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It’s a parking holiday! – Brooklyn Paper

It’s a parking holiday!

Alternate-side parking signs, like the one pictured, will no longer be the law of the land in South Park Slope, Greenwood Heights, Windsor Terrace, and Sunset Park.

Drivers rejoice!

Alternate-side parking will be suspended for three months in south Park Slope, Greenwood Heights, Windsor Terrace, and Sunset Park, bringing a temporary end to the Sisyphean task of moving cars to make way for street cleaning.

The city will suspend alternate-side rules starting March 25 in an area roughly bounded by Fourth Avenue, 15th Street, Prospect Park Southwest, Caton Avenue, Eighth Avenue, and 65th Street as workers install dozens of new signs with updated street cleaning regulations.

The new signage will reduce the frequency of street sweeping from two days per week to one day per week, according to the city.

But neighbors fear the parking holiday might attract spot-hogging drivers from other communities who are eager to ditch their cars for weeks at a time.

“I’m sure we’re gonna see cars that come in and never move,” said Aaron Brashear of Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Heights.

The city will also suspend regular street cleaning while it installs the signs, prompting concerns about trash-ridden streets, said Brashear.

The Department of Transportation says the communities will enjoy restriction-free parking for three months, while the city’s Department of Sanitation says the parking free-for-all will remain in effect until further notice.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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