Updated 09/29/2011 03:08 PM
DOT Adds Parking, Reduces Meter Time On Queens Boulevard
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Some big changes are coming for motorists in one section of Queens, especially when it comes to parking.
Starting October 31, two-hour parking will be available along the westbound side of Queens Boulevard from 48th to 32nd Streets in Sunnyside.
Parking along the stretch is currently banned during the morning rush.
Sixty Muni-Meter parking spaces under the elevated 7 train will also be reduced from the current 12-hour limit to just four.
"We did a traffic study to ensure that the changes we're announcing here on the west bound Queens Boulevard side from 48th Street to 32nd Street would not impede traffic significantly, and we found that was the case so we made the changes there," said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
"Neighborhoods change and so too must the parking regulations that govern those neighborhoods. They must be flexible and change with the needs of the neighborhoods that they serve," said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
Businesses in the area who pushed for the changes say the lack of parking had been hurting their bottom line.
"I don't believe that some of these commuters are going to be happy but local businesses are going to be much happier because people are going to be able to park and shop," said Patricia Dorfman of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.
"This is something we have been pushing for quite some time," said Molly Blooms Owner
The DOT says it will monitor the new regulations for possible fine-tuning in the future.
For more information, visit nyc.gov/dot.