Saturday, September 8, 2012
Lascivious activities at Astoria playground
From the Queens Chronicle:
NYPD officer Sean McDonald moved to Astoria as a child from his native Ireland. While still a rookie, McDonald, who was assigned to the 44th Precinct in Queens, was killed in 1994 in the line of duty. By the following year, Astoria residents along with city officials dedicated a park in his honor, named affectionately, Sean’s Place.
Now 17 years later, the Astoria park that bears McDonald’s name, located on 38th Street between 31st Avenue and Broadway, is facing a major trash and after-hours problem. The park’s gates used to be locked at night by a resident volunteer but aren’t any longer.
Now late-night drinking and other activities inside the park yield glass bottles, discarded drug items, piles of vomit, spots of urine and used condoms.
“This problem is related to the fact that the park gates remain open 24/7 and the cleaning crews don’t get there until mid- or late morning,” said Gabe Gross, a concerned community activist who started a Facebook group named “Friends of Sean’s Place,” to help garner communityinterest in its plight. Gross also posted a video to YouTube last June of the garbage he found while at the park on a typical morning.