Thursday, November 21, 2013
DOB fiddles while Jamaica burns
From Clean Up Jamaica Queens:
While dining at the wonderful Rocoto Restaurant at 178-27 Hillside Avenue yesterday, the owners Jesus and Jennie, told me that that Department of Buildings is going to fine them $5000 because their outside sign is bigger than 18 inches. Before they put their sign up, they had to get a permit and like all good quality citizens they did just that, as opposed to so many other questionable businesses in Jamaica. Then when the Department of Buildings came to do an inspection recently, they told Jesus and Jennie that the outdoor sign was over 18 inches and that they would have to spend thousands of dollars to change it or be fined $5000. Jennie told the inspector that if the sign was that small, no one would be able to see it since the subway entrance in front of their business would block it, but it did not matter, unless the sign changes they will be hit with a $5000 fine. Please tell what quality-of-life issue is being broken here?
In the meantime, the subway entrance in front of their building has become a hangout for homeless people, garbage is continually dumped in front of their area, a garbage can is constantly over flowing onto the ground, yet nothing is done about this, even though Rocoto calls the city daily in regards to this, plus cleaning up constantly in front of their business.