Sunday, October 21, 2012
Koo notices that Downtown Flushing has an issue
From the Daily News:
Navigating the sidewalks of downtown Flushing is a bit of an art form as pedestrians weave and dodge around merchandise that spills out of storefronts, vending tables and lines of commuters waiting for the bus.
City Councilman Peter Koo thinks that needs to change.
Koo (D-Flushing) is asking the city to crack down on the vendors — legal and illegal — who have turned Main St. into an obstacle course.
“I walk this street every day,” said Koo, who said he has received complaints about the vendors since he was first elected to office in 2009. “The sidewalks are very narrow. You can’t walk.”
Koo said he is even mulling legislative action that would ban vendors along Main St., similar to the restrictions that exist along Austin St. in Forest Hills.
The downtown Flushing area is both a transit hub and a shopping center, home to several bus lines as well as the Long Island Rail Road and the No. 7 subway.
That makes it a prime location for vendors and merchants.
Koo said some shop owners are frustrated by vendors who take away business while others add to the problem by renting out space in front of their stores.
Bayside has a vendor problem as well.