Park Slope gets alternate-side relief

May 15, 2008 4:39:13 PM PDT
If you own a car in New York City, you know alternate-side parking is a pain. Drivers have to move their cars every other day. But alternate-side parking is being temporarily suspended in one neighborhood in Brooklyn.Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson has the story.

Like cats in the wild prowling for the perfect spot, drivers in these parts call it the Park Slope Shuffle.

In the world of alternate-side parking, timing is everything. Miss a beat, and you find an orange ticket in your windshield.

"We have to make plans in advance," one resident said. "You know, we're going away for the weekend, which side is the car on?"

The cars are nose to tail all along the sidewalk. Even though Jeff had to climb into his car through the passenger side because a tree blocked the driver's side, he took the spot. Spaces are at a premium.

And if you get boxed in by a double parker....

"Usually we have a system where people put in messages in windows," one resident said. "I'm at so and so address, so you can locate them just in case you want to get out."

Well, rest assured, order may soon be restored in this urban jungle.

Starting Monday, alternate-side rules will be suspended from Flatbush and Pacific avenues to 15th Street between 4th Avenue and Prospect.

The signs are being replaced, and new ones reduce the amount of time you can't park there from from three hours to 90 minutes, and from twice a week to just once.

Sanitation says it's able to do this because the streets here are kept impressively clean and therefore don't need to be swept as often.

"Generally, people are very eco-conscious," a resident said. "They recycle and are relatively careful about where they throw things away."

But what about the space hogger? Park it and leave it, even though by law it is illegal to leave your car in one spot for seven days?

Even though that law is rarely enforced, the NYPD says under these circumstances, it will be handing out tickets.

The project is expected to wrap up by July. Then, the shuffle can begin all over again.