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Neighborhood Chat / Re: The eyesore that is Diversity Plaza
« Last post by abcdefghijk on January 02, 2021, 03:52:02 PM »
I remember that area before Diversity Plaza.

It was far, far worse.
Neighborhood Chat / Re: Scaffolding coming down
« Last post by abcdefghijk on January 02, 2021, 03:49:16 PM »
That's amazing. That scaffolding has been there as long as I have lived in Jackson Heights.
I assumed it was holding up the building.
Neighborhood Chat / Scaffolding coming down
« Last post by hum@njukebox1 on January 02, 2021, 03:42:57 PM »
The scaffolding above the Capitol One bank at the corner of 37th Avenue and 82nd Street has come down revealing the beautiful building behind it.  Hopefully, the street level scaffolding will be soon to follow.  A welcome subtraction to the neighborhood.   :)
Neighborhood Chat / Re: DOT Loading Zones
« Last post by jo3boxer on January 02, 2021, 01:50:03 PM »
sounds like your way or the highway there, buddy.
Neighborhood Chat / Why would people do that?
« Last post by Garsleat on January 02, 2021, 01:46:11 PM »
Neighborhood Chat / Re: The eyesore that is Diversity Plaza
« Last post by dssjh on January 02, 2021, 12:11:26 PM »
. Any thoughts on how this area can be improved.
Starting points? Vaccinations. mask wearing. hand sanitizing. no need for "shanties" if restaurants can be open. Tree planting would be a great idea, but they're not cheap. hopefully, we can get a few planted.
Neighborhood Chat / The eyesore that is Diversity Plaza
« Last post by pipman on January 02, 2021, 11:22:36 AM »
Took a walk through the neighborhood in New Year's Day--34th Avenue not too busy, then down to Diversity Plaza which gets dirtier and uglier--from the shanties that were set up by a few restaurants to having more trash receptacles than trees.  Then approaching Roosevelt Avenue is a bird-poop laden sidewalk.  Some of our community leaders hailed Diversity Plaza as a nice space for our neighborhood--and are now pushing for Open Streets on 34th Avenue.  Would be great to have funds to keep Diversity Plaza clean--it is one of the main entries into our neighborhood.  There are congested areas in Manhattan and elsewhere that can keep open spaces clean and welcoming. Any thoughts on how this area can be improved.
Neighborhood Chat / Re: DOT Loading Zones
« Last post by doesitreallymatter on January 01, 2021, 06:24:01 PM »
If you support open streets (34th Ave) then you should also support a MAJOR overhaul with on street parking. NYC is giving away this space for free for NO reason so the average person can move their car once or twice a week for street cleaning. RIDICULOUS WASTE OF SPACE!

Every residential block should have designated parking for commercial vehicles during daytime hours (8AM-6PM). If you support small businesses you should support this idea. Many small businesses do not have store fronts, they are service based small contractors who need to drive to job sites to do their work. Parking is IMPOSSIBLE for contractors and small businesses who must drive to deliver their goods and services.

Everyone supporting open streets loves to say how little green space Jackson Heights has. Please show me 1 single commercial parking spot in this neighborhood, there are ZERO!!!! Think about that for one moment.

Every block should also have designated loading areas, although the signage needs to be done better. This makes 100% sense, but only in combination with designated commercial parking spots.

Free parking on the street needs to be a thing of the past. Charge for on street parking permits. You cannot have bike lanes and close down roads if you aren't willing to make changes to free street parking. This ALL needs to part of the same conversation.
Restaurants & Food / Re: El Toum
« Last post by BEB on January 01, 2021, 01:12:01 PM »
Very interested to try this place out. According to Igram, it looks like they will reopen on Monday 1/4.

For folks looking for labneh, I really like the tubs made by içim at Lemon Farm. I spread some out on a plate and serve with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of coarse salt and some Za’atar. They also have these amazing loaves of Turkish bread, that come in a few different configurations. I prefer the three round loaf version. Heavenly and would make a nice addition to the food you get at El Toum. ;)
Neighborhood Chat / Re: DOT Loading Zones
« Last post by BEB on January 01, 2021, 11:25:52 AM »
I posted about these zones on this website back in September of this year in the discussion about 34th Ave closure. Since then, the plan has expanded and new streets have been added.

Jackson Heights – Phase 1 (pdf)
74th St (37th Ave to 31st Ave)

Jackson Heights – Phase 2 (pdf)
75th St (34th Ave to 37th Ave)
76th St (34th Ave to 37th Ave)
80th St (34th Ave to 37th Ave)
81st St (Roosevelt Ave to 34th Ave)

More detail here

Have a look at that list. Notice how Jackson Heights will have the most of these zones than anywhere else in the 5 boroughs? Obviously there's a long standing issue that needs to be addressed with this. Too many narrow side streets with double parked cars slowing traffic flows and creating so much honking. Like many have said, it has everything to do with increased package delivery. And that means it needs to be in residential areas, not just commercial.

Maybe this should be in a new thread but why doesn't the DOT move to implement permitted parking zones in various neighborhoods in the city? I lived in Chicago and these were commonplace. I specifically lived near Wrigley field and this kept street parking for residents and pushed those from outlying areas to take mass transit or pony up cash to park in a lot on game days.
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