"On 20th Avenue, between the river and 31st St is perhaps the only real hill in Astoria. There are a few shorter climbs (14th Street, from the south park drive to Astoria Blvd, and 8th Street from the projects up to Astoria Blvd).
"This, like the squeegee men, happens whenever the economy goes bad and people get desperate for money.
Report it to 311. Odds are nothing will get done on your complaint, but if enough people complain, the cops will station a car at the 32nd Street…"