STOP ME FROM LAUGHING – NEW SIGNS IN DOWNTOWN JAMAICA TO HELP TOURISTS GET AROUND – AROUND WHAT, GARBAGE, CRAP RETAIL, HORRIBLE STREETS & HOMELESS SHELTERS

From DNA Info New York:

New Signs in Downtown Jamaica to Help Tourists, Locals Get Around

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | June 26, 2016 12:32pm
 New wayfinding signs are currently being installed in Downtown Jamaica.

New wayfinding signs are currently being installed in Downtown Jamaica.

DNAinfo.com/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska

QUEENS — As Jamaica becomes one of the fastest-growing hotel hubs in New York, the city is rolling out a set of new signs to help visitors and locals alike navigate the bustling public transportation system as well as the areas’ landmarks, parks and civic institutions.

The signs include maps of the neighborhood and list points of interest in the area. They also contain information about subway entrances, bus routes, show neighborhood parks as well as civic and cultural institutions and give pedestrians suggestions how to get from one point to another.

Twelve new signs have already been placed in the neighborhood and about eight more will be added by the end of the year, according to the city’s Department of Transportation.

 The signs are being installed in the areas close to major train stations like Jamaica Center and along main arteries like Sutphin and Parsons boulevards and Jamaica Avenue.

Several are also planned near important institutions in the neighborhood, like York College and the Queens Central Library, and some are being installed next to bus stops along the new Select Bus Service route on the Q44, according to a map of sign locations provided by the DOT.

“This accommodation will help to continue develop Jamaica as the first-class community our residents and visitors deserve,” said local Councilman Daneek Miller, who allocated about $377,000 for various DOT projects to improve Downtown Jamaica, including installing new signs.

“Wayfinding will ensure that people know and are able to navigate through beautiful downtown Jamaica and experience all our community has to offer,” Miller added.

Currently, similar signs are installed in several neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as in Long Island City.

“We are also looking to add them in places like Downtown Far Rockaway,” said Queens Transportation Commissioner Nicole Garcia.

The program is coming to Jamaica in the wake of a boom in the hotel industry. There are at least 10 hotels currently planned for the neighborhood, which would bring about 1,600 new rooms in addition to about 400 rooms now available in the area.

Last year, the city also launched the “Jamaica Now Action Plan,” a set of goals seeking to revitalize Jamaica by developing vacant spaces and bringing new retail.

Rhonda Binda, executive director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District, said she hopes the new signs will also inspire “healthier lifestyles along with greater community and business engagement” by encouraging locals and visitors to walk around the neighborhood and discover what the area has to offer.

“[I]t will be easier to find the newly remodeled and Wi-Fi enabled Rufus King Park, among other major institutions like York College, the Jamaica Performing Arts Center and St. John’s University,” Binda said. “And people will be surprised how walkable and connected downtown already is by foot.”

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REALLY. Do these leaders really believe their own bullshit. I mean get a load of this latest bullshit from Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who actually allocated a little less than half a million dollars for DOT projects to improve Downtown Jamaica (WHAT IMPROVEMENTS):

“This accommodation will help to continue develop Jamaica as the first-class community our residents and visitors deserve. “Wayfinding will ensure that people know and are able to navigate through beautiful downtown Jamaica and experience all our community has to offer.”

BEAUTIFUL Mr. Miller. Here, let me show the folks the beauty of Downtown Jamaica & the surrounding area like Merrick Blvd and South Jamaica.

First off, Downtown Jamaica (yes, damn beautiful, if you are into garbage ghetto chic crap:

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148 Pl and Jamaica Ave, sitting since almost beginning of May 2016

148 Pl and Jamaica Ave, sitting since almost beginning of May 2016

Good old Downtown

Good old Downtown

Classy!

Classy!

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Jamaica in the box retail

Jamaica in the box retail

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

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

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This mess is ILLEGAL, storage of commercial vehicles in the Downtown area residential section.

This mess is ILLEGAL, storage of commercial vehicles in the Downtown area residential section.

Vacant "condo" where Con Ed has put up a sign that "electricity of off due to lack of payment. Can you say ghetto B&B.

Vacant “condo” where Con Ed has put up a sign that “electricity of off due to lack of payment. Can you say ghetto B&B.

Practice games for terrorist. The 170 LIRR Tunnel in Downtown Jamaica.

Practice games for terrorist. The 170 LIRR Tunnel in Downtown Jamaica.

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REALLY

REALLY

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Practice games for terrorist. The 165 LIRR Tunnel in Downtown Jamaica.

Practice games for terrorist. The 165 LIRR Tunnel in Downtown Jamaica.

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CITY PROPERTY

CITY PROPERTY

This woman was actually picking up things out of those bags like this was the 170 St LIRR flea market.

This woman was actually picking up things out of those bags like this was the 170 St LIRR flea market.

Come visit Jamaica Ave, home of low-class ghetto & crap third world shopping.

Come visit Jamaica Ave, home of low-class ghetto & crap third world shopping.

ILLEGAL. Blocking of sidewalks

ILLEGAL. Blocking of sidewalks

A third world flea market. Look at this slop just thrown down on the sidewalk.

A third world flea market. Look at this slop just thrown down on the sidewalk.

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TOTALLY FUCKING ILLEGAL & DANGEROUS. Watch crossing the streets tourists.

TOTALLY FUCKING ILLEGAL & DANGEROUS. Watch crossing the streets tourists.

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Downtown Jamaica, UNACCEPTABLE

Downtown Jamaica, UNACCEPTABLE

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Yes, this is a diaper in the park in May.

Yes, this is a diaper in the park in May.

Watch your step!

Watch your step!

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

Downtown Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica

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.

Problematic El Camino homeless shelter in Downtown Jamaica

Problematic El Camino homeless shelter in Downtown Jamaica

Jamaica Center Station

Jamaica Center Station

Downtown Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica

 

Now the surrounding area (if you intend to venture out and explore all Jamaica has to offer, bullet proof vests recommended):

A pattern of illegal garbage dumping for years.

A pattern of illegal garbage dumping for years.

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Way too common a site in Jamaica.

Way too common a site in Jamaica.

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11 thoughts on “STOP ME FROM LAUGHING – NEW SIGNS IN DOWNTOWN JAMAICA TO HELP TOURISTS GET AROUND – AROUND WHAT, GARBAGE, CRAP RETAIL, HORRIBLE STREETS & HOMELESS SHELTERS

  1. JM: This DNAinfo reporter, Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, seems to be the exclusive ‘beat reporter’ for everything Jamaica at this ‘news site’.
    Reading these ‘sunshine up my skirt’ reports – ignoring everything you’be been reporting for years – makes it clear that even this ‘new media’ is joined at the hip with Katz and her administration, DeBlasio, and the development lobby: you would think that Jamaica is ‘Williamsburg-EAST’.
    No sooner do these offices issue press releases, then reporters like her repeat this as news, sometimes word-for-word.
    I would try to contact her, and offer to take her on a ‘3-hr tour’ (minimum) to see some of the REAL obstacles that you have to get around (and over, and through) in order to live a civilized life in this community. Incredible.

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  2. Joe, you’re missing the point with all those pix of discarded mattresses. The mattresses are there so that the expected hoards of tourists can take a nap during their visits. It’s a little bit of convenience and hospitality provided by the BIDs for the visitors.

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  3. The reason many of the mattresses are in the LIRR tunnels is for the eventuality of there being rain. It’ll keep the tourists dry as they take those rejuvenating naps.

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  4. All the great jokes aside, I was dead serious: this DNAinfo reporter has written every Jamaica story that’s appeared on that site: I can’t think of one that was negative. Contact her: if she declines a personal tour, then you know that the ‘fix is in’, wrt to some special agreement she (and her employer) have with Katz’ and the SE Democratic machine.
    She needs to be shown the ‘Real Jamaica’, since she doesn’t read this blog.

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  5. DNAInfo is NOT journalism!! It is paid advertising. Wake up people!!

    I’ve spoke to Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska a few times over the past year. I can assure you with all certainty that she gets kickbacks by local Jamaica pols and building owners to write these puff pieces. As a matter of fact, DNAinfo business model is based on aiding and abetting the real estate industry!!!!

    Joe, you should go after these media collaborators.

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    • As a business owner yourself, the one constantly dealing with homeless shoplifters and always cleaning up other peoples’ garbage, you might get her to write an ‘expose’ about this problem, maybe pass her a few bucks as a ‘kickback’ of your own.

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  6. DNAinfo is an oxymoron most of all. It’s like they claim that journalism is in their genes. It’s mostly cut and paste from major news sites and overpriced food fetish nonsense. It’s like Gothamist without the overwhelming snark, although they have been doing a lot of serious long pieces lately on imposed gentrification, they must feel guilty in their complicity.

    I wonder where these shills went to journalism school. It’s a sad state that these sites, local newspapers, and free weeklies have become lab monkeys for the gentrification industrial complex.

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  7. There’s a difference between ‘imposed gentrification’, which is an actual oxymoron, and covering a place from a stance that doesn’t take in the entire picture, both good and bad.
    BTW, here is one of those ‘shills’:
    https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/about-us/our-team/editorial-team/murray-weiss
    He’s maybe the top corruption reporter in the city and is cited constantly by other news media – including radio and TV news – after having been the first to break major stories.

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  8. I appreciate your criticism. My term is actually redundant, but I was making a point on how the way gentrification is being implemented in the 21st century. How it seems like it’s doubling down on certain towns and communities with the aid of startups and media in their proclamations of the trendiness of the areas. And of course with the scandalous in-house superpac/501 (c) (4) in city hall coming up with all this lunatic city planning involving trolleys and the misleading affordable housing schemes. And it’s looking like the top echelons in the NYPD may be involved too as the personal enforcers and chaperones for developers.

    I did not know Murray Weiss was on DNA. It’s another sorry state of affairs that a guy like that is not in the papers anymore. And it may say something about the current state of journalism,which focuses mostly on entertainment and advertising (Advertainment, there’s an oxymoron, but more like a portmanteau), with the occasional nod towards genuine investigative reporting. That said, it says a lot about Juan Gonzalez leaving the Daily News too.

    Having said that, the Daily News, despite collaborating with Propublica, has been a disgrace for a long time now. There were times when that paper looked like an issue of Hustler or Screw. Hopefully our corrupt heads of city and state will cause a return to real journalism again, that way the people (well me) will hesitate to criticize an entire industry for the acts of a few (well a couple dozen) shills.

    Good luck with all that.

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