Cars keep blowing this stop sign in the middle of a Gowanus block

Can’t stop: Carroll Street residents say motorists don’t stop for this temporary stop sign because it is so weirdly placed.
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Talk about a short stop!

The city has installed a stop sign in the middle of a residential Gowanus block, leaving residents angry and confused over what is perhaps the most unusually placed traffic sign in the entire borough. Carroll Street construction workers say the Department of Transportation ordered them to erect the sign after they closed down a stretch of sidewalk between Hoyt and Bond streets, but even they think it is bizarre.

“People complain all the time, but, unfortunately to follow DOT guidelines, we need this,” said Chris Gleckler, a superintendent overseeing construction of a condo building for Sterling Equity. “We have the sidewalk closed, and to do that we needed a crosswalk, and for that we needed a stop sign.”

Most motorists just drive straight past the sign — which has no official Department of Transportation markings — not expecting to see one in such an odd location, according to one block resident.

“People blow past it, because no one looks for a stop sign in the middle of the block,” said Alex Konyk.

But even locals who know it is there do the same thing, Konyk said — and there doesn’t seem to be anyone stopping them.

“Locals don’t stop for it, I don’t,” he said. “I can’t imagine cops would hand out tickets for that.”

The transportation department generally avoids installing stop signs in the middle of blocks, according to a spokesman, and only did so here because the agency considered pedestrians at risk without it. And at least one local agrees.

“It’s good, because we have animals driving cars down here,” said one block resident, who curtly refused to give his name.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: The stop sign is technically half a block into Gowanus, not Carroll Gardens as previously stated.
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Reasonable discourse

Rob from NY says:
Sigh. If only our society had people paid to enforce laws....
Feb. 11, 2016, 9:07 am
Rob Foran @Aunt_Bike from NYC says:
No problem with closing a sidewalk. Problem is stop sign.

No problem with drivers not paying attention to stop sign. Problem is stop sign.

No problem with cops not enforcing the law. Problem is stop sign.

Drivers. It's everybody and everything else's fault but their own.

Make the stop sign bigger, redder, attach flashing lights and watch a large percentage of drivers ignore it anyway.
Feb. 11, 2016, 9:22 am
Brian Howald from Brooklyn Heights says:
The stop sign is there to protect pedestrians crossing the street due to a closed sidewalk, as per regulations, and drivers are confused? So much that they willfully ignore the properly placed sign?

I see drivers running red lights, blowing stop signs, failing to yield to pedestrians, stopping in crosswalks while waiting for the light, etc, but it all makes sense now: drivers only follow the rules they are intelligent enough to understand. One wonders why the dumbest citizens are given the most responsibility...
Feb. 11, 2016, 9:43 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
this is so far the best news, guys you are so crazy the city is implementing stop signs were there is construction etc for safety...
Feb. 11, 2016, 11:59 am
BrooklynGersh from The WT says:
You guys buried the lede: There are ANIMALS driving cars in Carroll Gardens? That's a big story. I mean, animals can't even speak, so if they can be trained to drive, that's a big deal!
Feb. 11, 2016, 12:31 pm
AMH from says:
Imagine the outrage if these were bicyclists instead of drivers!
Feb. 11, 2016, 3:58 pm
Old time brooklyn from Slope says:
Stop bellyacheing
I rarely see such behavior by drivers
Feb. 11, 2016, 5:46 pm
Zero Vision from Vision Zero says:
So it's a stop sign in a makeshift crosswalk behind a construction area in which the very same workers park in said crosswalk sometimes obscuring said sign. Why not a temp flashing red light instead?
Feb. 11, 2016, 9:39 pm
Ben from Greenpoint says:
same idea this idiots bikers ignoring the red flashers of school buses what a shame.....
Feb. 12, 2016, 10:58 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I honestly don't see why there needs to be a stop sign in the middle of the block when there is already a traffic light or sign at the intersection, which doesn't make much sense to me.
Feb. 12, 2016, 4:07 pm
Construction trucks don't belong from residential communities if they can't follow laws. says:
How about a story on how the construction tucks leaving the Lightstone site on Bond Street don't see the need to follow the stop sign at Hoyt Street as they drive up the hill on 2nd Street and just plow head long across Hoyt. It goes on every day. The truck drivers claim they have a reign not to loose gear momentum which coming to a stop would cause them so much hardship--granting no consideration to the others traveling down Hoyt Street--and certainly no consideration grant to the LAW.
Feb. 16, 2016, 9:57 am
Caroline from Gowanus says:
The funnier part is that while there IS a huge stop sign in the middle of the block, there's NO stop sign or light for drivers on Bond ST. at the end of the block.
Nov. 23, 2016, 1:59 pm

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