The Trade Fair Supermarket in Jackson Heights demolished an illegal sidewalk enclosure on Saturday. The enclosure blocked pedestrian access on 75th Street at 37th Avenue and some residents said it could be a fire hazard, according to Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights).
“Sidewalks are public property. And no one person or business can take advantage and just take for their own use what is owned by the people of our community,” Dromm said.
The Department of Buildings issued a partial vacate order in August 2011, citing dangerous conditions and improper construction. When Trade Fair management failed to comply with the DOB order, the Environmental Control Board issued a violation.
After many complaints from community members, Dromm held a rally with neighborhood residents in January, as shown above.