This space-age-style diner, which was renovated in 1965 and is most famous for being a location in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 movie “Goodfellas,” has been a favorite of local and long-haul truck drivers, some of whom have been stopping by since the 1940s. The 1997 and 1998 editions of the Guide to America’s Best Truck Stop Diners, a handbook published by Vivarin, a maker of caffeine pills, ranked it the nation’s second-best diner for truckers.
Lately, though, many drivers have been avoiding the diner because of an uptick in parking tickets on nearby streets.
At the urging of community groups, the city’s Department of Transportation and the New York Police Department have increased their efforts to enforce truck laws in recent years. The Transportation Department has installed thousands of signs and held community meetings about truck traffic. The Police Department deploys a special truck enforcement unit to problem areas.
Smokey and the Truckers
The community groups want the trucks off residential streets, not Rust Street...