Sunday, May 8, 2011
Trapped on Clemente Court
From the Forum South:
Halfway down 82nd Street between Atlantic Avenue and 91st Avenue in Woodhaven there is a narrow roadway between two houses that a passerby may mistake as a driveway. Except this small road doesn’t lead to a garage; rather it travels between two houses into an expansive lot with three homes. Welcome to Clemente Court.
“It’s a nice [place] to live,” resident Ahmed Bhuiyan said. “No problems at all, except,” he trails off. There is a laundry list of items that makes living on Clemente Court difficult.
In 2009, Bhuiyan’s son fell and hurt his leg. Emergency operators did not recognize the address of the house, and Bhuiyan had to give a house number on 82nd Street and carry his son there.
Sanitation workers don’t enter Clemente Court, so residents have to haul their garbage to 82nd Street.
There are no workers to plow the area, and the court doesn’t have a fire hydrant.
These problems occur because Clemente Court is an unmapped street—not owned by the city. City workers don’t enter these private streets to maintain the area, but they also can’t enforce any traffic rules so parking is never an issue.
When cars park too close to the driveway leading to Clemente Court, it makes making the turn off or onto narrow 82nd Street “impossible” Bhuiyan said. He said there have been times when he has walked or taken a cab because he could not take his car out of Clemente Court.
“I’m trapped. No way to get out of this,” Bhuiyan said. “I should be able to take my car in and out anytime.”
Bhuiyan contacted Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office, and staff member Arlene Brown has been working with various city agencies to mitigate the problems.