It’s turn into one of many largest and, relying on who you ask, both beloved or dreaded traditions within the metropolis; the Dyker Heights Christmas lights have exploded over time with spectators coming from close to and much.
“It’s beautiful. It really is, it’s beautiful. Everyone enjoys it. They come from all over,” Dyker Heights resident Lucy Spata mentioned.
“We get no benefit. There’s zero benefit,” one man mentioned.
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Many residents inform CBS2’s Andrea Grymes they don’t blame the vacationers who flood their quiet neighborhood in December, but it surely’s led to plenty of points, together with meals vehicles taking on area for hours.
“It’s a big problem because they keep the engines going all the time. You’ve got the exhaust. You have garbage, they produce garbage,” one man mentioned.
In latest years, many residents have additionally complained concerning the elevated visitors and noise.
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Councilman Justin Brannan is hoping to vary that. Wednesday, he launched laws banning avenue distributors, like ice cream vehicles, from parking within the coronary heart of the lights from roughly 10th to 13th avenues and 81st to 86th streets. The ban can be in impact from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day.
“We’re trying to find a way to just give these residents a little bit of relief and to sort of enforce some respect for the area,” Brannan mentioned.
In the center of August, it was onerous to search out anybody opposed.
“Sometimes it gets out of hand with the vendors. It does. Garbage all over,” Spata mentioned.
“There should be some boundaries,” Dyker Heights resident Dominic Cangiano mentioned. “A lot of people do complain. I don’t have a problem with it.”
Even ice cream truck driver Erol Guney helps the ban, although he shuts down for the season in November.
“Last year, a lot of popcorn trucks came with the dirty trucks,” he mentioned.
Grymes: “A vendor might say, ‘Hey, I have a right to make a living and park here.’ What would you say to them?”
Brannan: “I’m sure I’ll be hearing from Mr. Softee soon, but I haven’t heard from him yet.”
There’s no phrase but when this invoice will come up for a vote, however the councilman hopes it turns into legislation in time for this Christmas.
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