Dear Editor (Queens Chronicle):
Back in the early 1960s, before my family moved away from Hollis, well-to-do people of other ethnicities were already leaving, commenting to us that “the lower element is moving in.” I never quite understood what this meant, being a young child, but the comment always stuck with me.
Now, some 45 years later,this statement finally resonates with me, as I feel I encounter it every day when I step off the A train after work to wait for the bus at Cross Bay Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.
This corner has deteriorated so much in the last year, with unruly teenagers hanging out daily, garbage strewn all over and loud hip hop music blasting from a convenience store. I’ve observed that the music seems to get louder when they see the people at the bus stop looking annoyed — this no doubt is done on spite. This sets a bad impression for the neighborhood, a ghetto type of atmosphere.
Back in May, some radio station was broadcasting from, I believe, the cell phone store. Not only did they block up the whole sidewalk, but those of us waiting for the bus had to endure loud, obnoxious music,not to mention the mass of teens it attracted. I am sure there is some kind of ordinance as to where these radio stations can be, and I am certain it is not on a main thoroughfare.
This area is quickly sinking downward, but why am I surprised when society in general has deteriorated?
The corner should be cleaned up, as it’s only a matter of time before something serious happens. This mentality does not breed anything good and will most likely get worse with the school year beginning.