Birth Announcement and Illegal Permit Parking

Aaron Naparstek, the editor of Streetsblog, and his wife Joanne Nerenberg announce the birth of their second son, Saul Oren Naparstek, Thursday, February 1, 2:01 pm. Saul weighed in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches tall. He was born at Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with a city government employee parked on the sidewalk, blocking access to a small park just outside the window of his room.

Perhaps that was why Joanne’s labor took 26 hours — Saul simply refused to be born into a world with as many city government contractors parked on the sidewalk as pictured below. Or, perhaps Saul’s father is a wee bit too focused on livable streets issues. Putting aside the government employee parking permit abuse and all the rest, everyone is healthy and happy.

  • Dan Icolari

    Wonderful news. Congratulations to Aaron, Joanne (and Saul!).

  • P

    Great photo! Congratulations.

  • Steve

    Congratulations, aaron. We’ll have him on a bike in no time.

  • So sweet. Our job never ends. And Saul will know that in a few years.

  • Sarah


  • Mazel tov!

  • Congrats Aaron and Joanne. Clarence, I know it’s hard to edit through 26 hours of labor, but when is the video going to be released?

  • Glenn – Oh, Jeepers!

  • alexis

    wonderful! mazel tov!

  • Eric

    Congrats, you guys. And Aaron, your lack of self-absorption (or is it total self-absorption?) is admirable. 😉

  • David Chesler

    Or, perhaps Saul’s father is a wee bit too focused on livable streets issues.


    Mazel tov!

  • mike

    Congrats Aaron!

  • karen

    I think that was the funniest birth announcement I’ve read. Congratulations.

  • Congratulations!!

  • ddartley

    Congrats!! Your focus on liveable streets makes you a good parent and neighbor. Throw eggs at anyone who disagrees.

  • Congrats and all that, but really, did you need to stoop to a livable streets pretext to work a picture of the kid onto the blog?

    You’ve done good work lo these many moons, you’re entitled to an off-topic entry on the occasion of Saul’s birth.

  • April

    Great photo.


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