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Patrons cruising along Bay Ridge’s busiest strips will have twice the shopping time by spring.

The city will install two-hour meters along Third and Fifth avenues in April, satisfying merchants of the mostly mom-and-pop stores in the area who complained that one-hour parking was killing business.

“It’s been terrible — an hour doesn’t give you much time to do anything,” said Joseph Loccisano, owner of Rocco’s Pizzeria on Fifth Avenue between 78th and 79th streets, who brought the issue up at a Community Board 10 meeting last fall and then gathered 1,000 signatures to petition the city.

Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Gastel said the parking measures — already in effect along other area blocks — would take place from 90th to 72nd streets on Fifth Avenue, and on Third Avenue from 95th to 88th streets.

The extension means that women getting their hair done won’t have to run out in the street with their rollers in to feed the meter, and drivers get an extra hour to conduct their business — a win-win situation for the neighborhood, according to Loccisano.

“It gives people more time to spend on Third and Fifth avenues,” he said.

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at dmacleod@cnglocal.com or by calling him at (718) 260-4507. You can also follow his Tweets at twitter.com/dsmacleod.

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Joe DiPaolo from Fort Hamilton Parkway says:
Great job Vin, please do not for get us on the two hour meters. Thank you. Joe.
Feb. 1, 2012, 7:28 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
So now we call it a win-win when we'll be able to feed a meter for two hours instead of one. As a New York City resident who pays registration fees, licensing fees, gasoline tax fees, inspection fees, sales tax on the purchase of the car fees, toll fees and now we have the "opportunity" to feed one dollar plus an hour for the privilege of supporting our local businesses.
Win-win my ASS!
Wake up everyone!
Feb. 1, 2012, 10:35 pm
Jean says:
Bob, if you don't like it - MOVE! Small businesses are the engine of the local economy. This was a great thing for residents, small businesses and consumers
Feb. 1, 2012, 11:08 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
So Jean, if I don't like it I should "MOVE"!
That's your solution for anyone that doesn't like the status quo in the city?
How does anything ever get done if you're not allowed to complain about obvious negative factors about living in this city. As someone who is approaching his seventh decade living in here, I remember when there was nothing BUT local businesses in the city. You say you're for local businesses then why are you for parking meters? Who do they serve? How do help local businesses? Just ask someone who received a few parking tickets and they'll probably tell you they shop at malls where there are no fees for shopping. I am only pointing out how complacent we have become through the years about taxes and fees in this city, especially towards motorists.
Feb. 1, 2012, 11:58 pm

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