NEVER DOUBT THE POWER OF THE WRITTEN WORD!!!
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THOSE NAZIS OVER AT NYCHA (NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY) ???
"The richest country in the world"...this is what 'they' like to say. Well, you tell me why in a country that is so powerful, free and rich that people are subjected to 3rd world conditions so filthy that one morning while going to work, I am in a decent mood and looking forward to a normal day for normal human beings. As the low standard elevators (that you can tell the budget for went to more plasma TV's for 250 Broadway) creaked their way upstairs and decided to stop after skipping my floor (in the double digits) 2 times. I had the sole disgusting experience of having to witness two little schoolgirls (no more than 10 and 8) and their hardworking dad plastered against the wall with feet parallel as if they were walking a ledge. WHY???
BECAUSE THE ELEVATOR WAS COVERED NEARLY WALL TO WALL WITH HUMAN URINE!!!
AND THE MAYOR AND NEW YORK CITY HOUSING DOES. NOT. CARE.
Yes, human urine. Often human feces. Not a dog. Not a child's silliness, but the ignorant actions of an adult who either doesn't care about themselves, their surroundings or one of the many DRUG SCOURGES that linger the halls any hour of the morning seeking the brief interaction of the many embedded crack dealers that the management ignores as long as the rent is paid. People wonder why 'Project Kids' are so often abrasive and 'built for jail or drugs' as people assume. Instead of picking flowers or buying a bag of candy to snack on in class, these 2 children had to begin their morning with a fresh puddle of alcoholic piss, because you could still smell the warm aroma or cheap yeast and barley in the air. Can a healthy child arise from this? OF COURSE! And many will, but think many that this type of environment will wear down. Often, an individual raised in a unhealthy environment is able to rise above and escape, but then you have your PRODUCTS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, which is is what they call it. Well then I ask you reader what type of environment will this more than likely make when the sun and this is what you see:
OR BEGINNING YOUR GREAT DAY LIKE THIS...EVERYDAY!
OR HOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE GRABBING A CUP 'O' JOE HEADING TO THE CAMPUS...
The garbage is often so terrible and on a DAILY basis that huge RAT holes are scattered along the front grassy areas of the buildings. If you get lucky you will actually see the bags flapping around while a family of Chihuahua sized rats scurries thru the freshly dumped dinner scraps of some inconcerned tenant.
Yeah, I though so. You might be asking "WHY DON'T THEY CALL MANAGEMENT?"
Answer: TO NO AVAIL!
Question: "Well, why don't the people take better care of their surroundings?"
A: WELL, to some this is a "good neighborhood (and get this) to raise kids".
Q: Have you called the NYCHA BURROUGH MANAGEMENT office and have them evict the tenants who violate?
A: Not only have me and my associates contacted and remain in contact with Burrough Management, but we have sent them endless photos and invites to come and witness the GENTRIFICATION of the Marble Hill area, which is being prepared to be sandwiched between 2 malls (one of which is already aside the Manhattan/Bronx bridge on 225th street.
Q: Have you contacted city councilman MIGUEL MARTINEZ office or ESPILLAT?
A: Of course. Numerous times. They write your number, promise to call you back and you don't hear from them until election time when they get endorsements from everyone ranging from the local church to the local 'street entrepreneurs' they are paid to turn their backs on.
The scariest part is that this is one lone neighborhood, but it is one grain of sand amongst the many that NYCHA ignores and allows these projects (which by definition is chilling) to turn into NEW JACK CITY proportions regarding the fictional CARTER which was a beautiful building taken over by a murderous drug cartel. The projects, once a haven for young working couples just stumbling into the world to save a little money to move to greener pastures while enjoying moderate conveniences such as milkmen who actually had the top layer of cream in the glass bottled whole milk. A Woolworth, various supermarkets, 2 major intersections, a subway and a fully functioning milk plant in the form of Country Delite right alongside Deegan Expressway for all your dairy products and various juices. Clean, decorated hallways with mirrors and carpet (on occasion), holiday decoration adorning the walls and the sounds of happy children raising into your window. Yes, that was the 70's. The small pleasantries that we take advantage of now a vague memory after over 25+ years of the arrival of crack cocaine and nearly 30 years since most of the Jewish and Irish population headed for higher ground in pricey (yet so so near) Riverdale section of the Bronx or upstate and away from the heavy inflow of non-working Blacks and Latinos entering the neighborhood. Are all housing residents on public assistance non-caring or negligent? NOT AT ALL. But as many of us learn with our first car or apt that "WHAT YOU PAY FOR...YOU CARE A LITTLE MORE FOR".
Back to the matter at hand...NYCHA and its aging, prehistoric policy and its blatant third world neglect that it is running right in the bowels of this grand city while our Government is concerned with Iraq. The very arteries and life of this city, our kids, are being mentally distracted with the daily task of avoiding the allure of street entrepreneurial ambitions due to lack or good parenting and a healthy environment, or little girls bored and ready for sex due to boredom or our elderly who are afraid to walk the halls due to the frequent scattering of drug abusers traffic in the stairways and hallways. Do we want them to lock up the young Latino and Black (and very few White) children that choose the 'easy' dollar? NO, but WE WANT a mandated deterrent in place for drug violators as well as funding for a drug program and job program for addicts and potential dealers alike. WE WANT some of these apartments that are built for 4-5 people and housing 14 people emptied because the majority of multiple flammable mattresses and kitchen garbage dumped in from of the building is that of illegal tenants with mail in the garbage from burroughs away. WE WANT the commissioning of THE LOWEST BIDDERS to cease immediately in regards to construction contractors and elevators (which are broken EVERY day) that often leave our elderly and handicapped in a cold lobby stranded for hours. WE WANT gracious and respectful individuals in management who do NOT feel like they are doing us a favor rather than THEIR DAMN JOB. Lastly, WE WANT a police force comprised primarily of Latinos and Blacks who actually care about the decent citizens who are merely trying to raise a family. Not these beer bullies who will mysteriously jump over a crack transaction to arrest a pot smoker. Makes you wonder who REALLY works with the police and are the real snitches, but thats another story...
ALL NYCHA IS GOOD FOR IS COLLECTION RENT, COUNTING AIR CONDITIONERS AND EVICTING POT SMOKERS. WE NEED A NEW DAY AND A NEW AGENDA FOR NYCHA IF WE HAVE TO BRING THEM IN DRAGGING AND SCREAMING! DON'T DOUBT THE POWER OF THE WRITTEN WORD.
Lets go people...