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  • StudioBrooklyn

    Sounds like a problem that could be surmounted with sensible rule-making.

    For example, have different tiers of permits that can be purchased and displayed in any combination one likes: city-wide, which entitle you to a certain number of hours at a time, borough- or zone-wide, which entitle you to a certain number of days at a time, and neighborhood-wide, which are more or less year-round permits. If you work in the city, purchase the permit for the city and the borough; if you only use your car to go out of town on the weekends, just get the neighborhood permit.

    Not perfect, but just an idea off the cuff.

    I suspect the reason they don’t do this is because it would result in fewer people getting parking tickets, and therefore less revenue for the city.


    Hope so too. Otherwise, ten years from now, this will have been the 4th Window Festival sponsored by Apple ..

  • Arch Stanton

    Yeah, 2 yeas at least.

  • Arch Stanton

    Roughly half the households have a car equals roughly half the people have access to a car.
    There is far more Sidewalk space than parking spaces.
    The automobile is a legitimate mode of transportation. People need not be unduly taxed or penalized for owning one. If you think it’s right to charge for every single parking space than bicycles should be registered, insured and pay for on street parking as well. But I’ll bet you don’t want that…

  • Arch Stanton

    It doesn’t cost the city anything to let someone park a car on the street. But the city makes hundreds of millions a year in parking tickets, so there’s your parking fee.

  • Arch Stanton

    People mainly do it for lower insurance premiums. However, If they are ever in a serious accident and investigated, they can find themselves in real trouble…

  • Arch Stanton

    The Irony is, it’s not that expensive to insure a car in NYC anymore. I pay less than a grand a year for liability. 20 years ago it was 3 times that..

  • MaggieO

    Looks messy from the DOB info. Stop work orders from 2015 are shown as resolved or partially resolved and a couple of the construction permits are still active but apparently their temporary construction fence permit expired in 2016 and there’s an open violation for that. Even more fun, the GC listed on that violation doesn’t have an active DOB license… so… yeah… doesn’t look good. Time to find out who owns the property and see what the heck is up.

  • MaggieO

    well it looks like the demolition permits were issued at the beginning of March and they had another couple permits in the works that were approved in April. sounds like they’re probably still working on getting all the necessary approvals.

  • KBells40

    They have been actively in demo mode for a month or so. About half the structure is gone, last time I looked.

  • Banet

    I’d be fine with registering and insuring bikes, though it seems like massive overkill considering there’s only been a single death caused by a cyclist in the city in the last decade as compared to well over 1,000 deaths by auto in the same time period.

    As far as registration costs, the cost of registering a car in NY is tied to the weight of the vehicle. So If it’s $32.50 to register a 2,000 pound car, then a 40 pound bike should cost 2% as much — or 65 cents a year. (Some might argue the registration fee should be based on the volume of space the vehicle takes up, but that’s not how the state does it.)

    As far as paying for parking, sure — as long as the cost is also commensurate with the amount of space they take. So if a car pays $2/hour then the bike should pay 20 cents an hour.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Yep demo is well in progrress. Don’t walk by on a windy day, tons of dust coming off the demo. Looks like the relief panels from the front were removed early on (they’re supposed to go into storage pending adaptive reuse somewhere) – anyone can confirm this actually happened?

  • Joey

    I think the sidewalk in front of Starbucks, Honeygrow and the Equinox is consistently more filthy than the sidewalk in front of Packer School from my observation.

  • Jorale-man

    Those businesses are definitely part of the problem too. But I’ll never understand what prompts someone to drop their used food wrappers or soda cans on the ground where they work or live, rather than taking it to a garbage can.

    Speaking of Packer School, I see there’s an evacuation this afternoon (Friday) with fire trucks all around. Anyone know what the story is?

  • B.

    So funny. No such entity, at least on Joralemon Streeet, called the Packer School. The name is, as I wrote in my comment, the Packer Collegiate Institute.

    “Packer” for short.

    Yes, our Brooklyn streets are a mess.

  • Carlo Trigiani

    It depends on the value of the car. Bottom line, if you live in Brooklyn, your car should be registered in Brooklyn. Parking permits would force residents to register and insure their car in Brooklyn. Pretty simple.

  • Carlo Trigiani

    Why should those who don’t cheat subsidize those who do? It’s so obvious. There are six people in my 33 unit building who don’t have New York plates. I can assure you, they put their heads on the pillow at least five nights a week in Brooklyn. As they say on MNF, “Come on man!”

  • Arch Stanton

    I agree, it’s a sham, like I said, If they get caught the’ll realize it so wasn’t worth it…

  • Carlo Trigiani

    I forgot. I live in a sanctuary city. The thing that gets my goat is I pay 13% on every dollar I make in NYC and state and cant get the government, who all get paychecks and pensions funded by me, to do their job. I pay $2600 a year to an insurance company (never been in a wreck, by the way) and when I call them to inform them people are ripping them off and I can help, they tell me there is nothing they can do. Well that’s not good enough. Residential permit parking would help solve both problems. There are other cards to play… Lots of problems to solve…

  • B.

    Maybe the demolition-happy developer, who has as yet put no money down at all for his purchase, will emulate The Donald, who had promised the Bonwit Teller friezes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then destroyed them to save removing and moving costs.

    Whoops, he said, sorry, well, they weren’t so great anyway, no loss, who’d want to look at them? or something to that effect.

  • Claude Scales

    I was told that they have been preserved and will be displayed inside the new library.

  • Pierrepont

    It has now been a full four weeks of fire alarms blaring loudly from the building at 2 Pierrepont Street between the hours of roughly 8AM and 4PM, with a perverse hour off for lunch. Bells, bells and more bells, loudly polluting the playground, for what purpose? A month?! There is no way D.O.B. gave that GC the right to let them ring the alarms for hours at a time! The formal noise complaint I filed with 311 probably won’t impact much, but if others in the “blast radius” complain also, we may get somewhere.

  • Christopher Frank

    After watching Vinegar Hill try to get them, it’s clear that residential parking permits will never exist in NYC. Due to the way the law is written, the State has to approve any parking permit program and guess who runs that show, NYC suburb representatives. Lots of people drive into and park in the city everyday and would riot if they couldn’t, so any permit plan is DOA…

  • Carlo Trigiani

    Levin’s office blamed the state. Sqadron’s office blamed the city. Residential parking permits would force the out of state plates to register in NYC, force the Long Islanders to take public transportation, force the insurance rate evaders to pay their fair share. The fees from permits could be used to rebuild infra-structure. Call Glomani Bravo Lopez at 718 643-6620 (Levin’s office) and Robby Young at 212 298-5565. Remind them they work for us. I’m ready to riot!!!