Feb. 21, 2014 By Christian Murray
The Department of Transportation plans to review the parking rules on Roosevelt Avenue between 50th and 59th Streets.
Currently, there are “no-parking” signs along that section of the Avenue between 4 pm and 7 pm on the east bound side of the street.
Business owners, such as Dan Connor and James Jacobson of Donovan’s Pub, have complained that many of their customers have been ticketed while frequenting their establishments after work.
They claim that tow trucks line up at 3:59 pm just waiting for their next victim—and that it’s just one big cash cow for the city.
“We continually hear complaints from business owners along Roosevelt Ave and it seems so unfair to the community and such a negative impact on businesses,” said Joe Conley, chairman of Community Board 2.
Conley presented the case to Queens DOT Commissioner Dalia Hall on Tuesday at Community Board 2’s monthly Transportation Committee meeting.
Hall said she would investigate whether the parking measures were necessary and recognized the complaints presented by the board on behalf of business owners were valid.
Conley said that the Roosevelt Ave is no longer viewed as the major thoroughfare of yesteryear. He said in recent years the idea has been to calm traffic down on Roosevelt Avenue for safety purposes and promote motorists using Queens Boulevard.