11/11/2012 11:25 am ET

Gas Station Owned By Taxi Tycoon Hoards Fuel For Cabs Only

JACKSON HEIGHTS -- A Queens gas station owned by a taxi tycoon is refusing to sell gas to anyone but yellow cabs -- with preferential treatment for his own drivers -- even as desperate motorists line up for blocks to get fuel amid a massive shortage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

On the eve of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's mandatory gas-rationing plan, a Shell station on Northern Boulevard and 71st Street was giving away a seemingly endless supply of gas -- mainly to members of taxi mogul Evgeny Freidman's taxi fleet.