Thursday, April 13, 2017
CBS visits Greenpoint parking trap
From CBS 2:
It is called the parking trap of Brooklyn, on Manhattan Avenue between Huron and India streets. Even a Department of Transportation driver and Greenpoint’s city councilman have fallen for it.
“I’ve definitely gotten one or two tickets there myself,” said Councilman Stephen Levin (D-33rd).
A sign is set up on the sidewalk, and it says two-hour metered parking is permitted from the sign to the end of the block. But on the other side of the sign, parking is not allowed – even though there is a space is all circled off by the same white line.
But the space on the other side of the sign is a no standing zone. There is another sign saying as much on the corner, where there used to be a bus stop.
The bust stop moved last year, but the parking rules stayed.
“The best solution is actually restoring all of the parking on that whole block because there’s no bus stop there now, and so they really should restore all the parking that they can, and not give people a major headache and $115 ticket,” added Councilman Levin.
Fed up drivers said they have tried reaching out to the city to no avail, so CBS2 decided to show the images to the Department of Transportation. A department representative told CBS2, “The DOT will look into adjusting the markings in this area to eliminate confusion indicating where drivers can park.”
In the meantime, there's a new app to help you pay your tickets!