Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Big rigs hogging Grand Central Parkway service road space is another persistent problem the city avoids
Trucks are taking over another Queens neighborhood.
CBS2 found around two dozen parked Sunday night in Forest Hills, some idling for hours.
Residents said they are begging the city to help. Reporter Lisa Rozner first reported on the problem two years ago. On Sunday, she went back to speak with residents who said the situation has only gotten worse.
Truck fumes filled the air, but she wasn’t at a truck stop.
It was actually the Grand Central service road spanning several blocks starting at 64th Road. For the last three years, Rafy Yusupov and his neighbors say it’s what they come home to every night — and it’s especially bad on weekends when trucks are left for days.
“Always noise, always smell, traffic,” Yusupov said.
Here's an idea. Since the MTA did a transit ad campaign with Comedy Central and Forest hills resident and Golden Globe winner and viral rap star Awkwafina having her doing station announcements, have the NYPD make the same integrated advertising/public service arrangement with the network and have her order the removal of these pig parking big rigs.
Catch Awkwafina is Nora from Queens premiering on Comedy Central on January 22nd.