Judges Will No Longer Park…in the Park

The Brooklyn Paper reports that the strip of parkland near the Adams Street courthouses will no longer be used as a driveway/parking lot of judges:

Brooklyn Paper: Judges End…: Over the next two months, city workers will install an entrance into the judge’s actual parking lot so that the robed jurists can directly access the lot from Joralemon Street instead of using a bluestone-tiled pathway as a driveway and overflow lot.

The driveway is not a parking lot at all, but a walkway into Columbus Park from Joralemon Street. But judges, citing security concerns after 9-11, seized the fenced-off space for their cars.

Reclaiming the space is a victory for the community, park advocates said. And even acting Administrative Judge Abe Gerges, who fought to maintain the driveway-like space for his court employees, called the compromise satisfactory.

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  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    This morning, as I was approaching the Greenmarket from the north, I found the stretch of walkway in Columbus Park between the Henry Ward Beecher statue and the area of the Greenmarket blocked off with metal barricades and court officers directing cars inside to park. Pedestrians were being forced to detour around this apparently newly claimed parking area. We may simply have traded one bad situation for another.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Having now read the full story in the Brooklyn Paper, I see that the use of the walkway north of the Greenmarket space as a parking lot is temporary, and will end when construction of a new entrance to the judges’ parking lot is complete.


    I see that Judi Francis managed to get quoted in this article as a “park advocate”…I didn’t know she looked to parks so far afield