt Ruben Wills is against it (Jamaica’s Richards and Miller are for it), even though the community of Jamaica has many of these facilities right near the downtown area in close proximity to residents, including a NYCHA Senior Citizen building and poses safety, noise and especially health risks to all.
This photo, taken by Cleanup Jamaica blogger Joe Moretti, shows of a waste truck passing through a residential neighborhood in Jamaica.
After a rally at City Hall, advocates and opponents of a bill that would reduce city waste transfers in southeast Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx attended a five-hour City Council hearing on the measure last week.
The bill, Intro 495, would reduce the amount of trash sent to the overburdened neighborhoods by 18 percent or about 2,700 tons per day until the city’s marine transfer station becomes operational.
City Council members Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), the chairman of the Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, are the main co-sponsors of the bill and conducted the Feb. 10 hearing. About 23 council members support Intro 495, while Queens council members Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica), Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), and Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) either oppose it or have not taken a stance on the bill.
“North Brooklyn, south Bronx, and southeast Queen have their lives disrupted on a daily basis by a constant flow of trucks traveling to and from transfer stations and are forced to endure significant health risks from polluted air,” Levin said.
In 2006, the city passed a bill that addressed an environment-friendly waste processing system and the concentration of waste in Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens. Yet waste reduction has been slow and concerned City Council leaders want action taken immediately.
“My community has suffered for too long from the negative effects of handling almost 40 percent of the waste processed in the city,” added Reynoso.
North Brooklyn and South Bronx bring over 30 percent of the city’s waste, while Queens handles almost 10 percent, according to Reynoso. One of the main waste facilities in southeast Queens is located within a residential area close to downtown Jamaica.
“Industrial businesses such as waste facilities operate in close proximity to residential communities [which] suffer the most from constant bombardment by heavy truck traffic,” said Crystal Ervin, a member of Southern Queens Residents Environmental Justice Council.
Some of the concerns cited were related to environmental health issues that could arise from the constant flow of diesel-fueled trucks into residential neighborhoods.
“Diesel exhaust is dangerous for the health of residents—especially children,” said Dr. Geoffrey Collins, Pediatric Environmental Health Fellow at the Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Over a dozen advocacy groups in attendance thought that a more efficient sanitation system and increasing recycling would create more jobs, plus benefit the environment. Yet opponents of the bill, who also attended the rally and hearing, contended that reducing waste before the opening of the 91st Marine Transfer Station would create more traveling time for the trucks and job losses, defeating the purpose of the bill.
“If Intro 495 becomes law, garbage trucks will have to travel further to the transfer stations in northern Queens, western Brooklyn, and Staten Island. These trucks will then have to travel back to their yards, most of which are located in northern Brooklyn and western Queens. This will actually increase truck traffic,” said Tom Toscano, president of the New York Chapter of the National Waste and Recycling Association and Chief Financial Officer for Mr. T Carting Corp.
Tom Toscano along with others, testified in opposition to the bill, citing job loss, increased traffic, and higher costs for local businesses.
“While it seems that this bill has good intentions, it amplifies the problem it seeks to solve,” said Chris Hickey, regional director of the New York State Restaurant Association. “This law simply moves garbage from one place to another which will only exacerbate the problem and cause the loss of jobs in the process.”
Wills spoke out against the bill, citing job losses, during the hearing. Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia did state that despite opposition there is an opportunity to negotiate the terms and conditions of the bill.
Although I have retired this blog, this was passed on to me and felt it was important to put up. As usual asshole Councilman Ruben Wills, he of the child molester ethics and morals code, is voting against this bill, citing job loss, which is absolutely FALSE. Wills is a crook and his loyalty is to money.
This will also be brought up at Community Board 12 meeting Wednesday, February 18 at 7pm. The main objective at this point is to get community members to call a few key Queens council members to push them to support Intro 495: Ruben Wills, Costa Constantinides, and Mark Weprin.
So I guess for those who give a shit, attend or call these assholes that are sitting on the fence or opposed to it. But if you do not care how shitty black and brown communities are (and they are pretty damn shitty, Jamaica is the perfect example), then continue doing what some of you do best, NOTHING. Your community is being poisoned, but why should you care, certainly Forest Hills does not, it would not tolerate such bullshit. In the meantime, we know what side is putting money into these council member’s pocket, of course the waste industry.
Waste Caps: Protecting New York City Communities From Overburdening (Intro 495 of 2014)
New York City creates 35,000 tons of garbage every day. Nearly three quarters of this waste is trucked to waste transfer stations in a small handful of neighborhoods where it is loaded into long-haul trucks and transported to distant landfills and incinerators. This system pollutes our air, clogs our streets and highways, and damages our roads.
The impacts of this system are greatest in three communities where old, truck-intensive transfer stations have clustered – the South Bronx, North Brooklyn, and Southeast Queens. Half a million New Yorkers live in these community districts and suffer from a number of negative health outcomes, including high rates of asthma. These health burdens are known to be worse in overburdened areas where exposure to
pollutants is highest. Noise pollution from trucks and industrial facilities is also linked to insomnia, stress, heart disease, and hearing damage.
The current system is fundamentally unfair. Most of our garbage is trucked to these three communities regardless of where it is generated, creating miles unnecessary diesel truck traffic throughout
our city, and severe concentrations of trucks in overburdened neighborhoods.
NYC’s landmark 2006 Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) included measures to make waste collection more efficient and equitable.
DSNY will use marine- and rail- based transfer facilities for waste export, allowing the City to significantly reduce truck traffic in NYC.
When fully realized, the Plan will eliminate nearly 6 million truck miles in NYC every year.
By using facilities in all five boroughs, the plan helps to ensure that each borough handles its fair share of residential waste.
Now is the time to ensure relief for the three communities that handle 75% of NYC’s garbage through
Trash Cap Legislation. Intro 495 will realize the SWMP’s long-delayed commitment to reduce the amount of waste handled in these overburdened communities, and ensure that no other communities suffer this burden in the future:
Relief for Overburdened Communities by reducing the daily tonnage of waste handled at transfer
stations in the South Bronx, North Brooklyn, and Southeast Queens.
Truck Reductions by tying capacity reductions to the opening of the City’s marine transfer stations, which will eliminate thousands of long-haul truck trips in NYC every year. This will benefit public health, reduce wear on our roads, and increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists in communities with truck-intensive transfer stations.
Fairness for All NYC Communities by capping the percentage of the City’s waste that any
community can be permitted to handle at 5 percent, which will protect all NYC communities from
overburdening in the future.
Maximizing Public Health Benefits by targeting facilities according to public health criteria (the
proximity of a transfer station to homes, schools and parks), the station’s environmental track record, and the station’s worker safety track record.
Intro 495 will provide significant, but modest relief for overburdened communities. After reductions, these communities will still handle the bulk of NYC’s waste*.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO SUPPORT EQUITY:
How: to build a veto-proof majority, Intro 495 (Waste Caps) will need support
from the following council members who have not made their position clear:
1. Ruben Wills 718.206.2068 and 212.788.6850
2. Mark Weprin (leader of Queens Council Delegation) 718.468.0137 and 212.788.6984
3. Costa Constantinides (Queens member of Sanitation committee): 718.274.4500 and 212.788.6963
4. Karen Koslowitz (district near Southeast Queens) 718.544.8800 and 212.788.6981
Our Message: Reducing the burden of garbage transfer facilities and diesel trucks in Southeast Queens is very important to me and my family. I want to urge council member________ to vote in favor of Intro 495, which will bring some relief to our community and ensure that our garbage is handled in a
more fair and equitable way.
For more information contact: Justin Wood (email@example.com)
Clean Up Jamaica Queens has finally run its course.
Time to head to greener and much cleaner pasture and time to finally say goodbye to Clean Up Jamaica Queens and eventually good riddance Jamaica and all its ghettoness. I feel that way too much of my time was wasted in a community where way too many people do not give a shit, too many bottom of the barrel types live and some of the worst, corrupt and lazy elected officials ever are in office. I would look around this community and just shake my head and say “what the fuck am I doing here and fighting for”. Look at many parts of this “community”, if you could call it that, it is one big total mess with very little to offer anyone outside of low-class ghetto trash and immigrants who do not know better. Every time getting angry at Jamaica is time that I wasted and can never get back, so time to move on and end this.
My goal from the get go was to bring major awareness to the horrendous garbage problem and other quality of life issues here in Jamaica and throw them into the public’s eye and especially into the many useless, corrupt and lazy politicians faces of the Jamaica community who have done such a disservice to this place. So in that sense, I have accomplished the goal that I had always set out to do, I never had visions of grandeur nor did I think I would ever carry this out for as long as I did. But like everything in life, all things come to an end and my part has ended.
I found living in this community of Jamaica to be extremely draining and depressing not only on the visual level, but from the attitudes of the many residents who just seem to not give a shit or have any kind of pride in the community, the leaders who have failed on so many different levels as public servants and the total lack of any kind of quality of life enforcement that allowed Jamaica to be the wild wild west of Queens where anything goes and it certainly does, from the mounds of garbage and litter that many of the low-class slobs just toss anywhere to the level of crimes and shootings. I call it the “Jamaica Mentality”. Such shame to see a once bright community (way before my days) and amazing history pretty much reduced to ghetto rubble for the most part, with not too much hope of change and a horrible reputation that keeps all kind of quality out. I have a feeling as long as Jamaica is plagued with so many low-class people, so many lazy, useless and selfish leaders and so much corruption in every corner, Jamaica will always be, well Jamaica, The Ghetto. Not enough people care, not enough pride and very little people willing to stand up for what is right.
I first off thank Delinda for believing in me and standing by my side in this endeavor, even when some of my words made her cringe at times and my mood could make me unbearable at other times. There are others who I would like to thank who have helped me achieve this goal. NY1’s Ruschell Boone, who has been so instrumental in bringing this garbage problem to light, especially with her 4-part garbage series. NY1 did numerous stories on the poor quality of life here in Jamaica as did other media from Help Me Howard, Greg Mocker, WPIX to the various newspapers such as Queens Times Ledger and the Queens Chronicle (who were always keeping this issue in the spotlight) to the great website Queens Crap, which pretty much helped to put Clean Up Jamaica on the map. Thanks also to Senator Tony Avella who stepped in, when our other leaders would not, Bruno Iciano from the Department of Sanitation who always responded quickly to my numerous complaints, Sgt. Cedillo and The Untouchables from the 103rd precinct who in a short period of time became a force to reckon with and helped to remove all the illegally parked cars that were scattered all over the community, especially from the biggest culprits, the “Thug Auto Body Shops” when none of the useless leaders lifted a finger on this issue or any other issue for that matter. The Untouchables who were also responsible for removing those eyesore clothing went well beyond the call of duty. I just hope they tackle the illegal truck driving on residential streets as well. The so-called leaders (read: elected officials) in the community proved to be even more disappointing than the culprits of this garbage mess with their lack of initiative, their constant excuses, their corrupt actions and mostly their total ignoring of the issues at hand and pretty much dismissing the constituents who they vowed to help.
Of course big thanks go out to community activist, long time Jamaica resident and comrade-in-arms, Pamela Hazel, who waged this battle before I even came into this community and who was right by my side the entire time and who will continues to do “whatever the hell it takes”. We did have some small victories to say the least and we put everyone on notice, there pretty much was no escape from us, we were relentless. I certainly know we pissed people off and I know damn well I offended many in the process, and if I had to do it over again, would do it exactly the same fucking way.
And a real big thanks to all my followers and supporters during the run of the blog, you helped to keep this blog going and thank you for your support and all your comments.
It is a pretty sad state of affairs when an educated young attorney, Clyde Vanel and Harvard graduate and founder of A Better Jamaica, Greg Mays, lose an election against Comrie’s boy, I. Daneek Miller, who has no track record in helping this community at all, even though the machine will tell you otherwise. Even sadder is that a highly educated, Navy Vet and Wounded Warrior Bernadette Semple was thrown off the Senate ballot by Comrie and his goons, who felt totally threatened by this smart, strong black woman. The people had a chance to vote in new blood with promise and they blew it. Just like they blew it by putting back into office that clown Ruben Wills or keeping dreck like Malcolm Smith, Gregory Meeks, Vivian Cook and William Scarborough in office year after year after dreadful year while a community kept falling into the abyss. We have trash on the streets and also in public office.
I do hope one day, Jamaica will make that comeback, because is deserves to and many people who have lived here a long time deserve a much better place, but if this same path is allowed to continue, if the same old leaders keep getting put into office, if people don’t once and for all say ENOUGH BULLSHIT, well, all bets are off. And now with the threat of “gentrification” in the not too far distant, I am afraid the pendulum will swing way far to the other side.
I have met some interesting people on this bizzaro journey and have certainly pissed others off in the process, but as Winston Churchill said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” I at least walk away saying that I gave it my all. But walk away I must for my own sanity.
So at this moment I wipe my hands of all things “Jamaica”. So that pretty much wraps it up…………….
One article states that Jamaica is on the development tipping point, while another article states that a project that was to start this year has now been postponed for at least 3-5 years. I don’t think anyone knows what the fuck they are talking about, very similar to how Jamaica’s leaders talk, sideways or out of their ass.
But in terms of tipping, tipping to what, more ghetto shit, more third world crap, what, because all I ever see is shit, shit and more shit. And what about those lovely bottom of the barrel folks that seem to be everywhere in the community fucking it all up.
In the meantime, as far as some of our illustrious leaders, former Senator Malcolm Smith heads to prison for a long time, new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie tossed Assembly Member William Scarborough off as Chair on the Small Business Committee where this crooked recently arrested asshole made $12,000 annually outside of his Assembly Member salary (something that idiot Comrie thinks is fine), asshole Councilman Ruben Wills was arrested yet again on a whole new set of corruption charges, Senator Leroy Comrie still proves his is a charlatan & do-nothing and I am sure questionable and crooked Rev. Floyd Flake is shaking now that his buddy Smith is heading to a long sentence. I am sure Smith will be giving the dirt on Flake and other ass wipe Jamaica elected officials.
Stakeholders had high hopes for Downtown Jamaica when the city rezoned 368 blocks in 2007.
The Queens neighborhood had all the makings of a real-estate hotbed at the time: great transportation, retail infrastructure and cultural institutions. It had been largely left behind as other parts of the city gentrified and prospered, and planners thought the 2007 rezoning would finally provide a springboard to boost the neighborhood’s fortunes.
Then came the financial crisis. Southeast Queens became the city’s epicenter for foreclosures, and grand schemes were put on hold.
Yet now developers, including big-time Manhattan players like the Chetrit Group and United American Land, are showing increasing interest in the area. And sources say a few mega-projects in the pipeline may prove to be the real estate tipping point for Jamaica.
“We have received a great deal of interest recently,” said Carlisle Towery, president of the nonprofit Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, which owns a large property portfolio in the area, some of which it’s selling off to developers who have large projects planned.
The real estate market is also starting to heat up in other corners of the neighborhood. In September, Flushing-based developer Chris Jia Shu Xu closed on the purchase of a $22 million site at the corner of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and Archer Avenue, with roughly 720,000 buildable square feet. The price works out to about $30 per buildable foot. While that’s a far cry from the $200 to $250 per square foot that developers are paying in places like Long Island City, brokers in the area say prices are on the rise.
“Land prices are cheap compared to most of Downtown Brooklyn. They’re cheap compared to Long Island City,” said CPEX Real Estate’s Sean Kelly, who has a listing for a development site in a prime area near the Long Island Rail Road station for $24 million, or roughly $55 to $65 per foot.
“I think that as land prices increase in Brooklyn and the primer parts of Queens, we’ll see them continue to rise here,” he added.
Below is a look some of the projects on Jamaica’s drawing board:
1. The Crossing at Jamaica Station
Midtown-based BRP Development announced plans early last year to build a $225 million, mixed-use building across the street from the Long Island Rail Road station, which will be the largest-ever private investment in the neighborhood.
The double-towered, 730,000-square-foot building will rise on a swath of nearly a dozen properties assembled over several years by the GJDC. The sale to BRP is expected to close this quarter.
The project, slated for completion in mid-2017, will include 584 market-rate and affordable rental units spread over a pair of 15-story and 25-story towers. The taller building will include three stories of retail spanning 80,000 square feet.
BRP said it’s looking at rents in the mid-$30s per square foot, which would put the monthly rent for a 750-square-foot one bedroom at about $2,188. By comparison, the median asking rent in the neighborhood is $1,695, according to the real estate data website StreetEasy.
Duane Reade currently occupies the corner retail at the site and sources say the project’s stakeholders are discussing ways to bring the pharmacy back once construction is complete. BRP said it’s targeting other retail tenants, such as restaurants, grocery stores, banks, apparel- and home-goods providers.
2. Hilton Garden Inn
On the southern end of the LIRR tracks, New Jersey-based Able Management plans to build a 28-story, four-star hotel on another plot of land assembled by the GJDC.
The two announced the land sale in mid-2013, but a legal spat with a partner who owned a stake in one of the properties held things up in the courts. Last month a judge ruled in favor of the GJDC, clearing the way for the nonprofit to sell the site to Able in the first half of this year. Able, which owns and operates hotels on Long Island, is planning a 125,000-square-foot tower with about 240 rooms, bars on the ground floor and roof, a pool and a restaurant.
The hotel will sit directly across from the AirTrain Station, which serves as a connection for passengers traveling between Manhattan and JFK Airport. Able CEO Viral Patel said room rates will range from $179 to $299 per night and that the hotel will be consistent with the other Hilton Garden Inns in the metro area.
Queens-based developer the Bluestone Organization cut the ribbon late last year on a 100-unit, two-building rental project at 90-11 160th Street. Bluestone developed the $32 million affordable-housing project, which is now entirely leased up, with the help of nearly $14 million in city and state subsidies. All of the units in the project’s two buildings — which rose on a block-through site previously owned by the GJDC — are set aside as affordable housing in different pricing tiers. The building has few amenities, and one-bedrooms for tenants earning between roughly $52,000 and $108,000 rented for $1,450 through a city-run housing lottery. “The market in Jamaica for something like this is actually lower” than the most expensive units at Norman Towers, Bluestone partner Ira Lichtiger said. The project also includes about 5,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The building has two retail tenants — a restaurant and dentist’s office — and a third space is on the market. Retail rents on the side streets can range from $35 to $45 per square foot.
4. United American Land retail
Jamaica Avenue is the neighborhood’s main retail strip. In the mid-20th century, during its heyday, it was a bustling shopping destination, home to Macy’s, along with the now-defunct Gertz and Gimbels department stores.
Now the nearly mile-long strip is home to national retailers like the Gap, Old Navy and Applebee’s, as well as a mix of electronics and beauty-supply stores.
Major retailers are concentrated east of Parsons Boulevard — the last stop on the E, J and Z subway lines. That’s where Manhattan-based United American Land, headed by developer Al Laboz, paid $20.7 million to assemble a trio of properties in 2012 and 2104. The developer is now combining the three buildings into one and repositioning the properties into approximately 150,000 square feet of retail.
Laboz said Jamaica Avenue is similar to Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn, where the firm brought in tenants such as discount fashion stores H&M and T.J. Maxx.
“Queens is a strong borough and this is the strongest block in Queens in terms of retail,” Laboz said. “Tenants are always looking to get into urban markets, and this is a very strong urban market.”
5. Mary Immaculate Hospital conversion
The Chetrit Group has owned this nearly full-block-sized medical campus overlooking Rufus King Park, Jamaica’s largest green space, since 2009, when it acquired the defunct hospital following a bankruptcy auction.
The roughly 460,000 square feet of space is currently spread across a handful of buildings and a parking garage. The developer has filed plans to convert one of the buildings into a 324-unit residential development. But the project is something of a mystery, even to those steeped in the Jamaica real estate scene.
In late 2013, the city slapped the developer with a stop-work order for having a large pile of debris on the site during demolition and fined the firm $172,980 for other violations. The stop-work order was lifted in early 2014, but the company has yet to restart construction.
Chetrit, which did not respond to requests for comment, is currently involved in a number of high-profile properties around the city, including the conversion of the Sony Building at 550 Madison Avenue into luxury condos.
The Dermot Company was the first developer to bring luxury-style amenities to Jamaica when it opened the 346-unit Moda rental in 2010. The company, headed by William Dickey, had won the right to redevelop the former Queens Family Courthouse on Parsons Boulevard in 2005, through a public request for proposals.
Property records show the company paid $8 million for the plot.
Architecture firm FXFowle designed the 12-story, 400,000-square-foot building, which incorporated the Italian Renaissance-style facade of the courthouse and includes amenities like entertainment rooms, a fitness center, roof deck and concierge service.
The project is entirely leased up, with monthly rents ranging from $1,350 for a studio to $2,000 for a two-bedroom.
“To rent a comparable apartment in the higher-end neighborhoods of Brooklyn or Manhattan, residents would be paying two to three times as much,” Andrew Levison,
director of asset management and operations at Dermot, wrote in an email. “Our goal was to deliver a new Manhattan-quality building in
Jamaica at an affordable price point for the local residents and we think that goal was achieved.”
The building also has more than 50,000 square feet of retail space occupied by Associated Supermarket and the barbecue CityRib, one of the few restaurant/bars in
7. Retail mall
Blumenfeld Development Group, the company that built the massive East River Plaza mall in East Harlem, is bringing its retail game to Jamaica. The company is planning to develop a roughly 180,000-square-foot mall at 90-02 168th Street, a side street off Jamaica Avenue. The project, which will include an adjacent 550-plus-space parking garage, is slated to rise on a pair of GJDC-owned parking lots.
8. ACHS Management retail
Manhattan investors and developers Alex Adjmi and Bobby Cayre, known for their extensive New York City retail portfolio, are about three months away from completing a 50,000 square-foot strip mall at 168-50 Jamaica Avenue.
Planet Fitness and discount retailer Family Dollar have both already signed leases, and while the partnership declined to comment on rents, brokers said they can range from roughly $80 to $100 per square foot on Jamaica Avenue.
The partnership paid $2 million in 2008 for a handful of properties that make up the site. The location is toward the far eastern end of the neighborhood’s shopping area, but it could get a boost if Blumenfeld’s retail mall brings more foot traffic that way. TRD
The city is planning to widen Archer Avenue in order to decrease traffic congestion near the AirTrain station.
QUEENS — The city’s plan to widen Archer Avenue and create pedestrian plazas near the AirTrain station in downtown Jamaica, one of the busiest and most congested areas in the neighborhood, could take 5 years to complete after a series of delays, sources said.
The $50 million “Station Plaza” project, which was expected to begin in 2016, will start in 2 to 3 years instead, partially because of delays related to acquiring privately owned property, which needs to be demolished in order to complete the project, according to the city’s Economic Development Corporation.
The project is one of many initiatives planned for the area that have been galvanized by the opening of JFK’s AirTrain in downtown Jamaica in 2003, which helped turn the neighborhood into a major transportation hub.
The plan calls for widening Archer Avenue in order to create broader sidewalks and new turning lanes for buses as well as bus loading areas, according to the city Economic Development Corporation’s website. It also envisions developing public plazas at the intersection with Sutphin Boulvard.
The proposal also seeks to move subway exits, which are currently located on Sutphin Boulevard, from the sidewalks and place them on the planned public plazas instead.
The new plazas would also feature bus shelters and retail kiosks, according to the EDC.
The city is currently in the process of acquiring privately owned property along Archer Avenue. The Archer Avenue post office also has to be relocated, the agency said.
The plan, approved in 2007, is currently in the design phase. Initially, the project was expected to begin in 2016, but the agency said it’s being delayed by issues related to property acquisition and design.
Yvonne Reddick, district manager for Community Board 12, said that “Station Plaza,” once complete, “will certainly enhance the area and we are looking forward to it.”
“Jamaica is a neighborhood with a number of tremendous strengths, including its close proximity to dozens of transit options,” said EDC spokesman Ian Fried.
“The Station Plaza redevelopment will create a safer pedestrian environment and ease traffic congestion, helping to make Jamaica even more accessible for all residents, visitors and commuters.”
In 2012, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a local nonprofit working on revitalizing the area, renovated the so-called “Sutphin Underpass,” creating 5,500 square feet of new retail space directly across the street from the AirTrain terminal and the Long Island Rail Road station, according to the EDC’s website.
There are also plans to build a 580-unit apartment complex and a 24-story hotel there.
Another Jamaica asshole elected official is heading to jail and I am sure by the end of the year a few more will be following him.
Watch out you crooked corrupt motherfuckers from Jamaica, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is on your ass. If I were Ruben Wills and William Scarborough, which I couldn’t be, I have morals and a conscience, I would be shaking in my britches.
Okay, so we are slowing cleaning up the garbage in our political house, let’s start cleaning up the other garbage in this community.
Now we need to change the laws that if a politician is convicted of corruption, no government pension and 75% of their salary from when they were charged must go back into the community that they were sworn to serve and when they get out, they must be handed a broom and shovel and clean up the streets and sidewalks of that community wearing this shirt.
Former State Senator Malcolm Smith, a one-time Democratic majority leader, was found guilty today on federal corruption charges, joining a long list of Albany legislators who have run into legal trouble.
Mr. Smith was indicted in 2013 for undertaking a bribery scheme to land himself on the Republican ballot for mayor. Federal prosecutors alleged that Mr. Smith, a Democrat, tried to bribe Republican county leaders in an unsuccessful attempt to allow him to run on the GOP ballot line. A former Republican city councilman, Dan Halloran of Queens, was found guilty last year of quarterbacking Mr. Smith’s bribery scheme and trying to line up support for him in Queens.
A colorful lawmaker from southeast Queens, Mr. Smith was quoted in the criminal complaint telling an undercover FBI agent that he should be considered “the best thing since sliced bread” or even “better than sliced bread.”
Mr. Smith had pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial, scheduled for last summer, was pushed back to January and lost at least some consequence after Mr. Smith failed to win another term in the Senate last year.
For U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the guilty verdict is yet another high profile victory in his crusade against political corruption. Mr. Bharara brought corruption charges against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last month, forcing the powerful pol to resign the post he had held for 21 years.
Just want every community wants, a child molester in your neighborhood. Yes the lowest form of sub-humans coming to your neighborhood soon. If this is happening in Astoria, just imagine here in Jamaica.
Violent sex offender living in Queens family shelter, after being moved from similar Bronx site
A man convicted of a heinous sex crime is now living at the former Westway Hotel on Astoria Boulevard, after being transferred from the former Capri Whitestone Motel in the Bronx, according to state records.
The city is playing a dangerous game of musical chairs with violent sex offenders, enraged local leaders say.
A convicted child molester who sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl is now living at a Queens family homeless shelter after being transferred from a similar site in the Bronx, state records show.
“It is abhorrent to have a registered sex offender, who was convicted of a heinous crime . . . living in our community at a facility meant to serve women and children,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Queens).
James Bryant, who had been housed in a shelter at the site of the former Capri Whitestone Motel near Ferry Point Park, has been moved to a city-run shelter at the former Westway Hotel on Astoria Boulevard, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice website.
It is abhorrent to have a registered sex offender, who was convicted of a heinous crime . . . living in our community at a facility meant to serve women and children.
Bryant, 49, was released from prison last year after spending 10 years behind bars for the 2003 aggressive assault in Texas.
He was convicted in 2004 and is listed by the state as a level-two sex offender.
“This is either a complete lack of oversight or a willful attempt to pull the wool over our eyes by quietly shifting this danger from one community to the next,” Simotas said.
The city Department of Homeless Services has been housing 121 families in the former East Elmhurst hotel since about July 2014.
A department spokesman confirmed Bryant had been taken out of the Bronx shelter but would not disclose the new location.
But shifting registered sex offenders to other family shelters is not the answer, said state Sen. Jeff Klein, who has introduced a state law that would ban high-risk sexual offenders from living in family shelters.
“Playing musical shelters with dangerous sexual predators is a policy that hurts our children,” Klein (D-Bronx) said.