JAMAICA HAS LONGEST WAIT FOR CLEAN-UP OF GRAFFITI – SHOULDN’T BE NO SURPRISE

Not surprisingly, the neighborhoods with lots of graffiti (LIC, Jackson Heights, Woodside) have some of the longest wait times for graffiti cleanups with an average of about 70 or more days to clean up the vandalism, BUT, in neighborhoods such as Jamaica and Howard Beach, the average number of days it took to clean up the graffiti was even longer.

That is no surprise, with a completely  useless Community Board (12) and even more useless & corrupt elected officials, did you really think Jamaica would have a much quicker response. For a progressive mayor that likes to talk about inequality and ran on a platform of “A Tale of Two Cities”, communities of color, still to this day have the worst record of proper services and then on top of that when  you have crooked overpaid and useless politicians like Senator Comrie, Councilman Miller & Wills, Assembly Members Cooks & Hyndman, what do you expect.

EXPECT A GHETTO MESS.

NO PRIDE, NO RESPECT and  TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION, the Jamaica motto.

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

The state of Jamaica, Queens and eventually our country if we stay on this course. GRAFFITI with a MESSAGE.

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From Queens Courier:

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

New Yorkers feel strongly about seeing graffiti on their streets, and one data visualization enthusiast has just made it easier for residents to find out the number of graffiti incidents reported in one year and how long it took to clean them up.

Nicholas Reyland used data from the city’s open data portal to find the number of NYPD reported graffiti incidents by borough and and the average number of days it took the city to clean it up, Viewing NYC first reported. He culled data from May 2015 through May 2016.

“I wanted to take raw data and turn it into a visual that’s easy to digest,” Reyland said. “I appreciate graffiti as an art and when I discovered the graffiti reports from NYC’s open data site, I thought it would be really cool to see how much there is across the city.”

According to the data, there were 13,585 reports of graffiti over the course of a year and Queens ranked fourth in number of reported incidents with 2,042. Staten Island ranked last with only 241 reported incidents and Brooklyn took first place with 5,555 reported incidents of graffiti.

Western Queens seems to have the most reported incidents of graffiti with Astoria, Long Island City and Jackson Heights being hit the hardest by street tags. According to the data, there were 310 reported graffiti incidents within the 114th Precinct, which includes Astoria, parts of Long Island City Woodside and Jackson Heights.

In the 115th Precinct, there were 235 reported incidents during that same time period in East Elmhurst, North Corona and parts of Jackson Heights.

Other areas such as Flushing, College Point and Whitestone also have a higher incident of graffiti compared to other neighborhoods in the borough.

The 109th Precinct, which covers Flushing, College Point and Whitestone had 189 reported incidents of graffiti from May 2015 through May 2016.

reported graffiti

Not surprisingly, those same neighborhoods have some of the longest wait times for graffiti cleanups with an average of about 70 or more days to clean up the vandalism. In neighborhoods such as Jamaica and Howard Beach, the average number of days it took to clean up the graffiti was even longer.

Not all cases of graffiti clean up have been logged on the website so the average number of days to clean up the graffiti may not be completely accurate in every precinct.

Through his research, Reyland found that neighborhoods  in other boroughs with a high reported amount of graffiti also had a relatively quick cleanup.

“This project piqued my interest after I read an article that said high graffiti reports are associated with high crime rates. As I mapped the number of reports and the average days it takes to clean up a report, I noticed that neighborhoods you would expect to have high reports of graffiti did, like Greenpoint and Lower East Side, but they also responded relatively quickly to them as well,” he said.

Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced CleaNYC, a $4.2 million project  to increase Graffiti-Free NYC efforts and sidewalk power washing in commercial corridors, as well as expand Sunday and holiday litter basket collection service and highway shoulder and ramp cleanup.

Some Queens residents fed up with the graffiti in their neighborhoods have taken matters into their own hands.

Whitestone resident Christine Ruppert Coniglio, observed a man tagging signs in Whitestone in May and called the 109th Precinct immediately. The culprit was arrested.

From May 2015 through May 2016 there were 133 incidents of reported graffiti in the 104th Precinct, which covers Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village and a local group has been cleaning it up for years.

The Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation (GRRC) has been running an anti-graffiti program for 25 years and residents of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village can call GRRC cleaning crews who will use a hot water pressure washer and paint remover to clean graffiti on washable surfaces like brick. The crews also paint over non-washable surfaces free of charge.

CLEANUP

 

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4 thoughts on “JAMAICA HAS LONGEST WAIT FOR CLEAN-UP OF GRAFFITI – SHOULDN’T BE NO SURPRISE

    • No SHAME on the City & elected officials for doing nothing about this vacant house that has been sitting for over five years, falling apart and which had become a dumping ground for garbage, which I have complained for years, while they choose to do nothing. That is where the shame needs to go.

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      • You must use the proper channels in our broken political system to get things done. It takes years sometimes before change comes about. If you are sincere in your efforts, then change will happen.

        Committing acts of vandalism is illegal and counter productive!!!!

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      • I always use proper channels (which tend to be corrupt & useless) and it should not take YEARS, as you say, to deal with a garbage strewn vacant house that is deteriorating. And you know damn well this would not take place in an all white community. And who even said I committed an act of vandalism, I never did, you are the one that made that statement, not me. Your thought of change will happen is typical is youthful idealism. We are talking garbage and a vacant house, not peace in the Middle East. Please give me a break.

        By the way our system is more than broken. It is completely corrupt as can be seen by all the politicians and city agency folks have gone to jail. Plus it is a system that works for “select few”. So get real about it all.

        By the way if you do not live in Jamaica or SE Queens, you have no idea what we deal with on a daily basis and therefore are not entitled to an opinion about this community. And if you are, then you know about the poor quality of life and therefore more than likely would not make the statement you made, in fact the people I know that live here would never make that type of statement, they are angry about the bullshit.

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