Punjabi Deli Applauds Community Board 3 Resolution


May 28, 2015


The full board of Manhattan Community Board 3 voted to pass a resolution to create a temporary taxi relief stand on Ave. A and E. Houston Street at its meeting on Tuesday May 26, 2015. The board also included a promise to create a permanent taxi relief stand closer to Punjabi Deli once pending construction is completed. The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has already completed installation of the taxi relief stand.

This relief stand will help alleviate some of the pressures felt by Punjabi Deli, a family-owned restaurant in the same location for over 20 years that relies on taxi drivers as a core customer base.

Attorney Ali Najmi, who has been leading advocacy efforts, stated: “Small, family-owned businesses like Punjabi Deli too often suffer when city agencies fail to consider their impact on the community. I applaud tonight’s ruling, but will continue to advocate for the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to finish the stalled construction expeditiously.”

Construction of a green street park in front of Punjabi Deli on E. Houston has been stalled since 2012, creating what many in the neighborhood consider an eyesore, and drastically limiting the number of parking spaces. Additional debris and storage containers on E.1st Street have reduced parking even more. The temporary taxi relief stand will provide a place close to Punjabi Deli for cab drivers to park.

Kulwinder Singh, owner of Punjabi Deli, stated: “We are truly grateful to get this resolution passed by the community board. Having a taxi relief stand nearby will once again make it easy for taxi drivers to visit our restaurant. We need DDC to finish the construction and clear their storage materials as soon as possible.”

Punjabi Grocery and Deli, commonly known as Punjabi Deli, is located at 114 East 1st Street in Lower Manhattan.

“Ali Najmi did excellent work reducing my case to a minimum, helping me avoid jail time as well as giving me the opportunity to have another chance to live a law abiding life. I had quite a heavy case and Ali succeeded in defending me.”

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