City verdict on Bensonhurst side street market — may be legal except for signage
This story has been updated to include new information from the Department of Buildings.
Bensonhurst residents perturbed about a new grocery that opened up in a private house on a side street in the neighborhood are unlikely to be satisfied with the city’s current assessment of the business — it could turn out to be legal except for the glaringly bright signage on its facade.
The business in question, Tim Choi Market Inc., has ruffled feathers on Facebook since the installation of what neighbors are slamming on social media as loud, yellow signage outside the store, located at 1543 71st Street – an address that, though residential, is also zoned to include a commercial overlay that allows for grocery stores.
That didn’t stop close to a dozen 311 complaints from coming in in just five days (there were 11 logged between Tuesday, February 13 and Saturday, February 17), all of which alleged illegal commercial use at the location.