A Queens subway station that became the last stop for many of the city's homeless is looking and smelling a lot better these days. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
It's still a popular hub for many of the city's homeless, but the number of people living at the Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer station has dropped significantly in the last few months.
Queens activist Pamela Hazel contacted us in March after she and other riders said the issue had become overwhelming.
"It was just so filthy. It was unacceptable. It was a health hazard," Hazel said.
There were homeless people showering in the bathrooms and dozens more were on the platforms and the trains.
Back then, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it was expanding its outreach program and the police commissioner said he would be looking at homelessness in the transit system as part of his focus on quality-of-life issues.
A few weeks after our story aired, the MTA and the city conducted a massive outreach campaign which they say was already planned.
Yeah, I think the weather had more to do with the evacuation than an outreach campaign. Just wait until December.