MODA “UPGRADED LIVING” APARTMENTS – MORE LIKE GLORIFIED HOUSING PROJECTS IN THE NEWLY REVITALIZED JAMAICA COURTESY OF THE JAMAICA NOW NON-ACTION PLAN

I must say that every time I walk by the Moda “Upgraded Living” Apartments and see that sign, I just laugh. UPGRADED LIVING, only if “upgraded” in Jamaica means garbage, litter, an outdoor drinking cafe for the local drug addicts & homeless and the MODA outdoor restrooms.

And with this location, you get just a block away, the Rufus King Outdoor Homeless Shelter & Garbage Dump.

FROM THE MODA WEBSITE:

From the moment you enter your Moda apartment it will feel like home. Designed for living — and living it up — you’ll enjoy all the comforts and conveniences that are distinctly Moda.

If you haven’t seen Moda, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Well, we are GOING TO SHOW YOU WHAT YOU ARE MISSING as  THE PHILTER shows in photos, you know REALITY.

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From The Philster, Roving Reporter of CRAP:

Upgraded living “Jamaica Style” at The Moda. Just think of the lovely sites and smells the diners at Dallas BBQ will have to endure while eating their meals in the outdoor seating. Photo 10 shows the outdoor bathroom options at Moda. You know where the bathroom is because the smell of urine knocks you out of your shoes about a 1/2 a block away. Plenty of opportunities to make a little side change at The Moda with all the empty beer cans and bottles disposed of in ghetto fashion in the tree pits. There’s plenty to go around, the gentlemen in the picture said he sticks to the cans because the bottle are too heavy to carry around. Yup, pay market rate rent to have your residence use it as a drinking spot, urinal, and trash dump. Only in Jamaica.

 

At least Zara and Chetrits building on 88th Ave keep their properties clean. I think anything affiliated with the Grater Jamaica Development Corporation is going to be a glorified housing projects for the locals.

HOMELESS TAKE OVER OF JAMAICA PARKS, GARBAGE, & OTHER NONSENSE BEING COMPLETELY IGNORED IN THE “REVITALIZED JAMAICA”

TO THE POWERS THAT BE:

Explain to me how Jamaica is “revitalized” because the photos below show no indication of it. AND opening yet another Beauty Supply Store and another sneaker store (KICKS) on The Ave in the old Citi bank building does not scream revitalization or improvement or up-in-coming, it just screams out SAME OLD SHIT.

As one reader said:

How come the Jamaica Business Resource Center which opened to great fanfare in the ’90’s, the former landmarked La Casina commercial building on 160th street opposite the entrance to the Jamaica Market, is now a dentist’s office? What happened to all the governmental dough that was shoveled into the JBTC maw? Hmnn? Wasn’t this supposed to be an “incubator” of “holistic” enterprise? And how come CityRib/ModaGrill went belly-up?

As another stated:

Jamaica Non-action plan is sounding more like a slush fund. Do not be surprised if there is a scandal involving this program the same way the PVB was used in the 80’s.

Guess these below spots were not on the agenda by the Mayor Clown Jamaica Tour last week. AND what will be the deal on August 1st,  103rd’s National Night Out Against Crime at Rufus King Park from 7pm to 9m. Will the bad hombres be there for all to see, along with the other residents of Rufus King Outdoor Homeless Shelter.

Hear the sound of the $2.2 million spent on Rufus King Park or the $10 million (lose pocket change) from Cuomo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-3Iq3XQkAw

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From The Philster, roving reporter:

Bad Mexican Hombres drinking in public, white white boy in background, cuts up some drugs. A few blocks from where Mayor and crew were doing their bullshit publicity stunt.

Damn, that white boy in the back is cutting up some good shit.

I went back to work today and stopped by Rufus King Park. It’s a lot cleaner this enforcement has stepped up, but still not perfect. The bad hombres took over the pavilion with cots and cardboard. Imagine if the bad hombres decided to set up camp in a park in Forest Hills. They would be booted within a hour.

 

Upgraded living Jamaica Style at The Moda, which now offers Market Rate outdoor living.

Nothing screams ghetto more than a trashed tree pit next to a stripped chained bicycle. Ah, Jamaica’s tourist attractions I presume. 147pl/Archer ave.

This is a major problem with community gardens in Jamaica. They get taken care of for a season or two, then they are forgotten about. Then the gardens become overgrown with weeds, illegal dumping occurs, loitering, and of course they become a drinking spot for low life’s (notice the empty Corona Bottles). This is the George Eagle Carr community garden on 148st, and obviously the community does not care about it. I was in LIC this weekend and I walked by two community gardens, both of which were cared for and in pristine condition. People from the hood always always whine that they do not have enough green space or community gardens. Well, you have one on 148st, take care of it, dammit!

Look at a community garden in LIC. I walked by 2 this weekend and both were beautiful. People do not take care of anything around here.

NON-GHETTO Community Garden in LIC.

 

THE MODA “LUXURY” APARTMENT BUILDING GARBAGE DUMP UPDATE

From Leland Vall:

Hello to Everyone on the Moda Dump Photo List!
Sanitation came today, but not so much for Moda. The attached photos show that while 90th Ave. is completely clear of bagged and bulk trash, the Moda garden is still filled with the mattress, pile of wood, TV (TVs are not allowed in the waste stream) and the other junk that was there yesterday. Is it possible that Moda doesn’t know how to properly prepare it’s trash so that Sanitation will take it?  And once again, there is already more bagged trash (next trash day is Wednesday afternoon).  Storing bagged trash outside invites more dumping and probably feeds the rats.
Thanks for looking and stay tuned for tomorrow’s Moda Dump photos. Maybe it will look nicer covered with snow.
Best,
Leland Vall

 

LUXURY MODA APARTMENTS MAY LOOK NICE IN THE FRONT, BUT THE BACK PART ON 90TH AVE SEEMS TO BE AN UNSIGHTLY GARBAGE DUMP

This post comes courtesy of a Jamaica resident who is very unhappy with the back of the “luxury” Moda Apartments located at 153-50 89th Ave. Seems like we have another “bad” neighbor in the hood.

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From Leland Vall:

Hello to Everyone on this list!
The Moda building (153-50 89th Ave.) is very nice in the front but they have a trash dump at the mouth of their back driveway that lets out at 90th Ave.  I’ve used 311 many times but it doesn’t seem to do much.  Sanitation also gets confused about how a building on 89th Ave can have trash on 90th and they tend to blame the building next door (mine). I’ve also spoken to the Dermot Company (property manager) but so far they don’t seem that interested.  My plan now is to take a photo every day and send it around.  You’ll be hearing from me.
Today’s attached photos of the Moda Dump shows the usual pile of junk and bagged trash, all of it out a day early for pickup, but much of it not in a condition for sanitation to take it.  The holes in the ground you see in the close-up are made by the rats. That bit of property was once a flower garden!  The other photo shows some junk behind a tree on the other side of the driveway.  There is also what’s left of a pile of broken glass in the foreground that has been there for days.
My plan is to send photos every day.
Best,
Leland Vall

WHAT A DIFFERENCE 3 YEARS IN JAMAICA MAKES……………..OR NOT!!

Think Jamaica is really improving like some of our bullshit artist leaders like to say. Well, let’s just take a look at an article, which was published on March 11, 2013 and see what exactly has happened since that time. We are talking almost three years. My comments and FACTS appear after this almost three year article.

Right in the downtown area of Jamaica. This is the symbol of Jamaica, DECAY.

Right in the downtown area of Jamaica. This is the symbol of Jamaica, DECAY.

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From DNAInfo New York from March 2013:

Jamaica Shakes Off Crime and Becomes ‘Williamsburgish’

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | March 11, 2013 7:53am

 New housing and commercial projects contribute to the neighborhood’s ongoing revitalization.

QUEENS — Jamaica, once the commercial center of Queens before succumbing to crime and neglect, is becoming a vibrant hub again with new upscale apartment buildings, an art center, hotels, civic buildings — even tourists.

“I think Jamaica will end up being pretty youthful and ‘Williamsburgish’ at some point,” said Andrew Manshel, executive vice president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a nonprofit local development organization.

Manshel said it was hard to predict how long this process may take, but in the meantime the amount of foot traffic on Jamaica’s streets has the neighborhood resembling Williamsburg.

“A lot of exciting things are going on in Jamaica,” said Yvonne Reddick, district manager for Community Board 12. “A number of new businesses and new stores have opened up. But we are looking forward to more.”

Residents say the opening of JFK’s AirTrain in 2003 brought a huge change to the neighborhood, which is only minutes from the airport and also boasts access to express trains to Manhattan as well as the Long Island Rail Road.

A number of new hotels have opened for travelers close to the airport, including a Super 8 on Jamaica Avenue, a Ramada on Hillside Avenue, a Sleep Inn on Liberty Avenue and a Quality Inn on 94th Avenue, directly behind the AirTrain Station.

Jay Patel works at the Quality Inn, which opened about three years ago. “It’s a very convenient location,” he said. “Tourists either go to the city and take one train or go back to the airport and take the JFK AirTrain.”

Another advantage is that hotels in the area offer better deals than those in other parts of the city.

At the Quality Inn, for instance, prices start from $79.99 plus tax during the off season and $109 during peak times, when the hotel is usually full, Patel said.

Another big change came with a 2007 rezoning, which covered 368 blocks, said local City Councilman Leroy Comrie.

The rezoning, he said, allowed developers to construct larger buildings.

“The benefits are now just starting to come through and a lot of people are interested in relocating here,” Comrie said.

Moda, a 12-story apartment building, which opened in 2010, offers a 24/7 concierge, two roof-top decks, a gym and a lounge with free Wi-Fi, according to Drew Spitler, director of development for the building’s developer, The Dermot Company.

“We felt that this area, with its excellent transportation and new rezoning plan, was ready for an attractive residential development,” Spitler said.

Moda, built with the aid of city-sponsored initiatives, has 346 rental units, including low-, middle- and market-rate apartments, Spitler said.

A barbecue restaurant, Cityrib, that can seat up to 200 people, is slated to open this spring on the first floor of the building. Along with Applebee’s, which opened on Jamaica Avenue in 2010, it will provide more dining options in the area currently dominated by fast-food chains.

“There is a demand for nice restaurants,” said Spitler. “People want to have more food options.”

Spitler said the venue would be operated by the Poulakakos family, which owns a slew of well-known restaurants and coffee shops in downtown Manhattan including Harry’s Café and Steak in Lower Manhattan and the Financier Patisserie coffee shop.

One problem that the area struggles with, residents say, is a negative perception about crime.

“Jamaica has been stigmatized,” said Yvonne Reddick. “People think that if you come to Jamaica, your car is gonna get stolen, your purse is gonna get snatched, you may get shot… But that is not Jamaica,” Reddick said.  “We got crime no higher than some other places.”

Overall, crime in the 103rd Precinct, which includes Jamaica, is up 3.2 percent this year, according to the latest NYPD statistics. But while robberies are up more than 60 percent, the number of shootings is down 25 percent and grand larceny decreased almost 43 percent in comparison with the same period last year.

New development projects can help change the neighborhood’s reputation, Manshel said.

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, which was founded in 1967 and has its headquarters on 161st Street, initiated many of the improvements in the area.

It helped with getting rid of the elevated train along Jamaica Avenue and lobbied for an extension of the subway along Archer Avenue, Manshel said. The organization also manages about 2,000 parking spaces around downtown Jamaica and has helped beautify Rufus King Park by installing tables and chairs and providing free Wi-Fi.

In 2008, the Bluestone Organization bought a site on 161st Street from the development corporation with plans to develop it into a mixed-use project.

In January, the company broke ground for two nine-story towers that will include 100 affordable units and commercial space. The project is being funded in part by federal, state and city housing credits and subsidies.

It will be the Bluestone Organization’s first project in Jamaica, said Jim Angley, Bluestone’s senior development manager. Once the project is complete, the organization is planning to move its offices there from Fresh Meadows, Angley said.

“The Bluestone Organization had a vision that Jamaica was going to continue to develop and become a vibrant downtown,” he said.

Another big project is planned for the former Mary Immaculate Hospital, which closed in 2009. The Chetrit Group, which owns the building, has not immediately returned calls, but according to Jamaica officials, the company is planning to turn the former hospital into market-rate housing.

Other companies working on projects in the area include the Arker Companies and United American Land, Manshel said.

There are also efforts to bring a department store to the area, where the first Macy’s outside of Manhattan was once located. The area also used to have a Mays and a Gertz, but all three department stores closed in the 1970s, Manshel said.

Manshel said the neighborhood, which used to be one of the largest shopping areas in New York, suffered after many people moved to the suburbs in the 1960s.

“We would like to get a national department store in downtown Jamaica,” Manshel said. “We are working on creating a space where that could happen.”

Meanwhile, other new retail stores are arriving. A new Home Depot opened in 2007 on 168th Street. Gap Generation, Verizon Wireless and K&G Fashion also recently opened in the area.

The Greater Jamaica is currently working on bringing in a high-end hotel to 94th Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard. Another project includes plans for a mixed-use building on Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard, Manshel said.

Jamaica is on the right track, Manshel said, and it has benefits that will attract new populations and businesses.

According to the statistics provided by the Greater Jamaica, 643,000 people live within 5 miles of the shopping core in downtown Jamaica.

“It’s also a place where people can come and be able to afford space and have an easy commute,” Manshel said.

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In the article above the title alone is so full of shit, when you think of the present. Jamaica shakes of Crime and becomes Williamsburgish, what the fuck, not even close. Crime is still rampant, especially in certain parts of Jamaica and there is nothing even  Williamburgish about Jamaica, there is nothing even remotely close to that (not that anyone would quite want that).

In the article Andrew Manshel, executive vice president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation said“I think Jamaica will end up being pretty youthful and ‘Williamsburgish’ at some point”. REALLY, at what point, Jamaica is hardly what I would call youthful or Williamsburgish, Oh, it is youthful if you are talking about young man with too much time on their hands hanging out in front of the multiple dirty delis in this community, many which are basically drug havens. See South Jamaica.

Yvonne Reddick, district manager for Community Board 12. said “A number of new businesses and new stores have opened up. But we are looking forward to more.” WHAT THE FUCK. I mean what new businesses. All I see opening up on Jamaica Avenue are those awful low-class third world retail shit holes, with boxes out on the sidewalk, where you reach in to pull out cheap shit. I have seem more of those opened up in the last three years, more Beauty & Supply Stores, more 99 cent stores. With few exception like Premium which is located on Jamaica Ave & Sutphin, there have not been any quality stores that have opened up. CityRib, which is mentioned in the article as “coming” has recently closed, replaced just recently by Moda Grill. Rocoto Restaurant on Hillside Ave, which opened around the same time is up for sale. The food choices here are still very poor made up of mostly crap, fast food joints and really not much in nice sit-down restaurants. Hell, this community does not even have a coffee shop or bakery (a decent one).

Jamaica in the box retail

Jamaica in the box retail

One of my favorite’s from the article is A number of new hotels have opened for travelers close to the airport, including a Super 8 on Jamaica Avenue, a Ramada on Hillside Avenue, a Sleep Inn on Liberty Avenue and a Quality Inn on 94th Avenue, directly behind the AirTrain Station.  Well since this article, that Quality Inn on 94th Avenue has been turned into a homeless shelter, in less than three years (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150203/jamaica/jamaica-hotel-becomes-latest-lodging-house-homeless-queens).

 A former Quality Inn hotel in Jamaica is currently used to house homeless people.

A former Quality Inn hotel in Jamaica is currently used to house homeless people.

Yvonne Reddick went on to say: One problem that the area struggles with, residents say, is a negative perception about crime. “Jamaica has been stigmatized,” said Yvonne Reddick. “People think that if you come to Jamaica, your car is gonna get stolen, your purse is gonna get snatched, you may get shot… But that is not Jamaica,” Reddick said.  “We got crime no higher than some other places.”  WRONG, yes, we do have crime higher than many other places in Queens. Sure, it is not as bad as say East New York or other places in Brooklyn, but that certainly does not qualify as a positve. Jamaica has been stigmatized and for good reason. It is filthy, garbage everywhere, crime, destruction of hundreds and hundreds of one family  homes to put up shit third world multiple family apartments run by slumlords and stick out like eyesores on blocks. Yeah, you might not get your car stolen or shot, but that does not mean Jamaica is a wonderful place, far from it. I guess Ms. Reddick does not walk too much over in certain parts of South Jamaica.

So far the department store that they keep talking about in downtown Jamaica still has not materialized. The huge luxury apartment building The Crossing across from the AirTrain station on Sutphin, which was to break ground in December has not. The old Immaculate Mary Hospital, which was to be turned into market rate apartments has stalled. Yes, the Norman Towers apartment did get built and Don Nico’s is on the bottom floor, but just look a few feet from it and you see GARBAGE. Ironically right up from Ms. Reddick’s Community Board 12 office.

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Finally the article ends with Jamaica is on the right track, Manshel said, and it has benefits that will attract new populations and businesses. I certainly have not seen the right track at all nor a new population and businesses of QUALITY. The track still seems to be leaning on the wrong side of the track, the low-class ghetto track. Maybe we need to revisit this article in another three years. I am sure by then another one of those hotels mention will be housing some more homeless stock.

Is this an example of being on "the right track".

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

Just looking at the FACTS folks. You know facts: a piece of information used as evidence or as part of a report or news article or a PHOTO.

 

OH YEAH! CITYRIB BAR-B-QUE IS HERE AND WORTH THE WAIT.

city rib

Since last year when I heard that City Rib Bar-B-Que was going to open in the downtown section of Jamaica on the corner of 89th Avenue & Parsons Blvd under the Moda Apartments, I was pretty ecstatic. Here in Jamaica there are very few nice sit-down restaurants and pretty much no nice neighborhood bars to just hang out without dealing with ghetto bullshit. In the downtown area, a vast wasteland of  fast food places, there are none, with the exception of the chain Applebee’s on Jamaica Avenue and not a favorite of mine, but at least it was a step up compared to the majority of crap in the area.

Well non-ghetto, stylish, hip, educated people, REJOICE. City Rib is here and it was well worth the wait. Last night I decided to take a stroll around the neighborhood, which I rarely do, since there is really nothing here and the downtown area is dead after 8pm for the most part and mostly what you see is garbage and low-class trash people hanging around. Well, I head toward 89th Avenue and Parsons, because I wanted to see if City Rib finally opened and to my surprise,  it was (it just opened July 10th).

City Rib at 89-04 Parsons Blvd

City Rib at 89-04 Parsons Blvd

I was greeted by very attractive and extremely nice hostesses and wait staff (something I am not too used to here in Jamaica) and plopped myself at the very cool bar to have a drink (a moonshine cooler, one of many of their signature drinks made by Michael, a great bartender). Damn, was it good. For $10, just high enough to keep the riff raff out. And there was no sign of riff raff here, the place, while not crowed (I don’t think many people know that is has opened), had plenty of very attractive, stylish folks, mostly in the 20ish to 50ish crowd (and a few white people), sitting at the bar, the booths and the tables, eating, drinking, watching some TV (they have few big screen TV’s with sports on but not loud, hell, I do not think they even had the sound on, which is nice) and some great jazz music playing in the background. Rumor has it they might have live jazz on the weekends in the future.

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I started talking to an attractive, smart lady, Herlema, sitting at the bar and later her equally attractive, smart friend, Maleeka,  came and sat down. Both ladies have been living in Jamaica for over 30 years and were also excited to see this place open. Both told me how they have been unhappy with how Jamaica has been for so long and both were extremely unhappy with our elected leaders, especially Councilman Leroy Comrie and felt that the whole crew of them have been totally useless. My thoughts exactly that I of course conveyed to them. But enough of that.

Although I did not get anything to eat,  just two glasses of the moonshine cooler, I did have a bite of one of my new friend’s fried grit sticks with Chipolte dipping sauce. Extremely tasting and a twist on grits. My friends also ordered the  homemade potato chips with dip, which looked so good. The menu, which I took many with me to take back to my apartment building and left in the lobby (all gone this morning), had various appetizers, salads, sandwiches and of course all kind of barbecue meats (chicken, beef, pork), but since I am vegetarian, when I go back to eat, I will try their various fish/seafood and sides.

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What a much-needed restaurant/bar that one can just hang out by one’s self, a date or a group of friends. There is no doubt that CityRib will become my “hang-out” and especially since it is only a few blocks from me. I am sure that City Rib will attract people from outside Jamaica to come here.

City Rib has a website , which is not really up and running yet ( http://cityrib.com/) but they do have a Facebook page, (https://www.facebook.com/CityRib).

My suggestion, get yourself to this place, it is like nothing you have seen before in Jamaica, and hopefully is a sign of things to come down the road.