Really, no one in charge can do anything about Pino’s Auto Service parking smashed cars up on pedestrian sidewalks, this is just the norm, like all along Merrick Blvd. This is how things are enforced, looking the other way. I personally have seen police cars go by and act like this is totally legal. And the garbage, really. I realize that these low-class folks and businesses cause these issues, but when issues go unaddressed from powers that be, then we have ghetto caused by both, culprits and enablers. Miller, you got yourself a nice big juicy raise that most will not even see anything that close, how about really working for that raise now.
As one reader stated:
147pl. What a welcome sight for tourist. When they build these hotels they should promote Jamaica as “Experience 1980s NYC”.
As usual none of this is acceptable, but then when issues are not properly enforced, then auto body shops continue knowing there will be no consequences. Yet I ride my bike on the sidewalk on Archer Avenue (since that street is too dangerous to ride on) and police car pulls me over and issues a $50 dollar ticket. Riding my bike a short distance on the sidewalk is an issue, but junked cars parked on sidewalk, no issue at all.
Speaking of hotels, the same reader passed this my way:
This is a recent review of the Howard Johnson on Archer Ave via Yelp “Old rundown hotel next to the air train.. Sketchy area so be careful at night if you walk around for food. Rooms are very small. Flat screen tvs and decent comfortable beds. Bottom line: Cheap ass hotel bare bones. Free breakfast, nothing special , lots of dirt bags and riff raff hanging around area. Checkin, lock up, sleep tight and get the hell out.” Another comment about the neighborhood from someone staying at the Comfort Inn on 162nd st. “the neighborhood is sketchy at best (being very nice here).” These are just the tip of the iceberg of local reviews about how sketchy the area is. The neighborhood looks terrible, as well as the people hanging around the area with nothing better to do but get themselves but get into trouble. If they do not clean this area up fast and chase the riff raff from hanging out around the hub, the reviews alone will scare any decent person from staying at any of these new hotels being built here.
Good job Jamaica Now Action Plan. You are off to a great job.