Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The growing number of newspaper vending boxes at Queens Blvd and 71 Av (south side) now stands at an astounding 17, and take up nearly a quarter length of the block. The boxes are eyesores and restrict the flow of pedestrian traffic. DOT advises that there is no limit to the number of boxes that may occupy a sidewalk. This is absurd and unacceptable.
This particular location sits at a major transit hub that includes a busy taxi stand. The boxes hinder commercial, pedestrian, and emergency traffic. There is an obvious need for legislation to change where and how many boxes may be placed on a sidewalk. I am urging you, as my City Council Representative, to consider addressing this long-overlooked problem . Our sidewalks have become obstacle courses for thousands of pedestrians just in Forest Hills alone.
We are always looking for more pedestrian space in our city but we need not look any further than the space that should be available to us but is unfortunately being taken up by ever-multiplying newspaper boxes and the like.
Please see the attached photo taken 12/29/14.
I hope you will see the obvious, that this issue has gotten out of control and something needs to be done about it.
Thanks again for your time and attention.
Happy New Year!
So, how does one tell whether or not a permit was obtained for this?