April 27, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
The planned reduction of alternate street side parking days in Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 will not go on as announced last year.
The plan, hailed as a “victory for drivers” and announced in July 2017 by Assemblymember Joseph Lentol (D-North Brooklyn), would have reduced alternate side parking restrictions from four to two days per week in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
While there was no set date for the implementation, the city said it was operating on a 12-month timeline to get the new signage up on North Brooklyn streets.
But a DSNY spokesperson told the Greenpoint Post that the plan to reduce alternate street side parking frequency has been placed on hold, with the current cleaning schedule remaining.
The reason, the spokesperson said, has to do with Community Board 1’s street cleanliness scorecard dropping below 90 percent—lower than the acceptable rating needed to implement the reduction.
“Street cleanliness scores fell below 90 percent for six consecutive months in fiscal year 2018,” the spokesperson said. “This fall in street cleanliness caused concern that any reduction in alternative side parking, which is needed for street sweeping, would lead to more trash accumulation in streets and further unsanitary conditions in Community Board 1.”
DSNY said it will continue to work with Community Board 1, local elected officials, and community leaders on sanitation issues in the neighborhoods.
Lentol has push for alternate street side parking reductions for years, and received a positive response from the city in 2017, given North Brooklyn’s clean streets rating rising above 90 percent for two consecutive years. “The Mayor’s office said they are ‘absolutely implementing’ ASP reductions,” Lentol said last year.
He added: “I know that North Brooklynsites will keep the area clean because reducing the number of ASP days has been one of my constituent’s biggest requests.”
Lentol’s office did not respond to a request for comment by press time.
Update 5/1, 12:30 p.m. with statement from Lentol: “I met with the Department of Sanitation and was told that our cleanliness score has gone down over the past six months. I am hopeful that our cleanliness score will increase. We really need a community effort to bring this much-needed reduction in ASP days. I strongly believe that the community will come together and make the reduction a reality.”
I don’t believe that the STATS collected by the DSNY are correct. During the scheduled ASP Days there are many times that the Cleaning Truck DOES NOT hit our block. Many residents can verify this, because they wait patiently in their vehicles for the truck to sweep so they can move their cars again to the fronts of their houses when ASP is over (parking spaces are quite valuable these days). Also, the Trucks come down the blocks (not even mine) at a high rate of speed. Thus not picking up the debris on the streets but hurling it onto the sidewalks. Then yes the neighborhood is dirty, but its not our doing. Additionally, one more observation, what is the DSNY rules covering the Truck Men that “AIR-MAIL” the Garbage Bags from the sidewalk in an attempt to hit the truck hopper, and breaking the bags, and then leaving much the residents garbage in the middle of the street. Then we have to pick it up. This usually happens during the off schedule pickups in the evening and overnight – just trying to get it done as fast as possible – without concern about what the results are. I remember the Sanitation Men of old would carry a “Sweep Broom and Shovel”, and pick up after themselves or an unusual condition. Has this practice gone the way of the DOO-DOO Bird. Does anyone else notice ?????
YES!! Exactly what I see!
Governmental redundancy rakes in big bucks in man hours. Who are citizens to deny them the hours?
I knew it, two good to be true. What they should do is drop it to two days on side streets but keep the four day restrictions on main streets like Greenpoint Ave., Franklin and Manhattan streets. They are always. much dirtier than the side streets.
Doesn’t anyone look around? Street cleanliness has fallen because there is non stop building construction! Street sweepers haven’t done their job with the regular alternate schedule, due to workers’ cars filling the streets. Store owners are no longer accountable for keeping their sidewalk clean either. Why do we have to suffer because of this? In all, we are paying taxes for what??