But the problems were — and are — more widespread than those listed below.
At 12th Avenue and 83rd Street, protesters gathered to decry the lack of street parking and called on the City Council to raise the hourly rate from $8 to $13, so that New Yorkers could afford to park.
“The last time I looked, we didn’t need a $1,000 gas station to buy gas,” said Chelsea Singh, an organizer with Transportation Alternatives. “We don’t need to put money into them. We can go to a grocery store. Why don’t we just be independent citizens?”
Health and safety
In July 2015, New York City reported that the old Joy Oil facility was contaminated with hundreds of chemicals from gasoline, diesel fuel, pesticides, and other industrial chemicals. The city said at the time that it needed to “spend thousands of dollars, and perhaps millions” to decontaminate the site. To date, the city has not released any spending totals.
“The irony is that this site is in a neighborhood that suffers from very low resident-to-worker safety standards,” Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the nonprofit New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, said in 2015. “This opens the door to a lot of disputes that will continue to come.”