Parking Workshops Set for Queens and Brooklyn

The Department of Transportation will hold three more neighborhood parking workshops this week, two in Queens and one in Brooklyn.

In tandem with congestion pricing, residential parking permits and other curbside parking reforms being considered by DOT could eventually lead to city-wide reductions in neighborhood traffic and double parking. As shown by Streetsbloggers who have attended prior workshops, the presence of even one non-car owner — or someone who has a car but understands that public street space has value beyond its use as private vehicle storage — can shape the discussion.

Here is this week’s calendar:

Tuesday, 1/29: Long Island City
6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00
Citicorp Building
1 Court Square

Wednesday, 1/30: Forest Hills, Queens
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30
Forest Hills Jewish Center
106-06 Queens Boulevard

Thursday, 1/31: Park Slope, Brooklyn
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30
Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place (at 8th Ave.)

If you attend a workshop, and are able to take notes, please drop us a line with your report. 

  • Heffron

    The TA Queens Committee will definitely be at the LIC workshop and maybe the Forest Hills one as well. Hope to meet some of the streetsbloggers there.

  • I used to live in Long Island City a block away from the Citibank Tower, including during my last year of car ownership in 1996. The entire neighborhood filled up to the point of overstauration with employees of Citicorp and other local businesses on the weekday mornings, and emptied out just as reliably at 5. At least back then, there was a huge supply of free curbside parking not used by local residents that would attract park-‘n-riders under congestion pricing, far more reliably than the UES or UWS would given the excellent mass transit options in LIC. Unless things have chaged, RPPs should definitely be considered there.

  • Hilary

    Or would it be better to meter the parking in LIC so that the Citicorp employees help underwrite the cost of improvements to watertaxi/greenway/pedestrian alternatives? I’m sure there are also a lot of State employees driving there. Are they using a lot or placards to park on the street? How can you capture something from them?
    Reducing driving is best for the environment, but as long as there are parking spots that are empty during the day it’s hard to believe they will go unfilled. They should be milked for whatever they can yield.

  • Nicolo Machiavelli

    Mayor Bloomberg futiley tried to expand parking metering to Sundays and the City Council hit the ceiling. Though I don’t know his position I’m pretty sure that Lew from Brooklyn fought the “pay to pray” regs. Given that history, I’m not real optimistic of expanding parking revenue and/or coverage at this point.

  • Hilary

    However, parking meters on Sundays affect residents. From B/O’s description of LIC, the streets clear out on weekdays. Anyway, the RPP can be offered as a discount on the meter.

  • Corey Bearak

    On the Sunday parking meters, I always believed if NYCDOT instead proposed munimeters and provided longer hours (2-3) in those areas where churchgoers required longer hours, the Council bill would not have happened. In the areas where the uproar is greatest the church goers spend much longer in church.

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