Astoria Merchants Oppose Newtown Ave. Block Closure
The DOT considers the intersection dangerous for pedestrians, but merchants believe the closure of the street is a drastic option which would severely hurt their businesses and would not improve traffic conditions, but would in fact worsen them.
Vallone and the local business owners support the construction of a small, landscaped plaza that does not impede traffic, as opposed to the DOT’s proposal which will shut down all traffic on the street.
A meeting was slated for June 5 at the Astoria Manor, 25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria to discuss the proposal. Representatives from DOT and Community Board 1 were scheduled to attend the meeting, which was open to the public.