From the Times Ledger:
In response to a community outcry and violations from the city Environmental Control Board, a Trade Fair supermarket on 75th Street in Jackson Heights removed its sidewalk enclosure Saturday, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said.
The councilman and community members had held a protest against the sidewalk enclosure earlier this year, saying the shed-like structure was illegal and a fire hazard.
The stores often set up sidewalk enclosures outside their storefronts where fruit and soda are displayed. Residents who live near one of the Jackson Heights locations, at 75-07 37th Ave., contended the enclosure was a fire hazard and that it was unfair that the company could take up so much of the sidewalk without paying fees like restaurants that operate sidewalk cafes.
The 37th Avenue and 75th Street store also received a partial vacate order from the city Department of Buildings in August 2011. The DOB said the extension was illegal, not constructed correctly and a potential hazard. The city Environmental Control Board also cited the chain with a violation when it did not take the enclosure down.