ARMED ROBBERY: IS THIS IS THE NEAR FUTURE OF FOREST HILLS/KEW GARDENS?????? COULD WELL BE WITH A HOMELESS SHELTER AND POSSIBLE JAIL

Many are seeing the decline of quality of life in Forest Hills/Kew Gardens, it starts off small and slow, with litter and garbage appearing, then there is panhandling by the homeless and mentally ills folks dumped into the area, thanks to deBlasio (the mayor of destroying communities), a graffiti marked Austin St Pedestrian walkway underneath Union Turnpike where gang graffiti, litter and empty beer and alcohol cans/bottles can be found and where it has become a go to place for people to piss and take a shit. While the crime rate in Forest Hills is still low compared to many other places like Jamaica and Jackson Heights, there has been changes taking place in this community and we are seeing more crime than before.

Courtesy of the men from Comfort Inn Homeless Shelter on Queens Blvd

AND with a problematic big homeless shelter for single men that was dumped onto 82nd Ave and Queens Blvd in the Comfort Inn hotel and now talk of the disastrous borough based jails in 4 boroughs, including here in Kew Garden/Forest Hills on 82 and Queens Blvd at Borough Hall, could we begin to see more of the below article from Queens Courier.

At a public meeting for the Kew Gardens/Forest Hills jail proposal (yes, by the destructive deBlasio), the majority of people were outrage (and no this is not a “white people anger thing” as some have suggested, because an even more angrier crowd at a public meeting in the Bronx, who may also get a jail dumped smack in their residential area, the crowd consisted mostly of people of color. FACT: While people feel that the NY jail system needs a long overdue reform, people do not want a jail right in the middle of their residential area, PERIOD.

Ironically and not surprising, the two HACK elected officials representing the Kew Garden area, Councilman Karen Koslowitz and Senator Leory Comrie (the do nothing politician of Jamaica), refused to speak and give their comments on the issue, Comrie citing some bullshit, that the meeting was for the community. As if Koslowitz and Comrie are not part of the community. Typical crooked behavior from the corrupt Democratic Queens Machine, which is destroying Queens and saying FUCK YOU to the hard working constituents who pay taxes, while cow towing to the homeless and criminals, neither who pay taxes and help to keep this city running.

KEW GARDENS PUBLIC MEETING

 

SOUTH BRONX PUBLIC MEETING

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From Queens Courier:

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Cops are looking for a crook who robbed a man at gunpoint in Forest Hills early Wednesday morning.

According to police, at 5:35 a.m. on Oct. 3, a 59-year-old man was on 70th Avenue when he was approached by an unknown man. The man then displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s property.

The victim complied and handed over his cellphone and wallet, which contained four credit cards and $200 in cash. The suspect then fled the scene on foot down 70th Avenue.

An ongoing investigation found that at 6:45 a.m. that same morning, the crook had used the victim’s credit cards to buy $12.23 worth of merchandise from a B & B Gourmet Market, located at 790 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

Later that morning at 7:53 a.m., authorities said, the thief tried to make an unauthorized purchase at the Harlem Smoke Shop and Deli, located at 304 Lenox Ave., with the victim’s credit cards.

Police described the thief as a man in his 20s with a dark complexion and was last seen wearing a red du-rag, a white shirt with red lettering on the front, black sweatpants and black sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

 

WELCOME to a possible future Forest Hills/Kew Gardens, and YES, it can happen, the decline is already being seen by many residents.

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KEW GARDEN RESIDENTS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO STOP JAIL FROM OPENING IN THE COMMUNITY

TIME TO STOP THIS NONSENSE of spending billions and billions of dollars to close a jail to open up several jails in various communities, hence destroying again quality of life for communities. With a price tag of $30 billion (and you know damn well this will just go up), a large sum of money like this can go for fixing infrastructure, building affordable housing, actually REALLY helping homeless as opposed to just warehousing them and fixing up a jail that is already built. AND what makes this idiotic irresponsible mayor think that smaller jails will have no problems. WHY isn’t the Riker’s jail being fixed internally as well as externally. THIS DIRTY DEAL smells of a big land grab for rich developers and FUCK THE CONSTITUENTS of Kew Gardens and Forest Hills.

I mean ask the hard working constituents of Jamaica and SE Queens, how dumping over 20 homeless shelters in their community improved their quality of life. HELL, just look at what the Comfort Inn homeless shelter has done to our area: panhandling, noise, loitering, drug use, public defecation/urination and litter.

Courtesy of the men from Comfort Inn Homeless Shelter on Queens Blvd

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From Forest Hills Post:

Civic Group Launches Campaign to Stop Reopening of Kew Gardens Jail, Public Hearing on Project Scheduled

Kew Gardens Jail (Source: Office of the Mayor)


Sept. 18, 2018 By Tara Law (Edited 9/19)

A number of Kew Gardens residents have come together to launch a campaign to block the reopening and expansion of the Queens House of Detention.

About 25 residents have formed the Community Preservation Coalition, a group that aims to stop the Mayor’s plan to reopen the shuttered 126-01 82nd Ave. facility.

The group is comprised of many of the same people who led the successful effort to the save the Lefferts Boulevard Bridge, according to coalition member Dominick Pistone, who also heads the Kew Gardens Civic Association.

The coalition argues that the mayor’s proposal for a 1,500 inmate jail at the Kew Gardens site— adjacent to Queens Borough Hall and the District Attorney’s Office— would be out of scale with the surrounding buildings and exacerbate traffic in the neighborhood.

Pistone said the mayor is calling for a “monster facility that’s totally out of scale with the neighborhood.”

The coalition intends to launch a public awareness campaign after the City holds a public hearing on the project next week, Pistone said.

The hearing, which will be held at Queens Borough Hall at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26, is part of the Environmental Review Process that is required for the site to be rezoned. The public will have the opportunity to hear more about the project and to ask questions.

The City needs to rezone the site for the jail expansion to move forward.

The group launched a petition against the jail on Sept. 18, and Pistone said the group and will begin to distribute fliers about the group’s concerns in coming weeks. He said the coalition knew that the City was considering reopening the jail, but was shocked as to the scale of the expansion.

While the existing structure is 497,600 square feet and housed about 500 inmates, the new facility would be 1,910,000 square feet and house 1,510 inmates.

The Kew Gardens Jail reopening is part of the mayor’s plan to close the massive Rikers Island jail complex, and replace it with four borough-based “community jails.” There would be a facility in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.

The mayor’s office argues that the new jails would be smaller and safer, and detainees would be housed closer to their lawyers, the courts and the community.

Pistone said that he is in favor of reforming the justice system; however, he said, jails should not be put in residential areas. He argues that the City should invest in the existing facilities on Rikers Island.

The coalition plans to put pressure on Council Member Karen Koslowitz and other elected officials to stop the project. Pistone said that he would like to see the project postponed until de Blasio’s term ends, so that the next mayoral election can become a referendum on community jails.

However, the jail has garnered the support of many local leaders, including Koslowitz. The council member was among the city officials to release a statement of support for the project after details about the jail were released on Aug. 15.

Although Koslowitz initially expressed reticence about the project, she agreed to back it if the city ceased to house the homeless at the Kew Gardens Comfort Inn, Koslowitz spokesperson Michael Cohen said earlier this year.

The city plans to move all of the homeless individuals out of the Comfort Inn in February, Cohen said today.

When asked if Koslowitz was aware of the size of the jail before the mayor’s plan was released, Cohen responded in a statement, “The Councilwoman anticipated that the new jail would be larger than the old Queens House of Detention, but was not aware of the exact number of units.”

Cohen said that Koslowitz encourages the community to engage in the review process.

According to Cohen, Koslowitz “urges all residents to become familiar with plan and voice their opinions and suggestions, if any.”

 

WEDNESDAY, 9/26 PUBLIC MEETING ON RIKERS CLOSING- MUST ATTEND TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

On Wednesday, September 26th, the City will hold a public meeting to solicit input on their plans to close Rikers and move prisoners to community jails. At this meeting, learn more about what your neighbors are saying and share your concerns with the Mayor’s office and other elected officials.
 
As the population of the City continues to grow, so will the prison population.  Once Kew Gardens is at capacity, where else will the City target?  At a cost of over $30 Billion, which equates to $6 Million per cell, can the City afford this price tag?   Wouldn’t the money be better spent on fixing our failing schools, public transportation, housing and mental health for the homeless and our decaying infrastructure? 
 
Please take the time to attend this important meeting.  Let your members know how important it is to speak up NOW.  I’ve attach information on the Riker’s closure.  Please read and forward to your friends and neighbors.  The silent majority must speak out before it is too late. Attend this public meeting and voice your concerns.


Borough of Queens, September 26, 2018, 6:00 PM
Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11424  

Look how our elected officials screwed us over with this problematic homeless shelter in our community

CONDITIONS OF AUSTIN ST UNDERPASS WALKWAY HAS RESIDENTS FUMING, WHILE COMMUNITY BOARD 6 & 9 LIE “THERE HAVE BEEN NO COMPLAINTS”

Courtesy of the men from Comfort Inn Homeless Shelter on Queens Blvd

From the Queens Chronicle:

Underpass causes stir for residents

Petition started to have walkway in Kew Gardens cleaned, made safer

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:30 am

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA
Residents say this underpass connecting Kew Gardens to Forest Hills is strewn with graffiti and trash. A petition was started to have the city fix the problem.

Marc Morgenstern has been a resident of Queens for the past 25 years, having resided in Kew Gardens the last 15. A couple times each year, he uses the nearby pedestrian underpass at the intersection of Austin St. and Union Turnpike that links his neighborhood to Forest Hills to avoid walking across ever-busy Queens Boulevard.

But recently, Morgenstern grew tired of the appearance of the underpass. The poor lighting makes some fear for their safety, he said, while feces and trash covers the floors.

“It’s just filthy,” he said. “It’s filthy and dirty. It smells like urine and there is graffiti all over the wall.”

In July, Morgenstern took to change.org to start a petition encouraging neighbors and residents to have the problem rectified. As of press time on Wednesday, he had garnered 44 of the 100 signatures he set out to get.

“We, the residents of Kew Gardens, NY, respectfully demand the New York City Department of Sanitation keep the Austin Street underpass clean and navigable,” Morgenstern wrote on the petition. In addition to requesting that the department regularly clean the underpass, Morgenstern wants trash receptacles placed in it.

In a Wednesday statement, the department said that while the underpass will not get trash cans, it is still cleaned regularly.

“The Department of Sanitation routinely checks this location every week and periodically cleans the steps and walkway of this underpass by removing trash and debris,” Dina Montes, a DSNY press secretary, said in the statement. She also said that the department does not remove graffiti.

“This location does not fit the criteria for litter baskets,” Montes continued. “Litter baskets are for pedestrian litter, and are placed in busy commercial and pedestrian-heavy areas, not in primarily residential areas.”

In a Facebook group entitled “Our Communities” that includes residents of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park, members voiced their concerns over the lack of response from the city.

Some, including Morgenstern, said that the underpass has been in poor condition for several decades.

Steve Abraham, who lives on Austin Street at 67th Avenue, said that he often saves five minutes on his walk to the Kew Gardens Cinemas by using the underpass.

He said that problems have gotten even worse this year, so much so that he does not mind the 45-minute trek to the theater.

“I never know who might be hiding down there,” Abraham said. “I have considered it unusable for a couple of years now. So I walk along Austin to Ascan and then to Queens Boulevard onto Kew Gardens Road and down Lefferts Boulevard.”

When contacted, Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio said the board has not received any complaints about the underpass.

The same was true for CB 9, according to a representative.

Morgenstern said he sent an email to DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and copied the Queens Borough President’s Office. To his surprise, the DSNY quickly responded to Morgenstern.

“I got an email from somebody from the Department of Sanitation saying they were aware of the situation and they had a supervisor go inspect it and clean it up,” he said.

Although an injury he suffered in a recent automobile accident has made it hard for Morgenstern to walk and prevents him from visiting the underpass to see any new changes for himself, he said he will continue to advocate for its upkeep.

When asked if he thought the petition and the attention that followed it would gain the community response it has, Morgenstern initially minimized its potential.

Now, he has one final message.

“What started as me just wanting to do something good for the community snowballed into something else,” he said. “I didn’t expect anything to really happen. If you live in Kew Gardens or Forest Hills, go to change.org and sign the petition to keep our community clean.”

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In the above article:

“When contacted, Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio said the board has not received any complaints about the underpass. The same was true for CB 9, according to a representative.”

BUT THAT is completely false, “The Filth of Forest Hills” blog has been reporting on this situation with photos since March of 2018 and sending the posts to the not only the local community boards, but Councilmember Karen Koslowitz, Queens BP Melinda Katz and her staff, Senator Andrews Hevesi and DOS. In fact here is a response from community board 6 back in March. SO HOW can they say there have never been any complaints, when they have received SEVERAL from THE FILTH OF FOREST HILLS, plus post have been place in the Forest Hills Post as well.

QN06 (CB) <qn06@cb.nyc.gov>
To thefilthofforesthillsqueens@yahoo.com
Mar 19 at 10:29 AM
Thank you for contacting Community Board 6. </qn06@cb.nyc.gov>

We will forward your concerns to the New York City Department of Sanitation and New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz.

Queens Community Board 6
104-01 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Telephone: 718-263-9250
Fax: 718-263-2211

Name: The Filth of Forest Hills

Address:

Phone:

Email Address: thefilthofforesthillsqueens@yahoo.com

Questions or Comments: The Austin Street pedestrian underpass is filled with litter and dumped garbage, not to mention all the graffiti. Some fo the garbage like the photo of the bagged Christmas tree has been there for months. SO WHAT IS this board and the local hack elected officials are doing about this. AND why isn’t there more outrage from Forest Hills/Kew Garden residents about this. Keep being complacent, a homeless shelter hotel at the Comfort Inn housing single men has already causing issues and trash/litter, loitering and panhandling is already noticeable. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, to turn Forest Hills/Kew Gardens in the next ghetto like Jamaica Queens. https://thefilthofforesthillsqueens.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/the-filth-of-forest-hills-kew-garden-journey-continues-garbage-graffiti-mars-austin-street-underpass-kew-gardens-rodney-dangerfield-still-gets-no-respect-in-death/

HERE IS ANOTHER ONE SENT:


From: Forest Hills [thefilthofforesthillsqueens@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2018 7:23 PM
To: AnnMarie Boranian; GulluscioFrank; Andrew Hevesi; Helen Marshall; Karen Koslowitz; Melva Miller; Sally Wang; DSNY, Commissioner (DSNY); Queens Crap; Iciano, Bruno (DSNY); peter Mastrosimone; Greg Mocker; Channel 4 newstips; NY 1 NY1; Terranova, Ignazio (DSNY); Turso, Vito (DSNY)
Subject: [SUSPECTED SPAM] More garbage, more homeless, more not a damn thing being done about any of these situations in Forest Hills
Read below for more of the decline of Forest Hills.
AND in the meantime, the Austin Street Pedestrian Underpass Walkway is still a disgrace of grafitti, garbage and flooding that make it difficult to go up and down the stairs since the drain is clogged. The condition has been like this since December 2017. AND none of that garbage on those cement barriers on Queens Blvd have yet to be cleaned up and more garbage has been added.
Good job folks, wish I had a job where I did not have to do anything or be held accountable and bring home a nice hefty paycheck.

SHAME on you community boards. Why lie about this when you have recieved numerous complaints about this situation since March from this blog and even responded a couple of times to the complaints. AND where is Karen Koslowitz and Melinda Katz, each who have also received numerous complaints from this blog on this situation.

 

HACK COUNCILMEMBER KAREN KOSLOWITZ SELLS OUT KEW GARDENS/FOREST HILLS FOR HUGE JAIL IN THE COMMUNITY

So what does long time elected hack KAREN KOSLOWITZ get out of approving plans for a huge jail to be dumped into the community of Kew Gardens/Forest Hills, which we all know, even without studies, will bring crime to the area, major traffic congestion, more loitering than the already problematic Comfort Inn Homeless Shelter (across from this proposed jail site) and a host of other quality of life issues.

As if having that problematic homeless shelter for single men was not bad enough (panhandling, loitering, public defecation, public alcohol/drug use, etc), wait till this jail gets dumped here.

Courtesy of the men from Comfort Inn Homeless Shelter on Queens Blvd

SO Karen, what are you getting out of this deal that you will sell out the community you are  supposed to represent?

REMEMBER Karen Koslowitz, come election time.

118-35 Queens Boulevard, 17th Floor
Forest Hills, NY 11375
718-544-8800 phone
718-544-4452 fax

Koslowitz@council.nyc.gov

AND let’s not forget the BIG CULPRIT in all of this, the worst Mayor in NYC history, BILL DEBLASIO, destroying good communities block by block.

In the meantime:

If you would prefer NOT to have this facility in our neighborhood, where IT DOES NOT BELONG, you can voice your opinion at a hearing to be held regarding this proposal on:

September 26, 2018, at 6:00 PM Queens Borough Hall,

120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11424.

If you are interested in reading the entire proposal for a “borough based jail system

(mysteriously, Staten Island has been left out of this), you can peruse the entire document here:

https://www.scribd.com/document/386269364/New-York-City-Borough-Based-Jail-System-Draft-Scope-of-Work-to-Prepare-a-Draft-Environmental-Impact-Statement#download&from_embed

To avoid having  property values collapse and see the crime rate in our area skyrocket, I also urge you to spread the word to our elected representatives below– WE DO NOT WANT THIS!

Community Board 9 – J. Richard Smith (Chairperson) – 718- 286-2686

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/queenscb9/index.page

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (district 28) 718-263-5595

http://nyassembly.gov/mem/Andrew-Hevesi/map/

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (district 15) – (718) 738-1111

https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/joseph-p-addabbo-jr

Queens Borough President – Melinda Katz – 718 286-3000

http://www.queensbp.org/

Mayor Bill De Blasio(212) 788-7585

https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/bio.page

Make your voice heard! This does not belong in our community!


FROM QUEENS CHRONICLE:

Kew Gardens jail plan moving ahead

Some leaders are skeptical, others are opposed to 1,510-bed proposal

    Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:30 am | Updated: 12:20 pm, Thu Aug 23, 2018.

    Kew Gardens leaders have plenty of questions when it comes to the city’s plan to redevelop the dormant Queens House of Detention at 126-02 82 Ave. into a 1,510-bed jail.

    The Mayor’s Office issued a comprehensive report last Wednesday detailing the location, size and scope of the borough-based jails proposed for Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx — sites that will serve as replacements for the facilities on Rikers Island that the city hopes to close within a decade.

    According to the documents, prisoner capacity at the redeveloped Queens House of Detention will triple compared to when it last housed inmates in 2002.

    In terms of physical size, the new complex will be nearly 2 million square feet -— quadruple that of the existing building.

    City documents show the redeveloped jail will stand up to 310 feet tall, contain a centralized infirmary and maternity ward, community space and 439 parking spaces within the facility.

    Adjacent to it will be a 676-space parking garage, which will be built atop the 302-spot municipal lot — that location opened just five months ago.

    There is no specific price tag attached to the Kew Gardens plan, but the creation of four borough-based jails is expected to be a multibillion-dollar undertaking.

    “We’re taking a big step forward in the process of closing Rikers Island and creating a modern community-based jail system that is smaller, safer and fairer,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. “Now we can move full steam ahead on the engagement and planning for our new facilities so we can close Rikers as fast as possible.”

    All four borough-based jail proposals will go through an expedited Uniform Land Use Review Procedure as one plan, and public hearings on the community board and borough president levels will happen in the coming months.

    But a number of Kew Gardens-area leaders are already taking turns criticizing what the city has put forth.

    In a Monday phone interview, Kew Gardens Civic Association President Dominick Pistone said his group is “utterly and unalterably opposed” to the “absurd” plan.

    “The scope of this is mind-blowing. It goes way beyond the notion of just reviving the House of Detention,” Pistone said. “This is way bigger than we ever thought it would be. And the fact that this came out of some sealed little circle in the Mayor’s Office with no input at all from elected officials and community groups is outrageous.”

    According to the city, a detailed traffic analysis will be conducted, while seven nearby intersections will be studied for possible changes.

    But Pistone said he already knows the answer to those surveys.

    “All this means is more congestion,” he said. “This is going to overwhelm Kew Gardens. It will worsen the congestion problem we already have and there’s no plan to address how it will impact our infrastructure.”

    Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) — whose district ends across the street from the site — was also critical, saying that while he remains open to the idea, he is against the plan as proposed.

    “I would love to close Rikers. I believe it’s outdated and the facility, for a variety of reasons, should no longer be used,” Hevesi said Wednesday. “But if you’re just exporting the problems at Rikers to other communities across the city, that’s something I have serious concerns about.”

    The Queens House of Detention itself is located within the district of Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing), who told the Chronicle on Tuesday that he has pressing questions to ask.

    “I’m happy to see the city is moving forward with common-sense reform, but a lot of questions remain unanswered, specifically how it will impact the neighborhood,” Rosenthal said. “We can’t say yes or no until we see a final plan. We’re at the beginning of this process, not the end.”

    The lawmaker added that he recently sat down with city officials to ask about potential community impacts, but was told that details still had to be finalized.

    “Their attitude was very open and they were cognizant of the concerns. They told us there’s a lot of room for change,” he said. “We’ll see how well they listen to those concerns and amend the plans.”

    Asked if the fight against the proposal had already been lost, Pistone said no, as Mayor de Blasio is term-limited in 2021 and his successor might not be inclined to support such an expensive proposal.

    “Whoever runs is going to have to face up to this,” he said. “I think [supporting the plan] will be a deal-breaker for our community, at least it will be for me.”

    State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) uttered the same sentiment in a Tuesday interview.

    “It’s interesting this is a plan that would take effect after this mayor leaves office,” said Addabbo, whose district ends across the street from the site. “The next mayor might not see things this way.”

    “If there’s an issue at Rikers, then delve into that problem,” he added. “Don’t waste money spreading the pain across the five boroughs.”

    Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) did not respond to multiple inquiries for comment by press time, but a quote in support of the plan was included in a press release issued by the Mayor’s Office last week — she called it “beneficial for the Kew Gardens community.”

    “The new facility in Kew Gardens will bring significant economic development, and provide hundreds of new parking spaces for the community,” she said. “I look forward to taking the next steps in opening community-based facilities.”

    FOREST HILLS/KEW GARDENS FOLKS: SAY NO DAMN WAY TO A JAIL PLACED IN OUR COMMUNITY WHILE OUR HACK COUNCILMEMBER KAREN KOSLOWITZ SAYS “IT IS A POTENTIAL GAIN FOR THE COMMUNITY”

    Hello People who care about their community of Forest Hills & Kew Gardens and who do not want to see it decline as we have seen what happened when the Comfort Inn was turned into a men’s homeless shelter (litter, panhandling, drinking & drug use out in public in broad daylight, public defecation and an increase in crime in the area).

    WELL, get ready for MORE CRAP ON STEROIDS and a BIG DECLINE IN QUALITY OF LIFE in our community.

    The City of New York is proposing the construction of a Queens County Prison to be located at 126-02 82nd Avenue. Right near the already problematic Comfort Inn homeless shelter.

    Our HACK ELECTED OFFICIAL, Councilmember Karen Koslowitz, whose district includes the Queens Detention Complex and municipal parking lot (where the jail will be placed), touted the plan as a potential gain for the community.

    “Closing Rikers Island and opening community-based facilities is not only beneficial for New York City’s corrections officers and incarcerated population, but also beneficial for the Kew Gardens community,” she said. “The new facility in Kew Gardens will bring significant economic development and provide hundreds of new parking spaces for the community.”

    YOUR TAX DOLLARS WASTED

    EXPLAIN, how this will bring economic development and provide parking spaces for our community. We have already seen the crap that the homeless shelter here has brought. NOW picture all that CRAP on steroids. MORE LITTER, MORE PROBLEMATIC PEOPLE HANGING AROUND OUR COMMUNITY, MORE LOITERING, MORE TRAFFIC/CONGESTION, and MORE CRIME. YOU CAN COUNT ON IT.

    So remember Koslowitz’s word come election time. Here is her contact information:

    118-35 Queens Boulevard, 17th Floor
    Forest Hills, NY 11375
    718-544-8800 phone
    718-544-4452 fax

    Koslowitz@council.nyc.gov

    If you would prefer NOT to have this facility in our neighborhood, where IT DOES NOT BELONG, you can voice your opinion at a hearing to be held regarding this proposal on:

    September 26, 2018, at 6:00 PM Queens Borough Hall,

    120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11424.

    If you are interested in reading the entire proposal for a “borough based jail system

    (mysteriously, Staten Island has been left out of this), you can peruse the entire document here:

    https://www.scribd.com/document/386269364/New-York-City-Borough-Based-Jail-System-Draft-Scope-of-Work-to-Prepare-a-Draft-Environmental-Impact-Statement#download&from_embed

    To avoid having  property values collapse and see the crime rate in our area skyrocket, I also urge you to spread the word to our elected representatives below– WE DO NOT WANT THIS!

    Community Board 9 – J. Richard Smith (Chairperson) – 718- 286-2686

    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/queenscb9/index.page

    Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (district 28) 718-263-5595

    http://nyassembly.gov/mem/Andrew-Hevesi/map/

    State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (district 15) – (718) 738-1111

    https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/joseph-p-addabbo-jr

    Queens Borough President – Melinda Katz – 718 286-3000

    http://www.queensbp.org/

    Mayor Bill De Blasio(212) 788-7585

    https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/bio.page

    Make your voice heard! This does not belong in our community!

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    From Queens Courier:

     

    Photo courtesy of NYC Department of Corrections

    Photo courtesy of NYC Department of Corrections
    The Queens Detention Center and a municipal parking lot (foreground) in Kew Gardens will be transformed into a new community-based jail under a plan Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Aug. 15.

    Seeking a safer and more community-oriented jail system to replace Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled on Wednesday plans to construct four borough-based jails over the next decade — including one in Kew Gardens.

    The proposal would redevelop the dormant Queens Detention Complex — located at 126-02 82nd Ave., adjacent to the Queens Criminal Courthouse — and the nearby municipal parking lot (which opened earlier this year) into a corrections center with space for 1,510 prisoner beds. The block of 82nd Street between 126th and 132nd streets would be demapped to allow for the facility’s development.

    Construction of this jail and three similar facilities in Brooklyn, The Bronx and Manhattan would enable the city to move forward with its controversial plan to shut Rikers Island down. However, de Blasio stressed that they would be developed in ways that aim to integrate the facilities into the surrounding neighborhoods, promoting the safety of detainees, employees and the general public.

    The Kew Gardens plan includes “support space, community facility space, 439 accessory parking spaces within the detention facility, and an adjacent above-ground parking structure providing approximately 676 public spaces,” as noted in the draft environmental impact statement released with the mayor’s announcement. The current municipal lot, which replaced a parking garage, has a little more than 300 spaces.

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    “We’re taking a big step forward in the process of closing Rikers Island and creating a modern, community-based jail system that is smaller, safer and fairer,” said de Blasio, who announced last year a roadmap to eventually shut down the island of city jails over the next decade. “Now we can move full steam ahead on engagement and planning of our new facilities so we can close Rikers as fast as possible.”

    Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, whose district includes the Queens Detention Complex and municipal parking lot, touted the plan as a potential gain for the community.

    “Closing Rikers Island and opening community-based facilities is not only beneficial for New York City’s corrections officers and incarcerated population, but also beneficial for the Kew Gardens community,” she said. “The new facility in Kew Gardens will bring significant economic development and provide hundreds of new parking spaces for the community.”

    The four proposed borough-based jails would provide a combined 6,000 beds to meet the needs of an average daily corrections population of 5,000. Currently, the city’s jail population is around 8,200, a 13 percent drop from the previous year, largely due to various criminal justice reforms implemented, such as alternative-to-bail programs and social services aimed at curbing recidivism.

    Each borough-based jail will include space “for population-specific housing requirements, such as those related to safety, security, health and mental health,” the mayor’s office noted.

    All of the plans, however, are subject to the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP). The local community board (in Kew Gardens’ case, Community Board 9), the Queens Borough President, the City Council and City Planning Commission must each hold public hearings, solicit comments and offer recommendations before final approval or denial of each plan is rendered.

    De Blasio noted that the city is also “beginning a comprehensive engagement strategy” that includes “neighborhood advisory bodies with local elected and neighborhood leaders to provide feedback on design, program, neighborhood integration and tackle a range of quality-of-life concerns within the neighborhoods where these sites will be located.”

    The city’s Department of Corrections will hold a scoping meeting regarding the draft EIS for the Kew Gardens jail at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night, Sept. 26, at Queens Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Blvd.

    In the meantime, residents can submit their feedback on the draft EIS through Oct. 15 by emailing boroughplan@doc.nyc.gov or writing to Howard Fiedler, NYC Department of Corrections, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Suite 160, East Elmhurst, NY 11370.

    MORE CRAP (LITERALLY) IN FILTHY FOREST HILLS QUEENS – HOME OF BP MELINDA KATZ & COUNCIL MEMBER KAREN KOSLOWITZ

    Forest Hills keeps on going downhill (so is the entire NYC under DicWad deBalsio), but then why shouldn’t it, with a huge homeless shelter on Queens Blvd at the Comfort Inn, where the zombie homeless drink out in public, loiter, make noise, panhandle, bother people and use the Austin Street Underpass Walkway as a open air toilet (see pics below). AND this is the home of the two major hacks, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (a position that is a big waste of tax payers money since this is just a figure head position) and city council member Karen Koslowitz. Do either of them actually walk around their community?

    So let’s take a look at the Austin St. Underpass Walkway, which after months of complaints had the graffiti finally removed only for it to reappear along with garbage and human excrement (CRAP), plus out of control weeds on a public sidewalk right along with garbage dumping. Photos don’t lie about the FILTH OF FOREST HILLS.