August 8, By Jason Cohen
The City is reducing the number of alternate side parking days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, according to officials.
Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) and Community Board 1 asked the Department of Sanitation to reduce alternate side parking (ASP) regulations from four days to two and the agency granted their request. The change is expected to be implemented in about 12 months.
Lentol has been working to reduce the number of alternate side parking days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg for years, claiming that he is receives a constant flow of complaints about it—as well as parking problems in general.
These criticisms have increased in recent years with the sudden popularity of film and TV productions in the neighborhood, which make parking even more difficult.
Under City law, any Community Board can make a formal request for a reduction in alternate side parking rules provided that the roadways of the Community Board district meet a 90 percent cleanliness rating by the Department of Sanitation for two consecutive years.
Community Board One covers most of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the district had an average acceptable streets rating of 90.2 percent a level which it maintained again through June 2017.
“Community Board 1 now meets that requirement,” Lentol said. “It will take about one year for the new regulations, which require new signage to be implemented. Once that happens, it should be a big improvement, especially on those streets that are chronically used for film and TV shoots.”
Cleanliness ratings are generated by inspections of streets conducted by the Mayor’s Office of Operations.
In 2010, the city created a system by which neighborhoods could seek to lessen alternate-side restrictions.
The changes will not affect 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. parking rules or meter regulations, or any other parking rules that are mandated by street cleaning regulations.