Taxi Relief Stand for Punjabi Grocery & Deli Arrives on Avenue A

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 at 9:22 am by
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Punjabi Grocery & Deli is now halfway to its goal of a taxi relief stand at its doorstep. A temporary zone was just installed around the corner on Avenue A (2nd Street), as expected. EV Grieve reported yesterday that the traffic signs now demarcate the four designated spaces.

This pit-stop certainly arrived with lightning speed, merely a month after Community Board 3 unanimously supported the creation of cab stand. At the time, the advisory committee had voted approval with the caveat that the intended location for taxi relief would be in front of Punjabi itself. But that construction at its doorstep must first conclude. It’s anyone’s guess when that’ll happen, despite assurances that completion is around the corner.

Punjabi remains hostage to the never-ending roadwork along East Houston and the DDC “staging area” right out front. In fact, business is down some 60% because of it.

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Punjabi Deli is a haven for cabbies

There is cautious optimism from the city agencies, though. Completion of the traffic-calming pedestrian plaza is tentatively slated for August, at which point, the cab stand can be realized. Its exact location is a toss-up between East Houston or 1st Street, and requires further investigation by the Department of Transportation. (A possible bus stop was also considered for the location, hence the delays).

For now, the Avenue A “layover” area is only twelve hours (7a-7p), less than the 24-hour requested by Punjabi.

Punjabi Grocery & Deli opened on East First Street in 1994 and remains a haven for cabbies.

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