Saturday, January 26, 2013
Parking problem on Roosevelt Avenue
From the Daily News:
Woodside merchants are urging the city to lift a weekday parking restriction on Roosevelt Ave. because they say it’s unnecessary and bad for business.
Donovan’s Pub owners launched a petition this week appealing a 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. “No Parking” regulation on Roosevelt Ave. between 51st and 59th streets.
“It has a really negative impact on our business and others along the avenue,” pub co-owner Dan Connor, 45, said of the regulation.
“It’s metered parking all day except those three hours and not everyone knows that,” Connor said. “There are no traffic issues here that we would need the zone.”
Connor and his business partner, James Jacobson, took over the bar on Dec. 28 and said they will be recruiting fellow merchants in their petition.
Donald Zarchy, 58, who owns Zarchy Pharmacy, across the street from the pub, said he would sign the petition.
“People come in for prescriptions and then have their cars towed,” he said. “Some have no idea it’s a tow-away zone. It’s been a problem for a long time. It’s just to get revenue for the city but I don’t think it’s necessary.”
A spokesman for the city Department of Transportation said the agency would be unlikely to change the rules.