From the Queens Gazette:
City Councilmember Helen Sears wants to make the quality of life for her fellow Jackson Heights residents as pleasant as possible. One way to achieve this goal, she says, is to create an area totally free of food vendors whose carts now crowd sidewalks and generally block access to streets.
Sears (D- Jackson Heights) says she is "fighting for the day when our neighbors can walk freely down streets free from pushcarts and refuse in a zone that will prevent vendors blocking streets and overcrowding sidewalks".
"If Mexico City can do this, so can we," the lawmaker declared, referring to the Vendor Free Zone that has been established in Mexico City's historic town center.
The veteran lawmaker and civic and political leader has the area picked out to create this unique zone. It runs from 72nd Street and 35th Avenue and south to Roosevelt Avenue then extends east to 82nd Street on the north side of 37th Avenue and 78th Street on the south side. The area is presently one of the busiest shopping areas in Jackson Heights.