Maspeth






so stupid don't they realize the banks have cameras?







I can almost promise you that this is not being done by responsible Maspeth adults that represent the spirit of the people of our Queens area. This is being done by media watching, misguided, attention hungry idiots with too much time on their hands and a lack of any real social education. This is being done by someone or a group of people who wants to bring the wrong type of attention to our neighborhood so they can then point fingers and say, "see, I told you so." I can almost guarantee this is not being done by people who responsibly exercised their right and their duty to vote and actually went and voted for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or whomever else they supported. I can bet my house that this is not being done by people who get involved in making their community better through any type of community organization. This is being done by people who get off on seeing their actions in the news, and the media is giving them exactly what they want. Let's focus more on the many volunteers from community organizations like the Glendale Kiwanis Club, other members of the numerous Kiwanis Queens West Division clubs, local NYPD precincts, local FDNY fire houses, the local property owner associations, the members of GCOP, local Boy Scout troops, the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, local church groups, the civic associations, volunteers and even some of our local politicians, all who come together to give of their time and organize clean-up efforts to deal with this type of garbage before it becomes news. You see, the moment it becomes news it gives the rest of the attention hungry copy cats a reason to jump on the band wagon and start spreading this type of hateful message. I can almost guarantee that the people who are putting these things up in our Queens neighborhoods didn't just skip voting, but also belong to no real group that truly represents the individuals that make up Queens. So here's my suggestion on how to deal with these idiots. Please reach out to our community groups and do a HUGE feature on the things we do to bring the community together. Let's stop giving this much importance to the few incidents of random graffiti that are purposely put up to divide us. The people of Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Woodhaven, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hills and all the other Queens neighborhoods I frequent on a regular basis do not support this type of hate, nor is this a representation of the philosophy of the residents of these neighborhoods. As Realtors selling Queens real estate, we become a part of the neighborhoods and the people we service. Most neighborhoods are comprised of good people who are inclusive, tolerant, patriotic and community minded. This vandalism is the work of people who are outsiders in their way of thinking and should not be given the time of day by anyone who does not want to see any more separation of the great and diverse people of New York. I love New York City's boroughs. I love the diversity of the people that make up my great city. The hate mongers will continue to try to divide us. It is up to us to put emphasis on all the things that bring us together.















Pedro, Actually the New York & Atlantic Railway has a much worse accident record than other railroads in its class. Newsday recently reported that since 2007 NYAR had 43 accidents/incidents compared to an average of 15 accidents/incidents for railroads in its class. Its accident/incident record is much worse than LIRR's own safety record. The Federal Railroad Administration's safety investigation of NYAR discovered that NYAR's practice was operating freight trains with unqualified crew. NYAR is a closely held private company. NYAR owns almost nothing -- a couple of Maintenance of Way trucks, their office equipment, one locomotive. NYAR wouldn't exist without their use of a public railroad and public subsidies. Public subsidies NYAR receives include new locomotives purchased with state funding, and millions in new infrastructure that is only used by NYAR. NYAR abused the public trust, broke federal law, cut corners, put public safety at risk to make more money for their two owners. NYAR's owners hide behind their money and connections and pay a lobbyist to talk to the press. You look at the repair NYAR made at Metropolitan Ave. and it's a cheap asphalt repair. For years NYAR didn't even do regular maintenance, damaging vehicles that had to use their crossings -- until the FRA had NYAR under the microscope and the railroad was concerned about renewing the Transfer Agreement. MTA and LIRR need to find another operator or operate their own freight railroad, as they did in the past.


Like any other commuter rail or freight operator across the northeast, I am not generally surprised there.













Sounds like the issue is not the bioswale but the sidewalk. There's been a lot of talk of allowing homeowners to opt out of trees and bioswales, but that's a terrible idea. How could any municipality ever get any project done on public property if people whose property abuts that land could stop it? The real issue is that the city owns the curbside land and trees, fines you if you prune the tree or plant something unauthorized, and in every way except one claims ownership of that land and those trees. The exception is that they refuse responsibility for damage created by their trees. So let's fight the right battle: trees and bioswales are good for all of us, and we must allow public works projects to go forward. But the city can't claim all the rights but deny the responsibility.










Thanks Joe. I appreciate the perspective. I'm sorry this has affected your life so seriously. You seem angry.

GIVE IT A REST LEAH, with your comments, about "giving them a break". I am sure they have had plenty of breaks throughout their lives, so please. Also if you care so much about the plight of these men and other homeless in NYC, you should be criticizing the Mayor and Department of Homeless Service for warehousing human beings in hotel rooms, which it ILLEGAL. Hotel rooms do not have kitchens and hotels cannot provide the proper service for this group of people. Also as one who lives in a community wit over 20 shelters, I see what these men "getting a break". They loiter in on the sidewalks in front of shelters all day long, making noise and causing other problems in the community. Communities and especially communities of color are tired of having these poorly run shelters with poor security dumped into their communities making quality of life issues, which are not so great to begin with, even worse.

What is wrong with these people protesting these men getting a break. We should be asking how we can help them rebuild their lives. They have a job, they're off the streets. God bless them! Show them some neighborly love and help them! What can we do?



First it's the bad safety record for MTA Metro-North Railroad, then the commuter rail division for New Jersey Transit, and finally the MTA Limg Island Railroad and it's colleague, the New York and Atlantic Railway? That is the norm for these railway industries, especially among others across the northeast.

So a FOIA request to see all the crossings FRA has inspected in the country results would show? This didn't happen overnight so where are the state and Federal inspectors sleeping? What doesn't make sense is all the crossings before and after are LIRR and this one just happens to be New York and Atlantic Railway because? I'd say with 21 other collisions there with speeds over 20 mph someone is covering LIRR poor safety record. Some of their findings is spending tax-payer funds on private railroad property which is a naughty-naughty shame-shame in the Constitution. So is the engineer sitting on a island somewhere on the railroads nickle or laying under a train during the cover up?

The real question is where is the place to put the homeless ?





Same problem at the Metropolitan Avenue crossing in 2004. It is ironic that these city railroad crossings are the worse places to cross in NYC.













Time for a shake up. Markey couldn't expect to keep getting re-elected and doing nothing. These politicians can't think they can keep getting paid and not even show up to a meeting. I even received a postcard to my home thanking me for nominating her !! do your homework, I didn't sign anything to put you on the ballot. Congrants to Brian Barnwell. The other one that needs a shake up is Crowley.

Maybe, just maybe, voters are fed up with the status quo, and with the politicians not listening to them, that they're going to start throwing ALL of the incumbents out, even the better ones, out of abject frustration with a failing system at all levels.













Vote for Brian Barnwell! Look him up. He would be an excellent replacement to send to Albany!

The AWFUL system of this city and administration in their dealing with the homeless such as warehousing them in sub-par places, hotel rooms, shelters without the proper security, sticking people from the Bronx all the way out in Jamaica Queens, shows just how little they care. YET when hard-working residents who do not want to see their communities go down the tubes, quality of life issue rise and property values go down because of constant dumping of sub-par homeless shelters, they are then called racists or have no heart. BUT is is the city and this administration who are racists and have no heart the way they are handing this situation while making BIG MONEY off of this. ALSO NYC should NOT be a "right to shelter" city, which then allows people from other states to come here with no money, no job and then the city has to house them courtesy of us tax payers.

Your article didn't mention her parting comment to her constituents that we deserve the shelter after how we treated her.






Why doesn't QNS.COM do their own reporting and stop piggy backing off of Queenscrap.com? Because you're beholden to the very people you report on...thin Lizzy and Yabba Dabba Addabo.





Congratulations to maspeth community. Great example of Solidarity. Our neighborhood in ozone park is starting to organize as well as we too as against a proposal for a homeless shelter here as well. We plan on letting our voices be heard and homeless shelters will not be welcomed here in ozone park. Keep fighting and stay strong

The de Blasio administration says the shelters are needed because the city is required by law to shelter anyone who asked for it, and the number of those asking for it has risen dramatically in recent years due to lack of affordable housing, domestic violence issues and a heroin and opioid epidemic in places like Staten Island, northeast Queens and Long Island. THEN stick them in Staten Island, northeast Queens and Long Island. QUEENS has been a dumping ground for all kind of crap. Funny, you don't hear Queens Borough President Katz saying one word about this. I mean where is she, MIA, as she is with ALL quality of life issues in Queens, the 3rd world borough, which is what it has turned into, a major third world country with the garbage to prove it.





Robert Pozarycki, so what say ye now? http://queenscrap.blogspot.com/2016/08/part-of-secret-maspeth-shelter-meeting.html You apparently let the wolves do the reporting in your house... QNS, --you are a joke of a paper. Oh and BTW, I posted a comment 2 days ago and u removed it...I'll screenshot this one to confirm it's existence, just in case.




By the way Queens Courier, why aren't you focusing on these corrupt and inept elected officials who steal, cheat and lie while completely ignoring constituents complaints. I should know, for years with my blog Clean Up Jamaica Queens, none of Jamaica's elected officials responded to mine and other residents constant complaints from illegal truck driving to illegal garbage dumping and everything in between. Wish you would question these political hacks as opposed to a blog that actually shows the nonsense that goes on in this borough and the hacks that have ruined it.

"Anyone familiar with Queens Crap knows that the site, with its webmaster and many of its commenters cloaked by anonymity, treats many elected officials and the local press with contempt. In the past, they’ve hammered officials such as Crowley for supporting development projects they find to be harmful to Queens." AND anyone familiar with most of the political hacks of Queens and especially SE Queens, where most are inept and crooked, SHOULD treat these hacks with contempt. Many are corrupt (one only needs to look up these public facts), could care less about constituents (constantly ignoring people's complaints) are a a BIG detriment to Queens. Sure Queens Courier, use Queens Crap as a scapegoat to take away from the REAL Problem, inept and crooked elected officials.






How do you decide who the 10 bars are to watch?




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