Letters to the Editor, Apr. 24

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.

Respectfully submitted,

William Oddo, ST
Resident and
community activist

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

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6 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, Apr. 24

  1. As a car owner myself I feel the grief like everyone else of sometimes spending more time searching for a parking spot than it did traveling back from your destination. Nevertheless I would oppose creating additional parking spots on the loop roads. The reason is that I believe an important goal for our community is to promote its relatively relaxed nature and family friendly environment and add to whatever little peace and tranquility we can find these days. More parking spots is going to mean more cars and car horns and alarms and radios and exhaust and traffic, and increase the possibility of an accident occurring on a road where hundreds or thousands of our neighbors and their young children cross every weekend.

  2. From 1954 through 20010, we did the sensible thing and paid to park our family’s vehicles at one of the many parking facilities in the neighborhood. Never had to look for a spot or move it for alternate side. Mr. Oddo might investigate opening his wallet and doing the same. And BTW, the loop roads are governed by NYC V&T laws which do NOT provide for ANY on street handicapped parking, except for those holding DOT permits. Those handicapped spaces with DOT only signs are technically illegal, but were placed there as a concession to disabled drivers who could no longer park on the interior of the loop roads when their restrictions were changed to make overnight hours “no standing”..

    • Nice that you are wealthy enough to be able to afford this. Not everyone can. But, hey, don’t let that stop you from chastising those less fortunate.

  3. I do not agree with the idea of adding additional permanent parking locations along the loop roads. As a car owner I am well aware that sometimes searching for a public parking spot takes longer than did the trip back home. Nevertheless I think it’s important to preserve whatever peace and quiet we enjoy in the community. More parking spots within the community means more cars and car horns and alarms and traffic and congestion and debris along private streets which are used by families as pedestrian walkways crossing over to the playgrounds and parks. In just a few days I think we can already feel the relief of quiet with the 1st Ave loop being closed.

  4. I am all for opening any space they can squeeze a car in to for more parking. Think of all the pollution just circling for an hour produces. Not to mention I am still going on the loop roads if not for the chance of a miracle spot but also to turn around so I don’t see any more traffic on these roads if they opened up spots. It’s just not going to happen since the DOT is anti car ownership for NYC residents. It couldn’t care less if millions of cars cross into NYC form LI, NJ etc., but it doesn’t want any residents to have that privilege.

  5. I’m with Bill. Any spots they can make works for me. Pave the Oval and I will park there. Heck, the oval will become a Dan Garodnick’s Walmart soon at any rate, I’d rather have parking! In fact I’d trade Dan Garodnick FOR a parking spot!!!

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