Monday, May 2, 2016

Monster house blighting neighborhood

MONSTER HOUSE at 233 street and 130th Ave on the border of Laurelton and Rosedale, has haunted this Queens neighborhood since 2008.
Now this MONSTER HOUSE has given birth to a GARBAGE DUMP and a JUNK YARD.
The Queens Borough Commissioner has refused to do anything outside of the stop work order placed on the MONSTER HOUSE in 2009.
This blight has plagued this neighborhood for over EIGHT (8) YEARS.

Developers target Elmhurst's 56th Avenue

Remember the QUEENS CRAP story on the suspicious fire at the Elmhurst historic house at 90-11 56th Ave back in October, 2015? It was only purchased recently. A few months later, there was a suspicious fire. The Elmhurst community is currently trying to landmark it and is petitioning Queens Borough President Melinda Katz to assist.

This property as well as the 2 adjacent houses were purchased by LLC developers. It’s funny that one of these other houses also caught on fire too. Now the 3 properties have been filed with the NYC Department of Buildings to split them into 5 lots!

Here’s what the original 3 homes looked like:
Here’s what they look like today after the fires and the start of demolition of one of the house.

Holy cow, what a coincidence! And after Melinda Katz put in all that preservation work! (end sarcasm)

Contractor uses forklift to move car

From the NY Post:

Here’s the shocking moment a construction crew hoisted a Williamsburg family’s SUV off the street to make room for work on a luxury building site.

Contractors for Two Trees Management used a forklift to uproot the 2004 Infiniti while working on the $2 billion redevelopment of the former Domino Sugar Refinery.

The family, which has lived one block east of the historic Domino site for more than 30 years, found the SUV deposited on the curb Friday afternoon.

Henry’s father, Thomas Nahrwold, 61, had legally parked it in front of 27 South Third Street that morning.

A local auto repairman estimated it would cost at least $2,600 to fix the damages, which included a disfigured bumper, smashed undercarriage and impaired steering alignment.

The family learned who was responsible only because a neighbor recorded the act on a cellphone.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cuomo aide under investigation

From the Daily News:

Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Cuomo now under federal investigation, might have pocketed as much as six figures from entities with business before the state, the Daily News has learned.

"It was a significant amount of money," said one source familiar with the situation. "It was not the $4 million (disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver) took, but it is at least tens of thousands and could be upwards of $100,000, if not more."

The payments officials know about occurred while Percoco was on leave from the state in 2014 to serve as Cuomo's campaign manager, the source said.

But those close to the situation aren't ruling out the possibility there might have been more outside payments once he went back to work as Cuomo's $169,000-a-year executive deputy secretary.

"You just don't know," the source said.

Elderly lady ticketed for non-hazardous sidewalk

From CBS 2:

An elderly homeowner in the Bronx has been ordered to fix her sidewalks due in part to a tripping hazard.

But as CBS2’s Raegan Medgie reported, the woman is confused – and wants to know why she is the one responsible.

Rosa DeBartolo has lived in her Throggs Neck home for 43 years. In March, she received a violation notice from the Department of Transportation reading, “The sidewalk has the following defects: broken, trip hazard, patchwork.”

DeBartolo called 311 for a second opinion, when another DOT inspector issued her even more violations.

According to the city DOT, property owners are responsible for fixing sidewalks next to their properties. Blue chalk marks were placed on DeBartolo’s sidewalk show where repairs are needed.

But the question DeBartolo had was, where’s the damage?

Slashing incidents on the rise

From NBC 4:

Slashings and stabbings are up more than 20 percent in 2016, according to NYPD figures.

There had been 1,325 slashings and stabbings in 2016 through Sunday, compared with 1,088 over the same period in 2015. That represents a 21.78-percent increase in the category of the violent crime, which has been the focus of intense scrutiny by both the media and NYPD brass.

Subway crime, likewise, is up this year. There were 719 crimes on the city's subway system through Sunday, according to the NYPD. That's up more than 6 percent from 2015, which saw 674 crimes on the mass transit system over the same period.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Abandoned corner house becomes a problem

Even the "nice" areas have problems with abandoned/vacant houses - this is on the corner of Union Turnpike and Commonwealth Blvd.

If you drive past it now, the front door is bent down and the front door is wide open. Since it's right next to both Creedmoor and the school complex on former Creedmoor land, I wonder if any kids hang out inside; or if squatters are living there. It's a disaster waiting to happen.

BTW, found a complaint made about it on 7/15/2015.


Bag tax coming soon

From Crains:

On Thursday, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito backed an effort to reduce plastic bag use and waste.

Councilman Brad Lander, D-Brooklyn, championed the legislation, which will charge a nickel for each plastic or paper bag New Yorkers use at supermarkets and shops. The fee is meant to encourage shoppers to bring reusable bags to stores instead of taking plastic ones.

The city spends more than $12 million a year dumping 91,000 pounds of plastic bags in landfills, according to the council. Lander had already amassed majority support for the bill, but it could be the tightest vote of the council's legislative season, he told Crain's.

Opponents of the bill say its yet another tax on city residents and burdens the poor. The proposed fee was reduced to 5 cents from 10 cents to address such concerns.

Mark-Viverito's support for the bill guarantees its passage next week by the City Council.

Christine Quinn wants more shelters

From the Daily News:

The number of families living in the city’s shelter system is now at record levels, with 12,302 parents and kids calling a city shelter home.

The city quietly reached the sad milestone Wednesday, according to stats from the Department of Homeless Services.

The previous high was in December 2014, when an average of 12,281 families a night slept in shelters.

Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is now president of the non-profit homeless advocacy group Women in Need, said the “troubling” surge showed the need for more shelters.

“The problem is growing and therefore the capacity of the system as it exists today is not sufficient,” she said.

(Women in Need runs shelters throughout the city.) The mayor is doing a bang up job on this issue, as usual.