Today, August 18th, walking from the very clean Kew Gardens into the very dirty Jamaica going along Hillside Avenue I encountered 3 areas with large amounts of garbage. The areas are:
1). The SW corner of Hillside Avenue & Van Wyck Expressway West - behind the phone booth, which is under the huge billboard are several garbage bags, plus the empty lot behind the phone booth, which might belong to the auto service place next to it, has garbage inside of it as well. You cannot miss this corner since the auto service place (718-739-3009) has many signs right near the phone booth. At one time this small empty lot had cars on it.
2). The abandoned Auto Gallery Motors place on Hillside Avenue & 139th Street (139-04 Hillside Avenue) has a couple of broken garbage bags in front of it right next to the bus stop sign. The bags are broken open and people are obviously throwing garbage on top of them.
3) The abandoned Strauss Auto Discount Service lot at the corner of Hillside Avenue & 143rd St (139-29 Hillside Avenue) has garbage on the sidewalk and inside the lot.
Some of the garbage looks like it has been there for some time. In fact this whole stretch of area on Hillside is pretty disgusting (with the exception of Hillside Honda) since many of those auto places are now abandoned and there seems to be garbage all over that area including some of the businesses, one in particular, Allstate Insurance (139-48 Hillside Avenue), which has many garbage bags just laying on the sidewalk. In fact pretty much all of Hillside Avenue to about 173rd is one of the most disgusting and dirty stretches I have ever encountered and it gets worse every single day. Hillside Avenue makes Jamaica Avenue look like Rodeo Drive and believe me Jamaica Avenue is nothing to get excited about, although the Merci Boutique clothing store rises above the majority of low class crap. It makes me wonder though how long such a classy store can survive among the typical dreck, although I wish it much success as I told the owner and hope it is a glimpse of what Jamaica could be come, but I am not holding my breath.
The people of Jamaica never seem to amaze me what a most disgusting and dirty lot so many of them are, with no pride or respect for their community, especially after coming from close by Kew Gardens, which obviously has a much better class of people. So many here in Jamaica treat it like a third world garbage dump, which it is pretty much resembling these days. How can some of you even hold your head up high with how low and low Jamaica keeps on getting decade after decade, between the garbage, the destruction of so many nice homes, the building of cheap third world ghetto style apartment buildings and the constant violence & shootings. Does anyone really have any idea or plan on improving Jamaica at all or are you all going to wait till it becomes another Brownsville or East New York or most any place in the Bronx. Why is there not some major building here, be it an arena or venue such as in downtown Brooklyn or a Jet Blue building in Long Island City or whatever it is they are planning on doing at Willets Point, anything except another Subway Sandwich place or a wig store or a 99 Cent store or a dirty disgusting fast food Chinese place....................anything that does not reek of "third world ghetto" crap!
As usual a very disgruntled constituent.