The name of Merrick Boulevard in Queens was taken from the word
“Meroke” mean oyster bed. So a portion of it in St. Albans was
appropriately renamed Saturday for what admirers say is the “pearl of
the community,” in honor of the Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake. (Blech, what a write up)
Nearly a thousand residents and city elected officials jammed the streets near his beloved church, the Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Cathedral, on Oct. 3 for the dedication.
Elected officials and the community fully supported the renaming of the street “Floyd H. Flake Boulevard,” passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to honor the former Congressman and civil rights activist. Saturday’s huge ceremony was full of speeches by top leaders and filled with the pomp of powerful gospel music and dancing that is the hallmark of his 23,000-member church.
A marching band led a long white limousine with his family to the open field where he was accompanied by his wife Margaret Elaine McCollins and his four children — his two sons Robert Rasheed, Harold Hasan and his two daughters Aliya and Nailah Flake-Brown — who held his arm right up to his seat.
The city is broke and taxpayer money was set aside for a ostentatious and undeserved parade for and lionization of a crooked politician. Also a ceremony of collective democrat establishment cognitive dissonance.
And don't forget that this city approved gathering was arranged and happened as schools and restaurants are closing in districts where covid cases rose and there's the arrogant defiant Floyd walking around with his mask under his nose and then off in close proximity with his adoring allies and fans.
A commentator of a recent post brought up a story that makes this street renaming in the honor of Floyd more unjustified and reprehensible. Two men were involved in teenage sex trafficking, holding two girls hostage and pimping them out in a senior citizen residential building tied to the Allen Church where this dedication took place that was attended by the current mayor of New York City and New York State attorney general and the minority leader of the U.S. Senate.
Two Queens men have been arrested in separate cases in which they are accused of kidnapping teenage girls and forcing them to work as prostitutes.
According to the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Joseph Gilbert, 24, of St. Albans was indicted on an 87-count complaint charging him with holding a 15-year-old girl at a senior housing complex, which has been identified by the Daily News as the Greater Allen Cathedral Senior Residence.
Gilbert was charged with first- and second-degree kidnapping, compelling prostitution, sex trafficking, second-degree promoting prostitution, second- and third-degree assault, third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child.
Brown added that Gilbert is accused of threatening and beating the girl, and allegedly forcing her to take drugs to stay awake in order to bring in more money.
Church officials did not respond to a request for comment prior to the Chronicle’s deadline.
In a separate case, Reagan Conception, 28, of Jamaica, was arraigned on June 2 on a 76-count indictment accusing him of kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl and forcing her to work as a prostitute between September and November of last year.
Conception was charged with first- and second-degree kidnapping, first- and second-degree rape, first- and second-degree criminal sexual act, sex trafficking, compelling prostitution, first-, second- and third-degree promoting prostitution, second- and third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
“I want to stress that prostitution is not a victimless crime and that sex trafficking is an incessant act of brutality and degradation,” Brown said in a statement issued last Friday. “This teenage girl was finally freed but she will have to live with this horrible experience for the rest of her life.”
I repeat, disgusting.