In this corner is the Garbage Champion, RUFUS KING PARK, (with it’s $2.2 million dollar renovation, that could have just been flushed down the crapper) and loads of garbage and litter thanks to many of our slob residents, our homeless folks (since the big homeless shelter El Camino is just a few blocks away and who knows what other little shelters are abound in the area) who have made this “could be a beautiful park” & historic park an outdoor homeless shelter and who cause a good bit of the litter, bottles, shit and piss. On any given day, step right up to see drunk homeless sleeping on a bench, dazed and confused drug addicts walking around or passed out and of course our vibrant & diverse slobs who think nothing of tossing pizza boxes, bottles, plastic bags, cans and other assorted shit on the soccer field and all throughout the park. AND let’s not forget the lousy NYC Department of Parks & Recreation who seem to not know how to trim. Thanks to a follower of this blog and resident for the Rufus King Park photos (6.23.17).
In this corner, our welterweight, but very scrappy little Garbage Challenger, MAJOR MARK PARK, which has the distinction of being across the street from the Opiod Clinic (where you will see the most white people in all of Jamaica, many who arrive from Long Island) and make this little scrapper a place to nod off, hang out and get into that nice drug induced stage of the “walking dead”. Most benches are taken up by them and the countless homeless crew who sleep here over night to wake up to the bright sunshine, take a piss and dump, throw there shit on the ground and begin their hectic jam packed day. Then of course we have our homegrown vibrant & diverse residents who want to feel like they are in their mother country and toss all kind of shit on the ground.
Homeless Drug Addicts in love.
So hurry, hurry, step right up and get your tickets to the 1st annual Jamaica battle of the garbage dump parks.
SO any thoughts from our fearless leaders from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz & Senator Comrie to Councilman Rory Lancman (Rufus King Park) and I. Daneek Miller (Major Mark Park) and all the others in between.
First thing is first. I know many people got into a tizzy about this new bill that makes minor offenses like urinating or drinking in public and noise complaints warrant civil summonses instead of criminal summonses, which is what it was and the change makes sense. I mean does one really need a criminal record for pissing in public. Come guys, how many of us, had to take a piss really bad with no bathrooms in sight and took a piss behind a tree, near a vacant lot, etc. But too many people thought that one would just get a pass for these minor offenses and that is not the case, so let me break it down:
So instead of getting a criminal summons for these issues, a person will appear before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, rather than criminal court. BUT, if you get three summonses and ignore them, you will be sent to criminal court. And if you don’t show up for that hearing, a warrant will be issued. PLUS people with open warrants, prior felony arrests in the past two years, and people on parole or probation (which is probably thwo-thirds the population of Jamaica/SE Queens) will still get a criminal summons and have to appear in criminal court. A cop can also cite a “legitimate law enforcement reason” to give a criminal summons, which must be approved by a supervisor who comes to the scene.
So all the conservative right folks, take a damn breather, no one is getting off for pissing or drinking in public.
NOW, on to the major issue and that is with one of our “limousine Democrat Liberals”, Councilman Rory Lancman (24th District), which covers parts of Jamaica, including that filthy garbage strewn Rufus King Park. This ass does not want to see the exceptions to the bill (such as people with open warrants, prior felony arrests in the past two years, and people on parole or probation), using the race baiting card as most white “limousine liberal Democrats” like to play.
His illogical reasoning:
The exceptions for recidivists “will unfairly burden and impact communities of color, because in those communities more people are on parole or probation and more people are arrested.”
NEWSFLASH Lancman from a person who ACTUALLY LIVES in this ghetto ass community as opposed to you, who I am sure do not have a homeless shelter within several blocks of you, garbage all over, illegal immigrants, etc. There is a reason communities of color have a high rate of people on parole, probation and get arrested. THEY DO STUPID SHIT PERIOD. You know how many shootings and killings have been in Jamaica since a few days before Memorial Day and do you know they were all people of color, African-Americans. For whatever the underlying reasons are (and there are many), the FACT is communities of color have much higher crimes than other communities, so they are going to have more arrests, more people on probation, etc. IT IS FUCKING COMMON SENSE AND BASIC MATH. The issue is not the fucking law, it is the FUCKING BEHAVIOR AND ACTION OF SOME PEOPLE and living here, I see this shit all the time as do many others, including people of color, while you don’t see any of this shit in your community or on your block, so GIVE IT A FUCKING REST Lancman.
AND this does not mean that all people of color engage in this shit, most don’t, but there are plenty in communities of color that do, hence the poor quality of life in such communities as opposed to majority communities that are not of color. So keep ignoring this FACT and the problem and these communities will continue with this bullshit.
I mean, your area covers the garbage strewn homeless outdoor park, Rufus King Park. See all those fucking bottles of alcohol on the hand-ball court in Rufus King Park. They did not just magically appear their and I will take a gander that 99.9% of it was done by people of color in the community.
These alcoholic bottles did not magically get place here, our diverse population put them there and I am sure then took plenty of pisses there as well.
SO ENOUGH with the constant justifying of bullshit by playing the race card so you can get fucking votes. When your block has all these bottles in front of your house, then we can talk, otherwise SHUT THE FUCK UP, because I pay for you over bloated salary.
AND again, this is why that idiotic, Trump, got put into the White House, stupid progressive liberal bullshit like this from “limousine liberal Democrats” like Lancman. Christ even when you white elected officials THINK you are helping communities of color, YOU ARE NOT, you are causing more issues.
‘Minor’ offenses like public drinking, noise complaints warrant civil summonses under new NYPD patrol rules
People who commit minor violations — like urinating in public or drinking a beer in a city park — will no longer get a criminal summons, officials said.The new patrol guidelines, which went into effect on Tuesday, have been in the works for about a year since the City Council passed a law that overhauled how cops enforce quality-of-life offenses.
About 96% of patrol officers have been trained on the new guidelines — estimated to reduce the number of criminal summonses issued a year by about 100,000.
Instead, people will appear before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, rather than criminal court.
But if you get three summonses and ignore them, you will be sent to criminal court. And if you don’t show up for that hearing, a warrant will be issued, said NYPD Inspector Thomas Taffe.
People with open warrants, prior felony arrests in the past two years, and people on parole or probation will still get C-summons and have to appear in criminal court.
A cop can also cite a “legitimate law enforcement reason” to give a criminal summons, which must be approved by a supervisor who comes to the scene.
The new rules say civil summonses can be given out for instances of public drinking and urination, littering, spitting, excessive noise and violating park rules — except under limited circumstances.
Cops can still ask someone they catch in one of the small-time crimes for ID to check for warrants, and arrest them if they have an open warrant or cannot produce ID.
Taffe said in those instances, cops will allow people to get their ID before making an arrest.
“The last thing we want is for someone to go through the system for drinking a beer and no ID or spitting and no ID,” he said.
Taffe said he did not think the crime rate will be affected.
“As long as police officers are out there paying attention to what’s going on and intervening in these low-level violations, we stopped you from doing what you’re doing,” he said.
Councilman Rory Lancman called the move “a huge step forward,” but questioned the exceptions.
The exceptions for recidivists “will unfairly burden and impact communities of color, because in those communities more people are on parole or probation and more people are arrested, even if they’re not ultimately convicted,” he said, “All it does is perpetuate a cycle of involvement in the criminal justice system.”
CARIBBEAT: ‘Groovin in the Park’ means the best reggae and R&B — from R. Kelly to Freddie McGregor
Boasting a host of performers, such as American R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly and soulful reggae singer Freddie McGregor, the “Groovin in the Park” event easily lives up to its claim of being North America’s largest annual reggae and R&B concert.
Patrons are eagerly awaiting the June 25 concert at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, which also stars singer Leroy Sibbles of Heptones fame; veteran U-Roy, known as the “Originator;” dancehall’s Busy Signal; smooth singer Ken Boothe, aka “Mr. Rock Steady;” roots reggae singer Tarrus Riley; and Lloyd Parks of the We The People band.
And the Groovin’ in the Park experience has gone mobile this year with the introduction of an information-packed app. Available for Apple and android platforms. The app features exclusive content — artist interviews, event news, giveaways and more.
1 | 5Innovative R&B great R. Kelly is part of the 2017 Groovin’ in the Park lineup.(www.r-kelly.com)
A family friendly event, children under 12 years old are admitted free to the concert with the requisite proof.
I can’t remember when I had a most pleasant Saturday (or any other day for that matter) hanging out in Jamaica. With such great weather, sunshine, and not humid at all, I took my bike out for a ride. I did not notice huge amounts of garbage or litter as I normally see nor did I see a shit load of homeless just loitering all over.
Checking out some of the new developments going on in the downtown area, including the old Immaculate Mary Hospital (when that is completed supposedly by 2018, it is going to very nice) and the really nice apartment building going up on 94th Ave & Sutphin, I headed to Rufus King Park where the Children’s Festival was going on with slides, merry go round, games, face painting and other activities. With the great day, there were tons of people at this event.
I then headed to the opposite corner at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center which was having their International Music Festival between 1pm to 10:30 pm, where the free outdoor concerts were going on. I plopped my bike down and listened to four jazz groups, The York College Alumni Big Band at 2pm, the Eric Lemon Trio at 3pm, singer/Guitarist Kita P at 4pm and my favorite at 5pm, Slum Suit, four very talented young folks including one of the members playing bag pipes, which I did not know how that would be with jazz, but it turned out to be my favorite with the bag pipes adding a mystic Celtic cool vibe to the mix. I missed the first group, Afikumba Utibe Drummers because there was a Caribbean Festival going on at 160th in front of The Harvest Room that I checked out. Some good food and some damn good music groups.
The International Music Festival was having a concert at 9pm ($20) with the headliner concert, Topology Summit, which including Living Colour’s Vernon Reid, but after the long day I decided to chill at home.
Overall, a most surprising pleasant Jamaica afternoon and how Jamaica should be all the time, but once some of this new development is completed, I think we will see more of this as opposed to the usual nonsense. I think????