New “No Standing” Space on Columbia Heights

Yesterday reader Laura asked:

[There’s] a brand new parking designation on Columbia Heights where it would intersect Middagh St. The two signs and cones just appeared recently forbidding parking in that very small space. I’m wondering, though, if this has anything to do with the proposed bridge/walkway that will connect the promenade to the Brooklyn Bridge Park?

We were able to get a picture of the new signs and cones this morning (see photo). Judy Stanton, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, explains the situation:

When Middagh St was closed to cars on the overpass between Willow Street and Columbia Heights ages ago, because it cannot bear the weight of cars; it didn’t occur to the NYC DOT that this no standing anytime signage was needed.

But folks have opportunistically parked [there]. I’m guessing that somebody complained about cars blocking what is being used as a people crossing. I’ve heard rumblings at CB#2 about unsafe crossing there.

In fact the PS 8 kids have been crossing there, accompanied by teachers and parents, to play in Squibb Playground while their playground has been a construction site for the new annex. I imagine it was thought to be unsafe to have cars there blocking easy visibility for adults to lead kids across without being out in Columbia Heights. The latter condition is temporary, because eventually the playground is to be reconfigured, AND as Laura notes, the construction of the pedestrian bridge [from Squibb Playground to Brooklyn Bridge Park] will be underway in the not distant future.

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  • stillinshock

    At this spot, I received 3 parking tkts, $115 each and car towed after parking there 11/06 (Sunday evening). My car was towed on the Tuesday morning (11/08). I do think that the amount of fines paid/to be paid are excessive (>500 dollars) and I am happy to see someone put up some traffic cones so it will not happen hopefully again. Also I would like to state that I’ve lived in the nabe for a while now and wasn’t aware of the change. Any advice on how to fight these tickets?

  • my2cents

    Just thinking about how many people will park in the nabe and then take that bridge to the park makes me shudder. It may actually be time for residential parking permits by the time they build the bridge.
    I wish they would put the bridge at Montague street. Would be so much more logical.

  • stillinshock

    I would actually be against building a bridge (to save $$) and have a ramp built on southside of Squibb park that would go to street level (Furman St), then have a pedestrian crossing with a traffic light.

  • Gerry

    @stillinshock. I suspect that it is highly unlikely that you can fight these tickets and so just pay them and use this as a learning expereince do NOT let id happen again.

    Most every resident of Brooklyn Heights who ownes a car has had it towed it is a part of owning a car here.

    Put this bad expereince behind you and move on forget this.

  • my2cents

    We already have a ramp down to furman street. It’s called columbia heights.

  • ChiefSittinginCar

    I posted on this weeks ago. They changed the alternate side rules on this stretch – from no parking 8’30-1000 to 1130 to 1:00 and put in the No Standing signs at the same time, and people got tickets for both reasons. There ARE large numbers of children being led across that spot to barren Squibb from P.S. 8, if that is indeed the reason.

  • Flashlight Worthy

    StillInShock, I once parked my car in Cobble Hill for a week — legally — only to come back to find the car towed and a BUS STOP built where I had parked.

    In looking at the dates and asking around, I parked on a Friday, they built the bus stop on a Monday, and then ticketed and towed me later that same day.

    I didn’t fight the tickets — I chalked it up to life in the big city.

  • chicagokath314

    To stillinshock : I’d suggest you fight it. There weren’t signs when you got the tickets. There are now signs. Obviously, it wasn’t clearly marked and better signs were needed, or they wouldn’t have bothered. Maybe send this blog post as your evidence!

    But if you decide you don’t want to fight it, at least dispute it. If you dispute a parking ticket online, via mail, or web, you automatically get a discounted ticket.Go to this website and click on ” Request Hearing For:” and in a few screens (after you put ticket number in) you will be offered a discount rate that you can pay instead of requesting an online hearing.

    Note that some tickets like fire hydrant tickets are not subject to a discount. Good luck!!

  • Eddyenergizer

    stillinshock, If you go to fight the tickets in person you stand a better chance of having them reduced. I had a similar “three ticket episode”, when they changed the signage at the end of Furman St. The “judge” threw out two of them…

  • WillowtownCop

    I have fought every ticket I ever got on my scooter. Meter maids are not the brightest- they always get the date the registration expires wrong on the ticket because it’s not on the motorcycle version of the reg sticker.

    This PDF from the City is helpful:

  • stillinshock

    Thanks to all that have replied, I have been reducing my tickets online as I live here and I collect my fair share of parking violations. I am thinking of going to fight these in person as Eddyenergizer suggests. As per my comment on the ramp from Squibb park, I made that consideration while looking down to aforementioned park and trying to imagine what a bridge would be like. For all I care, everyone including myself has two points of access to the park from the Heights and money should be spent on getting park finished then we can think of an eventual bridge.

  • stillinshock

    Sorry for my last post being a bit too long, my intentions were to Thank everyone that replied……..Grazie