Alternate Side Parking in Effect Next Week

Our friends at Community Board 2 have sent us this notice:

Alternate Side Parking is suspended through 5/17. It will resume fr0m 5/18-5/24 for cleaning & be suspended again from 5/25 through 6/7.

Update: CB 2 has further advised us that DOT’s announcement failed to note that, during the affected week, alternate side rules will be suspended for two religious holidays. These are Thursday, May 21, for the Solemnity of the Ascension, and Sunday, May 24, for Eid Al-Fitr. The days when alternate side rules will be in effect are thus Monday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 20 and Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23.

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  • Cranberry Beret

    What’s the deal with the cars parked on both sides of Hicks between Pierrepont and Clark right now?
    This block is one of the special types of Heights streets where parking is only allowed on one side – west side most days, east side Wednesdays only.
    Normally, if alternate-side parking rules are to be suspended on a Wednesday, this allows cars to park legally on both sides, but if it’s suspended on any other day, nothing changes (can park on the west side, but cannot park on the east side because signage there is “Wednesdays only”).
    All bets are off in these COVID days when the ASP suspension has gone on for weeks straight.
    Now, far be it from me to suggest that the traffic cops should start handing out tickets, because I’m no fan of their over-zealous, incorrect enforcement during the normal suspension days.
    But, I have noticed that the two-sided parking on this block is a nuisance. Biking over the weekend, I saw a long line of honking cars stuck behind a delivery vehicle blocking the whole road (it had no where to pull over), and even when traffic was flowing, cars tried to pass me but there really wasn’t enough room. It seems like the normal 1-sided parking rule is in place for a reason.

  • Robert Perris

    The notice from Notify NYC failed to mention that within the period when street cleaning will resume are two days when Alternate Side Parking (ASP) regulations are suspended for religious holidays. Thursday, May 21, is the Solemnity of the Ascension, and Sunday, May 24, is the first day of Eid Al-Fitr. I will send out a revised notice later in the week.

    CB, I have explained this before but will try to do so again succinctly. The narrow streets in Brooklyn Heights where parking is permitted on one side of the street on six days of the week and the other side on the remaining day, generally either a Tuesday or a Wednesday, are treated as if they were subject to Alternate Side Parking. The Vehicle and Traffic Law originally did not create this equivalency but the law was amended. I have tried to get the law changed back to the original language but DOT has declined to take up the matter. I consider this a public safety issue.

  • Andrew Porter

    My street is always very clean, so this will mostly affect people who have been warehousing their cars during the crisis.

    There was an article in The New York Times recently about how rats have colonized car engine compartments, and feasted on other parts of the cars, during lockdown. Hope no one has any unexpected surprises when they try to move their cars!

  • Cranberry Beret

    Thanks Robert
    Are you implying that when Alternate Side Parking regulations are suspended, it’s permitted to park on BOTH sides of the street in such zones?

  • Robert Perris

    Oh, I am not implying; I am making a statement of fact “that when Alternate Side Parking regulations are suspended, it’s permitted to park on BOTH sides of the street in such zones.” In the past, I have posted the relevant section of the VTL to assist drivers who received parking tickets from over-zealous enforcement agents.