Monday marks three years since the death of Eric Garner, and the park near where he was killed was thrust into the spotlight because of a surge in quality of life complaints there that many believe led police to try to arrest him the day he died. But has anything changed in the park in the three years since his death? Staten Island reporter Amanda Farinacci went to find out.

On a rainy afternoon at Tompkinsville Park recently, just a handful of people lingered inside. It was a quiet day at a park that's become notorious for quality of life complaints like public intoxication.

"If you come here to the park, you'll see a lot of drinking.  Especially if the weather's hot," said one resident.

But residents say it's what you don't see that's the real problem -- drug dealing they say happens all the time, and has led one business owner to protest publicly.

"Please don't sell heroin on this stoop" a spray-painted sign reads on the front door of an apartment building.

"This park is infested. It literally is infested," said one resident.

A second sign on a metal gate reads "This block has been overrun with criminals, violence and addicts. We are slowly being choked and we can't breathe."

"We can't breathe" is a clear reference to the incident that first thrust Tompkinsville Park into the spotlight three years ago Monday.

"I can't breathe " were the last words of 43-year-old Eric Garner.

The father of six died of a chokehold at the hands of police, drawn to the park because of a surge in quality of life complaints.

His death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner but a grand jury decided not to indict the officer.

The Justice Department is still mulling whether to press civil rights charges.

A memorial in Garner's honor still sits at the spot where he died.

"It's sad; really sad situation," said one resident.

Despite conceding that they have at times noticed an increased police presence here in the park, most residents we spoke with say passing through here makes them feel unsafe.

"People get in fights; people pass out; people get, there's a lot of problems on this block," said one resident.

"Very unsafe. You never know if they're gonna pull out a gun," said another resident.

Since Garner's death, a police officer has been assigned to the park, though NY1 didn't see one on our recent visit.

The NYPD says through July 14 of this year there have been 54 non-major crimes in the park.

Thirty-four arrests have been made and 85 criminal court summonses have been issued.