2008-08-08 / Letters

Rude Neighbors

Dear Editor,

I live on Beach 120 Street. I am an owner on this block. I live my life with this in mind, "do unto others as you would have done unto you." The people who own property on this block are quiet. They are proud of their investments and we all do our best to make our block a nice place to live. However, the owners on the block are being overrun by obnoxious and rude renters.

The renters do not care about Beach 120 Street, they all have dogs and several of the renters believe it's just fine to walk their dogs without a leash and permit dogs to pee and poop anywhere they please and "never" pick up after their dogs even on the beach. Some of the dogs are pit bulls and I have witnessed a woman just trying to walk down the street being threatened by the owner of the pit bull who stated, "She should let the dog go." This is just not right. How can you live on your block in fear?

The renters who reside at 135 Beach 120 Street are awful, rude, threatening, and just evil. This house is owned by Hakin Mohammed, a local businessman who coincidently owns the bagel store on Beach 129 Street. Many people from Beach 120 Street have gone into his store to complain about this house to Mr. Mohammed and nothing ever gets resolved.

Mr. Mohammed's renters throw parties with loudspeakers and threaten the neighbors. Their trash is always all over the front of the house and they never clean it up. Several calls to the police department over the last weekend were made when one of their loud parties got out of hand. In addition, that same night at 4:00 in the morning the fire department had to be called because another tenant was openly burning wood in the backyard, this was not the first time for the fire starter. The fire department had to come and actually put out the fire because this renter was putting the house he lived in in danger as well as other homes due to the massive flames and smoke. FYI, the house has outstanding violations and fines and no updated Certificate of Occupancy.

We also have a house on our block that is abandoned; it has all the city markings for demolition, but has yet to be knocked down. The owners to the left and right of this eyesore have begun to decorate the home so that is doesn't look so band. The only thing that will make it look better is to knock it down.

In addition to putting my beef in your newspaper, I would like to know if there is a Community Group like the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association for Rockaway Park that would be able to assist us. I'd appreciate the feedback. Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.

JOANN T. SIMONELLI

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