Green streets: Industry City leaders want to install more massive planters to curb illegal truck parking

Truck stop: A big rig with Illinois plates parked illegally on 39th Street on Feb. 14.
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They’re trying to stem illegal parking!

Sunset Park civic gurus blessed Industry City honchos’ scheme to install more giant planters outside the sprawling commercial hub, in an effort to stop big rigs from illegally parking on streets surrounding it.

Bigwigs at the campus placed similar dumpster gardens along its Second Avenue border between 32nd and 36th streets in 2017, and the number of tractor trailers hogging that curb space subsequently declined, proving the structures’ effectiveness, according to the head of Community Board 7’s Transportation Committee.

“They did it on Second Avenue and it worked,” Zak Jasie said at his committee’s Monday meeting.

Now, Industry City bigwigs want to place more of the 11-foot dumpsters filled with trees — the first batch of which were originally built to soak up storm water, and debuted along the Gowanus Canal before landing in Sunset Park — outside the complex’s Building 19 on 39th Street between First and Second avenues.

The planters would be spaced roughly 20 feet apart, creating gaps with plenty of space for passenger vehicles to park and box trucks to unload, but not enough for truckers to stow their 50-foot big rigs at the curb, according to Industry City Chief Executive Officer Andrew Kimball, who said the drivers who park there now generally come from out of state and do not have any business in the area.

“We’ve been watching for years and years,” Kimball told the committee. “They are not doing business in Industry City, they’re not doing business in the area.”

Building 19 is home to the Brooklyn Nets’s massive twin-court training facility, and the ballers worry the illegally parked big rigs could prevent emergency personnel from quickly entering in the event of a fire or other unexpected incident, according to a rep.

“We have concerns if there was some sort of emergency, and first responders had to respond to a fire or something like that,” Jordan Ballard said at the meeting.

But the building isn’t just where the Nets practice — it houses multiple businesses, including Gumption Coffee and eye-glasses manufacturer M Factory, which together employ hundreds of people, Kimball said.

And the tractor-trailers don’t just hog street parking outside of Building 19 — they also stymie commerce by shielding the commercial spaces from suppliers and customers, according to the owner of Gumption Coffee, which operates a cafe in the building and roasts its beans on-site.

“Our suppliers can’t find us, they’re passing by the street because we’re blocked by trucks,” said Hazel de los Reyes. “And it’s not good for business if you’re relying on street traffic.”

CB7’s Transportation Committee unanimously approved the installation of more of the planters, but one member worried that bringing them to 39th Street would result in more trucks illegally parked elsewhere in the neighborhood, where tractor-trailers already hog street parking beneath the Gowanus Expressway and along Second Avenue all the way down to the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

The committee chairman acknowledged the larger truck-parking issue across Sunset Park, blaming it on a lack of enforcement.

“We have a problem district wide with trucks parking under the Gowanus, trucks parking all the way down Second Avenue to 53rd Street, and it’s seldom enforced,” Jasie said.

The local 72nd Precinct did not send a representative to the committee meeting, but a Police Department spokeswoman claimed its officers liaise with business owners in the area as part of their ongoing enforcement efforts.

“Officers have reached out to various business that use the area for parking and informed them that enforcement will be conducted. Enforcement has been ongoing,” said Sgt. Jessica McRorie. “Additional­ly, the precinct has been in contact with the [Department of Transportation] in order to improve the signage in the area.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 9:39 am, February 15, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fine the trucking companies to oblivion, that should stop the scofflaws from parking illegally.
Feb. 15, 2019, 8:23 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
This is a huge problem that the NYPD is complicit in. Everywhere throughout Brooklyn this happens. Even a bit further north all you have to do is take a look at 4th Street right off of Smith, and you'll see unhooked tractor trailers in No Perking Any Time zones, blocking fire hydrants, and left on the street for days at a time while the warehouses use the public sidewalks as their own private staging area for their unloading, pallets, and forklift operations. If you complain about it places like the 76th Precinct will send out uniformed offers, and they will tell YOU to knock it off or they will cuff you, drive you miles away, and then just turn you lose in the middle of the night. They are clearly being bribed.
Feb. 15, 2019, 8:48 am
yea, Industy Pretty from Brooklyn says:
Rename it "Industry Pretty", as "Industry" is being pushed out and replaced with "Pretty". And blocking trucks that serve what's left of the industrial area is just one step closer the the graveyard for industry in what's becoming a "hipster haven - retail outlet" ending more and more blue collar jobs every day. Industry City is a "Gentrification Runaway Train" that doesn't have Industry on its track. May look Pretty but Industry it's not!
Feb. 15, 2019, 10:39 am
Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
Now that the people have defeated Amazon, Industry City is next. These billionaires think they can do whatever they want because they create jobs. We will show them that we don’t need their jobs.
Feb. 15, 2019, 12:17 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
More nonsense from the trust fund socialists that have never worked a day in their lives. They won’t be happy until this city is a vast wasteland with no jobs or tax base to repair crumbling infrastructure. Good job idiots.
Feb. 15, 2019, 12:40 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Ban personal vehicles while they’re at it. Me fail english? That’s unpossible!
Feb. 15, 2019, 2:28 pm
Jorge from Sunset Park says:
This is a win-win, hard to understand why anyone would be opposed to curbing illegal parking while adding greenery and beautification. As for the people against Industry City expanding as a whole - these buildings were mostly abandoned and derelict 20 years ago! How anyone would oppose hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs coming into a lower income community is beyond me! There will be 0 luxury housing built here - just businesses, jobs, and community access!
Feb. 16, 2019, 11:35 am
Jenn from Sunset Park says:
love industry city! sunset parker my whole life! im over it with nimbys +poverty pimps who oppose any and all development and progress. couple of small groups that hate any change at all making noise, but do nothing to create jobs and bring $$ into the area.these are the same peeps who leave sunset to eat and shop, but protest when nice places to eat and shop finally open in our hood. protest all the hotels being built and turned into homless shelters. por favor...
Feb. 16, 2019, 11:54 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
To everyone "defending" the trucks parking there and all that. Please remember it is ALREADY ILLEGAL for them to do that. NYC DOT Title 30. Read it.
Feb. 17, 2019, 1:52 am
yea, Industry Pretty from Brooklyn says:
For those not in the know, Bruce Federman (sorry spelling?) openly held the property off the market for decades as he did with the Kent Ave waterfront. He only offered short term rentals which detered growth of substance - it's commonly refered to as buying & holding on "spec" (speculation). That's why it was the way it was and is the way it is now. And just because industry is lost to Industry Pretty, doesn't mean we have to further deter what's left of industry in Sunset Park. Kimbel's done his fair share of damage there, he shouldn't be allowed to do it everywhere! Support what's left of industry in Sunset Park as not everyone wants to settle for minimum wage retail Jobs nor should the small entrepreneur have no were to go or grow.
Feb. 17, 2019, 12:16 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
A lot of interesting viewpoints here but do you all realize we have FED EX, UPS and USPS here and a developer has bought up a couple of dozen acres around 25th Street from 3rd Ave to the water for a distribution hub(that means more trucks). Joe Sitt has given up building office buildings on the water in Red Hook. Another distribution hub is his goal. That will mean distribution hubs on either side of IKEA. IC & Microtech look good. And of course the trolley!
Feb. 19, 2019, 5:07 pm

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