3 FUCKING SUB-HUMAN HOOD RATS ARRESTED (JULISSES GINEL, BRANDON WALKER, JUSTIN WILLIAMS ) FOR HORRIFYING RAPE AND THEY ARE FROM JAMAICA LIVING IN A GROUP HOME – AND THIS COMMUNITY WANTS MORE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING HERE

Up and Coming Jamaica, a community in crisis.

Very quickly three of the four hood rat sub-human scum that robbed and  brutally beat and  rapped a mother of two while she was walking to the subway from her Church in Jamaica, have been arrested.

These ghetto hood rats are Brandon Walker, 20, Justin Williams, 17, and Julisses Ginel, 19, and all live on the shitty road, South Road (now known as Tuskegee Airman Way) at 53 South Road, a fucking ghetto group home. AND they want to keep dumping more group homes, supportive housing and homeless shelters in the area, knowing full well, this is the type of people you get in those places, not cute little girls and boys, that the Mayor likes to put in front of the camera when talking about the homeless.

FUCKING SCUM HOOD RATS.

So let’s hear from the hood rats, the family members and friends of these scum bags, about what good kids they are or how they are trying to get their life back on track or that they were falsely arrested or any other bullshit that the ghetto hood rat crowd loves to ramble on about.

AND what the fuck is it with black communities and their constant getting together for some bullshit vigil prayer group on issues like this. WHAT ABOUT FUCKING ACTION. Prayer is bullshit and does not a damn fucking thing, it is passive. Just like Councilman I. Daneek Miller and a group of people from Greater Allen Church who held a vigil prayer at the Royal Waste Dump. What, are you going to do an exorcism to remove the pollutants and stench from the poisonous waste dump in the middle of a residential area. Take action to have such places removed. Take action to see that no more homeless shelters, group homes and supportive housing are dumped here.

ACTION FOLKS. HOLDING ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE. CALLING ON PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY FOR THE NONSENSE.GOING TO THE POLLS AND VOTING OUT THE SAME OLD BULLSHIT DO NOTHING CORRUPT OFFICIALS. Not some voodoo magic, shaking chicken bones and holding hands while praying to some make believe thing. KEEP that bullshit for the privacy of your own home. Out in public WE NEED FUCKING ACTION.

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Three of four suspects wanted for sexually assaulting woman as she left Queens church arrested

Left to right: Julisses Ginel, Brandon Walker and Justin Williams are being taken by Detectives from the NYPD’s Queens Special Victim Unit, located in the 112th Precinct.

(Sam Costanza and Vic Nicastro for New York Daily News)

Police have arrested three of the four men suspected of sexually assaulting a woman as she left her Queens church, cops said Thursday.

Brandon Walker, 20, Justin Williams, 17, and Julisses Ginel, 19, were charged early Friday in the sickening attack on Liberty Ave., near 150th St., in Jamaica.

The last suspect, a 20-year-old man, was still being sought.

“This is very good news. Praise God! I am very happy that they are arrested,” said Pastor Kehinde Oyetunde of Celestial Church of Christ.

Woman savagely raped, robbed after leaving Queens church

The victim, 50, was leaving the church about 11 p.m. Tuesday when the four creeps grabbed her, cops said.

“This is the devil’s work,” Oyetunde said. “They need to be in prison and get the counseling they need to turn their lives around.”

When reached Thursday, the victim, a Liberian immigrant, declined to comment.

A vigil held outside of a Queens church where a woman was sexually assaulted by four men. People attended the vigil and walked near the site of the attack at 150th St. and Beaver Rd. on July 13, 2017.

(Andy Mai/New York Daily News)

The suspects all live in the same group home on 53 South Rd. in Jamaica, police said.

Man charged with murdering Muslim girl accused in sex case

Cops recovered two imitation pistols from their rooms, and believe one was used during the robbery, sources said.

The trio was charged late Thursday evening.

The woman told police that after the suspects pulled a gun on her, she gave them everything she had — her cell phone, MetroCard and a little cash, but they clearly wanted more.

“They tell me, ‘You don’t have money, so take off your clothes!’” the victim told The News in an exclusive interview. “I said, ‘What? In the middle of the street?’”

Queens woman shocked Vatican reinstates priest who raped her

Walker, Williams, Ginel and their accomplice, took the woman behind a parked garbage truck and forced her to perform oral sex on them, police said.

The victim was attacked after leaving the Celestial Church of Christ in Queens.

(Go Nakamura for New York Daily News)

“They said, ‘If you don’t do that, I’ll shoot you,’” the victim recounted. “So I did what I had to do.”

She first tried to scare the fiends away by claiming to be HIV-positive — even though she is not — but the threat of infection didn’t scare the attackers.

One of them ran off, then returned a few minutes later with a condom, the stunned woman told police.

“You’re a stupid African woman,” one of the men said as he slapped her.

Once the suspects ran off, the half-naked woman raced back to the church and told Oyetunde what happened.

Cops recovered at least one condom behind a garbage truck and were processing it for DNA, police sources said.

Dozens turned out Thursday night for a vigil outside the church that led to a group prayer near the scene of the crime.

(Andy Mai/New York Daily News)

The victim’s sweater was also under scrutiny for potential evidence.

The woman was taken to Queens Hospital Center for observation and released a few hours later.

“I’m shaken,” the married mother of two said. “I’m trying to get over it, but it’s not easy.”

Cops identified the suspects through surveillance video near the scene and picked them up at their group home.

They are charged with criminal sex act, robbery, sex abuse and weapons possession.

Dozens turned out Thursday night for a vigil outside the church that led to a group prayer at the scene of the crime.

“It’s sad that this could happen to one of us here,” said fellow congregant Bose Oyetunde, who said female church members are afraid to attend services.

“I was coming from work this afternoon,” she said. “I was walking right here. I was shedding tears, I’m still scared.”

 

SOUTH JAMAICA’S FIRST NCO MEETING REVEALS PROSTITUTION, ILLEGAL AUTO SHOPS & ABANDONED VEHICLES – WELCOME TO SOUTH JAMAICA

The first NCO meeting in South Jamaica took place this recent Tuesday and residents brought up many quality of life issues including abandoned vehicles, unlicensed mechanics working on cars near people’s homes and prostitution which seems to be a big problem from 157th Street to Sutphin Blvd.

Resident Oyinade Ogunbanjo who lives at 153rd St at Tuskegee Airmen Way (formerly South Street) said “There is a guy that fixes car at the side of my house. There are three cars that have been parked there for the past two weeks. … They are occupying space that residents should have.”

Zaheer Hamid had issues with prostitution creeping up in the area. He tried to take his daughter out for ice cream one evening when he saw a call girl propositioning people for sex.The places for solicitations for sex were along 157th Street to Sutphin Boulevard, according to residents.

When I did a google search of that area, this is what popped up. HMMM, I don’ think this woman in red is waiting for a bus. It looks like we have the epitome  of South Jamaica in this photo, graffiti, vacant overgrown lot, abandon vehicle, garbage, some crappy auto/whatever place, a john and a lady of the afternoon. This photo says it all about Jamaica, especially South Jamaica.

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From Times Ledger:

Police hear Jamaica residents’ concerns

Neighborhood Community Officer Ryan Watson participates in the first NCO meeting with members of the public in Downtown Jamaica at Concerned Parents Day Care to discuss quality of life issues plaguing the area.

Officers of the 103rd Precinct held a neighborhood community meeting Tuesday on unlicensed mechanics, abandoned cars and prostitution.

In attendance at the meeting Concerned Parents Day Care, located at 143-04 on 101st Ave., was Community Board 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams.

 This was the first of what will be a series of quarterly meetings between officers and residents who live between 157th Street to the Van Wyck Expressway, and from 110th Avenue to Archer Avenue.

During the meeting, police and members of the public discussed how hard crime had gone down, but quality-of-life issues still plagued the region.

“This is a collaborative effort,” Officer Ian Johnson said. “You guys can work with us and you guys can work with each other to make where you live in a better place. We are going to listen to what you have to say.”

One of the major complaints for the area was about unlicensed mechanics taking up parking, forcing inhabitants who don’t have garages adjacent to their homes to walk long distances to find places for their cars.

“There is a guy that fixes car at the side of my house,” said Oyinade Ogunbanjo, who lives at 153rd Street at Tuskegee Airmen Way. “There are three cars that have been parked there for the past two weeks. … They are occupying space that residents should have.”

According to Ogunbanjo, the cars either had out-of-state license plates or no license plates at all, and the ones that were not repaired were so filthy that they attracted raccoons and stray cats.

“Illegal parking is a major problem that we have in this area,” Johnson said. “They shouldn’t be there for an excess of seven days, and when it hits that seven-day mark, it is considered to be abandoned.”

 The officers asked the residents to get in touch with the precinct and provide the location of the vehicle, the make and model of the car.

“They are getting out of hand,” Johnson said. “We need your help to pinpoint them.”

The officers also explained that they could only do so much because they have three towing companies and the parking lots they have for towed cars sometimes reach full capacity. Some of the cars, however, will be taken by the Department of Sanitation if they are considered to have no value and classified as scrap metal. The plus side is that residents no longer have to wait for 311 to respond.

Zaheer Hamid had issues with prostitution creeping up in the area. He tried to take his daughter out for ice cream one evening when he saw a call girl propositioning people for sex.The places for solicitations for sex were along 157th Street to Sutphin Boulevard, according to residents.

“We are going to do another prostitution operation,” Alexander said. “We will have an officer that is undercover calling it out [signaling the johns and prostitute­s].”

There was not a definite date given out for the operation, but “it will be at the end of June,” according to Officer Ryan Watson.

Once the meeting concluded, the officers and the residents exchanged contact information and chatted.

HOOD RAT SHAMEL CAPERS CONVICTED OF FATAL SHOOTING OF 14 YEAR OLD D’AJA ROBINSON BACK IN 2013, BUT ONLY 15 YEARS FOR HIS TAKING THIS YOUNG GIRL’S LIFE

ONLY 15 fucking years in prison for this hood rat, Shamel Capers, who along with Kevin McClinton, that left opened fired on a Q6 bus leaving D’aja Robinson dead in 2013 after being struck in the head by a bullet. FIFTEEN FUCKING YEARS. This punk will be out when he is 34, maybe even earlier and I am sure when he gets out he will be a fine upstanding citizen and of course come straight back to Jamaica.

What a fucked up system we have some of the time.

Now let’s hear from friends and family of hood rat Shamel Capers, how he did not do it, how he was “turning his life around” (an all too familiar ghetto phrase) or any other bullshit that you hear in this community to justify this kind of behavior.

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From The Daily News:

Second man convicted in fatal shooting of 14-year-old girl on bus in Queens

 

Shamel Capers, 19, was found guilty after he opened fire on a Q6 bus hitting D’aja Robinson in the head.

A second man in Queens has been convicted of murder in the May 2013 shooting death of a 14-year-old girl who was hit in the head by a bullet that pierced the window of a city bus.

Shamel Capers, 19, was found guilty of pumping bullets into the Q6 bus on Sutphin Blvd. near Rockaway Blvd. in South Jamaica, hitting D’aja Robinson in the head.

D’aja had just left a Sweet Sixteen party and was waiting at a bus stop on her way home when she was hit.

She boarded the bus and walked to the rear when Capers opened fire.

Gangbanger gets at least 40 years in prison for teen girl’s death

D’aja Johnson, 14, was shot while riding a Q6 MTA bus on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica on May 18, 2013. She was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.

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A second man, Kevin McClinton, 25, of Queens, grabbed the gun and kept firing at the bus. D’aja died at the hospital.

McClinton was previously convicted of second-degree murder and other charges last year and is presently serving a prison term of 40 years to life in prison.

“D’aja Robinson was a talented young girl who did not deserve to have her life cut short by the senseless actions of the two defendants found guilty of her murder,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Crime scene on Rockaway Blvd at Suptin Blvd where D’aja Johnson was shot.

( Vic Nicastro)

“They both have now been tried and convicted and will likely spend a great many years behind bars. Hopefully, D’aja’s family can find some closure and solace.”

Part of Queens street named for girl, 14, hit with bullet on bus

Capers was convicted Wednesday of murder and illegal weapons possession in front of Judge Gregory Lasak. His sentencing is set for July 19, 2017. He faces 15 years to life in prison.

 

$368 PER MONTH STUDIOS UP FOR LOTTERY IN LOCUST MANOR IN JAMAICA AS WELL AS 1 & 2 BEDROOMS APARTMENTS

Let’s try not to get hood rats in here who pimp out young underage girls, like St. Alban’s Joseph Gilbert did for 4 months with a 15 year old girl in Rev. Floyd Flake’s Greater Allen Senior Residence on Merrick Blvd, which the Flake nor Greater Allen Church have still not made any comment or returned phone calls for reporters since this broke on June 1st (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/flake-dynasty-greater-allen-a-m-e-church-still-refusing-to-speak-to-press-in-regards-to-15-year-old-girl-being-pimped-out-for-4-months-in-their-greater-allen-cathedral-senior-residence/).

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From DNAInfo New York:

$368-Per-Month Studios Up for Grabs in South Jamaica

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | June 14, 2017 5:08pm
 More than 80 affordable units, including studios that will rent for $368 a month, are up for grabs in this new residential building in South Jamaica.

More than 80 affordable units, including studios that will rent for $368 a month, are up for grabs in this new residential building in South Jamaica.View Full Caption

D&F Development Group LLC

QUEENS — More than 80 affordable units — including studios that will rent for as low as $368 a month — are up for grabs in a new residential building in South Jamaica.

The eight-story Pavilion at Locust Manor, at 171-04 Baisley Blvd. near Marsden Street, is located less than a mile away from the LIRR Locust Manor station.

The newly constructed smoke-free building features elevators, security cameras, a visual intercom system, parking lot, laundry and community rooms, and bicycle storage, according to the listing posted on the NYC Housing Connect website.

Those earning 30, 40, 50, 60 and 100 percent of the area median income can apply for eight studios, 31 one-bedrooms and 45 two-bedrooms, which are priced between $368 and $1,511 a month, depending on income and the size of the family.

For example, the listing includes three studios that will rent for $368 a month available to single applicants who earn between $14,503 and $20,040 a year.

There will also be six one-bedroom units for $558 a month for one person making between $21,086 and $26,720a year or two people earning between $21,086 and $30,560 a year.

The listing also includes 20 two-bedroom units for $1,065 a month for two people making between $36,503 and $45,840 a year, three people earning between $38,503 and $51,540 a year or four-person households making between $38,503 and $57,240 a year, according to the income requirements.

To see the complete list of available apartments in the building, their prices and income requirements go here.

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Applicants who live in Queens Community Board 12, which includes Jamaica, St. Albans, Hollis, South Ozone Park and Springfield Gardens, will get a preference for half of the units.

The property belongs to the D&F Development Group LLC, a Long Island-based developer who is receiving a tax exemption under the 421-a program in exchange for providing the affordable units. The developer is also currently constructing a 53-unit, eight-story building nearby called the Horizon at Locust Manor, which will include some Section 8 units, according to the company’s website.

The lottery opened on June 14 and the deadline to apply is Aug. 14. Those interested can apply by mail or online through the city’s Housing Connect system.

NOT EVEN MEMORIAL DAY AND TWO YOUNG MAN ARE SHOT AND KILLED IN JAMAICA – I AM NOT SURPRISED OR SHOCKED AND THAT IN AND OUT OF ITSELF IS SAD

I was actually going to do a post on how long it would take before the Jamaica nonsense kicked in and how many people would be shot and/killed, but I thought, well, maybe not this time. WRONG.

A 28 year old was shot and died at Jamaica Hospital Saturday night, when he was shot in the head at the intersection of 140th St and 120 Ave. What the fuck is wrong with this community and the black community at large. Even though the race is not mentioned, not doubt it was a young black man. And people say the shootings are equal across the board with races. I highly doubt a White, Asian, Middle Eastern or South Asian will be shot and killed in the area this holiday weekend. With as many churches in this community as 99 cent stores and beauty supply stores, you think someone would finally stand up and say enough is enough or has this become the norm in black communities and in Jamaica. And where are folks like Public Advocate Tish James, who make sure she gets in front of the camera when there is an attack on a Muslim or what about Al Sharpton or is there just no money to be made on black on black murder.

And on Wednesday early morning another young man was shot and killed outside Club Dubai on Merrick Boulevard near 127th Avenue. Chad Baldeo, 23 of Flatbush was shot and killed and a bystander was shot as well

Obviously Black power or Black pride seems to be as dead as soul & true R&B music. AND I say this because other races are not blasting each other every other day in this country as much as those in the  black community have been doing for decades.

A very sad commentary. Yet, some are upset about a Chipotle coming to Jamaica Avenue. Another shooting and killing, just the norm in Jamaica and especially South Jamaica.

Well, we still have Memorial Day for some fool or fools to pull out a gun at a BBQ or party.

BUT keep getting all upset about a fucking Chipotle.

GET YOUR fucking priorities together.

And just like the Radical Islamic terror attack in Manchester, you will hear prayers, “our hearts go out to the victims families” tweets from folks and then repeat again when shit happens again and it will happen again. BUT not a damn thing will be done to change conditions and behavior with the nonsense, especially in South Jamaica. So where are all the progressive liberals  on this.

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From Queens Courier:

an unidentified male shot multiple times to the head is brought into jamaica hospital where he later died , after being shot on the corner of 140 street and 120 ave in the South ozone park section of Queens. Photos by Robert Stridiron. 05/27/17

Photo by Robert Stridiron
Paramedics are pictured rushing the shooting victim into Jamaica Hospital.

A 28-year-old man died after being shot in the head at a South Jamaica intersection on Saturday night, police reported.

The shooting was reported to police at 11 p.m. on May 27, and officers from the 113th Precinct responded to a 911 call of a male shot at the corner of 140th Street and 120th Avenue.

 Upon arriving at the location, officers found the unidentified man with a gunshot wound to his head. Responding EMS units rushed the man to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His identity has been withheld pending family notification.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

From DNAInfo New York:

2 Men Shot, One Fatally, Outside South Jamaica Club, Police Say

By Trevor Kapp | March 29, 2017 8:18am

 The victims were taken to Jamaica Hospital where one died.

The victims were taken to Jamaica Hospital where one died.

DNAinfo/Paul Lomax

QUEENS —  A 23-year-old man was fatally shot and an innocent bystander wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a South Jamaica club early Wednesday, police said.

Chad Baldeo, of East Flatbush, had just left Club Dubai on Merrick Boulevard near 127th Avenue when a gunman hopped out of a car and fired about a dozen rounds, striking him as well as another 23-year-old man who was putting fliers on cars around 3:50 a.m., police sources said.

Baldeo was wounded in the back and chest. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he died, police said.

The bystander was also taken to Jamaica Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police said they were alerted to the gunfire by ShotSpotter, the recently installed technology that automatically notifies police of the sound of possible gunshots.

No arrests have been made.

DAMN, TWO KNUCKLEHEAD NYPD DETECTIVES ARRESTED OVER FALSE DRUG ARREST IN SOUTH JAMAICA

Normally when you hear about some shit in South Jamaica (and there is a lot of shit there), some knucklehead is going down, except this time the knuckleheads were NYPD. Two clowns decided to make a drug arrest, except, there were no drugs.

This is FUCKED UP, this poor guy ended up spending 51 days in Rikers for something he never fucking did.

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From Queens Courier:

Two police detectives are facing perjury and other charges for allegedly arresting a man in South Jamaica on false drug possession charges, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Detectives Kevin Desormeau and Sasha Neve, both of whom are 33-year-old residents of Long Island, were assigned to NYPD Gang Unit on the night of Aug. 28, 2014, when they arrested a man whom they claimed to have observed selling drugs to a woman in the area of 108th Avenue and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard.

 The man, whose identity was not disclosed, wound up spending 51 days on Rikers Island as a result of the false charges against him, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. He was released after a security video surfaced which refuted the detectives’ reports and testimony.

In an affidavit, Brown said, Desormeau stated that he allegedly observed the man make a hand-to-hand exchange with an unapprehended woman, and that crack cocaine was found in the man’s waistband at the time of his arrest. Prosecutors said Desormeau made similar statements in testifying before a grand jury on Jan. 16, 2015 and at a Nov. 5, 2015 court hearing.

However, the Queens District Attorney’s office was provided by the arrested man’s attorney with security camera video that proved Desormeau’s testimony to be false. The video, taken at the time of the man’s arrest, showed the individual playing pool inside a bar and restaurant on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard. It also showed Desormeau and Neve entering the location, then escorting the man outside.

Upon further investigation, Brown dropped all of the charges against the man. Desormeau and Neve were arrested as a result of a probe conducted by the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau.

Desormeau was indicted on charges including first-degree perjury, offering a false instrument for filing, official misconduct and making a punishable false written statement; he faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted. Neve was indicted on charges of official misconduct and offering a false instrument for filing, and if convicted, could serve up to four years behind bars.

The two detectives, each of whom has been with the NYPD for 10 years, have been suspended pending the results of the ongoing investigation, police said.

EPIDEMIC OF COOKING OIL CLOGGED PIPES IN QUEENS ESPECIALLY SOUTH JAMAICA & ST. ALBAN – COMBO OF IDIOT PEOPLE AND POOR PIPES

NEWSFLASH IDIOTS:  If you pour cooking oil/grease down your home drains, not only do you fuck up your own pipes, but you fuck up the city sewers, which then get majorly clogged with this improperly discarded grease. I mean who is stupid enough to pour cooking oil/grease down your drains, you put it in a container and throw out with the rest of the trash. I mean how fucking stupid can one be. Well, no doubt some of the lower-class immigrants from third world countries are probably the biggest culprits because, well, that is the shit they did in the motherland, but some of our home grown folks are just as fucking stupid, especially in the South Jamaica and St. Albans area.  According to the below article in Crains:

Grease causes sewer backups all over the city, but they most commonly occur in certain Queens neighborhoods including South Jamaica and St. Albans, where more than 4,800 complaints were made in the past five years, an average of nearly three per day. The city received almost 15,000 reports of greasy sewer clogs during that time, according to 311 call logs—numbers that suggest one-third of the most mucked-up city sewers are located in neighborhoods that house less than 5% of New York’s 8.5 million residents.

BUT the fault is just not only with idiot people in SE Queens, but with the poor infrastructure in the area.

Sewer pipes in southeastern Queens tend to be 10 inches in diameter, Adamski said—less than half the typical size in other boroughs—because they were installed decades ago, when the area was relatively undeveloped. Southeastern Queens is also a flood basin, so its streets and basements are vulnerable to sewer backups after even modest rainfalls. The problem’s origins go back to the 1940s, when a natural drainage area was paved over to build runways for JFK. Moreover, the area’s groundwater table has steadily risen during the past decade or so. Climate change is a factor, and so is the fact that the city no longer pumps the ground wells that once provided the area’s drinking water.

So this fucked up problem is a combination of stupid people,  a majorly overcrowded population and an antiquated system in the dirty SE Queens, but of course the bigger of the problems are idiot people in the area.

So stop throwing all that nasty oil down your sink or toilet. Better yet, stop using all that cheap cooking oil and eating greasy fried food, too many in SE Queens are already too fucking fat and obese as it is. Case in point.

Senator Leroy Comrie, one of biggest do nothing elected Jamaica officials of the past couple decades.

Senator Leroy Comrie, one of biggest do nothing elected Jamaica officials of the past couple decades.

 

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From Crains:

Drain freeze: A deluge of spent cooking oil is blocking sewer lines in Queens

An epidemic of oil-clogged pipes underscores the need for a planned $6 billion overhaul

Photo: Buck Ennis
SIZE MATTERS: The 10-inch sewer pipes common in Queens help keep plumbers, like David Balkan, busy clearing clogs.

For many foodies, nothing delights the senses like a sizzling wok in Flushing or crackling tacos al pastor in Jackson Heights. But there’s a downside to the smorgasbord: So much used cooking oil is poured down the drain that sewers in Queens regularly experience the municipal equivalent of cardiac arrest.

Some section of the city’s 7,500 miles of sewer lines gets blocked virtually every day, and discarded cooking oil is the reason 60% of the time. But in parts of Queens, that grease is the culprit in nearly 80% of all sewer backups, a problem that is especially acute near Kennedy Airport.

Experts say one reason Queens’ sewers get blocked so often is that a lot of food is prepared in the city’s most diverse borough, where residents, who hail from 120 different countries, might not be familiar with the best grease-handling practices.

“Just about everyone has dumped used cooking oil down the drain at one time or another,” said David Balkan, chief executive at Balkan Plumbing in Richmond Hill, Queens. “It cools and congeals in the sewers, where it will block anything and everything.”

In an effort to educate the public on the ills of grease dumping, last year the city enlisted interns from the Summer Youth Employment Program to knock on neighborhood doors as part of its Cease the Grease campaign. The teenagers visited more than 50,000 Queens households and 1,000 restaurants to remind people that used cooking oil and fat should be sealed in nonrecyclable containers and thrown out with the rest of the trash, not poured down the sink.

But grease has been blocking big city sewers practically since the pipes were laid. In 1859, a Brooklyn sewer commissioner observed that “melted grease is very objectionable.” Two years ago in London, an 11-ton mound of congealed fat was extracted from a sewer, requiring more than $600,000 in repairs.

To minimize such costly damage, New York officials have encouraged restaurant owners to sell their used cooking oil to firms that convert it into biodiesel that fuels garbage trucks and other municipal vehicles. There are 24 licensed grease haulers in the city, according to the Business Integrity Commission, which regulates the industry. In October those haulers got a boost when Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law requiring that the biodiesel content in the city’s heating oil supply increase to 20% in 2034 from the current mandate of 2%.

That legislation could provide a lifeline for grease haulers, who have struggled financially in recent years after the steep drop in crude-oil prices chilled demand for their product despite the environmentally friendly nature of their services. Grease Lightning, a Manhattan-based hauler, slipped into bankruptcy and was liquidated last year. Edward Taylor, who runs a fish distributor in the Bronx’s Hunts Point market, said that during the summer a vendor simply stopped picking up his used oil because it became impossible to sell at a fair price. The market value of used cooking oil fell to less than 20 cents per pound in New York last year, a better than 50% drop since 2011, according to the Jacobsen market-research firm in Chicago.

Used cooking oil is not only bad for sewer health, it’s also useless to recyclers once it gets into the pipes and mixes with plastics and other garbage, said Bob Adamski, a former city sewer chief. Only yellow grease, the stuff used in deep fryers, is readily convertible into biodiesel. Brown grease, which is basically anything used in a pot or pan, has no market value unless it is refined by a firm such as United Metro Energy, a Brooklyn company that is owned by former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis. Trap grease, the icky assemblage of oily food scraps and water, typically isn’t repurposed for humans but is “sometimes turned into Puppy Chow,” Adamski said.

A little grease is a big problem

Grease causes sewer backups all over the city, but they most commonly occur in certain Queens neighborhoods including South Jamaica and St. Albans, where more than 4,800 complaints were made in the past five years, an average of nearly three per day. The city received almost 15,000 reports of greasy sewer clogs during that time, according to 311 call logs—numbers that suggest one-third of the most mucked-up city sewers are located in neighborhoods that house less than 5% of New York’s 8.5 million residents.

Although some of those sewer problems can be linked to the vast amounts of cooking oil used in preparing dishes such as deviled fish, a deep-fried delicacy on the menu at many Sri Lankan restaurants in southeastern Queens, experts say the chronic backups mostly reflect the area’s history and geography.

Sewer pipes in southeastern Queens tend to be 10 inches in diameter, Adamski said—less than half the typical size in other boroughs—because they were installed decades ago, when the area was relatively undeveloped. Southeastern Queens is also a flood basin, so its streets and basements are vulnerable to sewer backups after even modest rainfalls. The problem’s origins go back to the 1940s, when a natural drainage area was paved over to build runways for JFK. Moreover, the area’s groundwater table has steadily risen during the past decade or so. Climate change is a factor, and so is the fact that the city no longer pumps the ground wells that once provided the area’s drinking water.

The city Department of Environmental Protection has pledged to spend $6 billion on a comprehensive sewer system overhaul for southeastern Queens, and it already has upgraded Springfield Gardens and other areas. But plenty of work remains to be done. And when pipes are under such stress, dumping even a little used cooking oil or animal fat can easily trigger another obstruction.

“When you’ve got sewers as overburdened as they are in Queens,” York College earth sciences professor Ratan Dhar observed, “a little grease goes a long way.”

A version of this article appears in the January 9, 2017, print issue of Crain’s New York Business.