Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Bruce Schaller

CB 6 Committee Gives Thumbs Up to Park Smart Expansion in Park Slope

4:50 PM EDT on October 22, 2010

In a short, quiet and rancor-free meeting, the Brooklyn Community Board 6 Transportation Committee last night approved a resolution supporting the expansion of NYC DOT's Park Smart pilot program throughout Park Slope's commercial streets.


When the Park Slope pilot launched in April 2009, the city raised the peak hour meter rate from 75 cents per hour to $1.50. A report released this June found that adjusting the price of parking had cut traffic by increasing the rate of turnover, which makes curbside spaces available more frequently. As the only Park Smart pilot currently outside Manhattan, the Park Slope project bears special significance for future attempts to introduce better curbside parking policy in the outer boroughs.

Last night, the committee voted in favor of expanding the Park Smart area and the time that peak hour rates are in effect. The resolution did not touch on increasing the peak meter rate to $2.25 per hour but rejected the idea of extending the time limit at curbside spaces from one hour to two hours.

DOT expects to carry out the following adjustments in the spring, when new Muni meters will be installed:

    • Extend peak meter rate hours to 7 p.m. (They're currently in effect from noon to 4 p.m.)
    • Expand the Park Smart zone so that it encompasses Fifth Avenue from Dean Street to to 15th Street, Seventh Avenue from Lincoln Place to 15th Street, 9th Street from Fourth Avenue to Sixth Avenue, and side-street spurs off of Fifth and Seventh Avenue

The interesting exchange of the evening happened when one committee member raised the prospect of extending the time limit from one hour to two hours.

Extending the time limits could wipe out the gains that the higher peak hour rates have achieved, explained DOT Deputy Commissioner Bruce Schaller. "The combination of the rate and one-hour time limit is affecting turnover," he said. "If you relax one of them, you have to make up for it with the other."

Schaller reinforced this point a minute later, when a committee member asked about finding "more of a balance between creating availability but also for the store keepers" (two interests that actually overlap a great deal). "We'd be open to a two-hour time frame if the pricing can compensate for the turnover," Schaller said.

So in the spring, Park Smart will be in effect all over Park Slope and cover all the hours when demand is highest, which is excellent news.

Still, this seems like a good time to turn to page 67 of ITDP's report "U.S. Parking Policies: An Overview of Management Strategies" [PDF]:

Time limits have been notoriously difficult to enforce, though some new technologies may make it easier. Alternatively, escalating prices with increasing duration of stay have proven effective at increasing turnover and yielding greater productivity from the same number of spaces.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

School Bus Driver Hits Cyclist, Injures 3, On Major Brooklyn School Bike Route

The crash happened on the route of the weekly Bergen bike bus.

September 21, 2023

City of Yes Yes Yes! Adams Calls for Elimination of Parking Mandates on ALL New Housing

Mayor Adams today announced the historic end to one of the city’s most antiquated — and despised — zoning laws requiring the construction of parking with every new development.

September 21, 2023

Cruise Ships Saddle Red Hook with Traffic ‘Nightmare,’ Toxic Fumes

Red Hook is drowning in traffic and smog from cruise ships Mayor Adams has touted as a "boost" to the economy.

September 21, 2023

Thursday Headlines: UN Hypocrisy Week Edition

The Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden preach climate action, yet still oppose better bus service. Plus other news.

September 21, 2023

Online Retailers Selling Illegal Batteries and Mopeds to City Buyers

Call it Amazon crime: The mammoth online retailer is selling illegal batteries and mopeds to city residents, despite such devices being forbidden from city streets.

September 21, 2023
See all posts