Saturday, September 20, 2008

At least someone's being honest about diversity

Time Out New York did an article about taking all the best qualities of different neighborhoods and guess which quality they wanted to take from Jackson Heights? Why, diversity, of course!

“It’s one of the most diverse places in the city, with more than 65 percent of the population made up of immigrants from all over the world,” says Jaime Weisberg, director of Queens Congregations United for Action, a faith-based community organization. “Walking down the streets, you see it in the clothing styles, languages spoken, restaurants and stores. Economically, this plays out in other ways, from the beautiful historic districts to the severe overcrowding conditions that many low-income residents experience.”

Hey, thanks for keeping it real, but I'm guessing they weren't talking about diversity in income, just in origin. Some qualities that didn't make their Utopian fantasy list for some reason: safest neighborhood, neighborhood with the best schools, friendliest neighborhood. Of course, neighborhood with the best bar scene was included.

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

What do I look for in a neighborhood? Peace, quiet, access to transportation, and safety. If I had kids, decent schools.

That's not TONY's agenda: theirs is nightlife, nightlife, nightlife, and diversity...

Two different perspectives.

www.forgotten-ny.com

Wade Nichols said...

I'm guessing they weren't talking about diversity in income, just in origin.

Indeed. I'm sure they aren't looking for diversity of opinions either. A white guy who believes in low taxes welcome in JH? Fuhgetaboutit!!

“Jackson Heights is indicative of the future of the U.S., where whites are no longer the majority,” says Dalton Conley, sociology chair at NYU.

And that's a good thing? For some reason, Edward Gibbon's book The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire just came to mind, I wonder why?

I'm willing to bet $100, that if Dalton Conley has children, they go to either private or Catholic school. Any takers?

Lastly, I'm sure the parents of that Asian girl pictured in the article with her boyfriend are "tickled pink" over their daughter's choice of boyfriend! "Oh well", they might say, "at least he's not Snoop Doggy Dogg".

Anonymous said...

Umm, how does immigrant slum sound.

Putting lipstick on a pig.

Anonymous said...

If you want the underbelly of Queens, go to the 7 line in Jackson Heights at night.

Not a pretty sight.

Anonymous said...

Don't the newspapers realize that in writing this crap they undermine the confidence of the public?

Like Francis Moron writing about how wwwoooonnndddeerrrfffuuullll Main Street is in Flushing.

Anonymous said...

Go to the Jackson Heights blog to get the real story: empty store fronts (even the immigrans are moving out to the suburbs) rats and litter, noise, and just plain uglyness.

A real shame because you could see those homes and apartments were gems when built. You still have a few pockets that remind you how it once was.

G said...

To me, JH and East Elmhurst are becoming hipster-villes as more people move out because of the bad factors in Manhattan and are attracted to the life described in several pieces by the big newspaper companies, magazines and online media.

It reminds me of several years ago when Krooklyn's Redhook, Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton were the best places to live because of the same described diversity...and when the "diversity" moved out because of the higher rents, bad services or just an increase in personal wealth so too did the gypsy hipsters look to move to new neighborhoods.

I believe that was the time when Queens started becoming the "hot-spot" in several articles and Queens jumped the shark by having Jackson Heights mentioned on Ugly Betty.

Anonymous said...

What about the good things in J.Heights like the law biding citizens and excellent resturaunts.You Q.Crapper's dont see any good in a diifferent culture at all because your pissed about overcrowding.Well i am too but when you talk about the idiot gang bangers in JH you forget the peaceful other residents that may be from southern India.Its never a surprise what you wonder bread generalizing folks say and never rationally put it into a coherent thought.Over crowded yes,but if i wanted all white Id live in fricking Idaho, or Alaska.

Anonymous said...

"Diversity" is just another "new-speak" term for disgusting sanitary conditions!

After 10:00 PM the rats own the streets of J.H.

The bolder faster ones
forage around the Indo/Pak restaurants' alleys in broad daylight!

Are you sure that you're eating Tandoori chicken?

Anonymous said...

but if i wanted all white Id live in fricking Idaho, or Alaska.


Look, I don't care what the color of the skin is, but that freakin curry smell makes a building unlivable for most of us.

And yes, get over it. If you are raised in suburban NJ, or rural Uttar Predish, you DO have different standards of cleanliness.

So that building becomes south Asian.

What about the rights of the other families that move out? You can bet your bottom dollar that the reporters that extol the virtue of this don't live in those buildings.

Anonymous said...

Calling the
J.H. Beautification Committee.

You'd better put a better spin on the area PDQ!

Anonymous said...

I think if you took pictures of the communities that the elites tell us are so great in Queens (the worse the community, the more strident and fantsatic the claims) and compare it with pictures of just about anywhere else, and get a cross section of the country to take a vote: where do you want to live.

I thing very very very few would want to live in Queens.

Get over it.

You agenda is full of bullshit and should be next to the soviet propoganda posters on sell at ebay.

Keep up the good work Crappy!

Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for the J.H. historic district to secure funding to build a fine mesh covered fence around their community that the roaches can't pass through!

Ask any exterminating company's
manager about the insect/vermin infestation of this "tony" area!

Very colorful indeed!

Anonymous said...

Most of those Soviet propaganda posters that sell on E-bay are as phony as your posts!

Methinks you don't like your facts served to you bare on a plate!

Don't like what you read on QC?
Then why bother to keep logging on ?

Anonymous said...

Maybe because that boob has an investment in an expensive co-op he can't unload.

The news of filthy streets in JH could be ruining a possible sale!

Anonymous said...

True...nothing like a bed bug crawling up your ass or a roach doing a tap dance inside your ear to ruin a good night's sleep!

Anonymous said...

Colorful like Calcutta!

Wanna live there?

Ridgewoodian said...

WADE NICHOLS: For some reason, Edward Gibbon's book The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire just came to mind, I wonder why?

Most likely because you're an ass. But tell me: how do you, as a Ron Paul supporter - and I thought all you people were about personal freedom - pine for a centuries-long dictatorship propped up by the power of the legions? Because that's what the Empire was. And yes, it could occasionally produce a Marcus Aurelius but more often it produced a Maximinus Thrax or, more entertainingly, an Elagabalus. The Republic wasn't perfect by any means but its destruction was the greater tragedy for human liberty. And is possibly the nearer historical parallel to our current situation.

Anonymous said...

Wade never said he was pining for Rome. Ridgewoodian needs to crawl back into his hole and take his meds again.

Wade Nichols said...

Most likely because you're an ass.

Exellent response, Ridgewoodian! Again, when you have nothing substantial to say, you resort to your usual ad hominem attacks!

I may be an ass, but I'm an intelligent ass, significantly wealthier than you, get far more looks from the ladies then you ever would, and am much more humble as well. In essence: I boast modestly!

When you achieve one of the following milestones in your life:

- Have children
- Reach age 40

You'll magically wake up from your opium induced liberal slumber!

Bob Dole said...

I may be an ass, but I'm an intelligent ass, significantly wealthier than you, get far more looks from the ladies then you ever would, and am much more humble as well.

heh heh, yes obviously much more humble...

Don't shoot at me, I'm just watching from the sidelines guys and gals.

Wade Nichols said...

Don't shoot at me, I'm just watching from the sidelines guys and gals.

Don't worry. I use "laser sights" when I fire my intellectual bazooka at Ridgewoodian. I always hit my target, and I aim to kill!

italian girl said...

Wade said...
"I may be an ass, but I'm an intelligent ass, significantly wealthier than you, get far more looks from the ladies then you ever would, and am much more humble as well. In essence: I boast modestly!"

Wade, Wade, Wade....

Anyone can say they are intelligent.
Anyone can say they are rich.
Anyone can say they are a looker.

But is it really true? I may not be "Italian" or a "girl"( as you speculated a while ago). The point is we can say anything on a blog.

People who talk like you are not humble or modest.

So, what's the deal? Why the need to keep saying these things? You have to back these statements up with some hard facts. Why are you so intelligent? Have you attended Harvard? Won a Nobel Peace Prize? Discovered the cure for cancer?
What made you wealthy? Good investments? Good job? Big inheritance?
Finally, how do you know you're good-looking? Were you a model? An actor? Sharp-dresser?
Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

Queens jumped the shark by having Jackson Heights mentioned on Ugly Betty.


Ugly Betty: saddleing Queens with a new agenda, a new image.

faster340 said...

Here we go the WN and RW show is starting up about how intelligent they are...

faster340 said...

Anyone have any ritalin for them?

Anonymous said...

DON'T YA JUST LUV IT ?

"The Wade'n Ridge Show".

Great sport boys!

Better change your meds,
both of you.

Anonymous said...

Do you think W&R work for "Parkside"?

Anonymous said...

Maybe.

They could be one of
the three faces of Evan between visits to their therapist.

Anonymous said...

I dunno.

If I had to come home for my respite
in a boisterous, colorfully filthy
neighborhood after a hard day's work
I'd prefer the "peace and quiet"
of my workplace!

And If I live there,
there's no commuting.

Anonymous said...

I happen to unfortunately live near JH. The place is a latrine pit. I get weird stares when I walk down Roosevelt ave from all the illegals. I guess their not used to seeing a Caucasian American walk around the neighborhood. Forget about the crime at night, remember the shooting that took place on 80th street on a saturday at 12 in the afternoon, a few months back.

Anonymous said...

"I get weird stares when I walk down Roosevelt ave from all the illegals."

Or maybe you just look like a thug.

Anonymous said...

Weird stares eh?

JH still has a big
homo population that still frequents "vaseline alley".

That's years after
"The Magic Touch" closed down
where they were known for
pimping out underage Latino boys!

You might look like some fresh meat
if you're a guy.

Anonymous said...

Mary,
just look what I have to walk through before I get to my nicely decorated co-op in the historic district!

"I keep a close watch on this heart of mine...I walk the line...I walk the line"!

Anonymous said...

"You might look like some fresh meat if you're a guy."

isn't white meat always the best?

Anonymous said...

Actually a lot of whites used to frequent JH's gay bars in search of darker meat.

Whatever happened to the "Terminal Bar" in the old Victor Moore Arcade?

It looked straight watering hole
but it was gay as a blade!

Anonymous said...

wade nichols said...
"You'll magically wake up from your opium induced liberal slumber!"

What the hell is wrong with being a liberal?

Anonymous said...

"I get weird stares when I walk down Roosevelt ave from all the illegals."
Thats because your a citizen and a "gringo". How dare you walk through the neighborhood the illegals invaded. I agree with you, it is a latrine pit.

Anonymous said...

Alot of fag post responces here. I guess you guys have experience with the places you mentioned.

italian girl said...

For some reason I find guys are obsessed with calling each other gay especially when they get pissed at each other. Why is that?

Anonymous said...

How do you know that all of these homophobic anonymous posters are guys "Italian girl"?

Do you possess
a clairvoyant gender meter?

I happen to be an Italian American woman...W-O-M-A-N...myself.

And since I've been menstruating
for 31 years, I'm not pleased by any woman calling herself a "girl" unless, of course, she hasn't had her first period yet!

But I do like your spirit.
Go, go, go... Italian WOMAN !

italian girl said...

"How do you know that all of these homophobic anonymous posters are guys "Italian girl"?"

Just a hunch.


"Do you possess
a clairvoyant gender meter?"

No.

"I happen to be an Italian American woman...W-O-M-A-N...myself."

Congratulations!

"And since I've been menstruating
for 31 years, I'm not pleased by any woman calling herself a "girl" unless, of course, she hasn't had her first period yet!"

How do you know I'm a girl at all? I could be a guy for all you know. The point is anyone can say anything on a blog. I happen to like "italian girl"!

"But I do like your spirit."

:)


P.S.: menstrusting for 31 years? - too much information