Bad Omens in Briarwood
Jun 19, 2014 | 562 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

I am writing to discourage any prospective renters or co-op purchasers to consider Briarwood in view of several detrimental issues.

Firstly, a Briarwood bodega has been the retail site of street drugs for the last 20 years right under the nose of the Briarwood Community Association domiciled one block away.

Secondly, a Briarwood liquor store, under new ownership, has expanded hours and is open seven days a week for convenient sales to intoxicated persons who loiter, harass, and menace pedestrians on 84th Drive.

Thirdly, Briarwood is devastated by infrastructure problems, with ongoing construction ad infinitum. High-pressure gas lines, sewers, and now water mains have resulted in traffic and parking problems, service shutoffs, and air and noise pollution from dawn to dusk.

The Kew Gardens Interchange Project at the Van Wyck Expressway and Queens Boulevard is another ongoing boondoggle, which has resulted in the ecological devastation of hundreds of trees, no sidewalks, a long and unsafe E/F subway line detour, and dangerous pedestrian and vehicular conditions with no traffic lights at the congested intersection of Queens Blvd. and the Van Wyck south service road.

The shopping is limited to a small strip of stores, generally old, dirty, and pricey, with limited parking in the entire neighborhood. The public schools are overcrowded, and a dangerous situation of pit bulls in a house yard exists a block away from two schools, P.S. 117 and 217.

And finally, market-rate rents here are as high as Rego Park and Forest Hills for no amenities, only inconveniences, crime, and blight.

Bad omens and Briarwood are good company.

Joseph N. Manago


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