"A few months ago I contacted Community Board 5 regarding the unsafe conditions of the stairs that lead from 65th Place to 64th Street near the co-ops in Maspeth. The Sanitation Department came out and removed all the broken glass and some of the stairs were repaired. The main complaint was that the stairs at night have no lighting and it has become a place now for underage kids to drink and sell drugs. This is one of the top drug areas in the neighborhood. The seller sits in the middle of the staircase while 2 spotters stand at the top and bottom of the stairs asking people what they are doing on the stairs to spot cops and harass the older people in the area. Now the area has become graffiti central with numerous tags all over the stairs and walls. This area has been a problem in the past and still is but now it's getting even worse. What can be done to correct this situation? The least that could be done is to have the lights on at night to protect the people that use the stairs so that no person gets mugged or worse." - anonymous
If you recall, the penis-decorated construction fence to the left is Another House Too Narrow. A hearing is pending for later this month to address a violation issued in April for failure to safeguard the public.
And to the right is Maspeth's only landmark - a lamppost they forgot to remove. Nice setting for it, isn't it? Actually as the link shows, this spot has become run down in a very short period of time.