From the Queens Chronicle:
A once vibrant commercial strip on 14th Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 145th Place now faces extinction from a shortage of parking spaces, say merchants and their partisans.
On behalf of the block gangrened by four vacant storefronts, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Whitestone) has asked the MTA to consider moving the Q76 bus stop on 14th Avenue to one on the southeast corner of Parsons Boulevard and 14th Avenue, thereby creating new spots for customers.
In addition to property taxes as high as $14,000, “the parking situation is really a crisis for us,” said Robert Orzo, owner of Malba Delicatessen on the southwestern corner of 14th Avenue and 145th Place. On weekdays, there are at most five spaces on the block available to patrons of his deli and neighboring stores.
Customers cannot park at the bus stop, at the corner in front of Malba Deli — because stalled vehicles will block the sightlines of oncoming traffic for cars turning onto 14th Avenue from 145th Place — or on the northeastern corner of the block. Usually, there are even fewer parking spaces open, because, according to Orzo and Community Board 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman, MTA bus drivers park their cars for the day in the neighborhood before catching an early morning, free ride on the Q44 over the bridge to the West Farms bus depot in the Bronx. Orzo said these MTA employees rarely patronize his establishment: “They’re not bringing business to the block. They’re chasing it away.”