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Sore spots: Parking outside Ft. Greene hospital snares ambulances, patients in traffic, staff claims

Clogged artery: Doctors and paramedics at Brooklyn Hospital Center claim double parking on DeKalb Avenue is slowing ambulances and keeping sick passengers from care.
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These spots are to die for.

The city must remove metered-parking spaces on DeKalb Avenue outside a Fort Greene hospital because they create traffic that delays ambulances and their sick passengers from getting treatment, the medical center’s staff demanded.

“Our patients aren’t getting treated as fast as they should be,” said Brooklyn Hospital Center’s ambulance supervisor, Violet Rodriguez. “There are a lot of issues.”

Hospital reps proposed creating a no-standing zone to replace 10 spots between Ashland and Fort Greene places on the side of DeKalb Avenue nearest the facility during Community Board 2’s Transportation and Public Safety Committee meeting on Feb. 15.

There are currently metered-parking spaces on both sides of that stretch of DeKalb Avenue — a two-lane, Downtown-bound roadway that also features a bike lane and several bus stops on the B38 line, which, along with food truck operators who set up shop on the street and drivers who double- and triple-park, slow traffic near the medical center to a crawl, according to a Brooklyn Hospital bigwig.

And the congestion frequently leaves ambulances trapped on the roadway as they approach the infirmary’s entrance, sometimes forcing paramedics to unload patients who need urgent care on the street, the executive said.

“There’s a backup of ambulances and cars that are double parked on top of commercial traffic coming through. And if you have double-parked cars, you have to get the patients out at the sidewalk,” said Brooklyn Hospital’s vice president of external affairs Leroy Charles.

Reps from the medical center also warned that a planned expansion of its emergency department — paid for by a $26.2-million grant from the state’s Department of Health — will only further congest the roadway outside the facility if a solution isn’t found before the work begins.

“The traffic backs up and it’s creating problems, and will even more so when we begin construction of the emergency room in summer, or early fall, of this year,” Charles said.

Many of the community board’s transit gurus, however, questioned whether axing the spots is an effective way to alleviate traffic, especially because the hospital reps’ proposal — while supported by anecdotal evidence and a letter from the Fire Department — didn’t include hard data to back up its claims.

The committee members did not vote on the parking-removal request at the meeting, and instead suggested presenters hire an expert to survey the area for more evidence that losing the precious spots would result in substantial benefits.

“We have to balance the concerns of residents who drive, and residents who bike, with other things,” said Transportation and Public Safety Committee chairwoman Juliet Cullen-Cheung. “Maintaining parking is a concern, but safety and ambulance access is also a concern.”

But the health of sick and dying patients should always take precedence over a few measly parking spaces, according to the committee’s lone voice of dissent.

“Why don’t you just vote and give them those spots right now?” asked member Cheryl Gelbs. “If there’s a child in an ambulance that needs to get in there, and we’re talking about someone losing a parking spot — ridiculous!”

And street parking isn’t the only change Brooklyn Hospital honchos are pushing for in the area. The medical center’s leaders are set to sell its 21-story office-and-medical tower on Willoughby Street to a residential developer that will likely tear down the building to erect high-rise apartments overlooking Fort Greene Park.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, February 21, 2018
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Brooklyn Fan from Fort Greene says:
These are metered spots so what’s the problem. Just let the ambulances use them. Can’t bike safely down that road and if the hospital needs them it’s not like the”big wigs” you quote are using them as their personal spots. Stop being obstructionist and support the plan.
Feb. 21, 7:51 am
Tyler from pps says:
Driver entitlement is absurd in this town. People will endlessly blast their horns because of a little traffic snarl, but then 3 minutes later double-park their car to cause the same exact problem (or worse).

Have you noticed the habit of people parking *legally* with their hazard light blinking?

They literally have no self-awareness. Their DEFAULT is that they are illegally parked and causing a disruption, so when they are parked properly it doesn't even compute in their brains.
Feb. 21, 10:46 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Now that we have our 30 minutes of daily car hate out of the way, could this paper cover some actual Brooklyn news now?
Feb. 21, 11 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Go read the latest midterm polls are cry your little snowflake eyes out. I can’t to drink copious amounts of liberal tears next November.
Feb. 21, 11:26 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Flustered? Lol. I’m totally relaxed, knowing that every aspect of our federal government is run by patriotic Americans. Enjoy whining over a couple of parking spots while America is being made great again.
Feb. 21, 1:32 pm
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Henry Ford and bwahahaha from Hahahahahah...

Some of us take this stuff seriously. Why don't you two just get a room?
Feb. 21, 2:07 pm
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Mr. Mixson - that meeting also included a presentation of LIU's athletic field and residential tower that struck attendees as....well, schizophrenic. Why no coverage?
Feb. 21, 2:08 pm
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
bwahahaha from Hahahahahaa: Whatsa matter, yo mama didn't change your soiled diapers? You're why the Internet sucks.
Feb. 21, 4:18 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Bwahah, nice way to speak to someone that asked you nicely to stop. Typical tolerant progressive. And you wonder why this country has tuned the likes of you out.

I don’t know if Trump qualifies as a genius, but he is your president, you unhinged whiny snowflake. Enjoy!

Peter, I’m done, the thread is all yours.
Feb. 21, 4:37 pm
Matt from Bed stuy says:
Off topic, but it's the anti-Trump, anti- free speech nuts that are the problem. Brooklyn, unfortunately, is loaded with these crazy 'resist' people -they are the fascists but are too brainwashed to realize it. Especially those white liberals; they need to be put in their place. That is all.
Feb. 21, 5:19 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How about the ambulances use the already existing driveway the hospital has? I don't see why street parking needs to be taken away for this where there is already place for them to go on. As for the double parking, that should be better enforced, which I don't support.
Feb. 21, 5:42 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Oooohhhhh, lookee here. The oh so progressive, enlightened liberal is not only an internet tough guy, he’s using hateful speech calling people “retards”. They’re gonna take your pink —— hat away, bwahahaha. Don’t worry though, there will always be a bed at Bellevue waiting for you.
Feb. 21, 6:49 pm
Shonda from Queens says:
You can’t take away parking without creating new parking. Sorry people, but it’s New York City law. You can’t just do whatever you feel like.
Feb. 21, 7:46 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge Is APUSSSSY from Hahahahahaa says:
LOL, Henry Ford from Bay Ridge is my ——h. He keeps coming back for more. I got him hanging off my beltloop like fresh fish in the prison yard. You are the biggest pussssy in Brooklyn. I've already called you out before and you wussed out, I don't expect you to man up. Get out of my borough you twink.
Feb. 21, 9:05 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
^^^check our the anonymous keyboard warrior.^^^. Real tough guy with a bogus user name. You wouldn’t even have the balls to look me in the eye if you saw me on the street, you sniveling coward.
Feb. 21, 9:29 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge Is APUSSSSY from Hahahahahaa says:
^^^Big Fat Pusssy^^^
Name a time and place you Pusssy. I already said I'd meet you but you didn't even have the grapes to decline, you reported the comment as abuse instead. Typical trumptard wussy.
Feb. 21, 9:45 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Shore road bike path at noon Saturday. I’m sure I won’t see you there but I’ll be there anyway.
Feb. 21, 10:57 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
At 92st pedestrian bridge.
Feb. 21, 10:57 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge Is APUSSSSY from Hahahahahaa says:
GFYS, You fat lazy Pussssy. You expect me to come all the way down to your shiiitball neighborhood? Come to the Brooklyn bridge, Brooklyn entrance Saturday at noon. I know your fatassss won't show because you'll probably die from a stroke.
Feb. 21, 11:03 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
“Name a time and place”
“I ain’t going there meet me where there at 9 billion cops and cameras”

STFU punk ass ——. ——ing clown.
Feb. 21, 11:42 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Lol. You’ve already exposed yourself as a punk ass biotch. Good thing you’re anonymous, you pathetic clown. “Name a place and time”, hahahaha.
Feb. 22, 10:47 am
Tired of Bickering Henry Ford and Hahahahah from Georgetown says:
Guys, go meet at a bath house or leather bar. It's 2018. Don't be afraid to show your real feelings for each other.
Feb. 23, 12:36 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I'd love to but It will never work. I'm a nullo so I have no more man left in me. Plus I'm too afraid, I only act tough on the internet.
Feb. 23, 7:24 am
Coco from Hump says:
This is just a push from Uber - no parking, you have to take their car ?!
Feb. 24, 8:40 pm

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