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Astoria business owners and green cab drivers at odds over parking spaces, PIX 11 Reports


Aug. 6, 2015 By Michael Florio

A turf war over parking spaces has broken out in Astoria.

Green taxi’s are parking in the metered spots along 31st Street below the 30th Ave subway station, according to a report from Pix11 News.

The taxi drivers are taking the metered spaces as they wait for potential customers as they get off the subway, according to the report.

This has been irking business owners who want the limited number of spots to be available for store customers.

“This has become a free taxi stand”, Alfred Hansen, the manager of Grand Wine and Liquors, located at 30-05 31st Street, told Pix 11.

“They do not pay the meter and block our customers from shopping,” Hansen added.

The report states that when one taxi drives away, another takes its space, monopolizing the parking spaces.

Hansen told Pix 11 that the city should provide the cab drivers with a spot or two, but not allow them to take up the entire block.

Both sides claim they are just trying to make a living.

The NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission told Pix11 News that they will send their enforcement division to check it out.

The green taxis are also known as borough taxis and are allowed to operate in the city except for certain parts of Manhattan.

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There should be taxi stand by every subway stop like they have at Ditmars. I am for anything that doesn’t provide parking revenue and parking tickets to the city. The more meters they take away, the better.


The city will give anyone a ticket immediately except these guys. I work on broadway In Astoria and I have missed the meter by a couple of minutes trying to make a living and I have a ticket. This is out of control and the small business owners are always the ones to suffer. To top it all off these green cabs are some of the worst drivers ever. Something needs to be done about it…the working man always suffers!


Please send news ppl to 10 street and 35 ave, all of these green cab parking and not movinf i live here and now cant find parking and too many fights


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