Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Report: Lack of gas stations downtown a concern



As we first reported last week, the BP station on East Houston and Lafayette is closing on April 14 to make way for a 7-story boutique office building.

With this closure, there will be just one gas station in the city below 14th Street — a Mobil on Eighth Avenue near East 13th Street. (There is also a BP on East 23rd Street at the FDR.)

Now as DNAinfo's Allegra Hobbs reports, community groups are concerned about the lack of options in the case of another disaster such as Sandy.

“We learned from that gas shortage that occurred in Superstorm Sandy how important this resource is to a community, and now we find ourselves with no gas stations anywhere near,” said Damaris Reyes, executive director of Good Old Lower East Side and chair of emergency preparedness group LES Ready.

“This does not do well for thinking about a balanced community with all of the resources that are necessary to help it be functional and resilient in a time of need,” she said.

You may recall the vehicles lined up for gas in the days that followed Sandy in November 2012 before the last two stations in the East Village closed ... and there were also lines of pedestrians filling up gas cans for generators at the now-closed Mobil on East Houston and Avenue C...

[EVG photo from November 2012]

...when there was gas anyway...

[EVG photo of the 2nd Avenue BP from November 2012]

Heading to another borough or New Jersey would be a very real possibility, per DNAinfo.

“Having to cross a bridge or go through a tunnel to get gas is not the best way to prepare for an emergency,” said Trever Holland, president of the Two Bridges Tower Tenant Association. “If there are no gas stations to go to, it becomes extremely problematic as to how you’re going to get gas for generators.”

Previously on EV Grieve:
How much longer will the East Village have gas stations?

Have you seen the glass tower in the works for Lafayette and East Houston?

Filling up: the status of 2 former East Village gas stations

Report: Boutique office building on East Houston and Lafayette at BP site a go

BP station on East Houston and Lafayette closes April 14

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's because everything below 14th Street is a damn bar. Cut to Rosie and Stetzer pretending they care.

Anonymous said...

I guess I might as mention it here and now. I am finalizing a business plan for a mobile gas station - a 'gas on demand' service, if you will. Customers will be able to call in via an app and set up an appointment for a fill up, right where they are parked. They will have to be there to allow access to the gas cap, etc., but they will get service 24/7/365. Initially, we will be covering south of 14th Street. Prices are going to be competitive, or even better, because there is no brick and mortar to support. The delivery truck(s) are going to be smaller than oil delivery trucks, so we will not block traffic, especially on the side streets. Surprisingly, the city is amenable to this, and licensing is very doable. Look for a DeLancie Energy Deliverables truck real soon!

Anonymous said...

Gas is for cars. Cars are evil. So are gas powered generators.

Gojira said...

Oh who cares about a little thing like that when there's millions to be made?!?

Anonymous said...

The blessed and precious Citibikes ain't no needing no gas.

Besides, alcohol[ic drinks] are what what people need more nowadays esp. on weekends. And speaking of weekends Mendez and Stetzer go out of town in their gas-guzzler lux SUVs/sedans.

Anonymous said...

A concern for whom? People can buy gasoline anywhere. Gas stations don't have to be as ubiquitous as delis.

Anonymous said...

The gas station needs to reinvent itself in order to attract enough customers to be able to stay in business.....how about a miniature golf course? Instead of 18 holes, they could have 18 A-Holes and the idea would be to putt a ball through the open mouths of the last 18 mayors of NYC as a historical teaching tool. Then of course they would need internet, free wifi, daily coffee give-away, cheap gas, full service window cleaners in bow-ties and coveralls, baby sitting services and perhaps a medical marijuana dispensary.

Anonymous said...

If you're concerned about the lack of gas stations maybe you need to talk to your legislators who are working to not have cars in the city at all!!

What do you think the city bikes program is all about??

My question is this how is trumpet man thinking of putting folks back to work when there are no cars in the city to bring the elderly around who make up most of the city and its dollars and with no trucks there's no way to deliver goods and services either.

Makeout said...

Everyone relax. The drones will take care of everything.

Goggla said...

Coming soon: Amazon Prime Air gas delivery.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9:22 AM: That is already a business.

Scuba Diva said...

You gotta admit, luxury housing is much more of a priority than transportation. Housing for people and profit!

Giovanni said...

With all these Mexican Taquerias opening up there is absolutely no shortage of gas in this neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Bottom line is that NOBODY - absolutely NOBODY - at any level of NYC government thinks about this issue or cares about it.

Gas generators? Heck, who cares if infants, the elderly, and the disabled die during the next power outage? Certainly not the younger generation!

In the next crisis, good luck pedaling your shittybikes around when you discover that most food & supplies are brought into NYC via (gasp!) motorized vehicles that need gasoline.

And to all the young who are ragging on everyone who's not just like them: You'll find out *all about* being older and/or disabled some day, and when you do, you can expect the same consideration you are currently displaying on this issue.

Anonymous said...

I bet 9:22am has no permits to do this business.

And what happens if you spill gas on the ground and it hits a stray cigarette butt? Or someone inadvertently flicks a cigarette butt on the gas puddle however small it may be?


chris flash said...

the city is complicit in the hyper-gentrification we've experienced over the past 20 years, including the loss of gas and car service stations.

The city's rezoning of this parcel from use as a gas station to residential housing has ALLOWED this to happen. If the city REFUSED to change the zoning of gas stations, the land they sit on would not be worth anything to developers. It's as simple as THAT.


Anonymous said...

You've been watching too many movies.