'For the residents on 53rd Avenue between 103rd and 108th streets in Corona, the past decade has been a nightmare.
Unlicensed mechanics have taken over the area by parking anywhere from 15 to 23 cars along the five-block stretch, forcing the tax-paying residents to look elsewhere to find a spot to park their vehicles.
From 8 a.m. to sometimes as late as 1 a.m. the following morning three mechanics are fixing cars, playing loud music while drinking and hitting on the young women in the area.
For Jose Rosado, Burrough’s next-door neighbor, his problems are financial because of the mess the mechanics leave behind.
He said he sees “license plates from Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina and Illinois” all the time and when the mechanics finish working “they leave soda and beer cans...and used antifreeze bottles by the stairs” of his brownstone apartment. I receive tickets for $100 to $200 [from Environmental Control via the Sanitation Department], with the most expensive being $300 sometimes,” adds Rosado.
He said 311 does nothing to stop the practice.
“They don’t care about the $25 to $35 tickets [from the police] — they are making $3,000 to $5,000” per car, Burroughs said.