A few options for adding more parking spots
To the Editor of Town & Village,
This community will lose approximately 60 spaces for six or more weeks because of a management infrastructure project. My question, along with many other residents is just where did management expect some 60 community resident parking vehicles go? Were some magical parking spaces to appear all of a sudden?
Why didn’t management first implement measures to mitigate this community impact? They seem to have enough “policing” resources to prevent parking, but not solve it.
So my suggestions below would maintain current parking supply and create additional permanent parking. This is what they could and should do or if they can implement something better:
1. Create dozens of temporary parking spaces along both sides all of other loop roads. These streets are in fact considerably wider than most local city streets with parking on both sides of the street. Well what do you know!
Specifically, building entrance drop off areas could be maintained, parking maneuvers can continue (or angle adjustments implemented), and safety parking restrictions maintained at non-tangent road sections (this has to do with safe vehicle site lines for pedestrians). Further, emergency vehicles could still travel through without blockage or restriction as other local streets without preventing necessary maneuvers. Thank you very much.
2. Install handicapped parking for all handicapped parkers including visitors and legitimate handicapped users. Management has replaced lost handicapped parking with more restricted NYC permit only handicapped signs below just about at all handicapped spaces, requiring a NYC residency.
May I remind management that the federal ADA Law (handicapped accessibility) is a civil rights law for all physically challenged citizens, not just NYC permit holders. Thus it requires handicapped parking for all citizens. If we need more ADA parking then so be it. Thank you, President Bush (the first).
3. Relocate all Citi Bikes on street parking to city owned islands surrounding our community and wide sidewalk area (cobblestone areas). This has been implemented at other locations throughout the city. That effort alone would regain about 30 to 40 permanent parking space for our community. East 14th, 20th and 23rd Streets all have traffic islands and wide cobblestone public sidewalk areas.
I have photo documented that these options exist and have sent them to our councilman to convince him of the need for more community parking. As they say, a squeaky wheel gets fixed. So neighbors, start contacting those responsible. In all fairness, his staff did reply with a city DOT standard (weak) excuse why it was difficult in our case. However, they seem to be unaware of already existing Citi Bike parking options at other city locations.
These are real, doable solutions that most could be installed immediately and others with just a bit more time deserve our councilman’s support. Once again though management isn’t seeking input from the community.
William Oddo, ST
Let’s prevent park from going to the dogs
As vice president of the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association, I recently became aware of misinformation circulating among neighborhood dog owners. An area resident contacted the SCPA because she had heard that dogs were permitted off-leash at Stuyvesant Cove Park during certain hours.
This information is false and I would urge area dog owners and walkers to please respect the park and all the plantings. Dogs and people can easily damage plants by walking on them and contrary to popular belief, dog poop is not fertilizer. Dogs are carnivores and the waste product is not healthy for plants. Additionally, dog urine is full of salts and nitrogen based chemicals, which are also harmful to plants and grass.
In 2012, Stuyvesant Cove Park suffered severe damage and erosion as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Since that time, a great deal of money has gone into replacing topsoil, plantings and mulch that were all washed away. Park Angels have given countless volunteer hours to restore the park and continue to work so that it always looks well groomed and welcoming to all who visit.
In New York City, dogs must be on a leash when in public places and the leash cannot be longer than six feet. Dog owners and walkers are asked to keep pets on a leash when walking through Stuyvesant Cove Park and to stay on paved footpaths at all times. Anyone wishing to bring their dog to a designated off-leash park should visit the website for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation or the ASPCA website.
Jo-Ann Polise, ST
Something stinks around here
I doubt that I am alone in saying “Enough with the never ending manure piles!” used by the gardening/landscape company that services PCVST. The gagging stench has become so offensive that I loathe walking out my door or travel within the compounds of PCVST.
NYC has begun to compost our food waste so why not use this opportunity as an alternate to create fertilizer for our plants and flowers instead of turning our outdoor areas into farm stench? It could teach the children how compost recycling works.
I am fortunate I live on the higher floors as I pity the poor tenants on the lower levels who must endure the stink!
Name withheld, ST