Xaverian squabbles with its neighbors over precious public parking spots

Xaverian took three public parking spots when it has a parking lot, outraged residents claim

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Residents living around Xaverian High School are banding together to make sure that the Catholic school doesn’t take up any more of their cherished parking spots.

Civic leaders say they are working out a compromise with Xaverian High School, which got city permission to snatch up three public parking spots on 71st Street so it could put in a school bus loading zone. But neighbors have collected more than 200 signatures demanding that the Department of Transportation yank the no-parking signs it just installed.

“Xaverian High School is trying to obtain parking which is for the residents,” said McKay Place resident Agnes Kelly, who started the petition, and now claims that she has to park far from her building and carry her 2-year-old home. “People feel like the school gets away with everything because they have money and we’re nobody.”

Kelly said that she and her neighbors are tinkering with filing a lawsuit against the school to stop gobbling up any more spots — something some residents claim is long overdue.

“Bay Ridge is densely populated, so every spot on the street counts,” said McKay Place resident Bruce Pollack. “But the school is sneaking a change into the community without the community getting a say in it.”

Other residents found it odd that Xaverian would need a bus loading zone in the first place, since the school has plenty of private parking spaces.

“It’s annoying that the school is taking spaces when they’ve got a parking lot,” said Chris Hughes.

The Department of Transportation put in the bus loading zone so students wouldn’t have to cross a section of Shore Road without any traffic signals to get on a school bus. Spokesman Nick Mosquera said his agency will study the effect of its decision through June.

Xaverian President Robert Alesi said the school never asked for the signs and requested a stop light in front of the school.

Alesi says that he, Councilman Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge), and Community Board 10 district leader Jo Beckmann are hammering out a new plan that will make everyone happy.

“We have committed to work together to find a solution that serves the needs of all,” Alesi said. “Xaverian is sympathetic to the concerns of the residents in our surrounding community regarding the shortage of parking.”

Gentile staffers confirmed that the legislator was working on a solution, but would not reveal any details.

“The models aren’t ready yet, but it’ll show that what the school is really concerned about is safety,” said Gentile spokesman Justin Brannan.

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mike from GP says:
“Bay Ridge is densely populated, so every spot on the street counts,”

Which is why people count more than car parking spaces, and why the City should be pricing car parking spaces at a higher rate, and why the few residents with cars should realize that they are not guaranteed parking. Tough.
Sept. 27, 2012, 6:44 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Sorry Ralph, the city needs the revenue from parking tickets. The piggys need to fill the trough!

And "your" parking spaces are on your property.
Sept. 27, 2012, 7:22 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Why is this even a story? So the Brooklyn Paper has an excuse to run that idiotic picture of Ralphie boy again?
Sept. 27, 2012, 8:19 am
D from Brooklyn says:
200 signatures. 3 parking spaces. Driver math is funny!!!
Sept. 27, 2012, 8:59 am
MKA from Ft Greene says:
Agnes Kelly is insane (like most new yorkers who complain about parking) 3 spots is NOT going to affect how far she has to walk with her precious two-year old.
Sept. 27, 2012, 9:26 am
T from BR says:
If you believe that you are entitled to park right in front of your home so you don't have to walk more than a few feet or that there's such a thing as "your" parking space in this city, please move to the suburbs.
Sept. 27, 2012, 9:34 am
Jym from PLG says:
• 3 whole parking spaces, the horror! Talk about failing basic math, no wonder they're hostile to a school.

BTW, lovely targeted ad campaign on this page. I totally need a Jaguar XK convertible in my life. Then I can whine about parking, too!
Sept. 27, 2012, 11:56 am
D from Queens says:
Park in your driveway. The street is public property. If you don't have a driveway, tear down your living room and build a garage there. But don't pretend that you have any right to store personal property in public space.
Sept. 27, 2012, 1:14 pm
J from Saneland says:
From the looks of it Ralphie boy could stand to do a little more walking.

But seriously, these people are afflicted. I'm tempted to say that Agnes Kelly and her ilk would give up a handful of parking spots to keep their own kids out of traffic, but I wouldn't bet on it.
Sept. 27, 2012, 2:59 pm
Charles from Shore rd/Bay Ridge says:
His name is not Ralphie Boy. It is Ralph. He is a devoted local son. A long time community servant to Bay Ridge, He is a father. A grandfather, A fine man, not perfect, made mistakes, yes, but he certainly does not deserve to be referred to in such condescending terms as noted above. I tend to agree with another poster, that this really is not news, but I believe staffers at this paper are being fed local stories by a small collection of Shore Rd hillbillies, and unfortunately the vestigial gossip they feed these journalists winds up in print, I have seen it time & time again...
Sept. 27, 2012, 10:10 pm
Malembi from BK says:
Anyone who looks like that you know he's an ass hole
Sept. 28, 2012, 12:48 pm
Emely from Bay Ridge says:
Oh yep.
Oct. 1, 2012, 8:34 pm

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