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More angled parking spots coming to Sheepshead Bay

All angles: The city will install angled parking spots on E. 17th Street between Avenues W and X in Sheepshead Bay, increasing the number of parking spots on the block by 45 percent, according to Councilman Chaim Deutsch.
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To find a parking spot in Sheepshead Bay, you gotta work the angles.

The city will create angled parking spots on a long block of E. 17th Street, Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay) announced on May 8, which he hopes will help alleviate the neighborhood’s chronic parking woes.

“People are always complaining about parking,” he said. “This will help people in the neighborhood and everyone else.”

The Department of Transportation has preliminarily agreed to allow angled parking along one side of E. 17th Street — a wide, one-way, residential street — between Avenues X and W. The angled spots will increase the number of spaces on the block by 45 percent, according to Deutsch.

Deutsch said he has been pushing the city to increase the number of spots available throughout the neighborhood, and that this block was an easy call because of the width of the street. He previously helped get the city to create angled parking spots along Avenue P between E. 23rd and E. 27th streets.

The Department of Transportation confirmed that work will begin soon. A spokeswoman for Deutsch said it will likely start within one to two months.

Southern Brooklyn residents have long complained about a lack of parking. In April, hundreds of locals protested a city plan to install bus lanes along Kings Highway, which would have taken away some 100 spots. The local backlash forced the city to halt the plan.

The local civic honcho welcomed the progress in addressing the parking issue.

“We need all the parking we can get,” said Community Board 18 chairwoman Theresa Scavo. “You can’t find parking anywhere near there.”

Another community leader said that he supports the E. 17th Street plan, but pointed out that streets such as Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue have the worst parking issues in Sheepshead Bay, and are still waiting for a solution.

“They should take away all the ridiculous no standing signs on Emmons,” said Bay Improvement Group president Steve Barrison. “It would increase parking overnight.”

Deutsch is also sponsoring legislation to suspend certain parking restrictions near schools when classes are not in session, among other proposals, to help with the parking problems in the area.

Parking isn’t the only transportation concern in greater Sheepshead Bay, as many residents take public transit, and don’t drive. One Midwood man said he supports increased parking, but wants to see more done to help those who take buses and subways to get where they’re going.

“He should also realize that the world doesn’t revolve around parking,” said Martin Samoylov. “Many people in his district do not own or drive a car but rely on mass transportation, which is in need of improvement.”

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at alucente@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Posted 12:00 am, May 11, 2018
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Jim from Sheepshead says:
Unbelievable! The entire block is curb cuts and short stretches of curb. There's no way to have a car back out an additional TWENTY feet just to exit a driveway. No one consulted the residents. We don't want this!
May 11, 8:31 pm
Bikerchick from Sheepshead Bay says:
On the bock which is shown in the photo, it will definitely work solely because there are no garages or curb cuts on the block except for those curb cuts to go down into the drives on either side of the street to get to the garages in the back. This will not be affect anything. However on the blocks like East 16th between W and X there is no way in heck that this should even be a thought. Not sure who came up with this idea, but the residents should have been made aware. If they were, I am sure that this idea would have been dead in the water.
May 14, 1:34 pm

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