"I've been reading your articles with great anticipation and hope that you will someday see the blight being forced upon my little area of Flushing. As of now the situation is so out of control that the city ignores our complaints so does our compromised councilman, John Liu. The sidewalks are mucked and uneven, the elderly with push walkers cannot pass, the snow is never shoveled, the muck is never removed and no actions are taken to lessen the impact on the people living among this day in and day out for the last 5 years now. On any given morning these cement trucks are on the sidewalk and prevent mothers with carraiges from passing, they must use the street to navigate this mess.
If you have the time please visit Cherry Avenue between Kissena Blvd and Bowne Street north to south, and Robinson Street, Union Street east to west; a little tight location that is under siege: demolished 75-year old homes, broken power lines, smashed sidewalks, muck and mud all around.
A nasty arson was committed on Cherry Avenue on XMas Eve; the house is gutted but no protective fencing anywhere, children play with the smashed glass and fire debris. I swear to the almighty its like West Germany post WW2. You will not think this is America let alone New York! What you cannot see is all the debris strewn about the driveway. When kids at the local PS 24 school 2 blocks away are discharged every day they pick up and throw the debris around and cause havoc. Why can't these owners be made to upkeep their property?
What is needed here is a city agency to evaluate this street... and not to include John Liu nor inform him of the inspection, so that he does not have time to warn his cohorts here. Also for the life of me I don't understand why Verizon, Time Warner and Con Edison have not sued these creeps for the devastation of the overhead lines and telephone poles?"
A couple of years ago, City Councilman John Liu and the Queens Historical Society unveiled the newly reconstructed Waldheim gateposts at Cherry Avenue and Bowne Street, with great fanfare.
"...when they were constructed in 1925, they marked the entrance to an upscale block and to the homes that lined both sides of Cherry from Bowne to Kissena Boulevard. According to a recent Queens Historical Society newsletter, a 1925 map lists this block as a private street."
'Posting' a Memory, on the Street
What a shame that Johnny Boy couldn't care less that Cherry Avenue is being reconstructed along the lines of New Flushing between Bowne and Kissena, and that the "upscale' homes are now considered nothing more than impediments to the dreams of developers.
It's also a shame that a city councilman pays more attention to the upkeep and repair of gateposts than he does to the esthetics of the city block that it opens to.