Queens Residents, business owners say New York City street redesign creating more problems

A small section of Skillman Avenue in Queens has undergone a dramatic redesign, but in the last six months after Department of Transportation changed the traffic pattern and parking, residents and business owners say it’s just not working.

All it takes is one double parked car along the roadway, and FDNY’s Rescue 4 can’t move around it.

“We have to look at this and see what is the problem before someone gets injured or killed,” said Manny Gomez, co-chairman of the group Queens Streets for All.

He says it is only one of numerous problems since the DOT reconfigured parking, pedestrian islands and a protected bike lane from 54th Street to 49th Street last September.

“One car lane is not going to be able to make it,” Gomez said.