UPDATE: ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLE WITH “NYPD” ON DASH BLOCKING FIRE HYDRANT ACTUALLY BELONGS TO “NON NYPD” INDIVIDUAL IN SUFFOLK COUNTY – BIG THANKS TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY COORDINATION OFFICERS

Well, the vehicle with NYPD on the dash that had been illegally parked for two weeks blocking a fire hydrant at 172nd St and Hillside Avenue turns out to NOT be NYPD, which I suspected from the get-go due to the  location and the amount of time that car was there.

After talking to my 103rd precinct NCO (Neighborhood Community Officers), Sclafani and York, two really great guys who focus on the area between Hillside Avenue and the LIRR train tracks & 175th Street to the Van Wyck focusing on all quality of life issues, they looked into this after the failed 311 complaints and found out that the plates on the vehicle came back to a location in Suffolk County and Community Affairs Detective, Marc Costa (another great guy) sent out a letter warning of consequences for future parking there.  Detective Costa also stated that NYPD on the dash was not a decal but on a vest to make it appear it was NYPD personnel when in fact this individual has nothing to do with NYDP. This is not the first time I have seen vehicles in the area parked illegally for days and weeks using this bogus NYPD item.

Speaking of Neighborhood Community Officers or the Program, if you are not familiar with it, YOU SHOULD (http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/646-16/mayor-de-blasio-commissioner-bratton-expansion-neighborhood-policing-program-51). It is a program in many precincts where two officers cover a particular area in the district and they focus on all types of quality of life issue from illegal truck driving to noise and everything in between. They pretty much wipe out the middle man of 311. So you should get to know your NCO’s in your area and you can find that out by speaking with your precinct’s community affairs department.

So if you live in the area of Jamaica that I mentioned above, please contact those officers with your issues (they don’t handle garbage issues though) but like I said they cover illegal parking, illegal truck driving on residential streets (they pretty much put an end to the illegal truck driving on my street), illegal truck parking and a host of other quality of life issues.

Sitting down with Officers Sclafani and York the other day, they informed me of some other issues they are working on. They have contacted all the auto body shops in their area to inform them that there will be no more illegal parking of junked and unlicensed vehicles on the streets and sidewalk and paid a visit to the shop on Archer Ave and 149th. They will be confiscating all loud speakers and microphones that blast either music or talk in front of the stores in downtown Jamaica (which by the way is ILLEGAL). They are working with Sanitation to make sure that sidewalks are not being blocked by racks of merchandise as well. Stores can only place merchandise 3 feet into the sidewalk from the front of their store (Pretty Girl is the biggest culprit and that store is one of several in their sites). They are also working with DOT to put up NO PARKING signs inside all the LIRR Tunnels in their district, which has become a major safety issues,  especially with the large tractor trailer trucks parking there. They are also aware that ice cream trucks cannot play their loud music while they are parked or idling, only when they are in motion and will be on the look-out for that come the warm weather.

Totally Illegal blocking of sidewalk. Pretty Girl is one of many stores on Jamaica Ave doing this. Besides making it difficult to manuever, it is low-class ghetto/third world country EYESORE. On NCO’s radar.

147th Pl between Jamaica & Archer Ave. 5.20.16. NOW on the NCO’s radar.

So again, get to know who your NCO’s are in your district. The 103rd precinct program started in October 2016 and I immediately got to know Officers Sclafani and York and cannot tell you how helpful they have been and how on top of issues they are. BUT you folks must play your part as well and be concerned citizens because, there are some new sheriffs in Jamaica “Dodge City” and they don’t play around. For those in the area I mentioned, if you need these NCO’s contact information, just let me know. All others contact your local precinct.

 

STARBUCKS COMING TO JAMAICA AVE

Another Starbucks is coming to Downtown Jamaica, this time on “The Ave” in the spot where that GameStop was. As a follower of this blog stated:

Hahaha, my friend on FB shared a picture of the new Starbucks being built on The Ave and it said “On The Ave, Really” with a angry face. My friend said “And the take over begins”. Damn, such hate for decent businesses coming to the neighborhood…I just don’t get I”.

I don’t get it either, it is just a damn Starbucks. What fucking take over. You mean how a once nice downtown area was taken over by ghetto shit. I mean right now you cannot even get a damn coffee on that strip. Plus Starbucks pays much better than most of those crap stores and they have good benefits. It is a win-win and good for both the community and residents.

I guess some people want Jamaica and Downtown Jamaica to stay GHETTO CRAP. This community has been GHETTO SHIT for decades, time for a change.

Hala Live Slaughterhouse (92-56 165th St) right in the middle of downtown Jamaica and yes those are apartment going up across from it.

Totally Illegal blocking of sidewalk. Pretty Girl is one of many stores on Jamaica Ave doing this. Besides making it difficult to manuever, it is low-class ghetto/third world country EYESORE.

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

A few years back Jamaica BID made a big deal about this store, Cool Cats (cheap jewelry) you see in various neighborhoods, one was in the Village. Here in Jamaica it barely lasted a year and a half, now just a shit store of assorted crap inside with the loud microphone asshole in front (see this shit all on the Ave). Of course owners of this third world flea market leaves the old sign up. SO GHETTO.

Shit Jamaica Ave retail crap tossed out on the street.

Six days later, nothing had been done and more garbage was added, this in the “Jamaica Revealed” downtown.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

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

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ANOTHER SIDE OF JAMAICA -LAURETON – BUT STILL DOES NOT CHANGE MY MIND OVERALL ABOUT SHITTY JAMAICA

The saving grace about the Jamaica community, Laurelton, is distance, far from the ghetto trash mess that is pretty much the rest of Jamaica, although ever ride down Merrick Blvd in Laurelton, it is a ghetto mess of dirty stores, thug autobody shops with junked cars on streets and sidewalk and typical fast food shiteries.

But get beyond that point and you will see a different community that is the exception in Jamaica not the norm.

A community is only as strong as it’s weakest link and Jamaica has a tons of weak links.

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From NY1:

Laurelton: The Queens Community Gentrification Forgot, Where Black Incomes are Higher than Whites

By Ruschell Boone
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 10:13 PM EST
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While gentrification has been an issue in many of the city’s Black neighborhoods, there has been relatively little impact in the middle-class communities of Southeast Queens. Borough Reporter Ruschell Boone looks back at how things have changed in a borough where Black incomes have surpassed those of whites in the time since NY1 launched 25 years ago.

While images of crime and poverty are often associated with Southeast Queens, there has long been another side. Large bedroom communities that have been meccas for upper middle and middle class blacks for generations.

Vernel Bennett and his wife Delores moved to Laurelton in 1987. He was a supervising corporate tax auditor for the city. She was an assistant vice president at JP Morgan Chase.

“If I moved into another neighborhood and my neighbor is not the same color or background, they, you know have some preconceived notions,” said Delores Bennett. “That’s not here. Like, here, you move here, you know. You know what kind of people are here.”

There are about 18 neighborhoods in Southeast Queens. Most have predominantly black populations with relatively high incomes. In many cases, they’ve surpassed whites in the area over the past two-and-a-half decades.

In Laurelton, the average income for black families is $81,000 year. For whites, it is $73,000.

“We have every profession you can name,” said Vernel Bennett. “We have from the lawyer to the doctor and the accountant, you know, to the plumber and the electrician.”

Blacks began moving here from the South in the 1940s. They also came from other parts of the world.

John Crow is the community liaison for the Langston Hughes Library and a resident.

“We have Jamaicans, we have Haitians, we have Africans from the continent, Nigeria, Ghana, you know,” Crow said. “Wherever you name it. We have Grenadians, of course.”

While gentrification has not been an issue in areas like Laurelton, where residents have higher incomes and own their homes, in Jamaica, where most rent apartments, it is another story.

Jamaica was hit hard after the housing market crashed. But the neighborhood has since rebounded with revitalization plans for the downtown area. And crime is way down.

There has also been a significant shift in Jamaica’s black population. In 1990, there were 22,000. Today, the number is half that, according to the census.

Some of the other neighborhoods are becoming more diverse as well.

Many welcome the new residents, but are worried long timers are being pushed out.

“That’s always a concern,” Crow said.

 

JAMAICA EVENT FEBRUARY 22 @ 6PM: QUEENS COUNCIL ON THE ARTS “CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS”

Come on powers that be in Jamaica. This event is tomorrow evening (2.22.17) and this notice is only being sent out now.

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Queens Council on the Arts

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Join us on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm, at the SUNY Employment Opportunity Center for QCA’s second “Creative Conversations.” 

“Creative Conversations” is a signature program of the Queens Council on the Arts. It is a monthly dinner meeting hosted in different Queens neighborhoods where artists have the opportunity to network, organize, meet community stakeholders, and develop strategies for community advocacy. It is open to artists and the general public. We will be joined by Kendal Henry, Director of Percent for Art at the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Excerpts of the dinner meeting will be recorded and featured on Clocktower Radio, an online radio station, as well as QCA’s new podcast. Participating artists who are interested will have the opportunity to be interviewed and be featured on the radio show and QCA podcast.

Wednesday, February 22, 6:00-8:00PM

SUNY Employment Opportunity Center
158-29 Archer Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432

FREE

Sign up at: http://www.queenscouncilarts.org/calendar/2017/2/8/qcas-creative-conversations?inf_contact_key=413d18f37f041a44130c50172cd79dcb3ceb0f327be6ee8e3a6315cb5e08896e

RUFUS KING PARK BECOME LANDMARKED – SO FUCKING SLOBS STOP TRASHING IT

About fucking time, considering the history of this park and Rufus King’s part in American History. So ghetto slobs, STOP trashing every fucking thing you touch.

And why is it that these below immigrants from 1933 knew how to take care of things, but flash forward to 2017 and many of the immigrants today just fucking trash everything. I guess maybe it has to do where they come from or just maybe it has to do with PRIDE or BOTH. FUCKING SLOBS.

Rufus King Park in 1933.

Rufus King Park in 1933.

 

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From YIMBY:

Landmarked Rufus King Park in Queens to Get New Entrances and Other Upgrades

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Most of the big news about landmarked sites comes from Brooklyn and Manhattan. There isn’t much in Queens that makes headlines; for example, only two of the 26 sites designated from the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 95-item backlog were in Queens County. Today, however, we have news about a landmarked park in Jamaica.

The park in question is Rufus King Park, which encircles the Rufus King House, an individual and interior landmark at 150-05 Jamaica Avenue. The house’s construction dates to 1730, with an addition built in about 1806. The house and grounds were acquired by the Village of Jamaica in 1897 and then fell under the jurisdiction of the new unified city Parks Department the following year. It has been a public park ever since.

Rufus King was an abolitionist born in 1755. He represented New York in the U.S. Senate from 1813 to 1825 and twice served as Minister to Great Britain. He died in Jamaica in 1827.

Rufus King Park in 1933.

Rufus King Park in 1933.

Individual designation, including the full area bound by Jamaica Avenue, 150th Street, 89th Avenue and 153rd Street, took place in 1966. Interior designation for the house took place in 1976. The house is now known as the King Manor Museum and is open five days a week.

The Parks Department wants to make changes to the park’s paths, which have changed over the decades. Two new entrances will be added, one along 150th Street about halfway between Jamaica and 90th avenues and the other at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street.
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The corner entrance at Jamaica and 153rd will lead to two paths that eventually make their way to the comfort station. The point where those two paths split will have accent planting and social seating. The other entrance will also have accent planting and social seating.

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Other planned changes to the park include the widening of street corners, reconstruction of the south lawn as well as all fences and gates, signage replacement, and the addition of new lighting and two drinking fountains.

At the LPC session on February 7, LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan wasn’t happy with how many new paths would lead from the new corner entrance. Commissioner Frederick Bland said this application highlighted the “vital role” of house museums.

Nadezhda Williams, the museum’s executive director, testified that previous paving works had resulted in cracks in the house’s plaster and she was worried about the new work’s impact on the historic structure. Overall, however, she was happy to see upgrades come to the park, including the new trash receptacles, signs, and fences. “Bad fences make bad neighbors,” she said.

“HDC understands that the genesis for the several new, paved paths is that these trails already exist as ‘desire paths.’ To minimize the impact of so much paving in this quadrant of the park, we recommend that Parks consider a more permeable, green material such as Grasscrete, which could mitigate the extensive paving,” testified the Historic Districts Council’s Kelly Carroll. “HDC understands that manor house experienced some cracking due to vibrations the previous time paving was installed. We ask that monitors be placed in the house to ensure no further damage is done, regardless of what work is approved today.”

The commissioners approved the plan, though Chair Srinivasan’s suggestion to remove some of the new paths might be followed. We should expect monitoring of the site’s stability, but as Commissioner Michael Devonshire pointed out, once the work is severe enough to cause damage, it will be too late.

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JAMAICA ALWAYS PROMOTING THEIR EVENTS AT THE FUCKING LAST MINUTE: CASE IN POINT “THE WIZ” IN DOWNTOWN JAMAICA TONIGHT

Did any of you know the JCAL was doing The Wiz tonight (2.11.17).  Well, me neither, since there was none to little publicity and I just got this email this morning. BUT if it was some “emergency” meeting on Trump’s immigrant travel ban/policy (which by the way, the intelligent adult judges put a STOP to that nonsense), you would be reading about that every day in the local media. If our clown elected officials were having a press conference on a fucking street being paved, you would know all about that. But something like, say culture like The Wiz, that many people would probably like to see, especially kids, NOTHING. What a totally FUCKED UP COMMUNITY that does not know what it wants to be when it grows up.

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THE THREE FACES OF JAMAICA: WHAT THE HELL DOES JAMAICA REALLY WANT TO BE – I DON’T THINK THE POWERS THAT BE KNOW EITHER

The news about Jamaica is like our fucking idiot dumb-shit president (who needs to be IMPEACHED & someone needs to tell him this is not a “reality show”), every other day it is some crazy shit.hillside-garbage12-4-16-011hilton-rooftop-1-30-e1486579254483carver2

The James Fobb Estate

The James Fobb Estate

Future of Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Avenue

Future of Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Avenue

A good ole Jamaica ghetto cook-out.

A good ole Jamaica ghetto cook-out.

I mean what the hell does Jamaica what to be, LIC of the SE Queens (as can be seen by the MANY SPELLING MISTAKES of the below article), does it want to be “Homeless Shelter Village & OAC” (other assorted crap),  does it want to continue to be “ghetto”, I mean what the fuck is the goal here, because I just don’t get this mishmash.  Affordable housing next to luxury towers  (The Crossing) next to homeless shelters next to hip hotels with roof gardens next to poisonous waste transfer stations (Royal Waste) next to thug auto body shops next to ghetto crap next to third world country slumlord multi-family cheap apartments. Talk about an identity crisis, but then I am not surprised with the folks all involved especially from the Jamaica Now Action Plan: a extremely questionable borough president Katz, a do nothing lazy Senator Comrie, a crooked Reverend Flake, A GJDC that has really done little in its 40 years of existence, a crooked congressman Meeks and a whole slew of clowns.

I guess it is throw against the wall and see what sticks kind of planning.1ffcc2e

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From Real Estate Weekly:

 

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Renderings released for new Jamaica Transit Hub Hilton Garden Inn

GF55 Partners has released the first renderings for a new 27-story Hilton Garden Inn at the Jamaica Transit Hub adjacent to JFK Airport. GF55 is the architect and interior designer for the entire building.

The hotel breaks new ground in the development of the Hilton Garden Inn brand with its sophisticated and forward looking aesthetic. Taking cues from the HGI palette, GF55 reinterpreted the brand’s image.

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The result is a cosmopolitan and New York structure that will appeal to the international travel guest. The amenities take their cue from the energy of the City, with elements that connect to both business and leisure travelers.  Public spaces and rooms are adapted to meet the demands of the new wave of casual business traveler, providing a variation between softer and harder work surfaces. The lobby and meeting rooms are designed as multifunctional spaces with a flexible layout creating gathering spaces and a business hub.

The new Hilton Garden Inn will be one of the tallest buildings in the area.  Urbanistically it is a Transit Orientated Hospitality Design and will be iconic in its form as it will serve as a beacon for the revitalization that is happening in Downton Jamaica. The hotel’s sculptural roof design will serve as a unique and iconic crown. 125,000 sq. ft. hotel will contain 221 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant, a rooftop bar, gym and meeting rooms. The façade is made of reinforced concrete with a glass window wall for the guest rooms to take advantage of the views towards the Manhattan skyline.

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“This building has been an opportunity to create a complete environment as we have designed the building itself and all of the interior spaces and finishes.   It serves as a guidepost for our future upcoming hospitality work, “stated David E Gross AIA, Partner in charge for GF55.

The Hotel is across the street from the Jamaica Station bustling transit hub that serves the JFK’s Air Train the LIRR station, 3 subway lines and numerous bus routes. The 221-room hotel will be a part of the community drawing travelers from all over the world to Jamaica.

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It is estimated that 60% of its guests will be in the travel business and that over 80% of its guests will arrive by public transportation and not in their own private vehicles. The non-profit organization, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, has been instrumental in facilitating the project and has worked closely with the Owner / Developers Able Management Group for almost 6 years.  The hotel will break ground in early 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in October 2018.

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