Sunday, May 10, 2015

A strange way to revitalize Jamaica

From Cleanup Jamaica Queens:

We have “Jamaica Revealed”, the Jamaica BID event to promote the potential of Jamaica. We have the “Jamaica Now Action Plan” by Queens Borough Melinda Katz and Mayor de Blasio for the revitalization of Jamaica. But what we really have in Jamaica is SHIT and more of it being dumped into this community.

Across the street from the New Ideal Basket Grocery Market (very nice), near the Walgreen’s and by several apartment buildings, located at 175-20 Hillside Avenue is a very plain looking 3-story building which over the last couple of years housed the Allen Health Care Service, a dentist office, an STD Testing Express site and some other businesses, but since last year has been empty, that is until now.

Walking by last week, I noticed, shall I say, “questionable types” going in and out of the building, some getting out of vans, others walking and being let in by a security guard. At first I thought, homeless shelter, but they all did not quite fit that bill and the faces were always changing. So today, when I walked by the “folks” hanging out waiting to go in around 8am, I stopped and talked to the security guard to ask him, what is in the building. He hesitated and really did not want to say anything, but eventually told me, that is what a methadone clinic. Maybe that explained the baggie filled with orange pills on the sidewalk at the entrance of the 179th Street station.

So is this what you call the “Revitalization of Jamaica”? Just what we need, a bunch of heroin addicts hanging out.

As usual let’s keep dumping crap into our community while praising the “potential” of Jamaica. So what power to be gave the go ahead on this one and where was Community Board 12 of yet another crap thing dumped into the hood.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh please. The heroin addicts are in Jamaica already. This doesn't attract them. It serves the local residents.

Anonymous said...

Just another attraction for tourists to visit "the world's Boro".

Anonymous said...


Allen.....as in Rev Floyd Flake's Allen?
Donald Manes "rechannelled" the revitalization money meant for Flushing and "channelled" it to Jamaica, his home.
Aside from Jamaica Estates, Jamaica is a shithole.
It can never be revitalized. It was abandoned decades ago, during the white flight era. Crime , filth and ugliness now rule.

Anonymous said...

Enough of this nonsense.

There have been at least 3 murders, one a police officer, in this area in the past few weeks.

If you want to revitalize this area start with cleaning it up.

otherwise just build a fence around this ghetto to keep the criminals inside.

I think we should start calling Jamaica 'little Baltimore'.

Anonymous said...

Oh please. The heroin addicts are in Jamaica already. This doesn't attract them. It serves the local residents.

To say you're missing the point is an understatement.

Anonymous said...

They just moved this clinic from Archer Ave where they're putting up a new hotel.

Anonymous said...

Some things shouldn't get dumped in low income neighborhoods. Like trash transfer facilities. Some things belong there. Like methadone clinics that let's face it, mostly serve people in walking distance .

Anonymous said...

Old news, and yes part of the whole sad picture. Heroin/methadone clinics have been in Jamaica since the 70s. By now, this is part of the resident's "cultural legacy". For all we know they celebrate them.

Anonymous said...

That's a BIG building for a methadone clinic, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Harlem/Williamsburg/Lower East Side is a shithole.
It can never be revitalized. It was abandoned decades ago, during the white flight era. Crime , filth and ugliness now rule.

See?

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 10: Exactly when have you last visited those neighborhoods? I have the feeling that you don't have a clue about what you're talking about.