Friday, June 22, 2007

Beautifying New Jerusalem

New lawn sprinkler installation and horticulture beautification at New Jerusalem Baptist Church today, located on Baisley Blvd. and Smith Street. Thanks for taking care of "God's property!"

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Observation: A Real Estate Prediction

HAPPY SUMMER to all! Enjoy what summer has to give in our neighborhood. Don't forget to check out Baisley Pond Park. It's wildlife in your backyard.

Here's a house on the corner of 129 Ave and 160 St. that's for sale and needs some TLC. PREDICTION: By this time next year, this house will be totally renovated and refurbished into a Southeast Queens "McMansion."

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

South Jamaica's Playhouse: The Black Spectrum Theatre

This summer, there's SO much happening at The Black Spectrum Theatre at Roy Wilkins Park, including the shows above, youth summer camp and their traveling mobile stage. Check out their very informative website, filled with clips and pics.

"Founded in 1970, Black Spectrum Theatre Company produces and presents theatre, films, and videos examining issues of concern to the African-American community, particularly African-American youth. At our 325-seat state-of-art theatre, we serve more than 20,000 audience members annually. We reach many thousands more through our nationally distributed social issue video series and fours and workshops for underserved communities. Black Spectrum is the only professional theatre company reaching out to people of African descent in Queens NY. We serve the large African-American, Caribbean-American, and Latino populations of Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, and Laurelton, and diverse audiences throughout the country."

Friday, June 15, 2007

What's That Smell?

Cheers to the Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins store located on the corner of Guy R. Brewer and 140 Avenue, only because it’s an alternative to the usual bodega or 99 cent discount store. But JEERS to the dumpsters located on the side of the store. Two large dumpsters without lids take up about two or three parking spots, usually overflowing with garbage and debris. On top of that, the dumpsters encourage others to dump their garbage AROUND the bin. Sometimes you can smell a nasty odor during the evenings. Enough for anyone to lose their appetite. You’ll even catch an employee or two taking a break within inches of the dumpsters. Real classy. If you buy your coffee and donuts from here, please let us know how good it is.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Same Trouble on West Outer Drive is Happening Here

You're probably wondering where West Outer Drive is. You're also probably wondering what the trouble is, too. West Outer Drive is a street in Detroit in which several hard working, middle-class Black homeowners are in jeporady of losing their home due to subprime mortgages. Check out this article from The Wall Street Journal:
The article focuses on the 5100 block of West Outer Drive. On this block alone, seven families are struggling to pay their mortgage or risk getting evicted. You'll see pictures of the beautiful Colonial brick homes on the interactive map and you'll read their heartbreaking stories. Some of us can relate. South Jamaica and Southeast Queens is facing the same exact problem. We see new homes built from scratch in just a matter of weeks. We see one family ranch-style or bungalow homes that are turned into "Southeast Queens McMansions."

It's great to see such a great change. We're striving for the American dream to own a home. But at what price?

Thursday, June 7, 2007

The JFK Terror Plot: What's Your Opinion?

A few days have passed since the JFK terror plot news was released, accusing four men of Guyanese and Trinidadian descent. Southside has a decent Guyanese and Trini population. What's your reaction. Also, anyone considered that parts of south South Jamaica is only a mile or so away from the airport's epicenter? What are people saying on your block? Shock? Anger? Concern? What are your thoughts? We'd like to know.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Flip This House! Corner Cape

This large Cape Cod corner property beauty has so much potential and is in desperate need of a makeover. A plus that the owner keeps the lawn mowed. When it's not, the house looks totally abandonded.

(134th Avenue and 156th Street)