From the Daily News:
A protest in Queens trapped one city bus for an hour Sunday as doomsday service cuts left riders and straphangers reeling all over town.
Whitestone residents are steamed the Q15A, a new alternate route of the Q15 bus meant to pick up riders stranded by the elimination of the Q14, has been routed down a residential stretch of 10th Ave. they say is too narrow.
"It's a safety issue," said Kevin Leibowitz, 46, an electrician. "A fire truck, usually the first response for a heart attack, how are they gonna get by?"
Dozens of angry neighbors joined former City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Queens) to stand in front of one of the Q15A buses, stopping it cold.
"We don't want you here, go away," one local resident shouted at the driver.
The protesters moved aside after a few minutes, but by then their prediction had come true: The bus faced a vehicle going the other way and the street was too narrow for the vehicles to pass each other.
Plumber Greg Sahakian was behind the wheel of the black Chevrolet pickup truck blocking the bus. Sympathetic to his protesting neighbors, Sahakian refused to back up and let the bus through.
"We're just trying to keep our neighborhood the way it's supposed to be," Sahakian said. "He's not gonna move, and where am I gonna go?"
A near-hour-long standoff ensued. The three passengers on the bus eventually abandoned it.
Cops arrived and briefly cuffed Sahakian, to boos and jeers from protesters, then let him go without a ticket after he backed his truck out of the way.
Meanwhile, a guy in Brooklyn is taking advantage of the MTA's misfortunes.