Watch This Video About the Plight of Punjabi Grocery & Deli as it Fights for a Taxi Relief Stand [VIDEO]
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Punjabi Deli is a haven for cabbies
Spurned by the Department of Transportation and virtually ignored by Community Board 3, the embattled Punjabi Grocery & Deli is fighting for the right to install a taxi relief stand at its doorstep. Today is the day the impasse goes public, to be heard at the transportation subcommittee meeting of CB3.
Recall that Punjabi heavily relies on cabbie patronage to sustain the bottom line. However, the never-ending construction along East Houston, the makeshift storage area out front, and “no standing” sign have altogether reduced business by some sixty percent.
The DOT has been unwilling to talk to, or meet with the Punjabi folks for months, according to their lawyer/advocate Ali Najmi. Instead, the city agency forced the operators to wait until after CB3 considers the proposal tonight. This directive didn’t sit well, though, since there’s apparently been some behind-the-scenes meddling with the application itself. Punjabi accuses the DOT of “rearranging” their CB3 proposal – without consultation – to include a different taxi stand around the corner on Avenue A (4 spots).
The Punjabi plight, so to speak, was also the subject of a short documentary submitted to the Tribeca Film Festival. It was probably uploaded to coincide with the meeting…
You can show your support, if so inclined, 273 Bowery at 6:30pm.