Community Board 6 and the city are congratulating themselves for doing away with 198 parking spaces on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park and Forest Hills. Obviously none of them has a member of their family who is disabled.
If I need a bottle of milk or a prescription filled, I have to go at least five blocks to accomplish this task. On a good day when the pain in my knees is bearable, I can walk one short block. I have to drive everywhere.
My doctors' offices are on Queens Boulevard, my banks are on Queens Boulevard, the synagogue I attend every Saturday is on Queens Boulevard. Since I have a disabled parking permit, I can park almost everywhere providing it is a legal spot.
Last Saturday, I learned that all of the places to park on the service road are no longer available. It cost me $115 to find out. I didn't see the new signs which prohibit standing at any time. These signs were put up in the few days since I was last on Queens Boulevard.
Am I forced to take a taxi now to go to Queens Boulevard? I cannot afford this luxury.
I am not a lawyer, but there must be somewhere in the Americans with Disabilities Act that requires parking spaces be made available even if the road has now been made better for bicycles.
To add insult to injury, if I want to pay the ticket by email so I don't have to write a check and walk to a mailbox, there is a convenience fee of $7.60. Convenient for who?
Sidney J Rubin