Monday, December 8, 2008

Briarwood Crapitecture


Longtime reader of your blog.. over the last 5 or so years, my neighborhood of Briarwood, Queens (situated between Jamaica and Kew Gardens) has become another victim of gross over development. I have watched as just on my street alone, house after single-family house is knocked down to make room for visually displeasing 6, 8, even 10 story apartment complexes. If you were to drive from Queens Boulevard straight down 84th Drive all the way to the G.C.P. service road, you would count no less than 8 projects of this kind that have either been completed recently, are going on at the moment, or project sites that have been absolutely abandoned. A couple of these sites have been abandoned for 2 years and are huge eyesores to this once lovely community.

There was an article in The New Yorker recently and it delved into this topic - The Pits. There are so many pits, as you know. Who is going to come and reclaim these messes? And when? I feel as though I need to leave my own neighborhood and find a new place to live because all the ugliness sickens me.

If and when all these projects are complete, I would really like to know where they expect everyone to park their cars. Because street parking is limited as it is. And let's not even talk about the increase in litter, garbage, and dog poop these new apartment complexes will bring. We already have enough of all three, thank you very much.

Thanks for reading. I have included a few photos of the aforementioned abandoned job sites. One of these sites has had 2 mysterious fires in the past year.

A Concerned Citizen

“People talk to me about developers and their support, and my answer is, ‘They are the folks who care deeply about the direction this city is going.’" - Councilwoman Melinda Katz


Taxpayer said...

Does anyone ever wonder what it must be like to be an utter moron trapped inside the body of Melinda-San?

When she's alone - after dark - do any thoughts, of any kind pop up in her otherwise empty head?

I cannot imagine she has ever experienced a thought process. Can anyone else? What thoughts would she possibly have?

faster340 said...

Hey crappy like this one which is still sitting there in worse condition and some fresh stop work orders attached to it?

Not fair to the adjacent homeowner at all. I am sure they are being dragged through court over this POS and it's costing them a lot of money!!!!!

ezra said...

i am certain that the groups involved in preservation, landmarks concervency, hdc, mas, pratt, hunter, nyu, columbia, all have address these issues.


why not?

Miles Mullin said...

That is easy. The people that control these groups live in Landmarks West, Greenwich Village, East Side, and Brooklyn Heights.

They are not only protected by our tax dollars in designated districts, but a good number profit by this.

So they will do nothing.


Bob said...


CJ said...

I'm your neighbor in Briarwood... there was a lovely house up the street from me on Burden Crescent, demolished years ago, now home to a still-unfinished 6-story apt building... there has been a Dumpster out front for OVER a year now and the sidewalk is all crunched up. Hate walking past there. I too wonder where all these people and cars will go...

Dr. Engine said...

My favorite is "Active Driveway. Don't Parking"

Hmmm. ESL sign painters much? Not much. Much too much.

Queens Crapper said...

CJ, write to me, I may have a magic bullet for that problem.

CJ said...

Crappy, DID you do something? Because the Dumpster is gone!

Queens Crapper said...

I wish I could take credit for that, but no, I didn't. Was waiting for you to write to me.

I have more photos of Briarwood coming soon.