Cobble Hill steams over loss of parking to new construction, big car-share invasion
Merciless ticketing by City also cited as major gripe
Cobble Hill car owners have already lost street parking due to ongoing construction at the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site. Now drivers are getting ticketed and towed as the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has taken over more parking spaces in anticipation of the car-share pilot program.
DOT’s two-year pilot program is meant to promote car sharing by restricting roughly 300 parking spaces for exclusive use by companies like Zipcar and Enterprise.
Even though the program is not in operation yet, carshare signs have been posted at nine Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens locations, removing 18 local parking spots. Local residents say that police are swooping in to ticket and tow their cars even though no carshare vehicles are using the spaces.
“Residents received tickets right after the signs were installed and now several residents were booted and towed. This comes less than one week after the signs were installed,” the Cobble Hill Association (CHA) said in an e-blast.
“No special markings appear on the street and no other designation except a sign has been installed. Meaning everyone needs to read the parking signs carefully,” CHA adds. Fines could approach $500, the group said.
“Public land for private benefit,” Carroll Gardens resident Charles Harbutt told the Brooklyn Eagle. Harbutt was passing by one of the new car-share spaces at the intersection of Clinton and Warren streets. “There’s already a shortage with all the bicycles, which I don’t have a problem with. But it’s really become an absurdity how much commercial benefit [there is] at public expense.”
He added, “The last person who parked there got towed. He was booted, he was given two hours and $185 fine, and if he didn’t move his car within two hours it was going to be towed and he was going to be charged another $185.”
Pointing to Warren Street, Harbutt said, “There were cop cars standing on that corner, sitting and waiting. Parking is tough enough. If you have a family in this neighborhood you can’t make due with a bicycle.”
When DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced the carshare program, she said it would eventually take private cars off the road.
“Our carshare pilot will give New Yorkers a chance to try a new affordable, convenient transportation option, which we hope will also ease parking pressure at our curbs and reduce congestion,” she said in a statement.
CHA said it asked for a reprieve from the program because of the amount of parking already seized by construction on the LICH site and the upcoming Brooklyn-Queens Expressway rehabilitation that will continue for the next decade.
“Unfortunately, we were not spared in this initial trial and rollout,” CHA said.
The carshare signs don’t get in the way of UPS delivery trucks, however, who are suddenly finding new open spaces to park their vehicles while making deliveries.
Carshare Parking Spot Locations in Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens
Congress Street at Hicks Street
Clinton Street at Warren Street
Baltic Street at Court Street
Dean Street at Court Street
Columbia Street at Union Street
Clinton Street at President Street
Carroll Street at Henry Street
Henry Street at Woodhull Street
Court Street at Garnet Street
Leave a Comment
Leave a Comment