Meter seething on 7th

The Brooklyn Paper

Some South Slope residents were still seething this week about 68 new parking meters that were abruptly installed along Seventh Avenue — but the no-arm bandits are actually part of a series of changes that the city says will improve cleanliness and increase parking in the area.

For now, though, residents were still complaining that the new meters showed up with such little notice that people started getting parking tickets before the meters were even installed.

“Once the [one-hour parking] signs went up, people started getting tickets,” said Barbara Kancelbaum, a South Slope resident.

The local blogs were filled with venom about the sudden death of free parking between 10th and 15th streets.

“When it has been one way forever, can you be held accountable for a silent change that happens overnight?” asked “Joyce,” on Park Slope Parents.

The answer is yes, according to Craig Chin, Department of Transportation spokesman.

“Once the signs go up, tickets can be issued,” said Chin.

Along with the 50-cents-an-hour meters, the city unveiled other changes in the Slope:

• The Department of Sanitation will soon start sweeping both sides of Seventh Avenue from Flatbush Avenue to 15th Street six times a week, rather than just four.

• The city will decrease the no-parking time on both sides of the avenue from one hour to a half-hour, and on some side streets from three hours to 90 minutes.

At least one South Sloper was pleased with the new meters.

“The meters will help everything,” said Jason, the manager of Music Matters, between 13th and 14th streets, who declined to give his last name. “People park here for a week and don’t move their cars, so residents and customers can’t find spots. The meters will provide turnover.”

Reader Feedback

eric prado from former park sloper says:
The arrogance of Craig Chin reminds me of the days before I left the Slope.
I thought one had twenty-four hours to park one's car before he/she must move.
To arbitrarily install meters and then have parking agents ticket cars parked there is an
abomination of city powers.
I thought Bloomberg was supposed to be a representative of bettter quality of life for
New Yorkers.
The Transportation Department should have all those tickets it issued in the first twenty-four hours rescinded and an apology
from that arrogant Chin given in front of the new parking spaces
I don't live in the Slope anymore. I know the parking hassles I had.
I see the city wants to street clean from 15th Street to Flatbush Avenue. That should screw up everyone who parks on Seventh Avenue.
Truly, that was about the only "safe street" for parking. Even then, it had a good share of
break-ins while I was there.
Sorry to see anything to kill even the most basic of amenities goes forward without regard
to people who make this area and city.
Good luck, Slopers.
Eric Prado
Delray Beach, FL
Feb. 19, 2008, 1:30 pm
Ike Rock from Park Slope says:
I live on 7th Avenue and was happy to see the meters go up, although I thought the quick parking ticktes were unfair - people were ticketed in spots where there were just meter poles - no meters yet - they could have waited until the meters were installed to start issuing tickets.

In any event, there is no god-given right to park your personal vehicle on the street all week. I'm happy to see those spots going to shoppers, etc.
Feb. 21, 2008, 2:17 am

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