Monday, December 1, 2014

Staten Island residents oppose illegally parked speed camera truck

Photo courtesy of
Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Residents of Staten Island are opposing a new mobile speed camera truck located behind the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership on Goethals Road North, Graniteville because the vehicle is issuing tickets despite being parked in a No Standing Zone.  Although some of the tickets are being dismissed as a result, there is no agreement between city agencies on whether the camera's location is valid or not.  

According to, the zone actually became a 20mph zone in 2009.  The section of road is located right off the highway, so drivers must slow down from 50mph to the off-ramp to the school zone within 350 yards.  The DOT states that the school zone is a dangerous area with a long history of traffic related injuries.  Residents claim the new speed camera is nothing but a speed trap, claiming it's impossible to slow down in time when coming off the highway.  

Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Mid Island) is calling for all tickets from the mobile speed camera to be dismissed because the truck is often parked illegally.  "It does not help the confidence of my constituents when it looks like the city can play by one set of rules and them another," said Matteo in a statement.

The DOT, however, defends the truck's location. Under New York City Traffic Rules, section 4-02(d)(1)(ii), "traffic/parking control vehicles" are allowed to operate outside of traffic regulations.  "This camera is properly located," said a DOT spokesman in a statement.

Monday, November 3, 2014

NYC speed limits to be lowered to 25 mph this week

As part of Vision Zero, all New York City streets will have a 25 mph speed limit starting November 7, except where otherwise posted, in an effort to reduce roadway fatalities.  “Families and children will be safer because of what we’re doing here today. Lowering the speed limit will save lives. This is a major step toward achieving Vision Zero, and it depends on every New Yorker taking personal responsibility and putting the lives of their neighbors first,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Up to 3,000 new speed limit signs will be installed over the next year at a cost of $500,000. The City will prioritize signage at all entry points to the city, at major bridge and tunnel crossings, at airports, and at exits from limited access highways.

The City will continue retooling traffic signal timing and adjusting street designs to improve safety and reduce speeding through its Safe Routes to School, Arterial Slow Zone, and Neighborhood Slow Zone programs.
The NYPD and Department of Transportation are undertaking comprehensive education efforts to ready new Yorkers for the change. The 25 Days to 25 Mph campaign has been canvassing neighborhoods with NYPD and DOT personnel educating motorists and pedestrians.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This week's milling and paving alerts

Courtesy of Brooklyn Heights Blog

This week's NYC milling and paving schedule can be found here.

Monday, October 6, 2014

No Alternate Side Parking for the next two weeks?

nyc alternate side parking calendar
According to the Village Voice, certain parking spots (those on the Tuesday side of the street) are going to be Alternate Side Parking free for the next two weeks.  This is thanks to this year's national and religious holidays coincidentally lining up for a 16 day stretch. 
Check the Alternate Side calendar here to see if it matches up with the sweeping days in your neighborhood. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ride along with the NYC Boot Patrol

If you have over $350 worth of parking tickets in judgement, you are at risk of receiving the boot.   Watch the Boot Patrol in action below:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9/11 Ceremony Street Closures for 9.11.14

Via the NYC DOT:
The following streets in Manhattan will be closed from 5 am to 3 pm:
  • Liberty Street between Trinity Place and Greenwich Street
  • Greenwich Street between Liberty Street and Albany Street
Areas bounded by:
  • Barclay Street on the North
  • Thames/Albany Street on the South
  • Trinity Place/Church Street on the East
  • West Street on the West
(All Inclusive)

Riverside Drive between 94th Street and 104th Street will be closed from 9 am to noon for a September 11th Memorial.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Want this NYC parking spot? It will cost you $1 million.

According to the New York Times, the new luxury building going up at 42 Crosby Street will be offering ten underground parking spots for the cool price of $1 million each. Spots will be up to 200 square feet, and some will come with charging stations and storage.

However, even for $1 million, you won't actually own the space.  Buyers (who must live in the building) will receive a 99 year license, which will allow them to use the space for as long as they live in the building.  Once they move out, they will be required to sell the parking spot.

So is a million dollar parking spot really worth it? Apparently the answer is yes.  "The No. 1 amenity is parking,” said Beth Fisher, a senior managing director of Corcoran Sunshine, which is marketing 56 Leonard. “In the luxury market, parking is really one of the key, key features that distinguish one development from another.”

“Most ultra-high-net worth individuals have car collections as well as service vehicles for their staff,” says Giles Hannah, a senior vice president of Christie’s International Real Estate. “Parking is in serious demand and has proven an excellent investment with no sign of a decline.”
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