Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Open Space Versus Parking on 4th (Street)

Recently, the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID joined organizations like The Old Stone House and the Park Slope Civic Council to discuss ways to close 4th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues, to cars. This change would reduce the number of parking spaces available to the neighborhood but would, in turn, provide more park space to the community and create a central gathering place for events along the avenue. This is especially important, as the Fifth Avenue portion of Washington Park will undergo a year-long renovation in the coming months.

According to the Brooklyn Paper, the city's Department of Transportation has not made any final determination on the site, but a change could be coming in the near future. Although teachers interviewed by the Brooklyn Paper were upset about the potential loss of parking spots, we hear that the final proposal may be some sort of compromise, allowing teacher parking during school hours and open space at all other times.

So, what do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Let us know, and try not to be as cranky as the commenters in the Brooklyn Paper article. Sheesh, people.


  1. Why do i care about teachers parking? take the train, ride a bike...figure it out.

  2. The parking restriction should be Sat., Sun., and Holidays only during the daytime hours and until 7pm.

  3. Parking is such a problem here already why make it even worse. What the city needs to do is re evaluate all those no parking signs and see if why the no parking is really necessary.
    ie: a church or synagogue is not in service 24/7......get it...