Thank you DNAinfo (and Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska) for doing a story on this problematic Methadone Clinic which was moved and dumped “quietly” from its original place at Sutphin/Archer due to the development of “The Crossing” to a inappropriate location at Hillside Ave/175th Street, across the street from a co-op building in Jamaica Estates, near other apartment buildings, homes, , a park and several schools.
Besides this blog, no media was reporting on this bullshit which moved quietly into a rather decent area last year and ever since has reeked havoc with some of the clientele, who loiter for long periods of time, block sidewalks, throw trash onto the ground, make loud noise, argue, sell drugs, steal from delis and then have their buddies who are not clientele, come into the area (many from Long Island).
Even though 103 precinct commander John Cappleman at last night’s 103rd community council meeting stated, when I brought up this issue, “Even though prescription drugs seem to be sold illegally in the area, there has not been “a large increase in measurable crime,” such as robbery, grand larceny or car break-ins. But that’s not to say there isn’t a major quality of life issue,” he said. “Obviously it’s still a problem.” , he did mention the incident that I was aware of from last year, when a clientele from the clinic shot another clientele in the parking lot of Walgreen’s next door and that alone, should be a crackdown on this clinic that does not have the proper security to keep some of their beasts in-line.
Even though this clinic, St. Joseph’s Medical Center (which you will not see a sign), did not return a phone call from DNAInfo New York, I did speak yesterday to the director of the facility, who after my rant on the phone with her, stated “she cannot argue with anything I said” and was as usual “aware” of the situation with some of the clients and stated that due to some staff leaving, that they did not have the appropriate security to coral the problematic drug addicts, my words, not hers.
And since I have seen this bullshit every day except Sundays early mornings on my way to the subway, it is a first hand account and not hearsay, just as residents in the area and business owners like White Castle have been complaining about since the dump of this problematic place, where it seems a big percentage of clients are not even from the area, but elsewhere including many from Long Island, home of the opioid epidemic (so how about putting this place in your own back yard, we are already filled to the top with crap nonsense from our own people).
And this is the MAJOR PROBLEM with drug clinics, homeless shelters and other businesses that cater to this “crowd”, lack of security and respect for the community and neighbors. Nothing is wrong with having a homeless shelter or drug clinic in the neighborhood, as long as one community is not oversatuated, BUT not when it is managed poorly and the selected savages do their typical ghetto nonsense and behavior.
Feel free to call the director of the clinic (718) 558-7230) and give hear your thoughts on the crap caused by this clinic. Feel free to mention Joe from Clean Up Jamaica Queens. And I will say this again, when White Castle” complains about this, damn, you know it is bad. NOW FUCKING DO SOMETHING SO-CALLED LEADERS or does this fall under the category of “we are aware” and “it is a challenge” bullshit.
From DNAInfo New York:
Methadone Clinic Makes Jamaica Corner ‘Very Sketchy,’ Locals Say
A methadone clinic was moved to 175-20 Hillside Ave. from the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue. View Full Caption
QUEENS — A methadone clinic that was quietly moved to Hillside Avenue in order to make room for a new development near the AirTrain station in downtown Jamaica, has brought a number of quality of life issues to its new location, local residents and business owners said.
The clinic, run by Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, was moved to 175-20 Hillside Ave. more than a year ago, when the building previously housing it, on the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue, was demolished in order to be replaced by The Crossing, a massive two-tower mixed-use complex that will bring 669 affordable housing units to downtown Jamaica.
The new location, which operates from Monday to Saturday, is surrounded by a number of apartment buildings, a park, and several schools, including P.S. 95 Eastwood, I.S. 238 Susan B. Anthony School and The Mary Louis Academy, locals said.
“It’s a bad place for it because a lot of young school kids go by,” said Joe Moretti, a local resident and activist, who also founded “Clean Up Jamaica Queens,” a blog highlighting problems in the neighborhood.
Moretti, who wrote several blog posts about the clinic, said its patients often litter the sidewalk, behave in a noisy way, argue, and hang out for hours in front of local businesses and at nearby Major Mark Park intimidating residents.
“It’s been awful since they placed it there,” Moretti said, calling it “another slap in the face” to Jamaica.
Gloria Gonzales, who lives nearby on Wexford Terrace, agreed.
“This area has become very sketchy,” she said, adding that she has been trying to avoid walking by the building since the clinic opened.
“At first I didn’t know what it was, because there is no sign. I don’t understand why it was placed in the middle of our neighborhood,” she added.
Local business owners said the facility has created a slew of problems for them as well.
“We have a severe problem at the location,” said Jahangir Kabir, a district supervisor for White Castle, who came to a 103rd Precinct Community Council meeting last month to complain about issues at the restaurant located directly next to the clinic.
One of them, he said, is that people have been “selling pills” in the area.
“All sort of things are happening there,” he said. “It’s really not a nice place to bring your family around.”
A clerk at a deli located near the clinic, who did not want his name to be used, also expressed frustration.
“They are hanging out inside, stealing candy and other things,” he said. “We have to chase them out.”
Inspector John Cappelmann, commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct, said that the precinct has held a number of meetings with the clinic and that the NYPD’s Queens Narcotics Unit and neighborhood coordination officers assigned to monitor the area are also involved.
And while Cappelmann acknowledged that prescription drugs seem to be sold illegally in the area, there has not been “a large increase in measurable crime,” such as robbery, grand larceny or car break-ins, he said.
“But that’s not to say there isn’t a major quality of life issue,” he said. “Obviously it’s still a problem.”
Cappelmann also said that shortly after the clinic opened on Hillside Avenue, a man was shot nearby following a dispute that occurred inside the facility.
The clinic did not return phone calls seeking comment.