It’s hard to believe, but just a few months ago this house at 88-18 Burdette Place in Jamaica was overrun with homeless squatters, drug addicts and prostitutes.
But thanks to the efforts of area activist Amy Anderson, who alerted the Queens Chronicle to the story prompting extensive coverage, the city forced Wells Fargo bank, the owner at the time, to clean up the mess.
The property has since been sold to a new owner, Jhuma Fahmida, whom Anderson says also owns the attached dwelling. The house now has a pristine sidewalk replacing the dirt walkway that once was and an iron security gate to keep away trespassers. Fahmida could not be reached for comment.
— AnnMarie Costella