Gianaris wants long-term parking removed in Sunnyside

By Bill Parry

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling on the Department of Transportation to remove 14-hour parking spots beneath the No. 7 subway line along Queens Boulevard, particularly between 38th and 44th streets. His constituents have complained for years that out-of-towners take up precious parking spaces that could be used by shoppers visiting the neighborhoods business district.

“The streets of Sunnyside are not meant to be a parking lot for commuters from outside our neighborhood,” Gianaris said. “In fact, there are other areas in our community that are similarly used for all-day parking and that too must end. I will continue to push the DOT to be responsive until we are treated fairly.”

A DOT spokesman said the agency has received Gianaris’ demand.

“Our parking division is reviewing the request,” he said. “Once we have made a determination we will share the results of the study with local stakeholders, including elected officials and the community board.”

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