About Clean Up Jamaica Queens NY

Property located at 107-58 164th Street owned by James Fobbs who lives at 60 Doughty Blvd, #205 in Inwood (Long Island), NY 11096.

Property located at 107-58 164th Street owned by James Fobbs who lives at 60 Doughty Blvd, #205 in Inwood (Long Island), NY 11096.

Jamaica, New York located in the borough of Queens is in a major crisis, a garbage/litter/illegal dumping crisis that our elected local leaders have either ignored, failed to address or done very little to remedy the situation. For decades this lack of leadership has turned our community into one huge dumping ground unlike anywhere else in New York City.

THIS IS THE REAL JAMAICA FUTURE

This blog will not only expose this quality of life issue in our community, but will also take a look at the positives of Jamaica (approximately 15 landmarks, the most in Queens) and hopefully turn a community that has been in decline for way too long and make it the shining beacon that is once was many decades ago.

The landmark Former Lowe's Valencia Theatre on Jamaica Avenue. An unbelievable gem of Jamaica.

The landmark Former Lowe’s Valencia Theatre on Jamaica Avenue as it is today. An unbelievable gem of Jamaica and a MUST SEE. The only one of four Wonder Theatres (built in the late 20’s) in New York City that is still intact.

My goal is to not only expose the horrendous garbage problem in the Jamaica community by revealing the culprits and incompetent elected leaders but hopefully make people appreciate the history of Jamaica, find the hidden gems and hopefully make a difference. But this is not a one man army, a community is only as strong as its people and the people are the ones who can make that difference. It is very easy to sit on the sidelines. SO STAND-UP, LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD, BE PROACTIVE……………….. AND PICK UP THE DAMN LITTER!

 

 

Jamaica Garbage Problem Music Video

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29 thoughts on “About Clean Up Jamaica Queens NY

  1. hello Joe Moretti,We met at the Salem Baptist Church in June of this year along with Sanitation regarding the garbage in Springfield Gardens Garden Apartment Complex. You are invited to take photos of the complex problems. Start @ 140 Ave, you will notice the front yard of one of the buildings which has been a blight on our community for several years. Also the rear yard which was toured in July by Donovan Richards and HPD/DOB/DOH & sanitation. We hope DHCR will also step up. As said in the meeting Thomas Kontogiannis & Group kappa Corp were indicted for mortgage fraud as they have sold the buildings as two family houses,Wells Fargo holds the mortgage on buildings which are now in foreclosure & 4 have been auctioned off and sold as 2 family houses also. Many of the residents have gone feral and the buildings are now in a Sanford & Son condition. If you tour the property you will be surprised at the conditions.

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  2. The Garden Apartment Complex is located on 140 Ave @ the foot of Bedell. The Complex is 4 square blocks 183 st& 184 st & 141 Ave. The Verizon Buildings is across the street from complex. This is a Rent Regulated Complex formally owned by Thomas Kontogiannis/Group Kappa Corp @ One Cross Island Plaza in Rosedale.

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  3. Thank you Joe. I follow your blog everyday and you are never off the mark. As a life-long resident of Jamaica, I am very saddend to see how all of southeast Queens has seeped to the bottom of the barrell. There is no more “quality of life” here; shelters,group homes, drug treatment centers, section 8 quality people. It is just a mess. Joe, please come down Sutphin Blvd, past South Road to Linden Blvd. We need a spotlight on this mess and these elected officals are just useless. JOE, HELP!

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    • I am very well familiar with that area and it is horrible, South Road is a disaster and all along Sutphin Blvd is a mess as is Guy Brewer. In fact back in March Ruschell Boone from NY1 was down there doing a story and she was appalled, said she had never seen anything like this in all her times reporting on this type of issue. I will pass this info on but I would suggest to call two our useless leaders in that area, Councilman Leroy Comrie and Assemblymember Vivian Cook.

      It is awful what has happened to Jamaica over the decades and it is just getting worse.

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  4. Thanks Joe. Councilman Ruben Wills is the councilperson for that area. (Past useless) This may not be politically correct but, the only way Jamaica will change for the better is to have it taken over by white hipsters and yuppies.

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  5. Thank you for this blog! Jamaica is my hometown and I believe it can rise again..Jamaica Avenue is a joke and the garbage problem unbelievable. After living in South Jersey and Atlanta, it is heartbreaking to see how this once beautiful community has gone down, even though the majority of people have decent incomes and want the best for their families and communities.

    Garbage – the garbage on Carson Street off of Springfield Blvd. is disgusting. It was cleaned up but people are dumping there throwaways. In addition, the intersection of Carson Street and 219th Street needs some type of light to regulate the 4 way stop.

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  6. Keep exposing this shitty behavior and the blind eye of the so called leaders. Problems: Blue House on hill at corner of 134th Avenue and 154th Street, lots of cars with no plates, house at 134-14 154th Street, yard full of cars, cart with funny out of state plates that are likely expired and disgusting smelly dogs, rats running around during the day and shit so much when its warm can’t stand to be in yard or open window. Forget about growing anything in the garden. Too many complaints to count at 311, DOT, Sanitation for past 2 years and no change…

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  7. Hello Joe. Just stumbled across your blog. Thank you for it! Please come down Lakewood Ave (off Sutphin Blvd) and onto Remington Street. A house on the left hand corner at the beginning of the street always has mounds of garbage inside and outside its property. Homeowner does not seem concerned and in the summer, the stench and rats hopping between bags is disgusting! Let me not even start on South Road which I pass everyday…

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    • I don’t know if I have ever been to Lakewood or Remington (although that sounds familiar), but I have been to several places in South Jamaica, including that awful South Road, which our idiot leaders had a meeting to change the name to Tuskegee Airmen Way, a major insult to those heroic men. Hell forget about cleaning it up, just waste time changing the name. Many parts of Jamaica are like a battle torn third world country. It is awful. And how could so many churches be in that area and do nothing about the conditions.

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  8. I use to live in Jamaica back in the early 1960’s..Place was nice, clean, safe..A couple of years ago I took a bus ride there, and it’s a cesspool..All I had to do was to look around, and see why…

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  9. I am living on 168st and Hillside and need help in exposing these businesses who dump garbage all over the streets. Hillside between 167 and 169 st are some of the dirtiest street in queens. The restaurant or what I will like to call food shops are creating a nuisance for the residents. No one is helping with this problem and we need to make our neighborhood cleaner and more nicer. These restaurants, grocery stores benefit from our neighborhood now is the time that they should reinvest and help clean up our neighborhood.
    Please help us in this effort.

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    • Take photos if you can and send them to me, make sure to have addresses to go with photos. I have filed complaints in the past in regards to this area, which is a total disgrace. Also file 311 complaints, you can call or go online. I do not know which side of Hillside you are on the North or South, but get in contact with your community board, community board 8 is really good and covers the North Side of Hillside, The south side is Community Board 12, they are worth shit. Also contact your council member as well and go online to Department of Sanitation as well. If more and more people complain as opposed to just a few much more would get done.

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  10. Who do we contact to complain about the Archer Avenue bus stop station that is known as the Teardrop. It’s off Archer Ave and it’s where all the buses stop, on the south side of Archer. The area is always filthy with garbage bins overflowing , garbage on the curb, and the smell of urine coming from the walls. It’s awful and a disgrace.

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    • I would start with whoever the councilman for that area, which I think is I. Daneek Miller, plus Queens Borough President, but this is going to be tough, my friend and Jamaica community advocate has been fighting that fight for some time, she and some residents actually went there one weekend to clean it up, but I would make those phone calls and send emails to the folks I told you. If enough people complain, maybe something will get done.

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      • I admire what you’re doing here. If you wanna reach more people, post these pictures and complaints to the twitter/social media accounts of the city departments( DOT, DOS etc) you should get quicker responses. Good luck man!

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  11. Royal Garbage really sinking up Jamaica area they really need to move that dam garbage dump some where else as ppl is trying to start buying house in that area but in the summer it really smell bad i call and complain but ain’t anything being done…

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  12. Hello Joe, I am a resident of Jamaica Hills who works in Jamaica close to Rufus King Park. Iam sadden and disgusted by the conditions that my family and I face on a daily basis. I have an 18 months old daughter whose daycare is located in the federal building on Jamaica Avenue. Every morning I have pass through a group of men smoking weed in front of the parking lot, so I have to make sure I cover my baby’s head so she doesn’t inhale that crap. We have to walk around the homeless man begging for change, we have to dodge the dollar vans and taxis making illegal u turns, we have to step over mountains of garbage, all before 8:30 in the morning. I’m scared to wear open toed shoes or sandals because of what I might step on. Used tmpons, condoms, diapers…not an usual sight on the sidewalks of downtown Jamaica. Although Jamaica Hills and Briarwood (where I used to live) is a lot better than Jamaica, I have begun to notice an increase of garbage on my block and in the area in general. I live on a high traffic block, located close to a nursing home and a hospital and the people passing through seem to have no regard for other people’s property. I’ve found everything from liquor bottles to tires left in front of my house. I think the stigma of the name Jamaica has caused people to think that we don’t care about our houses or our neighborhood. My zoned. elementary school wast rated a 5 out of 10 on Great Schools. Why is that ok? Why is nobody outraged? I could go on and on about the problems in Jamaica but I wont. I will only say that if I don’t see progress soon, I’m getting the hell out of here. I refuse to subject my daughter to this. I didn’t grow up surrounded by filth and neither will she.

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    • I totally get you and everything you described I have seen (as you can tell from this blog). And what is worse is that it seems no one in leadership doing a damn thing and it is spreading as you said to Briarwood and Jamaica Hills and further. I think most of NYC is heading in this direction. I am like you, not only getting the hell out of Jamaica, but NYC as well. It is a shame because Jamaica was once a really nice area with one of the top high schools around. Between people not giving a shit and leaders doing nothing the area is just getting worse. I do put most of the blame on people (uneducated and many of our new immigrants) who seem to have no respect for a clean community.

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  13. Hi Joe,

    I realize your concerns are more localized, but I’m a 59 year old complete political novice but I’m considering a run for US Congress in District 5 against Gregory Meeks. Any advise?

    One of my points would be that I want to Represent District 5 in the US Congress as a gem of NYE and America, not a cesspool!

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Scott Berry
    7185984528

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    • My advise, JUST RUN. And make sure you have more than enough legit signatures. In fact go for double of the signatures they ask for, because these asses in this district will attempt to petition your signatures.

      BUT RUN. The more people run, the better our choices are instead of the same old crap.

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  14. Thanks. I am willing to speak anywhere especially to get some feed back.
    Topics I feel strongly about:
    Education
    Taxes, Jobs, and City housing
    Immigration
    Refugees
    Iran and Syria
    Free Speech
    Religious Freedom
    And will try to answer any other questions. If you know of a small group I could try out on I would be grateful.

    Thanks again.

    Scott

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  15. News from 596 Acres:

    South Jamaica, Queens – Trish Van Buren grew up in South Jamaica and is now organizing to gain access to Hilton Holiday Gardens at 133rd and 135th Avenue, and 143rd and 145th Streets with her community non-profit, HipHoticHelps. Last Thursday, she testified before City Council on why this currently inaccessible parkland needs to be open; read it here, or watch it at 02:54:40 in the video here. Contact her at hiphotic@gmail.com or (646) 258-5940 to plug in, and sign up to Organize here: https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/4120890008/

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  16. Just came across this blog. I think it’s amazing. I live in the Moda building, which yes brought a slightly better element to the neighborhood, but here’s what the problem is. Nobody who lives in the building whatever shop on Jamaica Avenue or like you say Hillside Avenue which is even worse. Heck, two restaurants have failed, and they’re even connected to the Moda building!
    Why are they building a new hotel at Jamaica Center? The AirTrain waiting room and the Resorts World Casino bus waiting rooms are always deserted, so is there really a need for this hotel? And for the smaller hotels, it’s just a ploy to turn them into a homeless shelter in a year or two. Why would a hotel charge $99 a night, when they can make three times that amount leasing it out to the city for the homeless.
    You are so right about the Starbucks on Sutphin Boulevard. They pay a decent wage, and the customer service is really good. Whenever I pass there and see the guys working in there I am so happy for them, cuz they take pride in their jobs.

    Anyway, keep up the great work on this blog, and I hope everyone listens to what you say. Take care of your neighborhood! You live here! You don’t need a 99 cent store! You don’t need another Wendy’s or Burger King! The Gap Outlet Store and Old Navy and those type stores when they have sales or the same price as these other stores that sell their Wares on the sidewalk, so frequent these stores as they care about the neighborhood.

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    • Too bad you are coming aboard now, I am leaving this crappy area middle of next month and moving. I have actually stopped writing this blog over a month ago, although I will be writing one more post, my sign off post eventually.

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  17. Hello fellow community soldier,

    I also have a growing issue with the litter and trash that is dumped in locations that seems “at random” at times, within or near parks, asfixiated between properties, along the curbs of the streets, near certain storefronts, in front of the homes of some racier streets and unkempt and junky yards developed by several neighbors. How can I begin to take serious action against this lack of quality within in a community that is largely supported by hard working middle class natives and immigran6s who seek the best for our community and livlihood?

    Thank you for bringing this to light.

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    • Complain loudly to your elected officials, community boards, contact various media, whatever you can think of…………..good luck, this is a hard community with too many people who don’t care and lazy elected officials and community leaders, hence why I am no longer living here. Good luck.

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