From the Daily News:
A southern Queens neighborhood doesn't need to wait for Halloween for its house of horrors.
It's feeling the chilling effects of quite a few already.
South Jamaica residents raged at a meeting last week that four neglected houses have become hotbeds of prostitution and drug activity, turning fearful neighbors into captives of their own homes.
"You can't come and go as you please," said Tiffany Roberts, 23, who lives across the street from two abandoned homes on 107th Ave. near 154th St.
"The prostitutes and drug dealers just stand outside," she said. "They whistle at the kids walking by on their way home from school. They have dogs that'll attack you. We are prisoners here."
Girls walking to and from school are solicited by men in slow-moving vehicles, she said. The stench of urine and feces fills the air. She said she hears screaming coming from the homes, prompting calls to 911.
Asked if she would go outside at night, Roberts scoffed: "Are you kidding me? After the sun sets, you stay indoors."
Two people were killed just three weeks ago on the corner of 153rd St. and 107th Ave. - a block away from the abandoned houses. Willie Cobb, 28, and an unidentified female were shot to death while parked in a minivan, police said.