Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bums evicted from LIE

From the Times Ledger:

It was hardly a dramatic uprooting, but police and city Department of Transportation staff cleaned out a pair of homeless encampments alongside the Long Island Expressway in Maspeth Tuesday morning, easing the worries of some neighbors.

The removal was delayed by some weeks because the steep, overgrown slope overlooking the expressway is state land, requiring law enforcement officials to obtain permission to deal with the encampment, civic leaders said.

DOT workers piled a dump truck high with the debris from the makeshift shelters Tuesday morning, but the NYPD’s Homeless Outreach Unit was unable to locate the occupants.

A neighbor who asked not to be named said the four or five men have been living under the tarp behind the LIE retaining wall near Hamilton Avenue for about three months, ever since they were kicked out of the playground on the south side of the expressway.

Locals said the group of men who scour the neighborhood for bottles and cans to recycle at the facility behind the Pioneer Supermarket probably lived in the encampment, but the four men at the site Tuesday morning denied it.

“I’m drinking, it’s OK, but I’m not over here,” said one man who declined to give his name.


Anonymous said...

Maspeth mom says.... I so gald those homeless fromthe park on Haminlton place are gone - I would never let my kids walk in that direction when going to Frontera. When you get on the LIE at 80th Street if you travel the service road there are more homeless camps (just above the train tracks)

Anonymous said...

They simply moved to their winter home at 80th Street Elmhurst Park Conrail underpasses. They have been there for decades. Nothing new - now they will harass children, women and homeowner in that area instead.

Anonymous said...

I'd think I'd prefer them camping out by the highway to camping out in a playground.
Where will they go now?

Anonymous said...

They will move next to the Lirr tracks across from Citifeld,about 400 ft west of the home depot parking lot.

LibertyBoyNYC said...

What is this, Bum Chase?

Anonymous said...

I assumed they are illegal alien males who have not yet impregnated illegal alien women so they can make the jackpot/anchor babies.

and get all the welfare that they want.

maybe their sperm is no good from sleeping on the cold ground?

Anonymous said...

How about eliminating the bottle deposit return? We have a recycling program in this city. Thats what i do with mine. I dont care about the nickels. Or maybe have it count towards your city/state tax, if you really care about the change?

In other words, dont encourage people to go through neighborhoods in the middle of the night picking trash for booze money.