When the Chinese-owned multi-ethnic grocery store, New York Mart, began attracting droves of customers shortly after opening last month, complaints poured in about the lack of available parking. Its owners thought they had the problem beat with the creation of a new parking lot, but that measure, in turn, has sparked a new round of outrage among nearby residents upset over the removal of trees and what they describe as poor maintenance.
Parking woes dog Little Neck market
"This is terrible. The entire block is up in arms," protested Shelly McKeever, a 30-year-resident of Deepdale Gardens on 56th Avenue, located behind New York Mart and other stores along the Horace Harding Expressway strip.
For her part, McKeever rattled off a host of complaints about problems associated with the tree removal as well as the property manager's overall performance: the smell of fish, dumpster leakage, car fumes, light shining from parking lot lamps, and honking as people fight over space.
Community Board 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld said her office has fielded a number of complaints from Deepdale residents. Addressing their concerns, she spoke with the property owner, Musso Properties after sending them a letter from the board reflecting worries over fumes, rodents and harsh lighting.
...a company official told her 22 new parking spaces would be created as the current retaining wall comes down. A new wall will be erected when the project is completed in an estimated four or five weeks ---roughly coinciding with the completion of a new multi-ethnic restaurant right next to the grocery store, run by the same owners.