Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The gang's all here... (unfortunately)
Hello Queens Crap!
I am writing as a member of Community Action Queens, a new block group of a sort that has developed because of increasing violence on 50th Street between Skillman and 43rd. We're hoping you can help by giving us a forum! In the past year, a gang of people have started using the sidewalk as their hangout late at night.
This hangout has brought screaming at all hours of the night (sometimes until 6 or 7am), gunshots, fireworks, drug dealing and using, fighting, and broken car windows/building doors. Two nights ago, people reported hearing at least four gunshots and the night before there were more. People on our block have contacted the police, Eric Gioia, 311...nothing is working so far and intimidation stops others from confronting the perpetrators directly.
We are trying to react to this issue as a community.
We also encourage people on the block to contact their building management. People in some buildings have already started moving because of this problem, and if we work together, perhaps they can begin to nudge our police and elected officials towards taking this problem seriously.
Thank you, thank you.
Community Action Queens