April 23, 2021 By Christian Murray
The DOT installed No Standing signs on both sides of 43rd Street by Lou Lodati Park earlier this week much to the alarm of many residents.
The signs were installed to accommodate the trucks being used by City Harvest that has recently moved to 39-34 43rd St.
The DOT installed the signs to provide adequate space for the organization’s delivery trucks to safely enter and exit the facility.
The signs, however, have essentially removed about 20 on-street parking spaces. Residents were not notified about the change nor was Community Board 2, sources say.
Joe Pagano, a long time Sunnyside resident, expressed dismay on Facebook about the loss of spaces and the lack of notification. “Our little hamlet is being taken away from us bit by bit on a monthly basis. I’m not sad…I’m pissed.”
Most of the spaces, however, will be restored next week.
The DOT took more street space than what was intended, according to sources who have been in contact with the agency. The DOT is expected to come back to Sunnyside next week to restore most of the spaces—although not all.
City Harvest is operating in the neighborhood on a temporary basis and is moving to new headquarters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Once it moves to Brooklyn all the spots are expected to be restored.
City Harvest is a food rescue organization that has been helping feed hungry New Yorkers since 1982.