I am sorry to learn that Ben's Best will be closing on June 30. It's always sad to see a revered institution shutter its doors.
However, I find Mr. Parker's assertion that the recently installed bike lanes are the cause of his business' decline implausible. I question his statement that 200 parking spaces have been lost due to the bike lanes.
There aren't 200 spaces on his block of Queens Boulevard or even within two blocks. Besides, parking at the Rego Park Center across the street is ample and inexpensive.
Ben's may have been able to negotiate a discount for customers with the parking facility owners if Mr. Parker wanted to solve the problem he says exists.
There are many valid reasons for the decline in business, such as changing dietary habits and new demographics in the neighborhood. The world is changing.
We need to encourage fewer car trips and encourage more physical exercise by walking or biking.
Twenty-five years from now when the stand of trees called for in the Queens Boulevard upgrade plan are grown, we will be grateful that city planners conceived of once again making the boulevard a lovely place.