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  • KXrVrii1

    I think you are correct, the idea is not that you can park on both sides, but that you aren’t forced to move your car to the alternate side.

    Re selective enforcement, check if the cars have handicapped or doctor placards, they are allowed to park regardless of alternate side rules. In a couple of streets, there are enough people with such plates that other people assume it must be legal, and ticket agents happily ticket them.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    On a slightly related note, I’ve noticed a car (white Lexus sedan, NY plates GJE 1250, ridiculously tinted windows) that regularly parks in front of several neighborhood churches under the protection of a placard in its windshield indicating that the driver is a chaplain with the NYPD. Has anyone else noticed this car?

    Here’s the thing:

    I’ve seen the guy who drives the car and he does not look like a chaplain, or even a cop. He looks like a 29-year-old hipster.

    Also? A couple years ago he used to park in front of my building for days on end, same car, but back then the placard said he was with ICE.

    If my suspicions are correct and his placard is inauthentic, I suppose his crime is mainly victimless, but there are plenty of times I’ve seen him parked in such a way that he would potentially obstruct a ladder truck or other first responder vehicle. And as someone who owns a car and drags it across the street every week, I guess the notion that someone else just cheats with impunity does sting a little.

    If I’m wrong and he’s actually a chaplain, then he’s still definitely a careless motorist.

  • PUFFS

    Per recent Eagle article developer to reap a meager 448M for a measly 52M purchase price. Nice piece of work if you can get it!

  • KXrVrii1

    I think it is the sort of program ran by the PBA in the link below – they officially take the position these things are not enforceable, but I bet the lowly traffic agent who decides to ticket one gets some pressure from the boys in blue.

    https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2010/06/15/want-the-best-deal-on-parking-get-yourself-a-police-surgeon-placard/

    Beyond that, it isn’t hard at all to become a “chaplain.”

    Note even the MD plates are abused, as they only allow 3hr parking within a certain range of a hospital or practice area, or 1hr for house calls (as if those still exist.) But it seems like this is also rarely enforced, maybe because they also get the “Police Surgeon” PBA cards, or just because it is hard to enforce…

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Perhaps I got the “meter regulation” part wrong, it was around 20 years ago, but yeah, it’s not the same as ASP. Far be it from the City of New York to have confusing, misleading rules… LOL.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    I think the place is owned by a Hasidic group. So who knows, it could be a scam or they might just not have a clue what they are doing.

  • Teresa

    I think that is strictly true, but it hasn’t been enforced in the neighborhood for years, and a while back (probably 10 years), I was told by someone official for snow removal purposes, even parking on the 8-6 streets was considered suspended.

  • Jorale-man

    Somewhat related, there’s also the whole right of Joralemon Street that’s parked with city vehicles every weekday despite it the no-parking signs. Why doesn’t the city just designate it “city worker parking” rather than continuing the confusing charade? Never mind that Joralemon is really too narrow for parking on both sides.

  • Slyone

    I got a ticket for this about a decade ago on Cranberry Street. Out of nowhere, the traffic cops decide to treat those signs as different than alternate side parking regulation signs (this was one time after years of treating them as alternate side parking regs). I and the entire line of cars that were ticketed (because we all failed to move our cars on a day when alternate side paring was suspended, as we always did) challenged the ticket. Can’t say what happened with everyone else, but I went in person, the judge agreed with me, and ticket was invalidated.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Do you mean on the north side of the street between Sidney Pl and Henry? I’ve had visiting motorists ask me on at least a few occasions whether they could park there, clearly confused by the line of parked cars, sometimes with a couple wheels up on the curb.

  • cool

    Rumor has it- cooks companion to close….

  • redlola

    was there some type of irony here that i missed or are you just being outright anti-semitic

  • Reggie

    Your calculation is based on a $0/square foot construction cost and $0/month of soft costs. Let’s try that math again.

  • KBells40

    Noooo! I hope not.

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

    My wife confirmed. The owner wants to retire. Very sad for us.

  • Reggie

    The Bossert is owned by David Bistricer and Joseph Chetrit. Both are Orthodox but not Hasidic. Both own millions of dollars of real estate, making the long delay here even more mystifying.

  • William

    Oh no, this is such a great store and so useful! I can’t seem to walk by without going in to peruse. This is really sad.

  • Jorale-man

    Correct… really from Clinton to Henry. I’ve had the same questions from visitors. I tell them the city vehicles are there illegally but they’re essentially above the law. (Edit: and so true about the wheels up on the curb too. Ugh.)

  • Banet

    I confirmed as well. Just walked by and there’s a sign in the window. I don’t understand why they have to close because the owner wants to retire. I think really they just can’t afford an increase in rent.

    After all, the owner can’t be much over 50 at the most and why wouldn’t you try to sell your business? If it’s marginally profitable someone would pay you *something*.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Not anti semitic, just pointing out common possibilities, related to a religious cult.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    While child abuse, sexual abuse, and corruption within Brooklyn’s Hasidic communities is well documented (*see just a few examples below), it would be news to me that they are also running deliberate scams through building projects they’re involved in. And you might know more about this than I do but perhaps their insularity makes them difficult clients or contractors, which can slow progress on job sites? Or, like the former Starbucks down the block, perhaps the stalled project might be used as a tax loophole? In any case, while I would never conflate your assumption with antisemitism, it does seem to jump a certain gap containing absence of one or two pieces of evidence.

    *https://forward.com/opinion/341076/its-time-orthodox-jews-speak-out-against-shomrim-patrol/
    *http://www.newsweek.com/2016/03/11/child-abuse-allegations-hasidic-ultraorthodox-jewish-community-brooklyn-432688.html
    *http://gothamist.com/2016/06/17/shomrim_patrol_brooklyn.php

  • Andrew Porter

    They told me the Clinton/Cadman pit is actually 60 feet deep. It was not excavated completely because they need a dirt ramp to get construction equipment up and down, until concrete is finished being poured.

  • Andrew Porter

    More methane to be generated in landfills. Big win for climate deniers!

  • Andrew Porter

    Basic framing done well and inexpensively at Montague Framing, downstairs on Montague. Don’t know if they deliver.

  • Andrew Porter

    Look for the owner, or at lest the guy I’ve dealt with many times. Here’s my photo of him:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/259b0ef5300d1398a00a3fc63342f9a56adc9327dc88b6f1b57de86b3e5a6002.jpg

  • Andrew Porter

    A front for the International Gefilte Fish cartel…

  • Andrew Porter

    A little late, here’s another Old BH Postcard. This is positively the last Hotel St. George postcard, this time showing a fireplace in the hotel, probably in one of the oldest buildings:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9baf0137ef2a0bc1590f7dd2f9cc2045e81112e0cee0823076ff7e16ec78ba40.jpg

  • Reggie
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    The “Kars for Kids” is a Hasidic run campaign. It is falsely implied as charity for all kids, but the money only goes to the Hasidic community. IMHO that is a scam. Not to mention its jingle driving many to the brink of insanity.

  • gcarl

    Can anyone tell me the reason for the international flags around Columbus Park in front of Borough Hall? I just saw them yesterday for the first time.