"Thought you would be perfect to write to about my issue.
I’ve been a resident of Sunnyside, Queens for two years, my best friend 11 years and another close friend 5 years.
It used to be a very desirable neighborhood and I was actually thinking of buying property in or around Sunnyside Gardens.
But I’ve been bit concerned lately. There have been hoards and I mean hoards of homeless people, derelicts, and the like that have been all and around the neighborhood harassing people. We never, ever had this type of environment.
It has been hard-working people, families and the like all trying to make this a better neighborhood and have been successful until lately.
The situation has escalated only within the last month and a half!!!!!!!
Now I’m a tough gal and can handle myself against the occasional shirtless vagrant shouting obscenities as I walk past, but I had an incident That was a little more frightening. I was walking home one evening, it was dark and felt someone behind me. I started to walk faster and managed to get into my building but this creep followed me into foyer of the building, he didn’t make it in but he pleasured himself on the main door and tried to come after me.
I managed to get away, I called the cops (which showed up 45 minutes later) because he was trying to get in. The cops basically paid no attention to me, but this is a serious matter.
But is there any information you can give about why this has happened to our neighborhood in such a short amount of time???
Did they open a half-way house in the area, homeless shelter, something??? I’ve never seen a good community turn into trash almost overnight!!!
Other people have mentioned the same to me and we’re ready to take back our neighborhood but don’t know what or why this is happening!!!
I managed to thwart the efforts of my near attacker, but someone else might not be so lucky!!!
If the neighborhood becomes unsafe, I have no intention of living here, let alone buying here. Any information is greatly appreciated!!!!!"
Well, I can't say much about the situation other than it looks like we are headed for a major crime wave because the Post reported this over the weekend:
CRIME SURGE HITS WEALTHY APPLE NABES. So if it's happening on Sutton Place, it sure must be happening in Sunnyside, too.