With summer drawing to a close, the city will be providing it’s own sunny skies to drivers in Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — by temporarily suspending alternate side parking rules on Sept. 8 on a sliver of streets cutting through those neighborhoods.
The six-to-eight weeks of relief from car-shuffling are part of a larger reform to reduce the amount of street sweeping that takes place in the communities. After new signs are installed in these parts of Community Board 2, alternate side parking on most residential blocks will only be in effect once a week (down from twice weekly), and its duration will be reduced from three hours to an hour-and-a-half.
The anvil-shaped section where drivers will temporarily be able to park without having to worry about moving their cars is roughly bounded by Joralemon and Fulton streets to the north, Furman Street, to the west, portions of Atlantic Avenue, Wyckoff Street and St. Mark’s Place to the south, and Classon Avenue to the east.
Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation suspended the rigmarole of jockeying vehicles in other parts of Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn and Clinton Hill. The bad news is that parking holiday will end on Sept 14, when the new rules take effect.
In all, 2,000 new signs will be installed to reflect the reduced amount of street cleaning.
The changes, though pleasantly received, have caused some disorder.
“We’re getting plenty of calls from people who can’t keep track of changes on a neighborhood basis,” said Rob Perris, district manager of CB2, earlier this summer. “If we went block by block, they’d really be confused.”
Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook experienced a similar interlude of parking freedom last year.