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July 8, 2011

Illegal parking rampant around Atlantic Yards construction zone in Brooklyn

NY Daily News
by Erin Durkin

Illegal parking and phony parking placards are rampant around the Atlantic Yards construction site, locals and advocates say.

A recent survey by a local block association and Transportation Alternatives found 87 cars in no-parking areas on about four and a half blocks near the arena - and only four had legitimate placards that allowed them to be there.

Of the 83 illegally parked cars, a dozen had construction equipment displayed in the dashboard and another 11 had phony placards from police, fire, and construction unions, the survey found. None of the cars had been ticketed.

Neighbors and advocates point the finger at the massive construction site and the nearby 78th Precinct - saying parking rules are almost never enforced.

Meanwhile, the illegally parked cars block sidewalks, bus stops and fire hydrants and make it impossible for streets to be cleaned properly, Dean Street Block Association president Peter Krashes said.

"It's bad for the community. It's unsafe," he said. "I've never seen any tickets given to anybody."


Related coverage...

Atlantic Yards Report, Daily News follows up on "rampant" illegal parking around Atlantic Yards construction zone; AYR video shows NYPD placards on Sixth Avenue

The parking problem closest the Atlantic Yards arena site seems more the province of public safety agencies than anyone else--which means the Empire State Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner don't have much clout.

The video below, shot on Tuesday (7/5/11), shows most cars parked in front of No Standing and No Stopping signs on Sixth Avenue between Dean and Pacific streets had police department placards, with a few having fire department placards and some without any obvious placards.

Posted by eric at July 8, 2011 11:48 AM