Hillside Ave & 172nd St.
Ten days and counting of flooding from water break on Hillside Avenue in front of a bus stop, running down 171st Street and pooling in front of homes on 88 Ave, despite numerous complains from residents and businesses and the situation is getting worse. I have called 911 twice, spoke with FDNY, contacted DEP, as has the owner of the deli at Hillside & 171st. Don’t think this would go on for two days if in front of Katz’s house in Forest Hills or Mayor DickBlasios’ place in Park Slope. New video of Hillside River coming soon.
There is a great line in the Kelsy Grammer Starz series “BOSS”, where they were planning on upgrading run down projects made awful from residents, drug dealers and gang bangers:
“So you want to upgrade the ghetto projects and put the same people back in them that caused the problems to begin with.”
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:
Pharmacies, 99 cent stores, beauty supply stores, salons and hotels. That is how it is looking anymore in Jamaica and this is all under the guise of “Revitalizing” Jamaica. It seems to me that all of this sounds like “throwing shit on the wall and seeing what sticks”.
This hotel has a strange description:
I get hotel rooms, but what the hell are “hotel apartments”. I mean will this be a hotel with apartments on the top (they do have these in Manhattan), but Jamaica is not Manhattan, so are these ten “hotel apartments” going to end up for the homeless and hence another shelter. Glad to see all these empty car lots (another damn thing Jamaica has, tons of car lots, some empty). I mean let’s face it, empty car lots on Hillside, that is just crying out to be developed, but another damn hotel.
If you look around this community of Jamaica, you see the pattern of the SAME OLD RETAIL just repeating itself over and over. I mean just look at Hillside Avenue and Jamaica Avenue. Jamaica has over 13 beauty and supply stores when I counted several years ago, probably up to 20 now with a new one that just opened not too long ago on Jamaica Avenue. Every block on Jamaica and Hillside has a 99 cent store, some blocks with two and next to each other. Of course every bullshit medical crap place is everywhere, I now see that on Hillside and 173rd a “Dialysis” place is coming near Petland.
AND then there are the what seems like hundreds of fucking pharmacies on every other block. NOW a CVS will be taking space at the new apartment building that is already in construction phase at Hillside Avenue and 178th Street. REALLY, there is already a CVS at Hillside and 173rd Street, plus at Hillside and 175th is a Walgreens and the drug place, LAB CORP, has a sign on the bottom of “Star Pharmacy” coming. Of course littered all over Hillside Avenue from 172nd Street to Sutphin Blvd are tons of “Pharmacias”, one block has two almost near each other between 170th and 171st.
I mean WHAT THE FUCK. How is this “progress” or improving the community of Jamaica. Seems more like “laundering money businesses” than anything else.
From Commercial Observer:
A CVS/pharmacy will be taking space at the bottom of an upcoming mixed-use project in Downtown Jamaica, Queens, according to property records.
In an agreement with the developer, Westbury, Long Island-based Piermont Properties, dated Feb. 1, and recorded with the city yesterday, CVS Health secured a 25-year lease for a CVS/pharmacy to occupy 10,462 square feet of ground-floor space at 178-02 Hillside Avenue. The taking rent was $57 per square foot, a source told Commercial Observer.
Bank of the Ozarks provided a $38.5 million senior construction loan to Piermont on Feb. 1, as CO previously reported, in order to erect the eight-story 176,130-square-foot development at 179th Street. It will include 131 apartments, plus 25,000 square feet for medical offices on the lower level and a public parking facility.
It wasn’t clear if CVS had a broker in the deal. Neither executives at Piermont nor spokespeople for CVS immediately responded to a request for comment.
Considering how many times this happens in Jamaica, I did not even need to look at the photo, I could have described the perp as a young black male wearing a hoodie. The status quo description for most Jamaica robberies like this.
Damn, this was during 5:30pm on a Saturday when lots of people are about on Hillside Avenue. The Jamaica element is getting very ballsy. And all for two fucking IPhones. What a ghetto underachiever. I mean, damn son, you know you will get caught and do some major time for armed robbery, should have at least make some big ass score.
From Queens Courier:
Police are on the hunt for a man who made off with two iPhones after robbing a Jamaica cell phone shop at gunpoint on Saturday afternoon.
According to police, on March 4 at 5:40 p.m., an unknown man entered a Metro PCS store located at 169-09 Hillside Ave. The man showed a black gun and demanded cell phones from the employee in the store.
The suspect is described as a black male with a mustache, standing five feet, nine inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.