Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Woodside resident single-handedly cleans up historic cemetery

Let's hope it stays this way. You can see the "before" photos here.

17 comments:

Vikingirishwoman said...

Good job.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the Queens Historical Society responsible for keeping that lot clean? What happened?

Anonymous said...

Good for you, folks!

Historical societies are the last to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.
Whether it's the Queens Historical Society or the Greater Astoria Historical Society or any other baloney group.
These kind of groups are only good for tea parties, exhibitions, shows, walking tours and gossip.
They consider themselves to be researchers, archivists, ambassadors, minor royalty.
These keepers of the historical flame would not know how to strike a match to light a stove.

And there sits the Steinway mansion, under the purview of GAHS.
In their own backyard the current mess exists.
Keep on truckin' and we'll keep on fuckin' with your heads, you lazy SOBs!

Anonymous said...

Isn't there a cemetery in Astoria that GAHS should be taking care of?


Farmer Bob in overalls....that would be some sight. Squire Bob? Gentleman Bob?
"Here there now, good sir, pull up those weeds and haul away that bundle".

Anonymous said...

LOL! QHS?
What ever happened to the Brinkerhoff Cemetery?

anne Fitzpatrick said...

Woodside on the Move and the Queens Historical Society should take responsibily for the upkeep of this historical place. But thank you John Colgan!

anne Fitzpatrick said...

Woodside on the Move and Queens Historical Society where are you to take responsibility?

Anonymous said...

No no no, this was done all wrong.

First, a study needed to be proposed at a regularly scheduled meeting of the agency with jurisdiction over the property. Then the necessary agencies that have responsibilities in the work would need to be contacted. Then a public hearing would have to be held at the community board, BP's office, and the leading agency about the feasibility of the study for the money that could be allocated. Then at the next meeting, the study would be voted upon. Once approved, it should go out for bid. Once completed, the findings would form the basis for a proposal that would make the rounds again about the timeline of the cleanup, the jobs it would create, the businesses it would inconvenience, and the effect on transit. After the next regularly scheduled agency meeting where it would be voted on, the work itself would go out to bids: 1 for the gardening work, 1 for the disposal, 1 for the landscape design, 3 more for compliance on each of the first 3, and 1 for community outreach to promote the newly cleaned site. Once the low bidders are chosen, the timeline will need to be pushed out at least 4 times because the different contractors haven't lined up their schedules. At least 3 contingencies will need to be filed because the work will not be exactly as described. It will get done when it will get done, no sooner than the next election cycle when new blood in the administration can claim that the work was planned improperly from the get-go, and they need to revisit the initial study.


You can't just take a weed whacker and do the job in one afternoon like that. You just CAN'T!

Anonymous said...

>>Isn't the Queens Historical Society responsible for keeping that lot clean? What happened?

Good question!! Hopefully they will answer. Meanwhile, thanks John!!!

Anonymous said...

Now plant some wildflowers and flowering vines so you won't need to chop it down all the time.

Anonymous said...

The QHS is a waste. What value does it add to Queens?

Anonymous said...

These comments are AWESOME ! I especially like the person who wrote the super long list of things that our useless government does to waste time and money when I could just walk across the street and just do it myself..
Thanks Everyone. Hopefully I'll be finished by Friday.

Lorraine Ferris said...

I am happy to say I know John and he is a very nice and caring young man and atremendous asset to our community. He has also restored many fire boxes and fire hydrants and cleaned up graffiti.

Anonymous said...

Where are the politicians - look how they allocate money. Funny no on is showing up for this considering how they like to hog attention and get credit for everything.

When you compare money allocated for cultural groups in Bklyn or NY to Queens it is laughable. Jimmy Van Bramer likes to hang with places run by developers or landlords like Noguchi or weheartastoria.

Anonymous said...

The borough historians in Queens have been a joke going back to Ludder. Great how QHS did not share the 50th Anniversary celebration of landmarks with the borough, or former executive director Grubler is running that secret landmarks group in borough hall.

Anonymous said...

The current burro historian, Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, is the worst of them all.
He is a self serving tour guide. His scholarship comes into question also.
Dr. Jack-off does not support the landmark law. He has already been quoted in the news media saying so.
What a perfect malleable boob for borough hall. Jump, Jack....jump?
And Eichenbaum will do his trick for Melinda Katz and a doggy treat.

Anonymous said...

Mitchell Grubler was a do nothing as QHS's executive director.
You cannot have a mild mannered fighter. He's got no gumption.
Neither do the members of his force. Theybare just what borough hall ordered.