Saturday, December 12, 2015

Gianaris wants to rid Sunnyside of commuter parking

From DNA Info:

A local lawmaker wants the city to do away with 14-hour parking spots under the 7 train tracks, citing complaints from constituents that the spaces are serving commuters more than residents.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris is asking the Department of Transportation to revaluate the parking rules in the Queens Boulevard lots beneath the elevated train line, from 38th to 44th street.

While most of the metered spots there have a four-hour limit, many allow for drivers to park up to 14 hours at a time — a draw for commuters from Long Island and elsewhere looking for an all-day spot where they can take the subway into Manhattan, the lawmaker says.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm all for this, but will local businesses be allowed to park here? I can see this quickly becoming private parking for local business owners and their workers, to the exclusion of local residents, if this isn't thought out fully.

kapimap said...

Where do you want commuters to park, on your block? These spots should be placed 2 blocks from the train station entrance. Most train stations have commuter parking, duh. Having them there is the only way to stop those cars from driving into the city, or clogging up resident parking.

Anonymous said...

Didn't DOT take away a large chunk of spaces for storing their equipment there? Tell DOT to move !

(sarc) said...

Get rid of all the parking and put up bicycle racks.

We can save the plant and stop terrorism at the same time.

The POTUS said that global warming is what is making the terrorists KILL us

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/12/04/making-terrorism-link-obama-says-climate-instability-can-lead-to-dangerous-ideology/

Anonymous said...


It should be for local residents and businesses alike, businesses where local people work.

It happens everywhere, people coming from Long Island and Bayside to work in North Flushing and Manhattan taking the spots from renters and locals. I commute in the express bus to Manhattan that stops three blocks from my house and I see people getting of the express bus at night and getting up in their cars to drive somewhere else, in the meantime, a family that rents in a two family home where the landlord won't allow them a parking spot (a very common situation in this area) won't find a parking spot near their home because a person living in a nice area in Bayside or Long Island with plenty on site and on the street parking are taking their share of on street parking. There should be a law preventing this, if they want convenient commuting then move to where the commuting is available and stop coming into our communities to take what rightfully belong to us.

Chris Russo said...

Or the city could just chalk the tires and enforce the already in existence 4 hr rule. City is complaining about money. Here's revenue just sitting uncollected.

Middle Villager said...

You are not seeing the big picture, parking problems are just a symptom of the true problem, overpopulation. The politicians kowtow to the developers who pay them off and they allow the City to grow beyond reason. Transportation, education, sanitation and all infrastructure needs are an afterthought that has to play catch-up. City planning does not exist. The parking problems will only get worse and the people will have to fight each other for the precious few left. Overdevelopment is not inevitable, it is allowed by money grubbing politicians.

Anonymous said...

Giaranis, like Crowley, is another one of those local pols that does scant things for the community while their real job is to collect campaign donations for The Organization which has replaced our government.

His donors (developers) want to reduce the carbon footprint in every way even if it means yet other step in eroding the Middle Class by taking away our cars and making us use bikes or wait for buses in lines that stretch around the block. THEY don't take public transportation you can bet on that.

Nice the way he is spotting for Van Bramer. In any case, what the f*k does this have to do with the murky affairs of Albany? The State Senate does squat for Joe Public anyway.

Anonymous said...

Who ever feeds the meter own the spot,get over yourself

Donna Clopton said...

Good for the Senator!! It should not benefit commuters more than residents! We wrote the DOT Commissioner (Nicole Garcia) about our blocks in the transportation hub! Process was started in January when Queens had an acting Commiss. This Nicole Garcia has NOT even had the decency to answer. We who live in the confines of the TRANSPORTATION HUB would like zoned parking since the homes in this area have NO driveways or easements only. This has been done by other cities such as Chicago & Seattle so the mold is already in place. Good Luck Senator the agencies in this city seem to feel that they have the right to ignore Queens especially Jamaica & we have a mayor that does not listen to his constituents, he keeps appointing these do nothings!! It seems the city finds money when they need it, city officials should stop balancing their budgets on the backs of the residents!!

Anonymous said...

Who is Donna Clopton. Why does she expect special treatment?

Besides, how does 2 hours parking benefit residents? Maybe they should only give parking in that area to residents with stickers - is that what your are saying Donna?

Gianaris is part and parcel of Albany sleeze. Don't make us laugh.

And where is 'Hog tha Camera' Van Bramer speaking through clenched teeth?

Anonymous said...

JVB is clenching his teeth over the major mess of bike lanes on queens boulevard -- he is in hiding that is for sure -

Anonymous said...

I'm curious to find out how many 14-hour spots there are at this time. If I were a Long Island resident, I wouldn't bother driving all the way to Sunnyside to fight over a couple dozen spots. I'm sure most of the cars occupying these spots have placards (disabled or public employee)

Anonymous said...

talk about over population, just wait till the syrian refugees get here

look how great it is in europe now

think we have a homeless problem now - just wait

Muslim immigrant threatens German man: ''Islam will conquer Europe with our birthrates

a must watch!

Anonymous said...

What a total jerk wad he is! Puhleeeze let us start electing capable....if we cannot find any honest....politicians.

Richard Stefan said...

i have a much better idea.....skillman ave at hunters point across from the housing dept & high school. make that free parking from 7pm friday all day sat and sun till 7am monday.....

there is literally no one parking there on saturday yet you still have 12 hour meters....

plus making paid parking till 10 pm on queens blvd aggravated so many people.....i used to see 5-6 cops start ticking people at 945 pm on friday and sat nights........what a way to say we dont want your business here!

Anonymous said...

It's nice to know parking is so plentiful, we can afford to lose so much of it.