Today’s Headlines

  • Full Council to Vote on Residential Parking Permits Today (NYT, News, Bklyn Paper, NY1)
  • Marty Golden Pledges Opposition: “You Should Be Able to Park Wherever You Want” (Post)
  • Koch Gives History Lesson at DOT Walk to School Event (DNAinfo)
  • In Ray Kelly’s NYPD, Internal Affairs Turns Blind Eye to Corruption (NYT)
  • Stringer, De Blasio and Thompson Critique Bloomberg and Christie, Back Commuter Tax (NYT)
  • Two Brooklyn Boys on Bike Injured, One Critically, by Suspected Drag Racers (Gothamist, NY1)
  • Bus Stop to Be Placed in Front of School Where Student Was Killed by Truck Driver (Advance)
  • Trial Continues for Man Who Put Woman in Coma Over Village Parking Spot (Post, NY1)
  • MTA Announces Long Island Bus Layoffs as Nassau Preps for Privatization (Transpo Nation)
  • DNAinfo Gets Inside Look at East Side Access
  • Sadik-Khan, Charles Fuschillo to Headline TSTC Annual Benefit — Tonight! (MTR)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Headline Mashups

    Marty Golden Puts Woman in Coma Over Village Parking Spot, Ray Kelly’s NYPD Turns a Blind Eye, Stringer, De Blasio and Thompson Critique Bloomberg.

  • Golden Boy

    Kind of amazing the mentality going on in Marty’s head here where you think about it. Homeowners and building owners have to pay for water, but not parking?

    If you should be able to park wherever you want, can I park at Marty Golden’s house?

  • Anonymous

    In the buried lead category, from the NYT:  “One former Internal Affairs Bureau investigator who was involved in
    scores of cases in recent years said the number of corruption complaints
    — “logs” in police parlance — had been on the rise, climbing to about
    65,000 a year from about 45,000 a year in a little under a decade.”

    Wow.

  • Central Park user

    The branch clean up from last Saturday’s storm continues in Central Park.  Additionally preparations are going on for the NYC marathon coming up this Sunday.  The result: a 4th glorious morning of a car-free Central Park!!!  Central Park had been completely car free since Monday until today.  I would be delighted if the branch clean up could extend into next week and have some car-free days next week too.

  • Charles_Siegel

    Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg, who supported residential permit parking
    when it was part of his congestion-pricing proposal, backed off
    yesterday.
    “I don’t know. I have to take a look at it,” he said.
    “It has its advantages and disadvantages. Residents like it, and
    merchants tend not to like it … because they want turnover in the
    parking spaces.”

    This doesn’t make sense to me.  Permit parking usually allows short-term parking (maybe two hours) by people who don’t have permits.  Without permit parking, off-street spaces near shopping streets fill up with employees, who get there early and take up a space for an entire day.  With permit parking, employees cannot use them, and they are available for shoppers. Permit parking gives merchants the turnover that they want.

  • Eric McClure

    Marty Golden, and Lew Fidler, were happy to make the trek from South Brooklyn to shill for the arena at Atlantic Yards hearings, but they don’t want to help those who will bear the brunt of the arena’s traffic? “Hypocrites” is too kind a term.

  • JK

    Seems to be lots of wishful thinking around RPPs, and some unmentioned benefits. Some clarifications:
    > They won’t allow you to park free in metered spaces.
    > Nowhere in the US are they priced high enough to effect behavior. Won’t be in NYC either. (Don’t worry Lou Fiddler.)
    > They probably won’t reduce cruising in the absence of more meters and meters priced to create turnover. In RPP neighborhoods there are far more residents with cars than curbside spots. RPP will be a “hunting license” to bag a spot, not a guarantee of a spot.
    >The UPS guy and plumber need to park somewhere. Also, people unfamiliar with local RPP rules are going to cruise on gameday no matter what. Look at RPP nabes in Philly or Boston.
    > The real issue in Brownstone Bklyn is who wins upcoming War of the Permits? Residents or govt placard holders? Will placards be null in RPP zones? Will those placard holders park at meters then? Hello State Courts and NYPD.
    > RPP has unmentioned additional bonuses: They will hopefully be restricted to car owners with a vehicle registered and insured within the RPP zone. In some nabes a quarter vehicles are registered out of state to get lower insurance. Lots of those out of state vehicles also have lots of unpaid parking tickets and moving violations.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Seems to be lots of wishful thinking around RPPs.”  It depends on the details.

    “Nowhere in the US are they priced high enough to effect behavior. Won’t be in NYC either. (Don’t worry Lou Fiddler).”

    However if, as I suggest, in “parking shortage” areas permits are limited to those registered and insured in the area on the date of enactment, with future permits only issued as existing ones are returned, then there would be an upper limit on parked cars.

    Among other things, this might reduce opposition to parking-reduced development.  The new residents would not be permitted to compete for on-street spots.  They would have to live car-free or live elsewhere.

    As to price, existing car owners could be “grandfathered” with a small fee of $10 per month.  But future permit holders could be required to bid in auctions as permits become available, with the market setting the price.  Our pols love to screw future generations, so that might sell.
     “In RPP neighborhoods there are far more residents with cars than curbside spots. RPP will be a ‘hunting license’ to bag a spot, not a guarantee of a spot.”

    See above.  Take out the current vehicles registered out of state, and then restrict the number of permits in places with scarcity, and the need to hunt goes down, because there would at least be SOME vacancy.
     ‘The UPS guy and plumber need to park somewhere.”

    So do visitors, and I’m not offended by park and ride.  Which is why I suggest limiting permit-only parking to the overnight hours, starting soon enough to prevent people from parking at night events at the arena.

    “The real issue in Brownstone Bklyn is who wins upcoming War of the Permits? Residents or govt placard holders? Will placards be null in RPP zones? Will those placard holders park at meters then? Hello State Courts and NYPD.”

    This is a Brooklyn Heights issue first and foremost.  Where I live, at least, the limited number of residents who drive to work more than offsets the limited number of non-residents who park in the neighborhood during the day.  Daytime parking is no problem.

  • kevd

    I hate myself for this… but…..

    Eric, they made the trek from “Southern Brooklyn”.  Atlantic yards is really, really close to South Brooklyn.  Practically across the street, in fact.  So it would be hard to call that a trek.

    “South Brooklyn” refers to that was just south of the city of Brooklyn, when the city of Brooklyn was just downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights.  Basically, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill – maybe some of Park Slope too.  I’m not certain of its eastern border…. probably the old border of the Town of Brooklyn within a not yet consolidated King’s County.

    “Southern Brooklyn” =/ “South Brookly

  • kevd

    -n”

  • The Golden Rule

    I’d like to park my foot in Marty Golden’s…

  • Larry Littlefield

    Over on Room Eight, someone just called my attention to this.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/nypd-benefits-control-crooked-cops-pensions-article-1.967546

    A bill JUST passed allowing NYC police officers convicted of misconduct to keep their pension.  A request to pass it had passed the NYC Council 49-0 with no debate, it passed the state legislature with no debate, and Governor Cuomo signed it, all with no attention whatsoever.

    “The home rule message was sent to Albany, and again with little public discourse, the Pension Protection Bill for city police officers and firefighters passed both the Assembly (128-14) and Senate (61-1) and was signed by Gov. Cuomo in September.
    The lone elected official to voice opposition was Mayor Bloomberg.”

    He didn’t protest loudly enough.

  • Eric McClure

    @kevd, when I look at a map, the arena and the locations where Golden and Fidler did their grandstanding are closer to the northern border of Brooklyn than they are to the southern coast. And Golden and Fidler represent parts of the borough that, relatively speaking, are nowhere close to Atlantic Yards. Anyway, you know what I meant — they were happy to foist the arena and the traffic it will generate on whatever part of Brooklyn you want to call it, but would stand in the way of an RPP program that wouldn’t affect their districts in any way, shape or form.

  • kevd

    I’m not arguing your point, just letting you know that you used an incorrect name  for the area they represent. They represent areas in southern Brooklyn
    not South Brooklyn.

    South Brooklyn is actually in the middle of Brooklyn as indicated in my comment below.  It’s a very common mistake.

  • kevd

    And yes, I knew what you meant and agree.  
    I just have a big pet peeve about the whole South Brooklyn, southern Brooklyn thing, and its is physically hard for me to not correct the mistake when I see it.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Wait a minute. Why did a bill that allows police officers found guilty of misconduct to keep their pensions pass right now?  Without debate, and with virtually all the the pols in favor?  What was behind it?

    The ticket fixing scandal?  And who, other than police officers, might be culpable?  What does the police union have on whom?  

    This may be outside my expertise.  For once, it may not be about the money.

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