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OANA Advocating Parking Permit Program

OANA is backing a bill calling for the establishment of a parking permit program in East Elmhurst, and is advocating for it to be expanded to parts of Astoria.

This would be a one-year pilot program where residents who live within a 2-mile radius of LaGuardia Airport would be eligible to buy parking permits for $50, allowing them to park on certain blocks overnight.

In an  article on the subject in the Astoria Post,  Richard Khuzami, President of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association, is quoted as stating that parking conditions in the district ‘are “very bad.” Members of his association frequently complain about parking in the neighborhood, he said. “Something needs to be done,” Khuzami said. “We’re starting the conversation.”’

In another local newspaper piece on the proposed parking permit program, the Queens Chronicle quoted extensively from a statement by OANA emphasizing our policy position that stance that ‘parking issues have a strong effect on the neighborhood’s quality of life “from the extra pollution, waste of time, and the psychological frustrations we all face from cruising the neighborhood looking for parking. . . . Most major cities in the United States run residential parking permit programs successfully. Parking is at such a premium in New York City that creative thinking is a must. . . . We do not have to accept the status quo. We hope that this can be the first step in solving what today is one of the major quality of life issues all New Yorkers face.”’

We look forward to your comments on the much-debated topic of how to improve the parking experience in Astoria.


Photo: Street Parking; photo credit Joe Mantri, via Pexels/Creative Commons



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Clare Doyle is a graduate of the M.A. program in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies as well as a B.A. in Archaeology and History from University Dublin, Ireland. She has worked for 30 years in library reference publishing in New York. Clare is the Vice President of Green Shores NYC, a non-profit group that advocates for a cleaner, greener and more connected waterfront in Astoria and Long Island City


  1. Why not address the cause of insufficient available parking? The problem is that many property owners see a need to convert one or two family buildings into buildings with three, four, five or six apartments. One reason being high property taxes.

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