From the Times Ledger:
Maspeth residents are fed up with truckers who use their backyards as an overnight rest stop.
Instead of passing through the neighborhood or finding a legal place to park, resident Manny Caruana said tractor trailers pull onto the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway service road and spend the night.
“I’m right on the block in back of the service road,” he said. “They leave the trucks idling all night long.”
And the large engines produce noise and pollution that irritate homeowners who live just across the street.
“You have the fumes from the expressway — that’s bad enough — but we have to deal with the pollution from the idling trucks as well,” Caruana said. “It’s a major problem. The people who live there have to suffer.”
And drivers pay a price, too, according to another neighbor, Linda Daquaro.
“One time, there were three trucks resting there and they backed up all the way to the service ramp,” she said.
And when the end of the last truck hangs over into the road, cars have to swerve to get by, according to Daquaro.
The problem has been going on for roughly six months, she said.
“It’s not a rest stop,” she said.