Only in New York is metered parking a cause for celebration, but business owners in Sunnyside were thrilled to learn on Friday that 104 spots on Queens Boulevard would soon take two hours worth of quarters, rather than one hour’s worth.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) who led the charge for change called it “a victory on behalf of small business owners.”
The new parking rule will extend the duration of meters on the north and south side of Queens Boulevard. On the south side, the new meters will span from 39th Street to Greenpoint Avenue and on the north side, from 39th Place to 48th Street.
The change will phase into effect and is expected to be completed by the first week of May.
Queens Department of Transportation Commissioner Maura McCarthy joined Van Bramer beneath the first of several signs announcing the regulation along the boulevard and said she was glad the agency could help.
Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside) said the hourly meters have been a problem for years. When Van Bramer first took office, she said “If he could get the meters changed, he’d be the king of the boulevard.” After meetings with the DOT, the change was made.
As a longtime business owner in Sunnyside, Lily Gavin, owner of Dazie’s Restaurant on Queens Boulevard, said she was happy with the new regulations. “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.”
Encouraging residents to shop locally, Van Bramer said, “The sun always shines on Sunnyside.”