Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Toxic dust blowing all over Hunters Point!!!!!

This comes from LIQCity:

...should that dirt be blowing around hither thither? Supposedly it should be tamped down (perhaps with water?) in order to prevent exactly what’s evidenced in the video. Clearly that’s not happening...There’s a business idea for LIC entreprenuers: respirators and other toxic dust survival gear.

The answer's not blowing in the wind at Queenswest, but something else is

(Let's remember that one of the frontrunners for public advocate thought this was a wonderful idea.)

UPDATE 6/19/08: LIQCity has posted this follow-up: Follow up to the video of dust blowing around at Queenswest, LIC

The excuse that it was a very windy day 2 weeks ago doesn't hold water because you should expect it to be windy down at the shore and also because according to residents, this has been going on for months...

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Affordable housing...in a toxic waste dump. God bless America!

Melinda Asswipe Katz said...

There is no study that proves this dust to be harmful. This developer cares about the city, not like you lowly preservationists and civic people.

St. Anger said...

wasn't this site a Standard Oil refinery before it was taken over by Pepsi, who probably spilled a few additives there over the years themselves?

Anonymous said...

I think we should try to blow that dust over to Bloomberg's house and see if he coulf live with it.

Anonymous said...

Hey at least our neighborhood is getting cleaned up and we are getting new roads and sewers. No $$ are being spent in Maspeth where the sewers overflow into your basement everytime it rains. Quit being jealous and hating on us because we get city funding for our projects and you don't.

Queens Crapper said...

Yeah, getting new roads and sewers but you're living on a toxic waste dump. Great tradeoff! And as for me being a "hater" - this was authored by one of your own, dimwit.

Anonymous said...

So much for LIC's sewers...

Water Taxi Beach after the rain

Anonymous said...

Hey dumbass, WTB is sand dumped over a parking lot. What do you think will happen when it rains? How long did it take you to think of that comeback? Sad that's the best you can come up with. You practically need a boat to get around Maspeth when it starts flooding. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. You are calling LIC a toxic dump when raw sewage is flooding your basement. Get real. At least the elected officials are doing something about our toxicity. What is being done in Maspeth?

Queens Crapper said...

I didn't write that comment about the water taxi beach, and I didn't write the post on LIQShitty about the toxic dust. As for the sewers in Maspeth, I don't know what they are doing there. I don't live there anymore. Now go get a life.

Marty said...

"At least the elected officials are doing something about our toxicity."

HA HA HA... Why do you think Gioia moved out of Shitty Lights? What do you think your electeds are doing about the toxicity? Watching the video and talking about it over cocktails at their fundraisers?

Anonymous said...

The dust was blowing all over the place. I haven't heard any elected officials visiting the scene or getting outraged over it yet.

Anonymous said...

Not sure I understand the defensiveness about this. It's a brownfield, the site is definitely toxic and the particles were airborne. You'd think residents would be concerned about this instead of visiting a blog and writing about how great it is to be victimized by a developer.

Anonymous said...

This is LIC's dirty little secret. Except now the cat's out of the bag. Thanks, LIQ and QC! I've written and called Gioia's office multiple times about this but never got anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Why would they get outraged? The city is the one performing the cleanup. You tax dollars are paying for it.

Anonymous said...

First Con Ed's smoke belching
power plants created the infamous "asthma alley".

In a few years as a result of this mystery dust who knows what will surface....a "cancer canal"? !!!

Maybe we're taking our building cues from the Russians.

Did somebody just tell me they're going to build a luxury development for former Soviet commissars on top of a reclaimed radioactive site to be named "Chernobyl City"?

Anonymous said...

Isn't that site
being developed by "Rockrose"?

They've had problems with toxic dirt before.

Anonymous said...

Actually the prevailing winds are going to blow all that dust over the newly designated Sunnyside Gardens!

Whew! Calling Doctor Kroessler.

Sorry....my bad...he's not an MD
kind of doctor.

Anonymous said...

I would not want to raise my kids on a brownfield that has 150 years of toxins.

That area should be a park.

One thing. Sould (god forbid) someone get sick that has moved there, this might be the cause.

Sue the city. Sue the state.

SUE THE DEVELOPERS!!!

Oh I hope they all have plenty of insurance.

Anonymous said...

I agree. This is not the place for children to live.

I dont care how many studies they have to 'prove' it a great place.

Anonymous said...

Actually, speaking of a study, one was done, so I understand, on the soils of LIC waterfront, both on the East River and Newtown Creek.

Apparently the results shocked the powers that be and it was hushed up. I heard they might have found something(s) nasty making housing hazardous without spending a king's ransom on soil removal and the like. It was never released as too much political (and developer) capital was tied up to make it available for public consumption.

Perhaps someone should ask Gioia about it.

Afterall, its only your kid's health at stake.

Anonymous said...

I'd be more concerned about using it as a park. You are then in direct contact with the soil. Kid picking things up and putting them in their mouths, etc. The best thing to do is try to remediate as much of it as possible and throw a structure on top of it prevent anyone from coming in direct contact with it.

Anonymous said...

I'd be more concerned about using it as a park.
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You are in a park for a few hours a week, at most. Put down a layer of topsoil (like at Fresh Ponds Landfill, a planned future park)

A residence? You will live about a festering cocktail of chemicals day in and day out. Not a great place for growing bodies. Ever hear of Love Canal?

Anonymous said...

You are in a park for a few hours a week, at most. Put down a layer of topsoil (like at Fresh Ponds Landfill, a planned future park)

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Yes but in those few hours you are lying on the grass, and kicking a ball around that will eventually come home into your house, and eating with your hands, etc. Most of these pollutants are not airborne, you absorb them through your skin when you come into direct contact it with. You can play in a former landfill all you want. You wont catch me there in a 100 years.

Yep, the only safe bet is to build more condos there. That's the safest and best use.

Truman Harris said...

When they remediate a contaminated site that is going to be converted into a public space, they cap the contamination with a thick concrete slab and pour many feet of clean fill on the surface. So there is zero chance of getting sick from existing contamination.

Anonymous said...

I want to hear more about that study.

Please, can someone get after them to release it?

Or if its 'lost' can someone pressure an outside group to do test borings of the area?

I have two young kids and don't want them to grow up in a cancer field.

Anonymous said...

From Flushing Creek to Willet Point to Newtown Creek to Old Astoria to Ravenswood.

All brownfields slated for massive housing.