Beach Channel Drive was closed last week for emergency repairs and Rockaway roads became a parking lot. Traffic was at a standstill on Newport Avenue from Beach 121st Street to Beach 116th Street. The same was true on Beach Channel Drive, all traffic going east was not moving. That is why moving the firehouse to the old HSBC Bank site could be a very serious problem. Fire trucks trying to exit will be met with cars unable to move out of the way. At the very least, minutes will be lost while directing cars. And in life or death situations, seconds count. The FDNY should reconsider this move now.
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