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Greenpointers demand city address ‘taxi graveyard’

Cab clog: Cabs parked along Provost Street.
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This isn’t a taxi stand — it is a taxi standstill!

The city must find somewhere to house the out-of-use taxis that have been sitting idle on a Greenpoint street for at least a year as riders flock to Uber, say local business owners who claim the “taxi graveyard” is hogging all the parking in the area and starving them of customers.

“It’s very unfair for shops whose customers are trying to find parking,” said Tony Arganto, owner of nearby film studio Broadway Stages, at a recent 94th Precinct Community Council meeting, where he demanded police and the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission step in.

The precinct’s commanding officer promised to reach out to the taxi agency to discuss solutions to the permanent parking lot on Provost Street between Greenpoint Avenue and Freeman Street, but a rep for the commission said it is perfectly legal for the company and other hacks to park their cabs there and wasn’t aware of any issues.

The dispatcher responsible for most of the cars on the stretch — which declined to comment for this article — acknowledged the problem to Gothamist in August, but said its customers and drivers have been ditching traditional cabs for app-based services and claimed it hasn’t been able to find a lot nearby to house its empty fleet.

“I don’t blame the neighbors,” McGuinness Management Corporation owner Gus Kodogiannis told the website at the time. “Where are they going to put their cars?”

Local business owners say things have only gotten worse since then, and the graveyard is killing business for the entire area.

“There are less people coming in,” said Andy Maldonado, who owns a deli a block away at McGuinness Boulevard and Huron Street, and says the empty cars became a permanent fixture around a year ago.

And residents say they are equally frustrated with the death of parking.

“It’s really gotten disgusting — it’s unbelievab­le,” said resident Teresa DeFrancisco, who agreed that many locals have switched to Uber and its ilk, including one of her neighbors, who “goes crazy” for the company.

Reach reporter Madeline Anthony by e-mail at manthony@cnglocal.com or by pnone at (718) 260–8321.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
Tow them after they have been left in the same spot for seven days like the laws says, and sell them. Profit.
April 20, 2016, 8:43 am
jjm from c. hill says:
Now they're complaining about taxis taking up space? When are you fools gonna realize when you live in a big city, you're gonna have to deal with big city nuisances? Stop with the b*tchin already, my goodness. Better yet, brooklynpaper, quit covering non-important stories like this when brooklyn has alot more serious issues to deal with.
April 20, 2016, 9:15 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Start charging for parking.
April 20, 2016, 11:22 am
greenpointrez from Greenpoint says:
Jjm clearly has never been to this area. It's literally covered in yellow taxis for like four blocks. It is excessive - the owner clearly needs to move these cars elsewhere or unload them.
April 20, 2016, 11:25 am
jjm from c. hill says:
whether i've been there or not isnt the issue. the issue here is people griping about bs that really isnt a priority compared to other things.
April 20, 2016, 11:50 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Who cares if it's covered in taxis or in other cars? It's all the same to normal New Yorkers who don't drive.
April 20, 2016, 12:45 pm
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
"Normal New Yorkers" (by which I mean real native New Yorkers) all drive. We were taught by our parents how to drive, safely and effectively in city traffic. We all participated in an important rite of passage through drivers ed and road tests.

It definitely matters what vehicles are parked on a particular street. Street parking is designed to be temporary and provide turnover. This permits more people to visit the area and patronize the shops and services located there. City streets are not permanent parking lots. The NYPD should just keep an eye on the street for about two weeks, and any taxi that hasn't been moved should be towed to impound.
April 20, 2016, 1:47 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
No, normal New Yorkers don't drive. We walk, mostly. If you want to try defining "normal" in some arbitrary way that ignores how most New Yorkers actually live our lives, I guess you can try that. But it rings hollow when you try to pretend that the way a minority lives is the normal way.
April 20, 2016, 3:03 pm
John from Greenpoint says:
Thier are no shops on provost st where the taxis are parked... Tony Argento needs the parking so the tv shows who rent his studios can do what the taxis are doing... take up all the parking... spare me your concern for greenpoint...
April 20, 2016, 3:17 pm
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
Sorry, Mike, but I was born and raised here, and the majority of people who were do know how to drive, and have licenses. Whether they own cars is another matter.

John, I'm not concerned about Greenpoint. I'm disputing Mike's point that it doesn't matter if it is cars or taxis. It does matter for the reasons I stated.
April 20, 2016, 4:38 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I'm surprised that they can't just give these vehicles to the locations of the TLC where they should go rather than take up such spaces.
April 20, 2016, 5:21 pm
Jeff from Cobble Hill says:
Tender Loving Care?
April 20, 2016, 5:43 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Honestly, any normal person could care about a bunch of cabs being parked for a year. How about reporting more about how the average brooklynite is paying all of this damn money on rent instead of frivilous bs like this? I guess thats not important enough huh smh.
April 20, 2016, 6:30 pm
Joe from Greenpoint says:
Just because you cannot afford a car does not make you a "normal New Yorker", Mike.

Last year an article said they quit parking the cabs on streets where they got vandalized (presumable by the locals who lost "their" parking spaces).... just sayin.
April 20, 2016, 7:11 pm
Joseph from Williamsburg says:
I grew up in this city and do not drive. Driving in the city is sacrilege.
April 20, 2016, 8:53 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First of all when I said TLC, I was referring to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, which is in charge of the taxis for NYC. I feel that they should be given back to them so that other taxi drivers can use them if the current taxi drivers aren't. As for driving as a whole, some need to keep in mind that there are parts of NYC especially in the outer boroughs that really are transit deserts, so a car is needed. Just go over to the eastern sections of Queens and The Bronx, the southern areas of Brooklyn, or even just the entire borough of Staten Island where the subway lines don't even touch, and you will see why those living there tend to drive a lot. I can understand if you live near a lot of transit options that there isn't a need to drive, but when you don't this becomes a necessity, which is why they will most likely oppose any form of road pricing that is being placed and that they will see it as a punishment for them having such a limited option. Some of you need to understand that the city boundaries isn't where the subway lines stop. Even in Manhattan, there are still a lot of people who choose to take taxis rather than use the many buses and subways that are available. Perhaps, the TLC should have some kind of a depot just like there is for buses by the MTA to have them be parked when not needed for the remainder of the day. Unfortunately, the anti-car fanatics will probably come out against such an idea.
April 21, 2016, 5:13 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Thanks for the clarification about TLC, Tal. We all thought you were telling us to send all of the taxi cabs to Atlanta for T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli. Though, I assume some of us thought you meant the TLC Network... but I'm not sure how taxis would fit into the Cake Boss or My 600-pound Life. There were probably a few who thought you meant the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, but that's just silly.
April 22, 2016, 10:56 am
Mike from Park Slope says:
@ Sean,

"Normal New Yorkers" absolutely do not drive, that is just a strange statement. Yes the rates vary by neighborhood but the vast majority of city residents do own cars. And yes I am from here as well.

@ Tal, you are an idiot...
April 27, 2016, 12:16 pm
Mike from Park Slope says:
Meant to say "the majority do NOT own cars". Bad typo.

Tal is still an idiot.
April 27, 2016, 6:08 pm

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