Friday, August 17, 2012
Yet another mess no one will clean
From the Queens Chronicle:
Seen on a map, the northwest corner of Cohancy Street and North Conduit Avenue looks like prime real estate. Located just off the busy Belt Parkway, adjacent to the Aqueduct-North Conduit subway station and steps from Aqueduct Racetrack and Resorts World Casino New York City, the site appears to be an ideal place for a general store, deli or restaurant. Every day, dozens of people stroll by heading for the subway. The site is passed by traffic heading west on North Conduit Avenue toward Cross Bay Boulevard and traffic into and out of Howard Beach looking to avoid the busy boulevard.
But no busy commercial or even residential establishment sits on the corner. Instead, the 35,000-square-foot site is home to overgrown weeds, dilapidated buildings, a noticeable amount of litter and chirping crickets.
The site belongs in a “hall of shame,” said Howard Kamph, president of the Ozone Park Civic Association, who has been seeking some maintenance of the plot, which has been vacant for decades. He said the site is not only an eyesore, but also a safety hazard, especially for commuters who walk past the area to and from the subway station at night and early in the morning.