Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Vibrant diversity of Woodhaven includes rust stains

From the NY Times:

Maria Thomson, executive director of both the Woodhaven Business Improvement District and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, is setting her sights on the elevated J and Z subway rails, which loom above Jamaica Avenue, the area’s main thoroughfare, like a rusted spine. They are badly in need of cleaning, scraping and painting.

“Our avenue is clean and bright and very vibrant,” she said, “and then you look up and see all the peeling and the miserable damage to the el that has not been addressed in the last 25 years.”


Diversity Under the El

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rusted and forget.Trains falling makes good news.

Anonymous said...

Bring back lead paint. And get more then the 18 to 24 months of protection with lead free paints.

Oh, and don't worry about the risk to human brain development most people don't have one anyway. The average New Yorker would have an excuse for being stupid.

Anonymous said...

I gotta say once again, what is up with the photography at the Times recently. I looked at the slide show that accompanied this article, and it just had the most boring photos possible: two plain houses on a street, an empty bandshell, etc. Even this one of Jamaica Ave is just so dull. Meh.

Anonymous said...

"Vibrant...diverse"...
in other words....
an undesirable neighborhood

Anonymous said...

Took you long enough to get to this article!

georgetheatheist said...

Did you notice the caption to the photo referring to "Woodhaven" as "Woodside"? Betcha a Manhattan dwelling photo editor's handiwork.

Snake Plissskin said...

Funny how these tracks are rusting and we have millions to paint bike lines.

Paid for of course by the people living under this el.

Anonymous said...

I strolled along Jamaica Avenue from 75th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard the day after the article about Woodhaven appeared in The New York Times. Indeed, the shopping district is as complete as the residents of any modest neighborhood would desire. For sure, painting the el would surely brighten up the place.

What I'm saying said...

The paint is peeling and the pipes (?) cascade water down whenever it rains.
The did however have holiday music playing from the speakers for what its worth.

Miles Mullin said...

Think of all the millions of dollars in trees and landscaping for the yuppies in Hunters Point.

Hell the train does not run on a weekend and Team Gioia goes apeshit.

Yer another example of a community being hollowed out.

Taxpayer said...

Commissar Death and Taxes is hoping for a train to collapse onto the street.

Look at all the eminent domain he can accomplish right on top of the blood of the victims.

Always look for an opportunity!

panzer65 said...

Its apparent that maintaining public transportation infrastructure is no longer important. This el looks like the Titanic has just been raised. How about the el in Rockaway, where chunks of concrete rain down on the street and cars. Never heard of that under a highway overpass.

Miles Mullin said...

Its apparent that maintaining public transportation infrastructure is no longer important. This el looks like the Titanic has just been raised. How about the el in Rockaway, where chunks of concrete rain down on the street and cars. Never heard of that under a highway overpass.

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Developers who contribute lots of money for elections are not interested in those locations.

Although the people do pay taxes, the derive no benefit.

Their money is used for everything from infrastructure projects, to city planning and government resources, to amenities like trees and bike lanes for the areas that the developers are interested.

All this money plowed into private projects its no wonder the developers make lots of money.

They don't have to pay for it themselves.

Missing Foundation said...

Although the people do pay taxes, the derive no benefit.
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Gee, I would like to see a Pratt study looking into this.

Even one of our mainline community presevation friends JUST TO MENTION THIS?

Naw, remember if it doesn't happen in Landmarks West or Greenwich Village its just not important.

Anonymous said...

"Some rentals are available in private houses, he said."

Translation: Illegal apartments, often with absentee landlords.

A far, far worse blight on a community than a rusty El...