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Darn! Alternate-side parking returns to parts of Brooklyn Heights and area

The Brooklyn Paper

The holiday is almost over for Downtown, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and Fort Greene.

After eight weeks of total automotive freedom in a big portion of those neighborhoods, the city has finished updating alternate-side parking signs and will again begin enforcing the loathed parking law.

The new signs — which reduce alternate-side parking on most residential blocks from twice per week to once per week, and shorten its duration from three hours to an hour-and-a-half — are already in place, but the city will not begin ticketing drivers until Nov. 9, “giving residents two weeks to adjust to the new rules,” according to a Department of Transportation press release.

Still, confusion reigned this week along some of the irregularly-shaped district’s borders, like Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights, where many drivers received tickets that they did not expect.

That’s because Joralemon Street had actually been included in a previous wave of signage updates, with its parking amnesty ending in September, as reported in The Brooklyn Paper.

(Look closely at the map because some border streets are not included in the zone, but others are).

Neighborhoods including Park Slope, Red Hook, and other parts of Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn and Clinton Hill have already received new signs — preceded by weeks without any enforcement at all to give the city enough time to install the new signage on every block in a particular zone before traffic enforcement agents returned to doing what they do best.

Updated 5:55 pm, October 28, 2009: Story was updated to reflect what is happening — right now! — on the street!
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Bob from Brooklyn Heights says:
In fairness, anyone who got a ticket on Joralemon should have it waived. If Councilman Yassky's still on duty, maybe he can help.

And the idiot DOS functionary who released the boundary map should be FIRED. Out. Kaput! (At the very least, he should apologize for screwing so many people.)

Look at the map -- why wouldn't someone assume Joralemon is included?
Oct. 27, 2009, 5:44 pm
sid from Boerum Hill says:
They don't waive them you have to plead not guilty. I got one on a street that was clearly in the zone(and its only alternate side street street cleaning parking- the one with a picture of a broom). You have to plead not guilty. They won't waive them all. One of the reasons has to do with the past history of Councilmembers being bribed around parking tickets.
BTW if if you are guilty they normally offer you a discount.
Oct. 27, 2009, 11:29 pm
mike from GP says:
Geez, enough with the Alternate-side parking coverage! There are more important issues going on in Brooklyn than the silly little trivial things motorists carp on about all the time.
Oct. 28, 2009, 12:55 am
porky from slope says:
—— you.
June 24, 2010, 8:35 am

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