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Audley St. residents clear parking hurdle

CB 9 supports bid for alternate-side parking; cops targeting bars, clubs

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:24 am, Thu Jan 17, 2013.

Community Board 9 on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported a request for alternate-side-of-the-street parking by residents on a section of Audley Street.

The stretch is located between Grenfell Street and the Long Island Rail Road’s Kew Gardens station. Board Chairwoman Andrea Crawford said nearby homeowners have been unable to get their street cleaned regularly in about two years.

“The rest of the street is alternate-side, and they used to be too,” Crawford said. “It was suspended there when the LIRR repaved its lot about two years ago, and it was never put back.”

She had a petition from eight residents on the affected stretch asking for the board’s intercession with the city’s departments of Transportation and Sanitation to put the regulations back in place.

James Coccovillo was one of the handful of board members who opposed the resolution, trying to take into account the premium on parking spaces that already exists in the neighborhood.

“These homeowners have large properties and private driveways,” he said, adding that the spaces lost are likely used by people just trying to get to work via the railroad.

Crawford replied by saying that should the city follow through, the spaces would be lost only for two hours on two days a week.

“And this isn’t new,” Crawford added. “This is just restoring what they used to have.”

In other board business, the members were unanimous in their support of a letter to the State Liquor Authority asking to pull the license of Flavor Lounge on Hillside Avenue.

The club was the site of a fatal shooting and an unrelated stabbing on Sunday.

Without going into details, police officers from the 102nd Precinct, during their regular update to the board, said they are addressing some of the underlying problems in the area.

Officer Joseph Martins from the 102nd’s Community Affairs Office, said they have conducted coordinated operations on problem bars and clubs regularly in the past and will continue to do so in the future — as always, without prior notice to the business owners.

He said that typically involves police conducting joint inspections with other agencies, such as the SLA, the city’s Buildings and Health departments, and other regulatory officials.

Sgt. Joseph DeMarco said they made an arrest this week of a man suspected of burglarizing about a half dozen cars near the Forest Park Co-ops.

“We received some information on Friday, set up an operation and made an arrest on Sunday,” he said.

DeMarco, Martins and Officer Jose Severino reminded the public that a great number of auto burglaries can be avoided by simple precautions carried out by vehicle owner.

They said locked doors will deter some thieves, while others are opportunists.

“People leave valuables in their cars, DeMarco said. “Some people don’t lock their cars — a woman will park her car, put her purse under the seat and go for a jog in the park. But if she doesn’t lock her door ...”

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