From the Queens Courier:
Parking is never easy to find in New York, especially on a busy one-way street like Skillman Avenue, which is a path to the Queensboro Bridge. However, one local group wants to take away parking spots in the name of public safety – and business owners are not happy about it.
“Parking spots are at a premium here,” said Gary O’Neill, the owner of Aubergine Café at 49-22 Skillman Avenue, who noted that more than 30 percent of his customers come from outside the neighborhood. “They help little stores thrive, as opposed to big companies with parking lots.”
After consulting with Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group, Safer Skillman proposed sacrificing three parking spaces at the corners of Skillman and 51st and 52nd Streets, so that there would be better visibility for drivers turning onto the Avenue.
However, for business owners like Tunney, the solution is enforcing traffic laws – not taking away parking spaces.