There was standing room only at Monday’s meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance held in the community room of the Dorchester Co-op, as residents voiced their concerns about a myriad of issues in the community.
Alliance president Joann Ariola discussed the recent vandalism and graffiti in the area and thanked Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Dr. Anthony Napolitano for their efforts in getting the graffiti on the Lindenwood Medical Arts Center building cleaned up.
At the meeting, Ulrich discussed his graffiti removal program and announced the recent ribbon cutting of a new science lab at PS 232, which he had funded.
Ariola told the audience that Laura — the homeless woman who has drawn concern by making her home with her clothes-filled cart on Cross Bay Boulevard near 156th Avenue — was still walking the streets during the day and sleeping there at night.
She said that combined efforts by Ulrich’s office, Mayor Bloomberg’s office, the Department of Homeless Services, the 106th Precinct Community Council and Community Board 10 have been made to find a safe haven for Laura.
“It’s not as easy as one would think,” said Ariola, adding, “Laura needs help and she needs a safe place to go.”
Ariola said she has received numerous complaints from residents about drivers ignoring the newly painted markings in the Lindenwood Shopping Center. She said people are parking in the fire zone and going against the painted arrows when they enter and leave the shopping center parking lot.
Double- and triple-parking by parents at PS 232 was also a concern expressed by several residents at the meeting.
David Postrion of Lindenwood said that he is concerned for the safety of PS 232’s 1,064 students in the morning, when their parents drop them off, and at dismissal time when parents double- and triple-park and their children run into the street to get to their cars.
“This problem has been going on for too long, this is a very serious problem,” said Postrion.
A resident brought to the Alliance’s attention 149th Avenue between 79th and 88th streets, which he said was a raceway because the avenue has no stop signs on that entire stretch.
Ariola reported that the dangerous three-way intersection at 88th Street and 153rd Avenue received the attention of a multi-agency group on Monday afternoon including representatives of the Mayor’s Office, the city Department of Transportation and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway), to see how the intersection could be made safer. Goldfeder told the audience that the triangle continues to be a problem but he added that the multi-agency site inspection in the afternoon was a good step forward.
“We’re making progress,” he said.
In a recent news release regarding the corner, Goldfeder said the painted triangle and signage that are presently directing traffic are difficult to follow and often unnoticed by drivers. Motorists frequently turn into the wrong lanes or ignore directional indicators entirely, passing over crosswalks and the right-of-way from other lanes, he said.
Claudia Filomena, Queens director, of the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit, told the group that the DOT will do a traffic safety study of the entire Lindenwood area.
Filomena said the agency will also be looking into painting a crosswalk and getting a crossing guard at the triangle.
The next meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance will be held on Monday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach.