More time at Sunnyside meters

A new parking rule extending the duration of 104 parking meters on the north and south side of Queens Boulevard from one to two hours phased into effect on April 15 and is expected to be complete by the first week of May.

The new rule was announced by City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Department of Transportation (DOT) Queens Borough commissioner Maura McCarthy, as well as local small businesses who were pleased with the rule change.

“With extended time for our meters, people can relax and enjoy all of the amenities that Sunnyside has to offer without rushing to feed hourly meters,” said Lily Gavin, owner of Dazies Restaurant.

On the south side of Queens Boulevard, the new meters will span from 39th Street to Greenpoint Avenue and on the north side, between 39th Place and 48th Street. Community Board 2 chair Joe Conley applauded the DOT for “seeing the light” and fixing a long-standing complaint of Sunnyside businesses.

“This change in parking regulations will go a long way to help improve the economics of businesses in this community,” said Conley.

Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Van Bramer

Metered parking went from one hour to two hours on the north and south side of Queens Boulevard.