From CBS 2:
The Lamo kids are all under 3 years old, and their mother says men wandering in and out of the playground, including the crowd of day laborers that gathers outside the gates, make her nervous. Many start showing up at 6 in the morning and wait until 7 at night hoping someone will stop and offer them work.
"I see so many guys, who are workers outside or who are drunkards. They sleep on the benches right there. They sleep and lie down there and I don't feel it's safe for the kids," Ugan Lamo said.
Joe Conley, with Community Board 2, said neighbors are fed-up with people using the bathroom and other areas of the playground as a home base.
"People using the restrooms, washing their clothes, showering, during the summertime … a lot of alcohol in the park, people passing out using the benches," Conley said.
So what's wrong with that? This is part of the vibrant diversity of Queens and therefore everyone should want this to happen at their local park. (If you don't, it means you are racist.)
From the Daily News:
Some neighbors aren't pleased about hundreds of day laborers hanging out around Hart Playground and using the bathrooms there. And they want the charities that feed them, such as St. John's Bread and Life, to go elsewhere.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer met with concerned locals and Bread and Life officials last week to discuss solutions. The Sunnyside Democrat is to meet with the charity again on Friday.
Butler said his group would be willing to find a new location, but only "if an appropriate site was given to us."
He added that the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs had originally found this site for the charity.
Why the hell did the Mayor's Office suggest a public playground for this activity? Playgrounds are meant for kids to play in, not for adults to congregate and loiter. They couldn't find any better spot? Or did they want to stick it to Woodside for some reason?