(An open letter to Mayor Bloomberg.)
I am writing for our whole upset community. We have contacted the 115th Precinct, our City Council members, Community Board 3 and the 82nd Street Business Improvement District. Why all this trouble?
We feel that 82nd Street is our Fifth Avenue. But three fruit and vegetable stands, 10 feet long, have been open all summer on one block — from 37th Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue.
It is a disgrace, it’s disgusting, it’s dirty and they are open 24 hours. Everyone we ask complains to say they got a permit from City Hall. Now one-half block away is a fruit store, opened six months ago and paying $11,000 rent, and he can’t compete with three fruit stands. He’ll be going out of business soon. He pays rent, taxes, etc. Why? Please help us.
The fruit stands also have a big white delivery truck, with black graffiti all over it and it’s parked on the avenue for 24 hours.
On our Fifth Avenue, we need your help. We beg you, please. The fruit stands have permits — why? Help stop it.