Friday, February 13, 2015

Please dig out your hydrants!

Hi QC,

This is worse than not shoveling or plowing side walks.

Some busnesses in Queens have their property plowed and pile it up in front of a fire hydrant.
Now the piles are hard as rocks.
I reported theses 2 to 311 today. 311 transferred me to FDNY who took the info:
66-05, Woodhaven Bvd. That is Fleet Street Realty Co.
114- 20 Jamaica avenue, 114 street side. That is Chase bank. They have had this happen previous winters.

Both have been blocked since Feb 01.

I don't know if the snow was piled there from those properties or nearby properties.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

- anonymous


Anonymous said...

Now if their building catches fire, and the NYFD can't save a lot of it because they can't get to the hydrant, does their insurance still have to pay?

Anonymous said...

Fleet Street does not own that property. They are a tenant. The owner is located in the building and they are responsible for the sidewalk.

JQ said...


this weekend is going to be freezing with snow on saturday.
so that filthy mound is going to get bigger.

are these dopes aware of what happened in williamsburgh last weekend? And what the firemen had to endure to put out that blaze?

Anonymous said...

I have never seen a fire that I coul not piss out with a quart of Budweiser passing through my kidneys.

Anonymous said...

I've seen lots of idiots also pile up their garbage cans and bags in front of fire hydrants - anything for their own convenience.

Anonymous said...

Maybe te Fire Department could get their firefighters out of the firehouse between calls and have them inspect each fire hydrant and either clear it to their satisfaction or fine the property owners.

Queens Crapper said...

This just in:


(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella announced legislation (S.1134) mandating that the City be responsible for clearing snow and ice from around fire hydrants.

Currently, New York City regulations require homeowners and tenants to ensure snow and ice are removed from hydrants in front of their homes. This creates a serious burden for many residents, especially the elderly or disabled, who are often unable to shove the snow themselves and may not be able to hire someone to complete the task for them. The bill would transfer the responsibility to the City Department of Sanitation, which is better equipped with the resources to keep fire hydrants accessible at all times.

In addition to the physical and financial burdens associated with the current regulations, snow-covered hydrants pose a serious threat to public safety, should there be a fire on the block.

“Given the unusually harsh winters our city has experienced over the last few years, this legislation is a common-sense solution to a serious problem many residents are faced with. Requiring the Department of Sanitation to clear snow and ice accumulation from fire hydrants gives peace of mind to homeowners and tenants burdened with the responsibility and ensures that no one’s safety is put at risk in the event of an emergency,” said Senator Avella.

The legislation was first introduced in 2014, when the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association Union Local 831 stood with Senator Avella to pledge their support.

At that time, Mr. Harry Nespoli, Head of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association Union Local 831, stated, “As long as we can help out in any way, we will do it. We’ll open up those fire hydrants because it’s that important. Myself, to see a senior citizen go out there and chip away at that snow – it should not have to come to that. My workforce will absolutely do it for them once this bill passes.”

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I have never seen a fire that I coul not piss out with a quart of Budweiser passing through my kidneys.


Hey Vinnie! Still working at Coppola's???

Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm losing my sense of humor, but I don't find the budweiser-piss comment funny at all, just stupid.

Williamsburg? Bruson? WTC? etc.


Anonymous said...

In the fourth picture I see a food cart occupying a sidewalk space.

The cart operators do not have to remove snow.
The cart owners do not pay real estate taxes.
The cart owners hardly pay taxes.
The cart owners have no sanitary facilities.
The cart owners do not have Letter Ratings issued by the city.

These are the minimum requirements for a food cart:
All processing units (those where food is prepared in the unit) require:
• potable water
• washing sinks for food and cooking tools
• hand washing sink
• wastewater tank
• overhead structure
• ventilation
• hot and cold holding
• thermometers

What a joke!

Anonymous said...

Why just fire hydrants?How about bus stops too? who is responsible for clearing them? Getting on or off a bus is very dangerous.
It's amazing how many building owners don't shovel or have the common sense to at least put salt or sand down.

Jackson Heights Johnny said...

My home in Jackson Heights has a hydrant right in front of it. Over the years, my ritual of snow removal (always done within 2 hours of snow ending, which I believe is the law, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong), INCLUDED the removal of snow around that hydrant....

The law aside, I always believed that doing so was not just to protect me in case of a fire, but also a courtesy to my neighbors in case of a fire.

I never considered it a "chore" to do so but a simple act of neighborly kindness.

Why have our local businesses lost their sense of "neighborhood", where you just did something simple to help your neighbors?

At 67, I guess I just have "old school" values that seem to have slipped away....

And don't even get me started about snow piles at bus stops!