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