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DOT Starts Removing Old Parking Meters from Sunnyside

May 13, 2014 By Christian Murray

The Department of Transportation has started to take down the old parking meters in Sunnyside that became obsolete when muni-meters were introduced at the beginning of 2013.

A DOT crew was removing the meters at the corner of Queens Blvd and 45th Street today, using a grinder to cut the old metal meters off at the base A DOT worker said that the crew would be spending the next week or two removing them throughout Sunnyside.

The DOT assured Sunnyside, as well as the rest of New York City, that when the muni-meters were erected the old parking meters would be removed.

“It’s an end of an era,” said the DOT worker removing them. The worker had stacks of old parking meters in the back of his truck from the ones he had removed earlier in the day.

A Department of Transportation spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

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Dorothy the DOT is converting 12,000 old meters into bike racks around the city (but not in Sunnyside apparently). Of course we need more places to lick bikes. Many of the few we have are tied up by restaurant delivery people.

They are entitled to use them but we have so many more riders now. The local businesses should be fighting for them. If I can’t lock my bike Near a shop I have to go romanized shop. I know I’m not alone.

Oh and these bike racks do NOT take away parking spots.

Dorothy Morehead

The muni meters allow at least ten and as many as twelve cars to park on a typical city block (200′) whereas blocks with meters allowed only eight. Because old habits die hard, people were still using the meters as guides for where they should park, negating the opportunity to fit more cars. If more bike racks are needed, let the community board know and they will be requested.

Woody Woodpecker

What no comments from the OLD FARTS on how this is the fault of the Hipster crowd and there supporters. No we want the old Meters back protests or how it’s the dogs and there owners who instigated this change.


What a shame they are removing then instead of turning them into places to lock bikes. They’ve done this with the old meter posts in other neighborhoods. It’s a great idea and a shame they’re not doing it in Sunnyside.


I pictured Squirts the Change Bum clenching his fists and doing a Darth Vader.


cmon, you know you laughed.

inquiring minds want to know...

I think it’s time for an Op Ed from Chaaaaange guy. Or, @ least an interview. May help to make him better understood.

hipsta thugg

R.I.P.!!! Another piece of history gone. One day I will tell my kids of the day when EVERY parking spot had a meter and they were made of steel and they stood proudly for decades and cool guys in movies would strike matches against them to light cigarettes and they took dimes you had in your pocket and made cool clicking sounds when you turned the lever right and you felt good when the arrow was pinned at the max time.


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