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Drivers Wait for Gas on Fourth Avenue

November 1, 2012

One member of my building’s maintenance staff took it upon himself to direct traffic on Fourth Avenue today as drivers queued up for gas at the BP station on 4th and Douglass two blocks away.  The line stretched for at least five or six blocks, almost to Atlantic Avenue.

The passenger arguing with him — “You’re doing a really bad job of directing traffic!” — got angry when he allowed a driver who had the green to turn right onto Fourth and take a place in line.  Meanwhile, drivers honk, block the intersection and otherwise create dangerous and unpleasant conditions for everyone else.  (Which is not all that unusual for Fourth Avenue, I should add.)

Barely two minutes after I finished shooting this video the station announced that it was out of gas.

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2 Comments
  1. krstrois permalink
    November 2, 2012 1:33 pm

    I witnessed something similar in Greenpoint. People in these lines are cra-zy. I know we are car-dependent as a culture, but it’s the *emotional* dependence people have on cars that is really chilling.

  2. November 2, 2012 2:08 pm

    Oh wow you live on my block. LOL!

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