Jamaica resident and activist Ms. Pamela Hazel and her crew are giving Metro Lumber more shit about cleaning up their act.

We also need some protests on the worst bad neighbor in the community, Royal Waste, that polluting, poisonous dump that local elected officials allowed to set up shop over a decade ago in a residential area. And might as well hit all those thug auto body shops on Merrick Blvd that have turned that stretch into the New Willets Point, while again, local elected officials, including lazy Leroy Comrie, have done nothing about for years.



From NY1:

Protestors Call on South Jamaica Lumber Yard to Clean Up its Property

By NY1 News
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:08 AM EDT
Protestors call on a South Jamaica lumber yard to do its part to make the community safer.

Members of ‘New York Communities for Change’ rallied outside Metropolitan Lumber and Hardware on Merrick Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

The group says the wood is exposed to the elements and is stored on racks above the store’s fences — which can be dangerous in extreme weather.

As part of their protest, the group spruced up neighboring playgrounds to show the importance of helping the community.

“Just treat us right. Just make sure that our community is not being discriminated against. Just make sure it’s attractive like all the other neighborhoods. That’s all we are not asking for anything that is unreasonable,” said New York Communties for Change member Pamela Hazel.

We reached out to Metropolitan Lumber and Hardware but did not hear back.




Metro Lumber has been a horrible business neighbor as resident and community activist Pamela Hazel has reported on for several years now, with the way they keep the outside of their business. She and others recently had a protest at the place of business (http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2016/41/lumberyard_2016_10_07_q.html?utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=module&utm_source=similar&utm_content=intra). But their drivers also seem to be problematic as well as one of their trucks crashes into a MTA bus in Jamaica.

The Metro Lumber truck driver says that he was inching onto Waltham Street when the MTA bus was speeding and hit him, while the MTA bus driver states that the truck went through a stop sign hitting the bus’s front door. From the look of the photo, I tend to agree with the bus driver. And as one who for years have witnessed close up these trucks speeding, going through stop signs and driving on residential streets, there is no way I am going to believe this fucking truck driver who do whatever the fuck they want in Jamaica, some driving with expired licenses.

As usual the Mayor’s Vision Zero has proven over and over again to be a major failed policy.

In the meantime, huge dangerous trucks continue to drive ILLEGALLY on my street as well as other residential streets like 169th, 171st and 175th, plus others and of course park ILLEGALLY all over the Jamaica community. Although the 103rd precinct has really cracked down on the illegal truck driving on 170th, these fucking trucks still attempt to ignore the laws and the NO TRUCK signs and sneak in whenever they feel they can.

Metro Lumber Truck & MTA bus crash in Jamaica.

Metro Lumber Truck & MTA bus crash in Jamaica.



From New York Post:

More than a dozen hurt after truck crashes into bus

metro-truck-crashA flat-bed lumber truck crashed into a MTA bus Monday morning in the Jamaica section of Queens, injuring more than a dozen people, cops said.

The incident happened at 11:54 a.m. at the intersection of South Road and Waltham Street.

The driver for Metropolitan Lumber and Hardware Home told The Post that the crash happened while he was trying to inch his way onto Waltham Street. He accused the bus driver of speeding.

“I came to the stop sign, and I stopped and was creeping out,” said the driver, who refused to give his name.

“The bus was speeding down Waltham, and it swerved when it saw me. He was in the wrong, but somehow I’m going to be responsible, since my street had the stop sign.”

Emergency services took the bus driver and 14 bus passengers to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries, cops said.

No one has been charged, at least yet, in the incident.

From Times Ledger:

Truck and MTA bus crash in Jamaica

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 JAMAICA — A truck struck the front of an MTA bus in Jamaica Monday, sending 15 passengers to the hospital with minor injuries, according to the MTA.

The incident occurred at 11:55 a.m., at the intersection of Waltham Street and 106 Avenue. The MTA said the truck ran a stop sign on 106th, hitting the front doors of the bus. All of the injuries were non-threatening, according to the MTA, and 16 customers refused medical attention. The bus operator was also taken to the hospital.

The truck was operated by a driver for Metropolitan Lumber and Hardware, according to the New York Post. The paper reported that the driver alleged he was slowly pulling into Waltham Street when the speeding bus driver crashed into him. Metropolitan Lumber runs a lumberyard in Jamaica, at the corner of Merrick Bo



From Pamela Hazel, Social Media Journalist for Justice :


HELP ME, Call 311.

HELP ME, Call 311.

The limping U.S. mail box is history. It was taken to the grave yard. The spot where it once stood; near the sewer hole is now sidewalk space. The corner of 108th., and Merrick Boulevard appears to be wider.

As I said in my last e-mail on the mail box matter, “Furthermore, it  has not been in use for ages. Maybe it should be removed altogether.” For once the so-called experts have listened to reasoning.

However, the sidewalk on both sides of the street is adjacent to Metropolitan Hardware Lumber. The whole damn area is in a dilapidated state. The manager of Metropolitan Lumber is Mr. Rich; and he is responsible for cleaning the surrounding of the business. According to the sanitation department regulations; businesses and homeowners are responsible for cleaning the sidewalk and up to 18 inches into the street.

Metro Lumber on Merrick Blvd

Metro Lumber on Merrick Blvd

Metro Lumber on Merrick Blvd

Metro Lumber on Merrick Blvd

According to Ms. Boranian, liaison she reached out to Mr. Rich some time last year regarding complaints from residents. In addition, members of the 103rd. precinct reached out to Mr. Rich. Furthermore, I met with Mr. Rich about a year ago, but he became very agitated; when I pointed out the filthy condition surrounding his business. It is obvious that Mr. Rich does not care about the poor. Pardon the pun.

Ms. Boranian, you are the liaison and Ms. Velazquez you are the counsel at the borough president’s office. You are expected to intervene on behalf of voters/constituents. Can you please contact Mr. Rich at (718) 657-0100. Please remind him that he is responsible for cleaning the area around his business establishment. While you have him on the phone, can you please tell him that the weeds are out-pacing the 20 feet high skysore lumber. Let him know that residents who buy from him; are taking notice. There is a growing buzz that “Metropolitan lumber  is an “unfriendly neighbour.” Just a hint.