Here is what this crap space looks like now, an empty lot that probably was some houses and the two old houses that once were nice back in the days till slumlords took over and filled it up with low life’s who turned them into crap. I would walk by those houses when the crap lived in those houses and thought, what nice houses these could have been but the trash, well, trashed them and the slumlords did not give  shit, holding out till the “day of development”.


From The Real Deal:

Century Development plans 88-unit building in Jamaica

Project will be a mix of condos and rentals, with 15% of units affordable

Rendering of 148-31 90th Avenue (Credit: Raymond Chan Architect P.C.)

George Xu’s Century Development Group is planning an 88-unit residential building on a vacant site in Jamaica, the developer told The Real Deal.

The eight-story building at 148-31 90th Avenue will span 70,000-square-foot, and include a 44-car parking garage. Of the 88 units, 15 percent will be affordable, and market-rate rents will range from about $1,400 for a studio to $2,400 for a two-bedroom.

Xu intends to file a condo offering with the New York State Attorney General’s office and retain some units as rentals. He picked up the vacant lot on 90th Avenue for $5.7 million from Keung “Ken” Cheng, another Queens-based developer.

Raymond Chan Architects, the architect for all of the Flushing-based Century’s projects, designed the project. Renderings show a tri-colored facade, the colors alternating between segments of varying heights, and rooftop terraces between the penthouse units.

This is Xu’s second project in Jamaica, an area the developer said is changing rapidly. His first project, a 109-unit condo building at 148-33 88th Avenue, also designed by Raymond Chan, is currently under development. Xu is also developing two condo-hotel hybrid developments — a 250-key Westin hotel at 137-61 Northern Boulevard in Flushing and the 176-key Farrington project at 134-37 35th Avenue.


About three years ago, my real estate agent told me that down the road you may not recognize Hillside Avenue because the crap will come down and  it will be condo’s and apartments. Fast forward three years and Ace Hardware on Hillside and 170th had its final day March 31 and in it’s place will be condos. KFC further down on Hillside Avenue on the south side has been sold and soon as the lease is done, bye KFC, welcome apartments. At the SE corner of Hillside and 178th, a big fancy apartment building is already in the construction phase AND now a lot on Hillside and 173 is already advertising 1-2-3 bedrooms in a condo that will rise on that spot. Ground has not even broken and condos are already for sale. This is the kind of thing you would see in LIC, Flushing and in Brooklyn, not Jamaica, as far as selling condos not even built. But low and behold, this is a first for Jamaica. Stay tuned if all goes plan.

Oh and by the way, this is the spot of the leaning tower of FDNY Pisa of Jamaica, which the other day was replaced. Condoss go up and get the place fixed up.





Well time for The Village Voice to jump on the Jamaica band-wagon. The most recent issue of the The Village Voice did a story on selected hoods: Brownsville, Washington Heights, West Village, Williamsburg, Melrose, Sunset Park, St. George, Flushing and Jamaica. All of them seem to have some ambassador to talk about each hood, except Jamaica. Why no ambassador. I have my hand raised. While I am far from a long time resident, I know more about the history, the ins and outs, the nooks and crannies and all the damn garbage more than most. And while I have pretty much mentioned many times in the past on this blog, the sites that The Voice pointed out except the concert hall, Amazura and the so-called bakery (Sybil’s), they left much off. So climb aboard the Clean-Up Jamaica Truth & Reality Tour’.



Aziz Slaughter House (151-24 Beaver Rd) in downtown Jamaica, where another poor creature attempted to escape but eventually died. BARBARIC.

Seagull River in SE Queens


Royal Waste comprises the entire blue rectangle. As can be seen thousands of homes and a park are at risk.

Elderly man’s legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

Parked all last weekend from Friday thru Monday.

This was the deli that closed a few years ago for dealing drug, guess it is opened for business again. SLOBS.

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

TOTALLY FUCKING ILLEGAL & DANGEROUS. Watch crossing the streets tourists. Such trucks come from Royal Waste Services.

148 Pl and Jamaica Ave, sitting since almost beginning of May 2016

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

The future of Jamaica

The now classic photo. Andrew Hardy, the Jamaica “human pin cushion”.



From The Village Voice:

Your Guide to Jamaica: Queens’ First, Bustling Downtown

Shoppers along Jamaica AvenueEXPAND

Shoppers along Jamaica Avenue
Jewel Samad/Getty Images

Since its urbanization in the early twentieth century, Jamaica has been a mix of hundreds of ethnicities, religions, and styles. Considered Queens’ “downtown” well before the build-up of Long Island City and Flushing, Jamaica became a popular destination in the 1940s for black families fleeing a crowded Harlem, who found they were able to rent apartments and buy homes after whites moved on to then-segregated communities like nearby St. Albans (now also a predominantly black and immigrant neighborhood). Jamaica experienced a massive influx of immigrants from the West Indies in the 1980s, further diversifying the area and increasing home ownership among people of color. One of the city neighborhoods hardest hit by the subprime mortgage crisis — more than 10 percent of homes remained underwater in 2016 — Jamaica is now being eyed by developers for its prime real estate near express subway lines and the JFK AirTrain. After decades of half-baked development plans, longtime businesses are wary of eviction orders, while deep-rooted institutions are trying to fill the community-services gap in a neighborhood often neglected by city officials (except, of course, when they’re discussing rezoning plans, one of which was completed in 2007, just in time for the housing market to collapse). Fun fact: Even though many of its residents are from Jamaica the Caribbean island, the neighborhood of Jamaica derives its name from jameco, the Lenape word for the beavers that were once common there.

Your Guide to Jamaica: Queens' First, Bustling Downtown

Russell Shaw

Tabernacle of Prayer for All People

When the Tabernacle of Prayer took over the former Loew’s Valencia in 1977, it became steward of a modern marvel: one of the few remaining Loew’s “wonder theaters,” which the movie chain built across the metropolitan area in the 1920s. Its sister theater, the Kings Theatre in Flatbush, fell into disrepair after it was closed in 1977, only to be lavishly restored in 2015. But the Valencia had no such drop-off — the Tabernacle of Prayer, led by Bishop Ronny Davis, has kept the theater in near-immaculate condition. From its vaulted ceilings depicting a cloud-speckled sky to its interior towers and come-hither plaster mermaids, the theater is a throwback to another era of moviegoing splendor. It’s almost heavenly, which certainly works to the advantage of Sunday services, which are open to the public and the best way to experience the space. Come for the architectural history, the ornate interior, and the insanely glorious design detail; stay for the rapture — all are welcome. 90-07 Merrick Boulevard

Smile of the Beyond

The neon “diner” sign may provoke double takes — what diner has ever been called something so ethereal? — as may the interior decorations: almost exclusively photos of an Indian guru holding court with various celebrities and politicians. But the menu has everything you’d expect from a more earthbound diner: pancakes, wraps, huevos rancheros — except no meat. Never meat. Because this is a Sri Chinmoy diner, and all the better for it. One of four eating establishments owned and operated by followers of the Indian spiritual leader (it opened in 1972, well before Chinmoy’s passing in 2007), Smile of the Beyond serves up delicious and inexpensive food, all set to ambient meditative music. Underneath a photo of Chinmoy meeting with Muhammad Ali before a big fight, you can enjoy delicious fruit shakes with names like “The Green of the Forest” and “Cosmic Harmony.” “We try to hit a certain standard when it comes to health, but we’re not fanatical about it,” says Mark Dempsey, who now manages the diner after coming over from Seattle three years ago. During the summer, walk over to Jamaica High School to check out the Self-Transcendence 3,100-Mile Race, where followers of Chinmoy walk around Jamaica High School for 52 straight days, barely taking a break — then feel bad about the “steak burger” (not actually steak) and smoothie you just wolfed down. 8614 Parsons Boulevard

Sybil’s Bakery

This neighborhood institution is dedicated to the cuisine of Guyana, which as a former Dutch and British colony has a culinary and cultural history more similar to the West Indies than to its more Iberian-influenced South American neighbors. The large open kitchen at Sybil’s pumps out steady streams of piquant reggae (thank the line cooks’ radio for that) as well as equally tasty bread, pastries, beef patties, and roti flatbreads. Founded in 1976 by the late Sybil Bernard-Kerrutt, the bakery is a cheap spot to eat your fill, then wash the food down with Sybil’s own line of juices in flavors including Peanut Punch and Sybil’s Sorrel. Decorated with pastoral scenes of Guyana and rather badass flags featuring tigers, Sybil’s predates many of the waves of West Indian migration to the neighborhood, and has grown into an empire along the way (there are now locations in Flatbush and even at the JFK AirTrain station). Take home a bottle of Sybil’s own red-pepper sauce to make even the blandest of dishes seem straight out of a Caribbean kitchen. 159-24 Hillside Avenue

Spicy Lanka

Previously confined to Staten Island, Sri Lankan food found a new home in Jamaica two years ago, when Sri Lankan immigrant Pratheepan Selvachandran opened his small restaurant on Hillside Avenue. Not only does Spicy Lanka proudly display Selvachandran’s volleyball trophy, it also showcases the palm trees he painted inside, with Sri Lankan music videos on constant loop on a flat-screen by the wall. Prasanga Rodrigo, who moved to Queens from Sri Lanka two years ago and now works at Spicy Lanka, recommends the biryani above all else. The kottu roti, a noodle dish featuring eggs and chopped vegetables, combines unique (and pleasing!) texture with unusual flavorings like pandan leaves. Prices are cheap, and every check is accompanied by a Ferrero Rocher candy for each diner. So does Rodrigo think this could be the start of a larger Sri Lankan culinary scene in Jamaica? “Most people immigrate straight to Staten Island,” he says with a smile. “Sri Lankans just love islands.” 159-23 ­Hillside Avenue

Jamaica Avenue reggae shrine VP Records.EXPAND

Jamaica Avenue reggae shrine VP Records.
Amy Arbus

VP Records

Reggae may have started in Kingston, Jamaica, but it took over the world from Jamaica, Queens, where Vincent and Patricia Chin launched the VP Records label after moving from Kingston in the Seventies. Vincent, the son of Chinese immigrants, and Pat (known to all as Miss Pat), whose family background is Chinese and Indian, have played an outsize role in the genre, championing quick-to-become-household names like Sean Paul, Yellowman, and Beenie Man. “It’s a huge cycle, really. From dancehall to roots, to even ska, everything is just coming back around if you wait awhile,” says Miss Pat, sitting inside VP’s massive Jamaica distribution center. After Vincent died in 2003, their sons took over the business, but Pat has remained active, helping to put out reissues and new compilations. “People know reggae music, but they don’t know where it really came from,” Miss Pat says. “I feel really blessed and happy that people want to know the history now — how it was hard to not only be a woman doing this work, but to be Chinese as well. We were the ones telling the artists how to make it into an actual business. They had so much talent, but they needed so much help, too.” VP runs a record store further east on Jamaica Avenue as well, where you can find almost their entire catalog, as well as any other reggae album you could ever want. 170-21 ­Jamaica Avenue

Bellitte Bicycles

Salvatore “Sam” Bellitte first opened the doors of this shop in 1918, and while his grandson Sal isn’t certain that their bicycle store is the oldest in the nation, it stands to reason it’s up there. (And their T-shirts say it, so it might as well be true.) While Jamaica has gone from farmland to urban center, Bellitte Bicycles has remained a cornerstone, selling and repairing bikes in a slim storefront on the eastern end of the commercial district. “My father always wanted me to be a dentist, but I knew 100 percent that I wanted to work at the store,” says Sal. On a recent afternoon, another family member, Peter Frouws, complimented a pair of jury-rigged subwoofers a teenager had mounted to his handles. “Let me see how loud they go,” Frouws requested. The teen turned up the heavy bass beat, and the store shook. “That’s pretty loud!” Frouws said above the din. The teen beamed with pride. Sal is sure the store will make it to a planned 100th-anniversary bash next year: “Business is good — the neighborhood is changing for the better.” 169-20 ­Jamaica Avenue

Upcoming Events


There’s perhaps no more divisive a venue in Jamaica than Amazura, a warehouse space that has had as many names as it has vicious Yelp reviews. The actual experience you’ll get completely depends on which promoter has rented it out for the night. The inside is cavernous enough to host wrestling, boxing, and MMA, as well as rap concerts and foam parties. During June, it becomes the after-prom spot for high schoolers looking to keep the night going past curfew, so if you see a huge limo roll up with around thirty soused teens, perhaps this isn’t the night to get your groove on. Drinks are expensive, so show up a little tipsy and enjoy the ride — in an era of rampant development that is forcing outer-borough venues to close at an alarming rate, you may not get another chance to have the night of your life watching third-tier boxing or wondering about the cleanliness of a drug-enhanced foam experience. 91-12 144th Place

Afrikan Poetry Theatre

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre has been a mainstay of Jamaica for decades, starting in 1977 under the leadership of John Watusi Branch and Yusef Waliyaya, and now, with their recent passings, entering a new era of promoting Afro-centric art, music, and poetry. The storefront theater is renowned for its open-mic nights, offering prizes to aspiring neighborhood MCs and poets. The space, which is awaiting some serious renovations, is a trip back in time to when Pan-Africanism was at the forefront of black thought. Yet it has adapted nicely to new trends in expression, with weekly open mics packed full of rappers, poets, singers, and multimedia artists. Last year, the street in front of the theater was renamed for Branch, who for decades helped fund community trips to Africa and ran summer employment programs. The best time to check out the theater (besides Friday open mics) is during Kwanzaa, a holiday the theater’s founders helped champion. 176-03 Jamaica Avenue

Jamaica Colosseum Mall

Jamaica’s commercial area is concentrated along Jamaica Avenue to Hillside Avenue a few blocks away. Its beating heart is the Jamaica Colosseum Mall, where for decades vendors have put affordable goods in the hands of the vibrant working-class community. The two-story mall’s more than a hundred stalls offer apparel, jewelry, salon services, eyelash extensions, dentistry, accounting, tailoring, and screen-printing, with nary a single chain store. But in 2015, the entire mall was placed on sale, potentially to end up in the hands of developers. “We’re worried,” says 27-year-old Jamaica native James Garrett, assistant manager at GB’s, a mecca for sneakerheads from as far afield as Boston and the South. “We love the neighborhood and the neighborhood loves us, but if this place gets sold, a lot of people are going to lose their jobs. It’s such a landmark, people come here the second they get off the train. It would be heartbreaking to see it go.” 89-02 165th Street

Black Spectrum Theater

Black Spectrum founder Carl Clay sits in his office and wonders where the Voice has been. “Haven’t seen you guys for thirty years!” he says with a laugh. For over forty years, Clay has run the Black Spectrum Theater, which has helped launch the careers of countless actors, playwrights, and stagehands, while bringing black theater into classrooms. Since 1986, it’s been in renovated naval offices in Roy Wilkins Park, providing a front-row seat on local dramas. “It’s been like a roller coaster,” says Clay, who grew up in Jamaica. “We were up in the Sixties, and then way down for the late Seventies and Eighties, and we’ve been coming back.” At every dip or rise, The theater has chronicled every dip and rise, producing plays based on issues of the day, including teenage pregnancy, obesity, and interactions with police. Last year, its summer camp put on a production of Beauty and the Beast. “It’s got a little twist,” Clay explains. “This time, it’s set in Africa.” 119-07 Merrick Boulevard


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 ( 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.



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”.

Jamaica in the box retail



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.


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

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.



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


Queens Council on the Arts


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


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