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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2024                                   THE QUEENS TIMES                                                            PAGE 7


          NYC DOT Unveils Upgraded, Modern Parking Meters

                              To Replace Current System

        Users will enter their license
        plate number instead of dis-
        playing a paper receipt on their
        vehicle’s dashboard
        Convenient technology will
        be easier to use and will save
        enough paper each year to
        stretch from New York City to
        Los Angeles

             New York City Department
        of Transportation (NYC DOT)
        Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez
        today unveiled upgraded, modern
        parking meters that will rollout
        citywide. The meters’ new Pay-
        by-Plate technology is paperless
        and will allow users to enter their
        license  plate  number  instead   Pay-by-Plate parking meter pictured in Queens, NY. Photo
        of displaying a receipt on their   credits: NYC DOT
        vehicle’s dashboard. Each year   easier for everyone,” said NYC  The process aligns with the pay-
        the  city’s  parking  meters  print   DOT Commissioner Ydanis Ro-  ment system already in place via
        roughly 2,500 miles worth of   driguez. “Drivers will no longer  the ParkNYC app -- the mobile
        receipts – enough to stretch from   need  to  worry  about  leaving  a  payment application with over
        New York City to Los Angeles.   paper receipt on their dashboard  1.8 million users. As with the
        New Yorkers will be able to pay   and can use the convenience of  app, transactions from the meters
        the meter at a kiosk or use the   the ParkNYC app to pay the me-  are instantaneously synced with
        ParkNYC app. The upgraded me-  ter while on the go.”       the NYPD parking enforcement
        ters will also help provide more        “Incorporating evolving, smart  systems so that traffic agents
        short-term parking by improving   technology into New York City’s  can use handheld enforcement
        parking enforcement. The meters   parking management system will  devices to easily identify which
        will provide real-time data to   enhance drivers’ experiences,”  drivers have paid.
        NYPD traffic enforcement agents   said NYPD Commissioner Ed-       Throughout the city, park-
        to help ensure vehicles don’t over-  ward A. Caban. “This will be  ing meters issue approximately
        stay the meter.              achieved by maximizing space  eight miles of paper  receipts   Park Side Restaurant
             Starting May 8, 2024, park-  availability and increasing turn-  daily. The length of receipt rolls
        ing meters will gradually be up-  over. Importantly, it will facilitate  printed annually totals roughly
        graded to Pay-by-Plate operation,   the important work of our dedi-  2,500 miles, the distance between   Queens’Finest Italian Restaurant
        starting with meters in Northern   cated traffic enforcement agents  New York City and Los Angeles.
        Manhattan and gradually pro-  and support our city’s overall  Transitioning to the Pay-by-Plate
        gressing South. The meter up-  public-safety mission.”     model curbs the carbon footprint,
        grades will continue to the rest of        Once fully installed across  lessens maintenance and repair
        Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx,   all 80,000 of the city’s metered  requirements, and contributes to
        Brooklyn, and Staten Island.   parking spaces, drivers will input  cleaner streets with reduced litter.
             “Our new pay-by-plate park-  their license plate number and       Pay-by-Plate parking makes
        ing meters are simple to use and   state into an on-street parking
        will make short-term  parking   meter and complete the payment.   (Continued on page 8)

          NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst Opens Wellness
                           Center For Healthcare Heroes

             NYC Health + Hospitals/El-                                                           About Park Side Restaurant - An Italian Landmark in the heart of Corona,
        mhurst, 545-bed Level 1 Trauma                                                            Queens, Park Side Restaurant is truly a destination that is worth the trip.
        Center and community hospital                                                             After one visit, you will be sure to be back again and again for one the
        located in Elmhurst, Queens, re-                                                          city’s Best Italian restaurants. Bring your appetite and enjoy authentic
        cently opened a brand-new Well-                                                           and always delicious dishes using the freshest ingredients and attention to
        ness Center to support its 6,000                                                          detail served by our professional staff. Park Side is also happy to host your
        employees. The center sponsors                                                            next function with our private dining area and flexible banquet packages.
        programs that revolve around the 8
        dimensions of wellness, including
        physical, emotional, social, intel-                                                         107-01 Corona  Ave. Corona Heights, NY
        lectual, financial, environmental,                                                                (718) 271-9274 • (718) 271-9871
        spiritual, and occupational well-
        ness. The center is expected to host                                                                 - Reservations Suggested -
        over 100,000 visits a year from
        doctors, nurses, and other mem-
        bers of the hospital’s healthcare
        team. The calming space includes
        amenities designed to help busy
        staff relax and destress, such as   NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst CEO Helen Arteaga
        a coffee machine, snack kiosks,   Landaverde and staff celebrate the opening of the new
        massage chairs and stations for   Wellness Center
        board games, art projects, and
        creative activities. The Wellness  Center will give our staff a safe   culture of psychological safety and
        Center also sponsors a variety of  place to get access to the resources   support for healthcare workers.”
        other programs, including mental  they need to recharge in a busy        “We are so thrilled to officially
        health workshops, cultural cel-  environment.”             launch the Workforce Wellness
        ebrations, mediation sessions, and       “The Workforce Wellness   Center, the cornerstone and new
        exercise activities throughout the  Center is a reflection of the hos-  physical home of our Workforce
        hospital campus.             pital’s dedication to investing in   Wellness programming at NYC
             “I am so happy and excited to  our staff’s wellbeing,” said NYC   Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst,”
        open this beautiful, welcoming  Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s   said Chief Wellness Officer Dr.
        space for our healthcare heroes,”  Director of Workforce Wellness   Suzanne Bentley. “The Center      Read Our Paper Online
        said NYC Health + Hospitals CEO  Tatiana Celcis, LCSW. “The   was truly co-designed with our             Visit Our Website
        Dr. Helen Arteaga-Landaverde.  Center is a safe haven for our staff   frontline staff colleagues and is

        “Our team provides exceptional  to unwind, recharge, and get con-  a respite for staff, a place to press            QueensTimes.com
        care to our patients, but self-care  nected to mental health resources.   pause, to unwind, to connect
        is vital and necessary even as we  The creation of this space solidi-
        take care of others. This Wellness  fies a commitment to creating a   (Continued on page 8)
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