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Dramatic Official Evidence Parking Trouble in Park Slope

December 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

Ouch. We hate when that happens. We planned to run this pic we shot the other day anyway, but then we found an AP story on Crain’s about how parking in Park Slope bites the big one, people smashing up your nothwithstanding. The gist of the story is the when alternate side parking was suspended this summer a DOT study found 98 percent of the spaces taken both before and during the suspension. Here are some excerpts:

Rules or no rules, it’s still hard to find a parking space in one of Brooklyn’s most crowded neighborhoods. That’s according to a New York City study on the effects of a suspension of alternate-side parking regulations in the borough’s Park Slope section. Most motorists have to move their cars several times a week for a few hours to allow the streets to be cleaned. The city suspended the rules in Park Slope between mid-May and mid-July to replace the street cleaning signs. The city Department of Transportation study found that 98% of the parking spaces in the neighborhood were taken, both before and during the suspension of regulations…

As for the car above, well, the way it got screwed had nothing to do with alternate side parking. The good news is that at least nobody torched it.

Tags: Park Slope

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ruska // Dec 31, 2008 at 10:31 am

    No-Park Slope.

  • 2 Clinky // Dec 31, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Since street cleaning only takes place once a week in any given place, you should have to move your car at most twice a week, not “several times.” And if the spaces are 98% full, that means that if you drive past 49 cars, about 2 or 3 blocks, you should be able to find a space, which doesn’t seem bad to me. I live in Park Slope and don’t find it bad parking here at all.

  • 3 Meg // Dec 31, 2008 at 11:52 am

    The car was there yesterday morning but was gone by mid-afternoon.

  • 4 mag // Jan 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    ever since alternate street parking was decreased from 4 to 2 days a week in carroll gardens, parking spaces have literally evaporated. why? because commuters are parking their cars here & leave their cars for 2-3 days. i see it all the time, parking & walking to the subway up the block and their stinking car in front of my house. i’d rather move my car 4 days a week.

  • 5 fred // Dec 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Parking in Park slope would not be so bad if people who do not use their cars for anything sold them. I know a few people who own cars and never drove them. They have someone moving the car from one side to another. I never seen these poeple use the cars for as long as the car has been on the block.WHich for some is over two years I call them street ornaments. Why don’t they just sell them if they are not ever going to use them?