The Greenfield/Vacca/Quinn Parking Panderfest Can’t Fix This

The viral video of the day, courtesy of Dan Amira at New York Mag, is this bout over a free parking space on the Upper East Side. It’s got all the hallmarks of NYC street dysfunction — traffic backups, aggressive use of motor vehicles, honking, road rage, left jabs.

In related news, David Greenfield, James Vacca, and Christine Quinn had a press conference yesterday to announce that the City Council has addressed the urgent need for “Muni-meter reform,” passing legislation to help people stop paying Muni-meters when free parking is in effect or the machine is out of paper to dispense receipts. If the mayor signs the bill, it will join the 5-minute grace period for parking scofflaws and the elimination of alt-side shaming stickers as the signature legislative accomplishments of the City Council transportation committee in the Quinn/Vacca era.

Of course, none of the City Council’s efforts to make parking less of a headache have actually addressed the real source of aggravation. There’s a fixed amount of curb space in the city, but almost all curbside parking is either free or underpriced, hence the chronic shortage of available parking. And the occasional outbreak of physical violence.


With Mark-Viverito as Speaker, Who Will Chair Transportation Committee?

Almost immediately after Melissa Mark-Viverito was elected city council speaker yesterday, she formed the council’s rules committee, installing her progressive caucus co-leader Brad Lander as its chair. Lander, like Mark-Viverito a livable streets stalwart who has also championed overhauling many of the council’s procedures, is now in a prime position to help pick who will […]

Vacca Looks to Squeeze $ From Bikes, But Won’t Touch the Price of Parking

The headline from today’s City Council transportation committee oversight hearing was Janette Sadik-Khan’s announcement that the official launch date for Citi Bike is Memorial Day. Meanwhile, for Transportation Committee Chair James Vacca, it was another occasion to flail at bikes and defend cheap parking under the guise of holding a budget hearing. Sadik-Khan kicked off the hearing […]

Q Poll: Chris Quinn’s Parking Agenda Out of Touch With New Yorkers

To hear Christine Quinn tell it, New Yorkers are crying out for relief from unjust parking policies. Over the last two years, it seems that when City Council members weren’t flogging legislation to add layers of bureaucracy to DOT’s street safety program, they were tripping over themselves to absolve motorists of one responsibility after another. […]