Brooklyn Law Students Get New Parking Spaces

From the BHB Inbox comes news that Brooklyn Law students will now have access to the “judge’s” parking lot at Columbus Park. Access to students had been cut off several years ago due to “an angry confrontation” between a student and a parking lot guard. The following email from a BHB reader and the original announcement from Dean Joan Wexler are here for your comment:

As you’ll read in the email below, the judges are allowing Brooklyn Law School students to park in the Columbus Park lot after hours. As a Brooklyn Law student, I’m aghast that my school’s administration
would promote students traveling to school by car when every major subway line is within a couple of blocks. Furthermore, it’s like the administration is encouraging students to not only be irresponsible to
their neighbors and environment, but to their wallets. Law students should be reminded NOT to live beyond their means — students paying Brooklyn Law’s prices shouldn’t be buying gas.

More bikes, fewer cars at Brooklyn Law!

The official announcement:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Joan Wexler
Date: Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 4:07 PM
Subject: [BLS] Parking Lot

Dear Members of the BLS Community:

I am pleased to announce that members of the Brooklyn Law School community may make limited use of the parking lot at the NY Supreme Court’s Joralemon Street lot. The lot is in the park directly across from our main building. Our use of the lot was suspended several years ago after one of our students had an angry confrontation with one of the parking lot guards. Acting Administrative Judge Abraham Gerges has graciously agreed to reinstate provisionally our parking privileges.

We may use the lot after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and during the day and evening on Saturdays and Sundays. If you have a 6:00 p.m. class, you may enter the parking lot at 5:50 p.m.

You must show your Brooklyn Law School ID in order to park at the lot.

Dean Joan Wexler

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  • elvisIII

    In other news, their tuition hit an astonishing 42k.

  • Pineapple

    It seems a little idiotic to complain about a free benefit to students. Providing a parking lot doesn’t induce people to buy cars, nor will it necessarily cause people with cars to take them over other means of transportation. There is a huge night school program at BLS. Many of the classes don’t get out until 10PM. Assuming a student doesn’t want to put in a few hours in the library, the earliest you leave class is 10:15 – 10:30. Not everyone feels comfortable riding a bike at 10:30 (especially not in the winter) or taking a subway that late.

  • Bart

    I really don’t see what the problem is. Lawyers work very hard, spend thousands of dollars for education to reach a high station in life. As a result, perks like these are to be expected. Law students will eventually become lawyers and represent the upper class of society. It is good to throw these hardworking kids a bone.

  • yo

    if you’ve ever walked by borough hall at midnight on a weekday you would understand why having close parking is important….

  • chickpea

    While the student mentioned may think this is a bad idea, there are many BLS students who do not live near the school, such as myself (I live in NJ). While I primarily rely on public transportation to get to class (many which are in the evening), there are some times when I have no choice but to drive in to school, such as problems with the trains/buses/PATH in NJ, or in anticipation of staying late in the library.

    For students like me, this is welcome news. No more having to circle around endlessly for parking, or running out every hour to feed the meter. All the other commenters are correct about the benefits of having parking in close proximity at late hours of the night.

  • Dan

    Doesn’t this mean there will be (slightly) more street parking available in brooklyn heights for the rest of us in the evening? That strikes me as a good thing.

  • eb

    The real issue is using a public park as a parking lot. See Transportation Alternatives efforts to keep the judges’ cars out of the park: