2018-02-07 / Features

Community Pushes Back On MTA 30th Ave. Closure, Construction

A very important community meeting was called for Thursday, February 1 at Katch in Astoria, at 31-19 Newtown Avenue. The meeting was called in order to explain to MTA representatives the difficulties that the local merchants are having as a result of the 30th Avenue subway closure and construction on the N/W line. MTA representatives were on hand to discuss the schedule and completion of the project. Community leaders spoke about the devastating impact that the closure has had on local businesses. Many spoke about how no one can get around, no one can get to their stores, and no one can shop, visit, dine, eat, drink, or do anything in the neighborhood as a result of this shutdown.

Aravella Simotas, Assembly Member for the district, said, “It is important for quasi-governmental entities, like the MTA, to be responsive to small businesses. This is especially true in Astoria, where locally owned restaurants and all kinds of small businesses are the lifeblood of our community.

“The meeting should have opened the MTA’s eyes to the devastating impact of full-station closures, and prompted it to reconsider any future plans for our neighborhood.”—Tony Barsamian

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