Brooklyn Heights Residents Sound Off About Lack Of Parking Spaces in Brooklyn Eagle Video

The Brooklyn Eagle’s Dipti Kumar looks into the parking crunch in Brooklyn Heights in a new YouTube video.

Many neighborhood residents are interviewed including Nando Pelusi, Ann Peloquin and Fred Kneip. The latter observes that parking is difficult, claiming that folks try to get around the rules in that you can see “a very attractive 35 year old lady can get out of a car in spiked heels and she’s got a handicapped sticker.”

Brooklyn Heights Association president Alexandra Bowie appears as well. But while many favor permit parking in Brownston Brooklyn, she says the BHA doesn’t think it will solve the parking problem. Why? MATH — there are 6 or more cars registered in Brooklyn Heights for every parking space available she says.

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  • mac

    Living in the heights for 18 years, I am a big advocate of RPHs…just talk to people who live in other areas that have them. While the “math” doesn’t appear to work, what she’s not taking into account..the JWs. They have quite a few of these cars, but they also have their own garages…so their cars are not on the streets. The biggest issues are the commuters driving in from other areas to take the subway, and the BBP is making it impossible to use your car on the weekends. Make the RPHs a reasonable cost and watch how many of these out of town cars disappear also (hello I am talking to you blue Toyota that’s been in the heights for 3 1/2 years, registered in Illinois!)

  • Monty

    Until we get commercially available self-driving fully electric cars, I’d sooner do everything possible to reduce the number of cars on the road. They stink and are noisy and dangerous. Making them as unattractive to own as possible seems like a way to go. NYC has a few hundred traffic fatalities year on top of the awful pollution. Take the damn subway or ride a bike.

  • johnny cakes

    Whaa, whaa, whaa…

  • ujh

    A number of civic organizations and individuals worked for several years with elected officials on a residential parking permit (RPP) program covering the brownstone communities surrounding the Downtown Brooklyn business district. It turned out that NYC cannot create this program without approval from the Albany legislature. To that end, the Assembly and Senate must first pass a bill to waive the home rule restriction and than pass a bill to allow an RPP program to be established. Bills for the first step were introduced by Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Senator Dan Squadron. I don’t know whether that first bill passed.

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    My thoughts exactly. After watching that video, the guy said “I can’t have people over because there is no where for them to park.” Do your friends not know about this amazing thing called public transportation? It’s super cheap and you don’t have to deal with parking. Some of the people in this video cannot bike due to their age or agility, which I understand, but there are many who seriously don’t need a car.

  • StoptheChop

    Two bad residents don’t have the freedom that tour buses and tourists do to ignore parking regulations altogether, and to park freely in no standing zones without worrying about getting a ticket — the way the buses and tourists do to get “the shot” from Furman Street.

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  • mac

    The comments from past attempts at getting this done were that the Reps from the districts that included Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, etc….were pulling rank and defeating any attempts..they want their residents to be able to drive up to the Hts, park and take the subway. Now this I don’t understand, why drive on the Gowanus and BQE at all when you could take the train… NYC could have followed the model of several European and S.American cities and built public garages underneath their green spaces (Cadman Plaza park being a prime example)

  • Jorale-man

    Seriously! Where did she find these people? We may not have the most comfortable or modern subway system around, but it generally beats sitting in horn-honking traffic and then circling for a half-hour looking for an elusive space.

  • TMS

    It would be nice if there could be more affordable parking garages. Also, cars aren’t the biggest polluters. Meat/dairy eaters are. Check the facts. Here is but a sampling:
    Over a year:
    If you eat one less burger a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for 320
    miles or line-drying your clothes half the time.
    If your four-person family skips meat and cheese one day a week, it’s like taking your
    car off the road for five weeks – or reducing everyone’s daily showers by 3
    If your four-person family skips steak once a week, it’s like taking your car off
    the road for nearly three months.
    If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be
    like not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.

    Happy to discuss further but I suspect many will be defensive.

  • heights res

    Never understand why people choose to live in a city and then insist on acting like they’re in the suburbs….

  • Henry North

    If you can’t have people over because parking is difficult, move out to the suburbs. Your friends are clearly too stupid to figure out how to get around a city. We have abundant public transportation, and street parking is not all that bad, as long as you don’t insist on parking on your block. Having a car is a luxury, not a right, nor a necessity. (Also, that’s one of the most incoherent “reports” i’ve ever seen. The firehouse doesn’t share parking with anyone, they have designated spots that only they may use.)

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    Can I buy a vowel?

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    Right? One of the main reasons I decided to live in this neighborhood is because of the diversity of subway lines. 2/3/A/C all here with a quick walk to the F/4/5/R(when it works).

  • Andrew Porter

    Actually, several subway lines go under Cadman Plaza Park, including the A/C, so this is not really a good idea.

  • Remsen Resident

    While parking spaces may be limited, it still makes sense to have RPPs so that residents of the neighborhood get priority. But, a key to any successful parking solution for residents of the neighborhood is to finally get the police department to enforce parking regulations in the neighborhood even-handedly. It is galling that every single Sunday parishioners from other neighborhoods attend local churches and are allowed to park illegally. Not only do they park on sides of the street where parking is not permitted, but they park their SUVs with out of state license plates on the sidewalks, in the bike lanes, and in no-standing zones, creating extremely dangerous traffic conditions and property damage, yet the police consistently ignore it because the cars have Attending Liturgy signs on their dashboard, while they ticket other cars, perhaps of neighborhood residents unloading children or groceries, who are parked in the same area on sides of the street where parking is not permitted. How the NYPD can condone such blatant illegal activity, and give preferential treatment to religious group, is beyond comprehension.

  • Livingston

    If you can afford to own a car in this town, you can afford to pay for parking. Same for visiting friends, etc. I always tell visitors I know will be driving over the location of a few nearby garages, and then leave it up to them. Never seems to be an issue.

  • Monty

    The notion that the city is hard to visit is contradicted by the 50M tourists we get per year. The number of daily visitors to NYC would fill every home in LA.

  • Eddyde

    “If you can afford to own a car in this town, you can afford to pay for parking” Who are you to make that judgment? Where is your supporting data?

  • Eddyde

    “Having a car is a luxury, not a right, nor a necessity” Owning a car is as much a “right” as owning anything. Many people who live in the city do need to own a car, for various reasons.Who are you to determine those reasons to be illegitimate? Just because public transportation is available, does not mean it is always the best or even possible choice for many urban residents.

  • Livingston

    If you can afford to buy the car, pay the proper insurance, plus gas and maintenance, you are doing quite well in my book. And there are plenty of parking garages that are not $500/mo. BTW, I am not begrudging anyone to have a car (I’d love to have that option, too), just saying that car owners in NYC are not “owed” a free parking spot as a civic right or entitlement. You want the car, figuring out parking is part of the package. Stop complaining about how put out you are — you make the choice, you deal with it.

  • MonroeOrange

    you are right, the other parking garages are $499, and thats if they have a spot for you on a monthly basis!

  • Eddyde

    All you did is reiterate, you did nothing to back up your point. Your “book” is obviously ignorant of the fact that many working class people in NYC, need a car for their livelihood.

  • NateinNY

    While your assertion is correct, it somewhat misses the point. Automobiles harm a city by choking it with smog and dirt, creating congestion, and negatively impacting pedestrian life. Individuals should have to pay (significantly) for on street parking. Period. Internalize the externalizes, which will lead people to ask: is it really worth $100 (or more) a month to own a car in the most public transit-connected city in America? Most will reasonably give up the idea. Those who don’t will pay the actual cost of owing a car in New York City. It’s about time we made all street-parking paid parking.

  • NateinNY

    Yes, owning a car is a right. A right for which you MUST pay. Expecting the citizenry at large to provide pavement on which you can park your automobile is absurd. Pay for a spot or get rid of the car.

    No one who lives in brownstone Brooklyn needs a car. Bus. Train. Cab. Bike. Ferry. There are infinitely many possibilities. Pick one.

  • petercow

    Yes. I can own a sofa, too. Or five of them. That doesn’t mean I get to store them on a public street at no expense.

  • petercow

    Yes – the quality of life in the city would be 100x better, if only there were more parking garages. Jane Jacobs is spinning in her grave.

  • petercow

    This reminds me of when I led the battle to get the church on Henry to have their congregants stop parking their cars in the bike lane.

    The pastor there at the time (since moved on), said to me, “If people can’t drive to church, they won’t come.” LOLZ.

  • Eddyde

    Car owners do pay for the streets through taxes on gasoline etc. Also on that note, why then should drivers pay for part of your subway or bus fair?

  • chris

    I agree. Free on street parking is a farce. Why should car owners be handed out a 10′ x 6′ piece of property for free? What do I get, as a non-car owner, who should be equally entitled to that space? Nothing. I get more cars on the road trying their best to kill me!!!, smog, congestion, honking, noise, and delusional neighbors complaining for the brooklyn eagle.