This past Friday (4.14.17) while taking a different route to the 179th Street subway station to work, I noticed all this water on 88 Ave between 170 & 171st street (which a few weeks ago was torn up by National Grid and of course never put back to its original state) and huge deep pools of water and could hear it flowing into the sewer drain. Had no idea where it was coming from. But as I made a north turn on 171 St heading to Hillside, I saw more water just flowing down 171st. As I got to the corner of 171st and Hillside, I notice water flowing all along the south side of Hillside Avenue. I followed it to the middle of the block and notice a sizeable hole on Hillside Ave, where water was bubbly out like the oil in the Beverly Hillbillies when Jed was hunting and struck oil. When I went into the corner deli, where a pool of water was at the corner of this deli, I asked the guy inside, what was the deal. He told me that this had been like this for a week. He said he and others called several times when it first started and was not that bad and said someone came out took a look at it and left. More water, most phone calls, more nothing being done. As he put it, “They don’t give a shit” and as a black man from the area who was waiting for a bus told me “This has been like this for a whole week and you know why and this is not a racial thing, but if this was a white area, it would have been taken care of immediately because many people would have complained. But here in Jamaica nobody gives a shit because all they care about is drinking and doing drugs, where in the white community, people actually give a shit about their community.” WELL SAID BROTHER.
When I got to work at 8am, I called 911 who hooked me up with FDNY and I told them the situation. Fast forward to 5:30pm back in Jamaica, water still pouring out of the spot on Hillside (which is right above the F line subway tracks). Called 911 again, they turned me over to 311. Called back 911 and said I don’t want 311, they hooked me up back to FDNY, who said they will contact DEP. Went on line to file complaints about a water leak with DEP and then fast forward to Saturday (4.15.17) and still water flowing within three blocks.
YEP, NOBODY GIVES A SHIT. Imagine all the water being wasted, imagine the damage being done to Hillside and underneath where the F train line is. Imagine all that water in front of those homes on 88 ave (where I am sure most probably don’t care) and then with the warm weather, imagine the mosquitoes breeding. Imagine this in Melinda Katz’s hood of Forest Hills, where people DO CARE.
YEP, NOBODY GIVE A SHIT IN THIS DISGUSTING COMMUNITY OF JAMAICA.
Watch the Jamaica Hillside River below: