Monday, November 17, 2014

Flushing is not a sight for sore eyes

"Squalor, grit and graffiti: What a great first impression of Flushing!" - The Flushing Phantom

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Didn't you know Flushing is beautiful? That's what Councilman Koo says, oh but don't talk to him about the dirty streets or garbage because he doesn't want to talk about it.

Anonymous said...

It's much more disgusting than that - that is an extremely sanitized image!

Where's are all the Flooshing Oysters (snot and mucous on the ground?

BTW - my Asian friends say to avoid Downtown Flooshing as it's crawling with TB and Hep-C!

Anonymous said...

Hallets Cove, Queens Plaza, and LIC in about 30 years.

Anonymous said...

wow, sad and amazing. if you told me this was a slum in China, i'd believe it!! Flushing used to be a cute town years ago, oh well...i cant wait to move outta NYC!!!! counting down the days

Anonymous said...

and you gotta love this article from the NY Times on Flushing, wow they really are clueless arent they! the paper of record? yea right, its garbage..
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/nyregion/two-good-reasons-to-visit-flushing-queens.html?_r=0

Anonymous said...

Looks like Beijing!

Jerry Rotondi said...

I went to Target in Flushing yesterday to use a gift certificate. That was a big mistake. Never again. I will go to College Point rather than subject myself to the backstreets of vibrant Flushing. This is, indeed, a sanitized pair of photos Flushing Phantom. If I should ever visit again I will be glad to send Crappy some detailed flicks of backstreet garbage dumps.It is clear that Peter Koo does not care or is too embarased to discuss it. Maybe he will take notice if they appear on Queens Crap. Hello community board 7, Flushing BID, etc. Wake up to the filthy congested retail nightmare of the downtown hub, unless you prefer to keep spinning PR yarns about beautiful downtown Flushing. That's why I do my shopping in Manhattan.

Anonymous said...

Very sad what different walks of life consider beautiful. The Asians who occupy and transformed Downtown Flushing have a very acquired taste that they only seem to deem beautiful. They also have done the same to Elmhurst. It is very sad but at the same time not much was done to stop or put restrictions on it. Most peoples solutions was to move. Where Manhattan and Brooklyn are safe from slums and third world looking places, Queens didnt and doesnt have residents that care so they just MOVE.

Anonymous said...

Third world garbage making third world filth. These asians are real trash!

Anonymous said...

I told a former neighbor and his wife about the decline of downtown Flushing. I mentioned my observations of men and women peeing and defacating in the streets and on the sidewalks. I was chastized as my comments were perceived to be racist.

Two years later, my friend, his wife, and their children came to visit me in Flushing. We dropped my friend's wife and children off on Main Street for a brief shopping trip while my friend and I went to the Bronx.

His cell phone rang a short time later. It was wife calling to apologize as the family observed the use of sidewalks as public restrooms for themselves!!! She was disgusted and vowed never to return to downtown Flushing...and strongly requested we return to pick them up ASAP.

Anonymous said...

I believe the LIRR platform is the only space in Flushing I have never seen sidewalk oysters. The stairways leading to them, that's another story. (I supplied photos a few months back showing the lovely garbage pile around the eastbound staircase).

How many massage places (which are obviously illegal cause as a female, I'm never offered a flyer but my husband and make friends constantly are), crappy bakeries, cheap hardware stores, herbal shops, pharmacies and whatever, does Flushing need in a three block radius?

I just noticed the other day that along Kissena across the library, 2 new bakeries a few stores apart from another bakery. Along Bowne, a new laundrymat not even a block away from one that's been around for years now. Of course, the new one is Chinese owned, built in the same building that opened a 99c store and bodega...all Chinese owned.

Koo doesn't wish to hear or see what the real issue is. My email to him months ago has gone unanswered (surprise surprise), and it seems to be getting worse. A LIRR elevator, planted trees that will just be killed or cemented over, etc is NOT going to help Flushing. Garbage pickup, garbage cans, teaching the residents to not be pigs, enforcing zoning laws, and cleaning up the corruption and blinders Flushing has produced is the only way to fix this.

Oh, and maybe stopping overseas banks from buying up properties and creating a monopoly....

Anonymous said...

Shame on Councilman Koo! Shame on Assemblyman Kim and shame on CB7.

None of them care.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, very third world looking. The shitty buildings strung with wires and antennas. It's all moving east along Northern Boulevard and the LIRR Port Washington line. I've see it well into Nassau County, now. It's not just Queens, if that's any comfort. As the Asian Beetles multiply, there's more crap to come.

Anonymous said...

Remember this the next time there's an election.

Kevin Walsh said...

just wait till he goes down to the street

zee zeem said...


To be fair to the Chinese, if it was not for them, flushing would be a ghost town or a ghetto -the old New Yorkers were leaving or had left for the suburbs and beyond.

What they are at fault is not demanding the city invest in Flushing infrastructure. Billions of tax payer urban renewal money was spent on Jamaica, but the Asians did everything for themselves in Fluhsing. Did the city spend serious money on the flushing station the way the it did on the ultra modern jamaica station? No. Any productivity in Jamaica-No?

Flushing has garbage, but is also "vibrant" in a real sense look at all the small workshops on college point where you see them fixing and making stuff like doors, windows, furniture? Still, did not realize how the train station is so disgusting.. I thought they fixed it for the sake of that new luxury condominium they built?! In either case, I see the young college grad Chinese leaving flushing, heading to LIC now a days. Question: If the Chinese leave Flushing, who will take their place in a decade? That is the bigger problem-No?

Anonymous said...

The reality is Flushing looks, feels, and smells like a neglected, overcrowded slum of Shanghai that everyone with the money to move out, does.

Absent the the Chinese overwhelming of Flushing, we might have been able to save and perhaps restore RKO Flushing as Kings Theater was in Flatbush.

Also, Flushing would have developed along the same lines as Astoria, Sunnyside-Woodside, and Forest Hills with less overcrowding, less filth, and less ugliness.

Jerry Rotondi said...

The Kings theater is city owned. Flushing Keith's is not. Add to this were two borough presidents who were hostile towards full landmark designation for the Keith's (Manes and his accomplice Shulman) and you have the status quo. Maybe in another quarter of a century the looks of Flushing might improve with an influx of hipsters or higher class individuals. Right now it remains an immigrant hub of people eager to make the best life they can in America. My ancestors did the same. They came here poor then moved up the ladder and improved their nabes. BTW.. I was advised in 1975 by someone in city planning to move "east of 154th Street and north of Northern Boulevard". I took that advice in 1978 when we left our apartment at Bowne and Northern. That was a good move based upon good advice.

Anonymous said...

Peter Koo lives in Port Washington. Why the f--k should he care. LOL let's see if John Choe of Flushing One and head of the new Flushing Chamber of Commerce can improve things. It looks doubtful. At least Choe can now draw two salaries and have access to more grant money. Maybe he will be moving out of Mitchell Gardens into a home in Bayside soon.

Anonymous said...

Crap remains crap and Flushing remains shit. What's to be done? Flush it down the toilet. End of story. End of Flushing.