Saturday, April 20, 2013
When the minority ruins quality-of-life for the majority
This is in regards to a notorious private empty lot/abandoned playground (109th Ave/171st St) that has been on the radar for several years but nothing seems to really get to the root of the problem and the owner of this lot who supposedly live across the street at the apartment building 109-15 Merrick Blvd.
This is a major eyesore in the community that does not seem to get resolved. DOS will come out to clean it, only for the same thing to happen again and again and again. This private property was once a playground back in the 70's, but not city owned, and since has deteriorated over the years and basically just has a rusty old sliding board and concrete remains of what was once benches. Although gated, at one time it was not locked, but it seems that several people have the key to the lock as the one photo indicates where the individual is bringing his dog in to take a big shit and not pick it up. Many people, which I have witnessed, take their dogs there to shit and never pick it up. Also people dump garbage inside it (which you can see the garbage bag next to the guy and dog) and garbage is always being dumped on the sidewalk surrounding the lot. I have seen mattresses, air conditioners, baby car seats, garbage bag, food, wood, etc.
This lot was also featured last summer in a WPIX Help Me Howard segment. Community activist Pamela Hazel (who took the photo of the guy bringing the dog in the other day) was interviewed by the Queens Chronicle way back in 2010 in regards to this lot and others.
Yet here it is several years later and the community is still dealing with this shithole eyesore that is not only a quality of life issue but also a hazard with all of the old playground debris. If this lot was in the West Village, Chelsea, Long Island City, Forest Hills, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights or downtown Manhattan, it would have been taken care of from the day before day one. But here in Jamaica, our elected officials and city leaders have dropped the ball yet again and another eyesore continues for years. They might say it is private property BUT NYC Administration Code §16-118 (2) (b) requires that property owners/managers keep their vacant lot(s) free of garbage, debris etc. Violating this code carries a penalty of $100 - $300 per offense.
So why it this lot and others like it in Jamaica a continual problem? I have to give kudos to the Department of Sanitation, they do respond quickly and take care of the issue, but our local politicians need to change the laws that keep getting in the way of the DOS and let them do whatever needs to be done as far as private property and empty lots go. STOP MAKING THEIR JOBS DIFFICULT by placing restrictions on them of what they can or cannot do to make sure something gets cleaned up right away and the owners are held completely accountable.
By the way my email the other day with all the garbage in those empty lots in Jamaica Estates, got clean-up right away according to Marie Adam-Ovide, District Manager of Community Board 8. Now see if you see a pattern with these eyesores and others like it nearby:
1. Empty Lot at 159-17 Normal Road (Owner: Mohammed Ziaulhag-Zia and Tariq Corp.)
2. Empty Lot at 164-22 85th Avenue, formerly 85-02 165th Street (Owner: Waliul L. Kahn-Shima Tred Inc)
3. Empty lot at corner of 170th St/90th Ave at 169-23 90th Ave (Owners: Jotiromy Inc, Sungil Agarnal, Shaju Muah, Gouranga Kundu)
4. Apartment building at 89-17 170th Street with several garbage violations, rodents, roaches and illegal basement apartment, drug dealing (Owner: MD Enayet Hossain Gazi)
5. Empty lot at 170-19 89th Avenue, which just this morning I was talking with Sanitation Officer Albert Comancho who was photos of this eyesore (Owner: Shamsul Arifin)
6. Abandoned home on 170-05 Cedarcroft Rd with garbage, fence not secure, major violations (Owner: Mohammed R. Karin)
I can go on and on with this pattern.
Funny how a small minority of people are making life so miserable for the majority of Jamaica residents and very little is being done.