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Gas Stations Becoming Harder To Find In Manhattan

A Mobil gas station at East Houston Street and Avenue C - New York, NY - Oct 11, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

A Mobil gas station at East Houston Street and Avenue C – New York, NY – Oct 11, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Finding somewhere to pump gas in the city is becoming harder to do.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

Consumer Affairs says 41 gas stations are found in Manhattan, primarily above 96th Street and along 10th and 11th Avenues.

That’s down from 58 two years ago, according to says Crain’s New York Business.

One livery driver has found a simple solution: when the gas gauge inches towards empty in Manhattan, he drives to Brooklyn because the prices are lower there.

At shift change, cabbie Adel J’daou says there’s a line of yellow at gas stations on the Lower East Side.

“What are you gonna do? There’s nothing, only three gas stations left in the neighborhood,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

When a developer snaps up a gas station, there are no tenants to deal with, which means that there is nothing from stopping the developer from turning the site into something other than a gas station.

On the other side of all of this are the gas station owners. One says that, as the competition fades away, his stations are doing better than ever.

Do you have trouble finding a gas station in Manhattan? Sound off in the comments section below!