Thirty-nine parking spaces located in a cluster at the end of Vernon Boulevard, where it meets Borden Avenue, in Long Island City, have been converted into short-term spots, a change spearheaded by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside).
Parking meters at the area, a block from the 7 Train station at Vernon Boulevard, formerly allowed drivers up to 12 hours of parking time. But as of today, drivers will only be allowed to park in the spots for two hours at a time, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., excluding Sundays, which area residents and business owners said would help the local economy.
“Long Island City is not just a commuter stop on the way to Manhattan,” said Sheila Lewandowski, the executive director of the Chocolate Factory, an area theater. Lewandowski was one of many residents and business owners who attended Van Bramer’s announcement of the new spots today.
Standing on a traffic triangle near the spots, Van Bramer explained that people from Long Island and other areas had taken to parking in the spaces before going to work in Manhattan on the 7 Train, tying them up for hours in an area lined with shops, cafes and other businesses.
“Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in Long Island City knows that parking has been a big issue,” Van Bramer said.