Brooklyn residents don't want diesel pump in neighborhood

| 8/2/2005

Having apparently solved all other social problems in their community, the residents of a neighborhood in Brooklyn are focusing their sights on a new evil: truck stops.

The residents of Kensington, a neighborhood within the Brooklyn area of New York, are protesting the expansion of a Mobil gas station into a 24-hour convenience store, which will include the addition of a diesel fuel pump, according to the New York Daily News.

Their reasoning? Keeping the station open all night will attract more trucks and “riffraff,” the Daily News reported.

“We don’t want big trucks moving in because of our children and our seniors crossing,” Claire Hanley, a 79-year-old resident of the area, told the Daily News.

The Mobil station’s parent company, Exxon Mobile Corp., applied for and received a special permit in January to expand the stop in the partially residential area, which is at the corner of two major roadways – Fort Hamilton Parkway and McDonald Avenue.

However, local and state lawmakers and community residents are now asking for the permit to reviewed, claiming they did not realize the potential problems a truck stop could pose in the already congested area that is “horrible already,” one resident said.

Others, however, openly admitted to the Daily News that they were more concerned about preserving the neighborhood status quo.