Monday, June 4, 2012
Maspeth's hidden eyesore
"The pictures attached are of the staircase located between 65th Place and 64th Street (around the corner from the former O'Neill's).
Every year it seems that we need to call for help to clean up this area, it is dangerous and just a trash dump.
As you can see, there are people who spray paint on private homes and along the staircase. Ever since the construction of a private house next to the co-ops, there have been wood panels and black drape cloth on the fence which hides these people from sight and allows them to trash the area.
I have first hand witnessed this action and it is also where young people go to smoke pot and drink. This is not a safe area and the women and elderly are afraid to use this staircase which is convenient to 65th Place for shopping. We are afraid that the conditions may lead to falls, robbery and possibly worse.
We need to have proper lighting on the staircase so it's not so dangerous.
What bothers us is that the City was just in the area to FORCE us to have our concrete done over and yet they don't care for their own property. There is a private house next to the staircase which has been spray painted and the poor owner has no one to help with this; lately we have also been the victims of tire slashing.
I was born and raised in Maspeth and it saddens me that it has gone down so much.
How can we expect to raise children or not worry about our elderly with conditions like this? Please Help us."
- Maspeth Resident
I'm sure Jimmy Van Bramer and Liz Crowley will get right on this. Oh, wait, it's been a problem the entire time they've been in office and they haven't done jack shit about it. Never mind.