Tree-son! New Jay St. planters moved to bus lane, illegal parking resumes

Oak-ay: The trees in their proper place.
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It is a trans-plant!

The city’s attempts to use huge tree-filled planters to block drivers from parking illegally on Jay Street have already been stumped, as some scofflaw managed to move them into a bus lane just days later.

The Department of Transportation placed the pots in the striped area between the coach and bike lanes on Friday, but some sneak had toppled the topiary by Monday morning, somehow moving it into the red bus zone, and motorists went back to storing their vehicles in the forbidden area.

Whoever did it was packing some serious flower power — the city finally sent workers to move the errant greenery back to its rightful place on Wednesday, and it took two burly men to move each pot.

One worker tried to shuffle the shrub using a package cart, but was eventually forced to call in reinforcements — and they still weren’t able to complete the job, as an illegally parked car was in the way.

Once the bus lane was planter-free, a police officer drove up and parked there, blocking it once again.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Branching out: The planters are now blocking buses, and drivers are parking illegally again.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: The city moved the planters — and we got video!
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Time to bolt them down. Maybe a citizen stakeout to see who's doing it, because they're sure to try again.
March 29, 2017, 2:35 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Here comes a bunch of whining about the heros that protect us engaging in "placard abuse". The ingrates demanding that police and firefighters give up their cars and take public transportation to work are a blight on society.
March 29, 2017, 5:21 pm
Frank from Furter says:
Most cities that require people to drive provide off street parking
The City is building an underground garage near by but the employees don't like walking even that far. Corrections and court officers do not need to drive but they actually take up most of the illegal parking...really
March 29, 2017, 5:36 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Just enforce the law, and this won't be happening anymore.
March 29, 2017, 5:49 pm
Jack from Brooklyn says:
The ingrate police and firefighters that park illegally (endangering residents) throughout transit rich Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn are a blight on society.
March 29, 2017, 5:56 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Perhaps those ingrates should stay home, and leave us to defend ourselves and put out our own fires. I kinda like it from a libertarian pov, but I'd actually pity what would happen to the snowflakes.
March 29, 2017, 6:08 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Just plant a small tree in the hood of every car that is parked illegally. That are will look better, and when the car is moved we have beauty in motion.
March 30, 2017, 9:28 am
djx from Harlem, formerly Brooklyn says:
"The ingrates demanding that police and firefighters give up their cars and take public transportation to work are a blight on society."

Is this satire?
March 30, 2017, 9:35 am
djx from Harlem, formerly Brooklyn says:
@Henry Ford

If the drivers are not willing to do the job unless they are allowed to break the law by parking whereever they want, they should quit.

It's quite simple. I'd like them all to quit. I don't want law enforcement officers thinking they are above the law. Ditto any public servant. Ditto anyone.

It's easy. If the pay and legal benefits, which I strongly defend and support, are not enough, quit.
March 30, 2017, 9:40 am
Jack from Brooklyn says:
@ Henry Ford,

Good, if the corrupt placard abusers quit their jobs then the city won't have to pay as many useless lazy slobs.
March 30, 2017, 9:41 am
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Henry Ford, what other law breaking by police officers do you tolerate?
March 30, 2017, 10:03 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You should all feel free not to call 911 the next time your life is in danger, if you all hate the first responders so much. I'd rather have them park in a no standing zone and be there when I need them, thanks.
March 30, 2017, 10:30 am
ucrane from Boerum Hill says:
@HenryFord: If a first-responder is actually responding to an emergency, then yes, they ought to have some leeway in where they park emergency vehicles. But you and I both know this is far from the case. Many park their personal vehicles anywhere they so please because they can't fathom taking transit in the most transit-rich part of the country, and they park emergency vehicles haphazardly when there is in fact no emergency nearby. We don't have to accept rampant lawbreaking by the very people who are supposed to enforce said law, or else forfeit our access to the services they are paid generously to provide.
March 30, 2017, 10:43 am
ujh from Downtown Brooklyn says:
I wonder when this "photo op" took place. I walked by the bus stop yesterday (March 29) and saw only one planter with a measly shrub placed at the northern end of the "gap" in the red-painted parking lane, through which buses leave the stop. The purpose of the planter looks like protection from potential damage by buses for the first car of a series parked legally on the red-painted lane from that spot to the corner of Jay and Johnson Streets.
March 30, 2017, 10:57 am
Gary from Park Slope says:
We just want the police and firefighters and the many other placard holders (heros or otherwise) to abide by the law. If they drive, park legally. Their placards do not allow them to park in bus lanes, bike lanes, cross-walks, no standing zones, in front of fire hydrants, on the sidewalk, etc.
March 30, 2017, 11:04 am
AMH says:
Of course no one can support law enforcement while also expecting them to respect the law and their fellow citizens. It's one or the other, people!
March 30, 2017, 12:27 pm
Tomankwa from Flatbush says:
It's not illegal if you need to make an Emergency park!!!
March 30, 2017, 2:31 pm
Tyler from pps says:
There's no such thing as an "emergency park."
March 30, 2017, 2:58 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
Maybe you just are running with a bad plan. There is parking demand that is not going away and your plan must take account for it. You can't wish it away as you are doing now.
March 30, 2017, 4:48 pm
Peter from Brooklyn says:
@ Tom from Sunset Park
Parking demand will eventually go away if supply goes away. There's no need to supply it on or around Jay Street.
March 30, 2017, 5:17 pm
Marcy from Marine Park says:
Peter - maybe you are unfamiliar with the law of supply and demand. Decreasing supply increases demand.
The fewer parking spaces available, the more likely people are to park illegally. I'm not condoning it (or doing it), but removing won't make people want to do it less.
March 31, 2017, 3:33 am
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
Can't a meter maid just stand there and ticket all the parkers? I mean, the city loves to make money off of fines. If there's a lot of fines to be written, it's money in the bank. Also, the risk of tickets is enough to deter people from parking there.
March 31, 2017, 7:15 am
Peter from Brooklyn says:

If the city starting eliminating parking drivers will eventually get the hint.
March 31, 2017, 12:05 pm
Feminist from Bushwick says:
Nice work man-splaining there Peter! I'm sure that a "dumb little girl" like Molly needs a "big strong man" like you to explain this to her!!! Yeah right!!! You pig!!
March 31, 2017, 1:07 pm
Waldo McCourtney from Cobble Hill says:
The planters were moved on purpose to provide space for emergency parks. It's for safety.
March 31, 2017, 2:18 pm
Peter from Brooklyn says:
Hey "Feminist from Bushwick"

F-ck off, grown ups are talking
March 31, 2017, 2:45 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unfortunately, those such as Peter have an anti-car bias, so trying to explain about parking to them has as much of a chance as getting the Muslim Brotherhood to accept Israel as a Jewish state, and look this up if you don't know what I mean by stating this analogy.
March 31, 2017, 3:28 pm
Tal Barzilai from 45 miles away says:
I don't understand how traffic works, let alone the economics of parking, so you really shouldn't listen to me. I'm just sitting in my mom's basement adjacent to a golf course, 45 or so miles away from Brooklyn. But I just love Hamassing you!
March 31, 2017, 4:42 pm
Peter from Brooklyn says:
LOL, fake Tal is more coherent than real Tal.
March 31, 2017, 4:45 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Peter, seeing that your comment is just minuets apart from the one impersonating me clearly proves that it was done by you.
March 31, 2017, 5:05 pm
Tal Barzilai from 45 miles away says:
It wasn't Peter. It is me! The Real Tal Barzilai from northern Westchester County. I'm here to provide my unwanted opinions about a city I only visit a couple of times per year and where I have never lived! All hail the Real Tal Barzilai!
March 31, 2017, 5:22 pm
Sam from Fort Greene says:
Jack from Brooklyn, please let the NYPD and FDNY know where you live so if you phone in an emergency, they can ignore your call.
March 31, 2017, 6:45 pm
Jack from Brooklyn says:
Yes, because it's either accept NYPD/FDNY doing whatever they want including breaking laws OR have no NYPD/FDNY.

Good input Sam. Productive. Intelligent.
April 1, 2017, 12:50 pm
Brian from Dyker Heights says:
Marcy, I suggest you read up on induced demand, which is a well known effect in urban planning. If you add lanes to a highway, the volume will expand to exceed the supply, which puts stress on the roads which cannot be expanded.

That same effect should apply to parking. If you increase the supply of parking, then not only will more people park, but traffic will also increase, which is the last thing we need.
April 17, 2017, 9:56 am

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