Here is an aerial shot of the 1935-era Clinton Diner showing all the streets around it, all of which are currently 2-way streets.
According to the proposed Maspeth Bypass Plan, put forth by DOT, there will no longer be access to the diner from the north - where a good portion of the diner's customers travel from.
When the owner of the diner brought this to the attention of DOT, hoping they would tweak their plan to allow him to stay in business, the answer they gave was that the diner's southbound customers can turn into the rear parking lot from Rust Street. This would require a dangerous left turn into oncoming traffic on an accident-prone street. It would also be illegal to turn where it says "no turns except buses".
If this whole scenario sounds familiar, that's because it's been the standard modus operandus of DOT lately.
Not surprisingly, the CB5 Transportation Committee already unanimously approved the dumbass plan and it will be up for a vote by the full board tonight. I think we can unanimously predict the outcome of this. And the elected officials are all keeping mum, mainly because the faster it's passed, the faster they'll be able to take credit for it. But they care about small businesses (yeah right)!