SO IS TIMES LEDGER ARTICLE & SOME POWERS THAT BE TAKING POTSHOTS AT CLEAN UP JAMAICA & COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS PAMELA HAZEL, AMY ANDERSON & OTHERS

So are some Jamaica powers that be trying to take subtle potshots at Clean Up Jamaica Queens and community activists like Pamela Hazel and long time Jamaica resident Amy Anderson, for their comments and constant documentation of the terrible conditions in Jamaica like all the garbage all over (including the parks), filthy downtown streets with stores cramming their crap illegally too far out in the sidewalks making some parts unpassable, the illegal truck driving , the illegal storage of commercial vehicles in residential areas, the dumping of homeless shelters in the area, the awful conditions of the downtown streets (which Amy Anderson was seen in a recent NY1 video (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/walking-in-jamaica-can-be-dangerous-especially-for-seniors-the-handicap-and-violence-isnt-the-issue-bad-crosswalks-that-leaders-are-doing-shit-about/), the crime and all the other nonsense that the powers that be are not addressing. Well, it certainly sound like that is what they are doing.

In the article below is the subtle statement, which I almost missed:

Despite occasional grumblings by some locals about the state of things in their neck of the woods, the Jameco Exchange folks have taken a positive attitude, drawing inspiration from the retail vernacular of their two-story storefront and the cobblestone pedestrian mall in which it is situated, as well as the social culture of Jamaica Avenue and the histories of the community.

Not to take anything away from Jameco Exchange, which is a great project, which I have mentioned before on this blog, BUT please there are not just “occasional grumblings” by locals about the state of things in our neck of the woods, these are daily problematic quality of life issues that make the community look the way it is and documented constantly by several (not just “some”) which powers that be refuse to address so that any kind of attention be brought to it. Just that fact that this is so subtle, to not bring much attention to it,  and the fact that this is just another way to try to deflect from the REAL Jamaica is fact in itself and Times Ledger should be ashamed of themselves for not calling this out in the article. I mean are not you supposed to be journalist as opposed to pawns for the powers that be.

I mean just the fact that we are talking about vacant storefronts, shows there is a big problem in downtown Jamaica, vacant storefronts, which Jamaica BID was attempting to fill several years ago when Laurel Brown was Executive Director and had a tour of available sites to potential tenants (which never really took off)  that I actually attended. You all still don’t get it, quality business and quality people do not want to come into an area when they see it and trash, litter and dirty diapers are all over the area, somehow does not induce people to come here. Hm, LIC or Jamaica,. Hm, Forest Hills or Jamaica.

So let me counter this with facts, like the photos below, which you could say are my form of art about Jamaica. Now do all of these below seem like grumblings? Seem sporadic? Seem rare? Please do better than that. Instead of criticizing those that are bringing this to public attention, criticism should be going to the powers that be that continue to allow this to happen under the so-called Jamaica Now Action Plan.

The state of Jamaica, Queens and eventually are country if we stay on this course.

The state of Jamaica, Queens and eventually are country if we stay on this course.

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Salvation Army at Archer and 149 St 5.23.16

Salvation Army at Archer and 149 St 5.23.16

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This is wads of toilet paper with human shit on it. GHETTO.

This is wads of toilet paper with human shit on it. GHETTO.

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Downtown Jamaica, UNACCEPTABLE

Downtown Jamaica, UNACCEPTABLE

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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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I MEAN REALLY. Totally ILLEGAL.

I MEAN REALLY. Totally ILLEGAL.

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Way too common a site in Jamaica.

Way too common a site in Jamaica.

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Yes, that is my handwork on the fence.

Yes, that is my handwork on the fence.

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Good old Downtown

Good old Downtown

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Jamaica in the box retail

Jamaica in the box retail

Is this an example of being on "the right track".

Is this an example of being on “the right track”.

Homeless shelter with local residents hanging out all day. Two blocks from downtown Jamaica Ave

Homeless shelter with local residents hanging out all day. Two blocks from downtown Jamaica Ave

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These people had to climb over this shit to get into their car. And this is in the downtown section, not far from the LIRR station, where the jazz concerts are held.

These people had to climb over this shit to get into their car. And this is in the downtown section, not far from the LIRR station, where the jazz concerts are held.

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HELP ME, Call 311.

HELP ME, Call 311.

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Jamaica Center Subway Station in downtown Jamaica

Jamaica Center Subway Station in downtown Jamaica

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Downtown Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica

"Jamaica's Element"

“Jamaica’s Element”

A ghetto mess! Just a few blocks from the downtown area.

A ghetto mess! Just a few blocks from the downtown area.

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From Queens Times Ledger:

Vacant Jamaica storefronts turned into art galleries

Volunteers help hang the artwork for Jameco Exchange on display through July 17 in downtown Jamaica.

Downtown Jamaica is playing host to an increasing number of those exhibitions. Following on the heels of JamaicaFlux’s success, engaging, interactive performances and works by arts nonprofit “No Longer Empty’s” “artists gone wild” are becoming a welcome sight in the neighborhood.

Since 2009, NLE has presented dozens of exhibitions celebrating the rich histories of local buildings and neighborhoods through cultural themes, commissions and programming. This time around, it has partnered with the Jamaica Center BID to present Jameco Exchange, which runs through July 17. The project revolves around the art of storytelling about Jamaica.

“‘No Longer Empty’ is thrilled to be here, in the heart of downtown Jamaica. We’ve learned so much about the rich history and cultures of Jamaica through dialogues with community members and artists,” Associate Curator Rachel Gugelberger, said. “We’re excited to learn more as stories continue to unfold through the artists’ works, upcoming programs, and our ongoing engagement with visitors of all ages.”

As part of Jameco Exchange, an exhibition of works by artist Addam Yekutieli is being held at tattoo studio Think Before You Ink on Hillside Avenue. It is open Thursdays through Saturdays, from noon until 8 p.m.

In addition, more than 20 local and international artists and collectives have invaded Jamaica, taking over 165th Street in the heart of downtown. They explored themes of commerce, movement, and travel—the positives downtown Jamaica is known for.

Despite occasional grumblings by some locals about the state of things in their neck of the woods, the Jameco Exchange folks have taken a positive attitude, drawing inspiration from the retail vernacular of their two-story storefront and the cobblestone pedestrian mall in which it is situated, as well as the social culture of Jamaica Avenue and the histories of the community.

For example, downtown Jamaica’s rich history of jazz and hip-hop is well established, but few people know that it also sits on an old trade route. The community also boasts notable entrepreneurs who opened businesses along Jamaica Avenue back in the 1930s and 1950s. In August 1930, Michael Cullen launched America’s first supermarket on the Avenue in a vacant garage. Does the name King Kullen ring a bell?

Aaron Schwartz of Francman Realty, vice president of the Jamaica Center BID and president of the 165th Street Mall BID, is responsible for giving “No Longer Empty” the use of the prime storefront location on the pedestrian mall.

“Working together with and accommodating “No Longer Empty” in this endeavor was an easy decision. This location is at the heart and soul of Jamaica and already attracts thousands of pedestrians on a daily basis. It is a pleasure to collaborate and highlight Jamaica’s unique history and culture,” Schwartz said.

“No Longer Empty” has collaborated with a top-notch group of people, according to Co-founder and Executive Director Naomi Hersson-Ringskog.

She is referring to the Community Advisory Council, a network of community partners and experts who shared ideas and made recommendations: Richard Hourahan at Queens Historical Society; Saiku Branch, director of Afrikan Poetry Theatre; Kim McNeil Capers, outreach coordinator, Queens Library; Stephanie Davis, poet and poetry editor of Newtown Literary; Heng-Gil Han, director and curator, Jamaica Flux; Cathy Hung, director of Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning; and others.

Saturday’s opening reception featured an exhibition of youth artwork curated by local teens in collaboration with NLE and an education hub for visitors of all ages, with art-making weekend family workshops and exhibition tours, created by 26 area high school students.

“There are many places I have never been, but I still know they exist. I know from postcards, keychains, the stories people share, photographs and other mainly physical items,” said artist Azikiwe Mohammed, who talked about his work, “Jimmy’s Thrift.” “By creating all of the items found in this place am I able to curate the stories, and tell a tale of a place I long to visit and am with the help of others trying to make real.”

If You Go

“No Longer Empty”

When: Through July 17, Thursdays to Sundays, noon – 6 pm

Where: 89-62B 165th St. and Think Before You Ink, 167-16 Hillside Ave. — Closed Sundays, Jamaica

Website: www.nolongerempty.org

 

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2 thoughts on “SO IS TIMES LEDGER ARTICLE & SOME POWERS THAT BE TAKING POTSHOTS AT CLEAN UP JAMAICA & COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS PAMELA HAZEL, AMY ANDERSON & OTHERS

  1. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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  2. Joe,

    Forget about these no good for nothing “leaders” and useless newspapers and media outlets. Team up with the local business owners to support your fight. Many of them are looking for a voice like yours to stand with them and articulate their concerns. Just a comment though, get rid of the the vulgarity and profanity – you’ll get much better results.

    Sammy

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