NEGLECT IS MAJOR CAUSE OF CRIME & QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES IN BLACK COMMUNITIES LIKE JAMAICA – YET AGAIN, NOTHING IS DONE & LEADERS ARE ABSENT

Of course the big problem are the low-class ghetto folks, the criminals, the thugs and the bottom of the barrel folks that live here BUT when you  have poor representation from elected officials like we do in all of Southeast Queens, what do you expect. I mean when black leaders continuing ignore the quality of life issues in black neighborhoods, when they continually ignore pleas and complaints from residents, when they don’t stand up and fight for the people and the community and when decades of ineffective Queens Borough Presidents, plus a so-called liberal progressive Mayor totally abandons a community like Jamaica, what do you expect. You cannot keep having people live in shit and not do anything and expect different results or make people feel good about their community. Garbage breeds garbage.

And when many residents do not hold these elected officials accountable, when they look the other way and when they continually put in office these same tired ass black leaders who have proven over and over how ineffective they are and how corrupt they are, well, you have no one to blame but yourself. And when you have such little respect and pride that you would dump your ghetto babies diaper on the sidewalk or in the park, well, then you deserve no fucking respect and are the root cause of many issues in black communities. There are no such things as stereotypes, just REALITY.

Sorry,  but until many black people get their shit together, you will continue to be looked down upon. And don’t hand me the whole slavery bullshit either, that is history. WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW in the PRESENT.

Black Lives Matter needs to start to really get their act together and start calling out the black leaders (and white liberals) in communities and the behavior of the people who live in such communities, because otherwise it is a viscous cycle and 50 years from now, the same issues will still exists.

Yes, the new symbol of Jamaica Ghetto! This in Rufus King Park.

Yes, the new symbol of Jamaica Ghetto! This in Rufus King Park.

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From Queens Press:

Residents: Neglect Is Cause Of Crime In Hollis

PRESSFRONTBY TRONE DOWD

Multiple shots rang out Monday night near Hollis Square, alarming nearby tenants and leaving them fearing for their lives.

Police told the Press of Southeast Queens that they received a call at around 9 p.m.

Monday night reporting that shots were fired near the Langston Hughes Public School. When police arrived, they found two males, a 25-year-old and a 23-year-old in front of a home located at 109-22 203rd St., each sustaining a single gunshot wound to their right legs. The two victims were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center by EMS.

Residents say that the Hollis Court property has gone neglected by the city for the last decade, contributing to criminal activity. Photos by Trone Dowd

Residents say that the Hollis Court property has gone neglected by the city for the last decade, contributing to criminal activity. Photos by Trone Dowd

Through further investigation, police have since found out that the two victims were sitting out in front of the house where they were later found, when an unidentified vehicle going north drove past the them, fired multiple shots. In addition to the two males, a third victim, another 23-year-old male walking on the opposite side of the street was shot in his left leg. The victim was able to inform police that he saw what he described as an “SUV-style vehicle,” before hearing the gunshots and realizing he had been hit.

Violence is not new for the residents near the Hollis Court area. Residents say that they’ve been at the center of violence and negligence for as long as 11 years when a new developer by the name of 202 Street Inc. purchased the property. Resident Marilyn Mays told the Press of Southeast Queens that 202 Street Inc. has been responsible for a number of malpractices concerning the property in Hollis Court, which has contributed and facilitated illicit drug related activity and gang related violence.

“They don’t rent to any families,” Mays said of the developer. “The entire development was fully occupied when they purchased this property.”

According to Mays, the developer was able to force many of the residents, who were living in rent stabilized homes, out of the building using a number of tactics. From threatening to report undocumented family members to more drastic measure, Mays said that it seemed like they tried everything.

“There wasn’t any tactic that they didn’t use,” Mays said. “They’ve turned off our hot water, our heat. […] Can you imagine a senior with no heat? And the city has allowed it. The elected have allowed it. The Mayor at the time allowed it. We don’t even have garbage cans.”3A Hollis Court2

Mays took this reporter on a tour of the property in which there was garbage strewn throughout the weed-laden shrubbery. From open bags to old pieces of furniture, garbage lay both on the sidewalks and in the courtyard of the Hollis Court property. Incisions on the piles of garbage bags could be seen, clear evidence of rodents who had chewed their way into the bags during the dimly lit nights of the courtyard. A six-foot hole was only covered by two pieces of plywood. Security cameras which were present were all disabled and access to the courtyard, which was once reserved for paying residents, is now as easy as partially lifting a gate and walking in. The playground which once stood towards the north side of the courtyard was uninstalled and is now only feet away from what Mays called a “fully operational crack house.”

While this reporter was unable to confirm this, other residents did agree with her claim. One resident who chose not to be identified said that she had been “living in fear” as the entire property has become a known site for gang activity and drug use during late night hours.

Residents filed for rent reduction due to the condition of the property after 202 Street Inc. took over. While the request was granted, it was quickly taken away when the developer claimed to have accommodated the residents. No significant renovations had taken place or remains to this day.

For the last decade, Mays has taken up maintenance of the property the best she can in order to keep residents, many of which are seniors and/or disabled, from having to put up with the issues that have plagued the property.

“If this grass gets cut, he’ll help me cut it,” Mays said pointing to her elderly neighbor. “Another individual helps me shovel the snow during the winter because my seniors can’t get out. My brother is going to bring me some garbage bags and we’ll be out here bagging up that garbage. The property manager doesn’t do anything. That’s not my job,” she continued fighting back tears. “I‘ve lived in Southeastern Queens all my life,” Mays said. “You treat people the way you want to be treated. My grandmother taught me, ‘each one, teach one.’ So if I can help [someone] that’s just my nature. But I’m tired.”

The investigation of the shooting is still active.

 

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