‘Alternative side’ swept away

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The city’s Department of Transportation will temporarily suspend alternate−side parking regulations in parts of Downtown Brooklyn and DUMBO neighborhoods to post new reduced street−cleaning regulations.

Community Board 2 successfully lobbied to have some of its streets reduced from being cleaned twice a week to once a week to ease parking for local residents.

The neighborhoods affected include parts or all of Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, Fulton Ferry and Brooklyn Heights while the six− to eight−week sign replacement project happens starting July 13.

The DOT is currently finishing up similar work as part of Phase 1 of the project in the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill section of CB 2.

CB 2 District Manager Rob Perris cautioned residents to be mindful of the exact boundaries of the new reduced street cleaning areas to avoid possible tickets.

“Changing the signs in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill went relatively smoothly, but most of the complaints we received were from people who parked just outside the area where the regulations were suspended. So people really need to familiarize themselves with where suspensions in Phase 2 are going into effect,” said Perris.

DOT officials said Phase 2 calls for installing some 2,000 signs with new, reduced regulations.

Street cleaning regulations (all parking signs marked with a broom symbol) will be suspended within the following borders from July 13 until further notice.

To the north, this includes from the East River to Hudson Avenue.

On the east starting with Hudson Avenue, Phase 2 runs from John Street to Navy Street, including Plymouth Street, Little Street and Evans Street; Navy Street (included) from Hudson Avenue to Myrtle Avenue; Myrtle Avenue (not included) from Navy Street to Flatbush Avenue; Flatbush Avenue (included) from Myrtle Avenue to Fulton Street.

On the south, the work will run from Flatbush Avenue to Adams Street; Joralemon Street (included), and from Adams Street to East River.

On the west, the work will include Furman Street from Joralemon Street to Old Fulton Street.

The new regulations will take effect once sign changes are complete in the entire area.

The changes do not affect 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. parking rules or meter regulations, or any other parking rules that are not street cleaning regulations, such as one−day­per−week No Parking restrictions common to Brooklyn Heights.

While CB 2 lobbied for the move, not all civic organizations agreed.

Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Judy Stanton said she has always been worried about the changes because it could lead to dirtier streets.

“The community board made a decision and I objected for various reasons, but we have to live with it and see if it’s helpful or not,” said Stanton. “If it’s not, maybe it will be revisited.”

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