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The NYPD is finally cracking down on Bay Parkway’s big rig problem — but outraged residents say the nightly, sleep-shattering noises coming from idling trucks illegally parked along the strip should have been silenced years ago.

Cops converged between 58th and E. Fifth streets on Wednesday night, towing 17 trucks and issuing 21 summonses in their first major campaign against the long-simmering problem.

Residents of the area have often complained that truck drivers were taking advantage of the lax parking enforcement, turning the quiet street — which abuts Washington Cemetery — into a grid-locked industrial parking lot full of big rigs, tractor trailers and other large vehicles.

Cops from the 66th precinct — who conducted the raid along with the Department of Transportation — promised that they would continue to police the problem.

“We’ll continue to enforce [the parking laws],” a precinct representative told us.

Cops needed to borrow the biggest tow trucks in the Department of Transportation’s fleet to cart the offending wide loads out of the area, officials said.

The section of Bay Parkway truckers use is residentially zoned, according to the Department of City Planning, making overnight parking of commercial trucks illegal.

But that didn’t stop the truck drivers, who residents claim have been parking on the strip for months.

The truck crack down had residents breathing sighs of relief. But those sighs would turn to angry mutterings if the city doesn’t make good on its promise to monitor the problem in the future.

“Finally, thank god!” said Ben Lapidus, applauding this week’s police raid. The noise from idling trucks had been keeping his family up at night, Lapidus said, hoping that the police monitor his part of Bay Parkway more closely. “It will be good for us to know what their plan is going forward. It’s been a long battle.”

In addition to the noise issues, residents say the illegally parked big rigs created an unsavory and trash-filled atmosphere on the block and destroyed many of the area’s oak trees. Lapidus said he not only saw trash, but urine-filled water bottles scattered along Bay Parkway once the truckers left.

“With the economy the way it is and values of homes coming down, we didn’t need this around here right now,” said a 20-year resident of Bay Parkway, who would only identify himself as Mike. “Nobody wants to look at tractor trailers parked in front of their house.”

The NYPD won’t be the only agency monitoring the situation from here on in: the Department of Environmental Protection will be routinely inspecting the area and issuing violations for air quality issues stemming from excessive idling, city officials said. The Department of Transportation will also install “no idling” signs in the area.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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milton from mississippi says:
All those folks that do not like big trucks just do me one favor do not use anything a truck deliveries that way when you starve your naked but to death you wont have to worry about the TRUCKS . meaning every thing in and on your home was brought by a truck . Ran new York for many years while you sleep in your warm bed tonight some company driver will have to sit in that cold truck trying to keep warm and sleep so he can make a dollar the next day with out running over you or a member of your family . Never mind his family may be a thousand miles away and he gave up that time so he could deliver goods for your use . Never mind pay for drivers has not increased with the pace of the cost of living . Never mind any of these things and all this while trying to get the mandated 10 hours rest so many of you want him to get but care not HOW HE GETS IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb. 7, 2012, 9:51 pm
Jason from Refusing New York Freight says:
It's amazing how clueless the citizens of this country are when it comes to trucks and the laws that govern them. Trash that is left behind is left by filthy people, not by professional drivers, and if the citizens of this country had a clue then they would know that professional drivers do not endorse that kind of behavior. We want the irresponsible and unprofessional drivers out of the industry.

The parking available for trucks in this country is far less than what is needed yet none of the money being generated by taxes levied against the trucking industry is being used to fix that problem, instead it is being used to subsidize unleaded gasoline prices for the general commuters in this country.
The politicians are more than happy to make money at the expense of the drivers, and the citizens of this country are more than happy to spend that money and then complain about having trucks on the road, in parking lots, or anywhere else for that matter.

I'm a driver who owns his own truck, yet I don't leave trash laying around and my truck doesn't make any "sleep shattering" noise, I'm glad to know that I'm not welcome in NYC because New Yorkers want to paint everyone with a wide brush. Maybe we should just start taking freight bound for NYC and dump it off right on the interstate for all of you fine citizens to go and pick it up yourselves. You didn't complain about the trucks when they were hauling away the victims of 9-11 and you didn't complain when they hauled steel and concrete in to erect a memorial to those victims, but you complain because you like to stereotype all drivers in a group that are "shattering your sleep".
Feb. 7, 2012, 10:32 pm
Mike from oklahoma says:
I a fellow driver agree with what my fellow drivers r talking about. its not us (the professional drivers) trashing the parking lots, its what we call the new breed of drivers (steering wheel holders) that r doing this crap. as for all u antitruckers sit back and realy think that u wouldnt have none of ur stuff if it wasnt for professional drivers. So sit and whine and complain all u want,but remember one thing, remember the sacrifice we as drivers make so u can have ur stuff and then sit and try to complain......Mike
Feb. 7, 2012, 10:58 pm
bob from colorado says:
The problem here is we need an Environmental Solutions Agency. Policing an insoluable problem just creates animosity. Find a solution, provide no idle truck stops in your area via.
www.airedock.com
Feb. 8, 2012, 12:21 pm
mark in the dark from chicago il. says:
I do truly understand what the people of the neighborhood is going through. The article does not indicate, however, whether there is any sort of truck parking close by. The article also said, "The Department of Transportation will also install “no idling” signs in the area." Why weren't the signs put in right away??? I would also like to know why the City was being so lax on the truck parking, and, since the City was being so lax on the truck parking from day 1, did they give the truck drivers a warning?

As the other truck drivers in previous statements have stated, EVERYTHING you have comes in by truck. The truck driver sacrifices many things, such as family, to be sure that John Q Public gets the food, clothes, and the medicines they need. Why can't the trucking industry and John Q Public come up with an equitable solution to what is appearently a trucking problem for the trucks parked along that street, and the noise and clutter that is also happening? Are we not adults??
Feb. 8, 2012, 4:06 pm
Big John from Palm Beach, FL says:
I agree with the comments made by these Professional Drivers, I too am a Professional Truck Driver. I am proud to bring important products to the American Public. I do not go into NYC due to "No Safe Parking", hauling away 17 trucks and fining the drivers will only bring more problems for the people of NYC. More Professional Drivers will avoid NYC due to problems like this and your freight cost's will rise so the cost of good's "IMPORTED" into NYC will rise as well. To bad we can not come to an agreement and have a SAFE ENVIRONMENT for Professional Drivers to rest. Some of us are away from our families for Months on end and miss a lot of our Families Holiday and Birthday Celebrations, Ball Games, Dancing Recital's, Funerals, Births, ETC... The People of NYC have started something that will end up costing them dearly.
Feb. 8, 2012, 5:15 pm
jim from sheepshead bay says:
18 wheel drives avoid parking in lot at knapp and belt parkway due to cost...stop crying and pay fee and keep off our streets...just add the fee to your bill
March 23, 2013, 3:14 pm

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