Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Scissura tweeted his concerns Wednesday morning about blocked traffic caused by loading trucks near a Sunset Park supermarket and wants to see more police presence to stop illegal parking.
Scissura told the Sunset Park Voice that trucks park on the corner of 65th Street and 7th Avenue every morning to unload goods into a supermarket — without a cop in sight to enforce parking rules or even writing up a ticket. “No one has done anything to stop it,” he said.
This week, Scissura said he saw a motorist stand in mid-traffic urging the trucks to move, but truckers laughed at him instead and made commuters wait on purpose.
“Unfortunately, one day, there will be an injury at that location,” Scissura said. “I witness people fighting backups for about a mile and school buses have been stuck there for a half hour every morning.”
“It’s a very volatile corner,” he said. “Traffic is terrible there.”
Truck drivers take up one lane on 7th Avenue, which “kills the entire neighborhood,” he said. Traffic becomes more congested as cars come off the Gowanus Expressway and others into the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
“This has been going on for a year, and I’m very disappointment the 68th precinct has not put one officer there,” Scissura said.
A Department of Transportation spokesperson said the agency has changed “no standing” regulations to “no stopping” on 7th Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets — which means vehicles are not allowed to park there.
The DOT said it also pulled back a 50-foot stop bar from the intersection to facilitate northbound right turns for trucks. “Other improvements are on hold pending an ongoing one-way street conversion,” the DOT said.
While Scisurra was stuck in traffic, he tweeted Mayor de Blasio’s Community Affairs Office, Councilmember Carlos Menchaca and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to alert them of traffic blocks.
“If this were happening in Bay Ridge,” Scissura said in a strong tone, “this would never be stood for, and here (Sunset Park) it’s being allowed”
“It makes no sense,” he said. “The community has lost its quality of life.” He calls the situation sad as parents, bus drivers, and ambulances try to maneuver through traffic.
“I truly pray that no one gets hurt.” he said.
Note: We also contacted the 68th precinct but they didn’t respond.