Now if you and I place our car on a sidewalk in front of our house, the lowly foot traffic officers would take out their pen and pad and slap a ticket on the car within an hour, hell, it does not even have to be on the sidewalk, just a tire on it. I ride my bike on the sidewalk on Archer Avenue since it is such a dangerous mess of cars, livery drivers, cabs, trucks and buses (not too mention such a narrow road for all the traffic), NYPD car pulls up to corner, gets out and hands me a $50 dollar ticket.
YET, auto body shops have turned Merrick Blvd and the surrounding area into the new Willets Point, a junkyard for their cars placed on Merrick Blvd and the sidewalks and the surrounding streets in the neighborhood, along with broken glass and leaking fluids from cars. One day, I counted 100 junked and unlicensed cars on Merrick and surrounding streets between Liberty and 108th St. ONE HUNDRED, no kidding. Car dealers on Hillside Avenue with huge parking lots, place their vehicles and unlicensed vehicles not only on Hillside Ave, where they block buses during rush hour, but on sidewalks as well. In other areas of Jamaica, auto body shops do the same thing, like the one on Archer between 168th and 169th. Readers from other areas like South Ozone Park and other parts of SE Queens have the same issue and have complained over and over to their precincts with absolutely not a damn thing being done.
This is not a grey area, this is black and white issue, it is ILLEGAL to place any vehicle on a sidewalk, which blocks pedestrians and forces them to sometime go into the street and it is ILLEGAL to place unlicensed vehicles or junked cars on public streets and sidewalks. On Merrick Blvd alone, this causes major traffic issues where one must converge to one lane because the other is being blocked by these cars. THIS IS THE LAW, NOT an option and no grey area. YET, after countless documentations of this, countless filed complaints, NOTHING is being done and these unscrupulous businesses are allow to continue with the illegal behavior under the watchful eyes of elected officials, community boards and NYPD and have yet given me an answer as to WHY? Not one person, not NYPD, not community board 12 and not any of our wonderful elected officials.
And this is not an appropriate response:
Thank you for contacting me. Your concerns and questions are of utmost importance to me. A member of my staff or I will be in contact with you
shortly to discuss your issue. If you require immediate assistance, please feel free to contact my Queens District Office at 718-454-0162 or my Albany
Legislative Office at 518-455-2701. You can also feel free to come in and speak directly with a community or legislative representative. For office
hours and directions, please visit Office of NYS Senator Leroy Comrie. Again, thank you for contacting me.
I guess my concerns are NOT of the utmost importance because they WOULD REQUIRE SOMEONE TO GET OFF THEIR FUCKING ASS AND DO SOME WORK.
I have said this over and over again, someone is being paid off to look the other way, because 1) nothing is being done and the laws are not being enforced. 2) NOT one person has given me any kind of answer and no I don’t want to hear about “not enough manpower”. The ticketing fee alone makes up for any kind of manpower.
Or it could be that this area is not Forest Hills or Brooklyn Heights or Park Slope and is instead a community of color run by black political gangsters who obviously has not done anything to improve this community but instead have focused on street naming ceremonies and “free turkey giveaways”. So being a community of color, there is no reason to really do anything. I mean do anyone of you have any pride, any shame that Merrick Blvd looks like shit. Hell, your precinct community board meets over in that area, you don’t see this or you don’t care. I mean I don’t see this shit on Queens Blvd in Forest Hills, so why should we see this shit here in Jamaica.
This is completely disgraceful and a continual slap in the face of this community of color yet again ignoring quality of life issues and properly enforcing laws.
BUT people want an answer and more importantly they want the LAWS to be enforced. And residents of Jamaica and some of you folks reading this, you need to contact NYPD and your local precinct, you need to contact your elected officials and you NEED TO DEMAND A FUCKING ANSWER and a SOLUTION. You fucking work for US, we pay your damn salaries.