Making space: North Brooklyn to lose 100 on-street parking spots to city’s new rental-car program

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Hill country: Boerum Hill will lose 20 spots at 10 locations to the car-rental program.
Spot news: Between Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, 30 spots at 15 locations will go to rental companies.
Hook it: Red Hook will lose 10 parking spots at five locations.
High life: Brooklyn Heights will lose 10 spots at five locations to the city’s car-rental pilot.

Sharing is car-ing!

City transit honchos will hand over 100 on-street parking spots across North Brooklyn to rental-car companies as part of a new program encouraging locals to ditch their own rides for borrowed ones, according to maps recently released by the Department of Transportation.

But proponents of the scheme, which kicks off this spring, claimed that sacrificing the spots to the initiative will actually alleviate parking concerns because it will lead more residents to permanently part with their vehicles.

“I understand it’s hard to park in Brooklyn and people get upset when they hear parking spaces are getting used, but research indicates that public car-share programs make it easier to park,” said Eric McClure, the head transit honcho on Park Slope’s Community Board 6.

Neighborhoods located within Community Board 6, including Park Slope, Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, and Cobble Hill, will lose the lion’s share of on-street spots to the rental cars, with 70 spaces at 35 locations being dedicated to the program, according to the maps, which are in a “semi-final” state.

Nabes governed by Community Board 2 will net the remaining 30 spots, which are clustered around five locations in Brooklyn Heights and 10 in Boerum Hill, the maps show.

Transportation department reps presented the preliminary maps to both civic groups at separate Jan. 18 meetings, where board members and locals provided comments that may result in some changes to the final versions between now and spring, according to agency spokeswoman Alana Morales.

Transit officials researched how on-street rental programs affected driving habits in other cities — including Boston, Washington, DC, and San Francisco — and found that every rental car added to their roads resulted in the loss of five to 20 personal vehicles, either because residents outright ditched their rides or decided against purchasing new ones when the time came, according to information from the transportation department.

Brooklyn’s dedicated parking spots are open to all on-street rental car businesses that provide one-way or round-trip services, such as Zipcar and Car2go, and many companies are already applying for permits to use the spaces.

The dedicated spots will be subject to new regulations, permitting police to ticket or tow personal vehicles illegally parked in them, according to agency reps, who said the rental-car companies will also be allowed to move unauthorized vehicles occupying the spaces to other locations within a half-mile radius.

And the transportation department will reserve at least 10 percent of available parking at municipal lots citywide for the car-rental program, which Council voted to approve last March.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:50 pm, July 9, 2018: This story was updated to reflect that the Boerum Hill parking spaces are within Community Board 2's district.
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Rufus Leaking from BH says:
It's for the collective comrades!
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:14 am
Who is the a*hole that woke up one morning and said. Hey, let some private entity pay the city I mean deblasio's pocket with green to give them parking rights on the street. COO-COO
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:28 am
Adrian from Ridgewood says:
The parking spots will not be lost. There will still be parking in those locations, but only for rental cars. Why struggle to park your personal vehicle in front of your house if you can easily park a rental vehicle. Seems like rental cars will be more commonly used.
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:52 am
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Most of the cars on my block hardly move for days or even weeks at a time depending on the ASP schedule. This is a much better use of public space.
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:54 am
Rob from NY says:
"City transit honchos will hand over 100 on-street parking spots...."
Out of how many total on-street spots?

Good journalism provides perspective. What's so frustrating about this article, and many others like it, is that the reporter doesn't provide a denominator so we can know what percentage 100 spots is of the total.
Jan. 25, 2018, 10:03 am
Boss Tweed from Tamany Hall says:
A few bucks to DiBlasio goes a long way
Jan. 25, 2018, 11:11 am
Wanda Jenkins from Canarsie says:
Why don’t they move some of these funky-azz cars to Canarsie?!?
Jan. 25, 2018, 11:19 am
Jack from Carroll Gardens says:
I don't own a car but I use car share a lot. I often have a hard time parking in Carroll Gardens near my home because of all the individually owned cars that are parked there. That means I have to pay extra for time I drive the car looking for a spot, and have to spend more time walking from the spot. Meanwhile I see these individually-owned cars sitting in the same spots all week (which they don't pay a dime for), moved only when they have to be for street cleaning. Most people don't need their own cars. This is a much better use of the space.
Jan. 25, 2018, 11:23 am
Alex from Park Slope says:
"Lose"? No. The parking spots are still there. But instead of someone leaving their private car there for days at a time, multiple people can use a car share. And - SURPRISE - there is evidence that for each space dedicated to car sharing, several people are discouraged from owning a car which means there are overall MORE spots for those who do. This is a win/win for everyone.
Jan. 25, 2018, 11:28 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Honk if you think most of the people who write comments here to deserve to die a painful death.
Jan. 25, 2018, 11:50 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I have no idea why any sane person would celebrate giving away public space to private entities. Just because it’s screwing over evil car owners this time, doesn’t mean it won’t affect you the next time.
Jan. 25, 2018, Noon
boof from brooklyn says:
Mr. Ford,

How much are you willing to pay for your free on-street parking space? Can I get cash back since I don't have a car?
Jan. 25, 2018, 1:11 pm
boof from brooklyn says:

Are the car-sharing companies even paying for these spaces? I haven't seen anything that says that.

Or maybe the city is actually doing what it says: making each space available to more residents by allowing the cars to be "shared" and by improving things for everyone by reducing the number of car owners.
Jan. 25, 2018, 1:14 pm
D from Crown Heights says:
As a thought exercise: imagine if every resident of the city got a predetermined amount of curbside space as close to their residence as possible that they could do whatever they want with. Car owners could put cars there, non-car owners could put a storage unit there, and if a car owner has an off-street space, they could dig up the roadbed and plant a tree there if they so desired.

The poster "boof" is correct - as of now, the people in this city who don't own a car are subsidizing the on-street parking for people who do own cars.

By allocating spaces for shared vehicles, the city will allow more people to use a single public parking space than just the person or family who owns a private car.
Jan. 25, 2018, 2 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Boof, I would be all in on residential parking, if only to see my neighbor with Pennsylvania plates that never parks in the driveway of his million dollar home squirm. Overall, I’d rather pay for something I could actually utilize.

You can all enjoy the misery of car owners for now, but when the next mayor lets Donald Trump charge people $20 to walk past his building, you will all be singing a different tune. Because that is the road we are heading down here.
Jan. 25, 2018, 2:30 pm
boof from brooklyn says:
Cool HF, thanks. Yeah, would be huge for combating insurance fraud as you hint at.
Jan. 25, 2018, 3:30 pm
Paula from Park Slope says:
Well then these spots will just sit empty while the cars are put driving. Great way to encourage more double parking and illegal parking.
Jan. 25, 2018, 4:57 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Read it and weep - you re-elected Bolshevik Bill for a second term.

This is right up his alley - a quick donation and the nomenklatura have a gold mine.
Jan. 25, 2018, 5:38 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Spot on, Boof. I’m as likely to get run over by some schmuck with no insurance as anyone else. There is a lot of value to residential parking for both the city and legitimate car owners. The biggest value to drivers is access to parking. The value to the city and taxpayers is obvious, with the added value of not having cars circling around looking for parking.
Jan. 25, 2018, 6:44 pm
Guest from NYC says:
"I have no idea why any sane person would celebrate giving away public space to private entities. Just because it’s screwing over evil car owners this time, doesn’t mean it won’t affect you the next time."

You as a car owner, you are a private entity using public space!
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:04 pm
Guest from NYC says:
These car share and drop like Car2Go need citywide coverage. I want to pick up a car in Brooklyn and drop it in the Bronx.

Other than that, great idea. Should be car share spaces designated citywide.
Jan. 25, 2018, 10:55 pm
boof from brooklyn says:
Guest @9:04 for the win!
Jan. 26, 2018, 9:43 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I’m a corporation, and not a member of the public now? News to me. Hell, I was even advocating charging me to park on the street.

Enjoy the giveaway of public space to corporations. You’re gonna really love it when some BdB donor charges you to enter a public park.
Jan. 26, 2018, 2:34 pm
Ruth from Boerum Hill says:
Of course Eric McClure is for stripping people of their cars. If it were up to him, he'd make cars illegal because he's a typical intolerant bike fanatic. It's McClure's way or no way. He's a clone of our intolerant arrogant mayor, both elitist Park Slope stereotypes.
Jan. 26, 2018, 7:32 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unfortunately, some of you are only looking at the effects of the opposition to this rather than the causes. Many oppose this because it will mean that they may have to park further from where they live if they still need their cars. This is something that Eric McClure doesn't understand. Also, where some of them have to go to on a regular basis, they will need to drive, so where they park does matter for them unless there are plans to having housing built with more parking minimums rather than almost little to none. More importantly, not everyone can just take the subway if they aren't physically able to. As for the so-called free parking, many of them who park there actually do pay for the streets with their tax dollars, so in a way, they are paying for it even if it's not right on the spot. On a side note, I used to understand his stance when it came to the Atlantic Yards and even met him in person with this, but it seems he doesn't seem to understand the car culture that much as do many of the anti-car fanatics over on places such as Transportation Alternatives and Streetsblog, who are known for having anti-car biases and aren't afraid to admit that.
Jan. 26, 2018, 8:23 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
These car-hire companies should be made to buy at market rate an equal number of cars registered from these locations. Sellers would then have money to hire their cars. Only fair. Maybe Eric McClure should arrange it to prove his point.
Jan. 26, 2018, 9:22 pm
Laura from Carroll Gardens says:
Why don't they park the cars on Court Street? Gd forbid the city loses meter money. The city keeps taking away parking spots by first installing City Bikes every other block and now this! It is impossible to find parking during the week and dumpsters everywhere perpetuate the problem. Car owners pay fees and taxes to the state which are then allocated to NYC. This is blatant robbery and abuse of tax paying citizens.
Jan. 27, 2018, 10:38 am
Driver from Brooklyn says:
I own a car and am in favor of this program. If it encourages other people to not buy a car, that’s better for people like me.

Tom Murphy, please go away. You are a white-haired dinosaur.
Jan. 27, 2018, 9:58 pm
Janie from Windsor Terrace says:
Take it to Westchester car people.
Jan. 28, 2018, 3:07 pm
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Laura said:

"The city keeps taking away parking spots by first installing City Bikes every other block and now this!"

Laura, you have your math wrong. A Citi Bike station ADDS parking spots to a street. You can either park 3 cars in the space or 30 bikes. 30 is more than 3.
Jan. 28, 2018, 3:43 pm
NN from Boerum Hill says:
I think this is a great idea.
Jan. 29, 2018, 1:05 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Perhaps, if some of you who support this idea drive on a regular basis, you will then see why it's a bad idea, but you don't and continue to live in your bubble.
Jan. 29, 2018, 6:39 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First of all, knock off the impersonations, even if I completely agree with the content. I don't hide behind some alias like Mike and other Mike, and other other Mike, I use my own name and my own city. Just because I am for cars doesn't mean I am against parking lots. the way I see it, parking lots bring lots of vitality to the neighborhood, although you streetsblogger zealouts probably don't know this b/c you don't pay as much in taxes as us law-abiding motorists do. I drive to work b/c I have a waist problem that prevents me from getting through the turnstiles on the subway. But I perform a valuable service speeding through your neighborhood on my way to my job, unlike you lean and mean streetsbloggers that probably have never paid any taxes (or didn't declare their income which I consider below the belt besides the fact).
Feb. 6, 2018, 11:22 pm
realist from flatbush says:
this is simply another way for the city to siphon money out of its hard working residents. most people are tired and overworked at the end of the day. they just want to be able to park their car and collapse.

many folks are leasing or financing these vehicles, so there not just going to dump them. you forget that most if not all the stuff that gets to your door comes from vehicles.

the city sees this as a win win. what this will do is cause many unsuspecting people to park in these spots and mark up massive fines. in addition, the city collects money from the car sharing companies once annually to have these spots.

the reason why people don't move there cars is because parking is so insane as it is. new co dos and office building go up but no parking is built into them. bus lanes and roads are narrowed and speed limits are reduced. its enough to give any one a stroke.
July 18, 2018, 4:45 pm

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