Street cleaning coming to Old Astoria
by Benjamin Fang
Aug 14, 2019 | 286 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A section of Astoria is finally getting street sweeping.

On Monday, the departments of Transportation and Sanitation announced that alternate-side parking regulations will be implemented in the neighborhood of Old Astoria in the coming weeks.

The boundaries of the changes are Astoria Park South from Shore Road to 21st Street to the north, 21st Street from Hoyt Avenue to Broadway to the east, Broadway from 21st Street to Vernon Boulevard to the south, and the East River from Broadway to Astoria Park South to the west.

Alternate-side parking rules will be suspended “until further notice” in the area as DOT installs new signs displaying the new regulations, the agency said.

Sign installation began on Monday and is expected to take two to three weeks to complete. The regulation takes effect when the signs are installed throughout the whole neighborhood.

In a statement, Richard Khuzami, president of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association (OANA), said the 20-year journey to establish street cleaning has finally been realized.

“Not only will this contribute to cleanliness in our neighborhood,” he said, “we will also cease to be the long-term parking lot for so many drivers.”

Street cleaning will be provided one day per side for a total of two days a week. Khuzami said the DSNY originally proposed street cleaning twice per side per week, which residents objected.

“We are looking forward to an improved quality of life in our neighborhood for all,” Khuzami added. “This is another step towards making Old Astoria a premier neighborhood of western Queens.”
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