‘Signs’ of change in Slope

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Two weeks after the Department of Sanitation suspended alternate-side parking in Park Slope, the streets are getting dirtier and some drivers are getting confused.

That’s because city workers have been installing signs about new street-cleaning rules — but on some Slope streets, the alternate-side parking days have changed. Some streets that were “No parking, Thursday, 11 am–2 pm” are now, “No parking, Tuesday, 11 am–12:30 pm.”

“I realize they’re changing the rules [to reduce the amount of no-parking times],” said one driver. “But did they have to change the days, too?”

Yes, apparently. Sanitation Department spokeswoman Kathy Dawkins said that some days were changed to “balance the workload with personnel, equipment and the new routes.”

While the Department of Transportation installs the new signs, the entire neighborhood is enjoying a summer-long alternate-side-of-the-street amnesty. But during the changeover, street sweepers have not been able to get to the curb because cars are not required to leave one side of the street empty for the traditional three hours.

And, as our photographer discovered this week, the gutter is getting cluttered.

So Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman is asking locals to be filth hunters.

“Any superficial litter is an unfortunate but temporary byproduct of the suspension of the street cleaning regulations,” he said. “We encourage property owners to be even more vigilant in keeping their sidewalks and gutters clean.”

Updated 5:06 pm, July 9, 2018
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