From the Courier-Life:
When parts of Bensonhurst where successfully rezoned a couple of years back, supporters where partly hoping to combat the growing proliferation of illegal curb cuts and parking pads.
Now, however, it appears that those efforts might not be enough to stem the tide.
Neighbors in Bay Ridge recently found that out when they saw owners of row houses in their community successfully install concrete parking pads in the front of their homes despite new zoning regulations ostensibly designed to thwart such efforts.
“When you drive up a block you want to see a front garden or a strip of grass,” Community Board 11 District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia protested this week.
In response to the continuing problem, Community Board 11 is appealing directly to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, asking him to support a new measure that would grant the Department of Transportation power to restore illegal curb cuts.
“After a violation is issued it just stands there,” Elias-Pavia said. “It has no bite.”
The problem is the DOT would have to want to do this and they clearly have a different agenda.
Photo from Brownstoner