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Borough Park, NY - New DOT Rules To Alleviate Erev Shabbos Parking Difficulties In BP

Published on: October 26, 2015 06:25 PM
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Borough Park, NY - Newly announced parking regulations in Borough Park that are slated to begin in a few weeks will make life significantly easier for shomer Shabbos motorists who will finally be able to park on two heavily traveled avenues without fear of being ticketed.

The changes will allow those who park on 13th and 18th Avenues on Friday afternoons to prepay for up to four hours in advance starting at 3 PM, enabling their vehicles to remain legally in their spots until 7 PM when meter regulations are no longer in effect. 

The new meter rules are slated to kick off at the end of November.

The program follows a similar effort on 16th Avenue which was created to alleviate a parking crunch, with drivers unable to park in metered spots during the winter months because of the early onset of Shabbos, starting just after 4 PM. 

Faced with a three hour gap before meter rules were no longer in effect, drivers had to choose between leaving their cars parked illegally on the avenue once their time expired or the increasingly difficult task of trying to find a parking spot on the streets of Borough Park.

Local elected officials, State Senator Simcha Felder, City Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, have all worked hand in hand with the Department of Transportation to modify parking regulations in the area.

Both Greenfield and Hikind issued press releases thanking the many people who were involved in the effort.

“This reasonable accommodation is long overdue and is a win-win for everyone,” noted Felder in a written statement.

“Being able to pre-pay the meter is vital for those who observe Shabbos and will really help alleviate the pre-Shabbos parking crunch in Boro Park,” said Greenfield.

“I am thrilled with this news, which is a common sense win for drivers looking for parking in our community,” added Hikind. “Expanding this popular program to 13th and 18th Avenues, major commercial areas in Brooklyn, will benefit everyone.”

The new regulations are expected to make dozens of parking places available to shomer Shabbos residents and guests and could potentially be the precursor to additional programs in both Borough Park and Flatbush.


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 Oct 26, 2015 at 07:51 PM amerikaner Says:

I though that there are NO METER RULES after 5PM on Fridays????????

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 09:01 PM Andrew Says:

Just to be clear: Greenfield did nothing. its actually the Mayor who deserves the credit.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 09:58 PM REALIST Says:

You have a nice point, which can stand on its own merit, without your vulgarities.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 09:59 PM REALIST Says:

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amerikaner Says:

I though that there are NO METER RULES after 5PM on Fridays????????

Seven!

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:20 PM funnsmart1 Says:

I couldnt agree with you more! Why can't they figure out how to make the meters shut off by 2 pm on a short friday?

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 Oct 27, 2015 at 04:45 AM UpperEastSideYid Says:

well done. but what about erev shabbos parking difficulties for those of us on the east side, west side and other parts of manhattan, washington heights etc? there are plenty of us who also must park on the street and are no less in need of the same accommodation. any suggestions or how to request DOT extend the rev shabbos parking rules to thousands of observant jews in other parts of NYC?

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 Oct 27, 2015 at 07:38 AM kligermentch Says:

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funnsmart1 Says:

I couldnt agree with you more! Why can't they figure out how to make the meters shut off by 2 pm on a short friday?

city is desperate for income

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 Oct 27, 2015 at 07:49 AM kligermentch Says:

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funnsmart1 Says:

I couldnt agree with you more! Why can't they figure out how to make the meters shut off by 2 pm on a short friday?

you should understand, the city has a significant large budget to cover, DOT, must be funded with huge amounts of dollars, they are to maintain the roads, so the cars get flat tires and damage the rims, because they don't have money left to repair the pot holes, because all the funds are are being distributed for creating and upgrading more and new bike lanes, so the drivers and vehicles that pay vehicle taxes could sit in traffic and create pollution, while half of the city streets are empty and waiting for an occasional biker with a bike that will decide to drive by, greatest city in the world,thanks to former mayor blumberg, great job done

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 Oct 27, 2015 at 09:07 AM Anonymous Says:

We change the clocks earlier than the end of November.

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