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Signs prohibiting parking remain up across large swathes of Brooklyn and Queens even though the "Group Ride Vehicle Pilot Program" they were installed for is not in operation, a city spokesman said Tuesday.
The Group Ride Program, which consisted of small vans, was instituted to take the place of several city bus routes that were cancelled last summer due to budget cuts.
After the original bus routes were cancelled, and before the new van service went into effect, the bus signs remained up, and the city continued to ticket, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time.
That ticketing led to a storm of criticism from City Councilman David Greenfield of Boro Park and others. The TLC is planning to re-start some of the Group Ride routes, but does not have a timetable for doing so. Two of the Brooklyn van routes -- those that took the place of the B39 bus and the B23 bus -- are slated for reintstatement. The TLC has posted a notice on its website inviting proposals to participate in "the second round" of the pilot program. Colossal data breach of Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail: Culprit brags on hacker forumsA data breach on Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail has millions of users’ passwords and usernames in the wrong hands. World Naked Gardening Day: Get in touch with your inner hippy this SaturdayThis weekend is the best time to get in touch with your inner hippy because May 7 is the 12th Annual World Naked Gardening Day.
The now-defunct Q14 bus didn't get a reprieve from the City Council, which decided money was better spent on encouraging people to drive. The Economic Development Corporation had already set aside $2.25 million to help Downtown Flushing's many small businesses stay afloat during the mega-project's construction. In response, the city added another $3.75 million to its relief package, $3 million of which will subsidize driving and automobile storage.
In other words, a city which ostensibly has a policy to reduce traffic, PlaNYC, has sunk another $3 million to subsidize the use of 1,600 parking spaces in one of the most transit-rich downtowns in the city.
That's a scandal in its own right, but then remember that at no point in the run-up to the MTA's service cuts did the mayor or the City Council chip in a little extra. One more thing, at every community meeting about the project, the people at those meetings didnt care about OPEN SPACE, public transportation or anything else. The local chinese and korean business interests rely upon that lot for its’ customers. First Chris, studies have shown that people WILL stop going there if the parking isn’t cheap. With respect to the lack of public space, I think most folk here are in favor of more of it — look at the response to the Times Square changes. That parking spaces might be occupied by residents, police, or churchgoers doesn’t really change the well-documented fact that more parking and cheaper parking will draw in more cars, more traffic, more congestion, more noise, and more pollution. As far as the housing, when a new development arises that potentially will alter the face of a neighborhood, the existing tenants and workers should be given some kind of assurances that their livelihoods wont be completely uprooted to benefit a private developer. Go on, try telling a community that champions cars as status symbols, relies on the lots for business survival, and threatens to roll down on the pavement if there isn’t enough subsidized parking that they can no longer park. Word On The Street “The entire area around the Botanical Garden is a pedestrian nightmare, and unfortunately, the institution has shown no interest in improving safety. Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! I just moved to Allentown, PA and I wanted to take a trip into NYC tomorrow, but am having a hard time figuring out the best way to get into the city. Theres no train to Allentown yet , unless you go to High Bridge,NJ and take the Raritan Valley line to Newark > New York. A bus is the fastest and easiest mode of public transportation from Allentown to NYC.There are numerous lines offering service. Hi, I live in Newyork I have been thinking about relocated in Allentown, pa can any one tell me were is a good safe area to live also what is the first bus leaves out because I will be still working in NYC thanks. As for which is the first bus you will have to check the schedule but bear in mind the commute will be 2 hours each way sometimes and it will run $400 a month. No returns or exchanges, but item is covered by the eBay Money Back Guarantee - opens in a new window or tab. This item will be shipped through the Global Shipping Program and includes international tracking. Will usually ship within 3 business days of receiving cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab.

Jackson Heights is one of many NYC neighborhoods that survived the installation of bike corrals. The Brooklyn Paper reports that four Williamsburg shops want bike corrals, to provide room to park bikes while keeping sidewalks clear. You might remember Weiser from 2008, when he was a go-to bike lane critic during the Kent Avenue redesign fracas. Board members who voted against the corrals argued that there is plenty of room on sidewalks for bike parking and that their turf has lost too many parking spaces to the CitiBike bike-share program and the planned de-mapping of Union Avenue in the middle of McCarren Park, which is meant to make the greensward more pedestrian-friendly. So, North Brooklyn might have lost out on nicer sidewalks (DOT could overlook this vote) thanks to a few people in a position of power who think curbside car parking is scarce because there’s not enough of it.
I’ve made this suggestion with regards to congestion and roadway capacity, but I think it applies to parking, too. There is a widespread misconception that car owners have an inalienable right to store their private property on public property free of charge.
Well, apparently the loss of three parking spaces is enough to throw the whole parking equilibrium into a tailspin, so I guess we only need three participants to unleash carmageddon.
I agree that more bike parking near businesses is needed BUT I think it should be off-street parking. Sure, some stores may not have room for a rack inside but based on my observations 95% of stores have room for at least a rack holding a few bikes near the front entrance. If you want to win this argument in the court of public opinion… point out that the proposal is to convert parking that will serve ONE vehicle to parking that will serve TEN. So you also have to mention the additional benefit of having a more usable (and even prettier) sidewalk for people to walk on. One should insist that the bike parking spaces are needed, that there is demand (demand that would otherwise be driving), and that this is good for business (it is).
We can point out that anything that encourages more bikers frees up road and parking space for drivers, making it a win-win for everyone.
Many merchants remained opposed to the project, however, arguing that by replacing the municipal parking lot currently on the site, Flushing Commons would keep customers away and drive them out of business.
We often write about how parking minimums function as a hidden city subsidy for motorists, but this is a signed check made out to the minority of New Yorkers who drive. City Council and EDC had a choice of how to spend $3 million to help bring people to Flushing. Not all people are commuters, (though some are) and most of them will be rerouted to the Citifield lot anyway. They are creating 5 huge buildings which do very little for the public realm and do nothing for affordable housing. That said, it’s not obvious (at least not to me) why any particular development should be charged with creating new open space or affordable housing.
As a city we’ve decided that we want to reduce these things, so the fact that the city is going to subsidize more parking, especially at the expense of public transit, really is an outrage. More than that, CB 1 has sided against anyone whose highest priority isn’t securing on-street parking for their car.
Many sit on community boards or committees (I do!) and others are regular faces at meetings.
The best place is a small bike rack inside the store near the front door where the security guard stands. The Community Board processes does need to be reformed, but that doesn’t mean things will always err on the side of livable streets. Of Buildings, there is a means to protest a requirement if it is not necessary for safety, if it proves to be a hardship to a business. If 200 people show up to a meeting and don’t want a bike corral that has the support of only 10 people, the CB would be 100% right in voting it down, as much as that might disappoint people here. CB1’s vote, like many others, seems to be a case of a CB ignoring both the will of the community and the evidence.
One would hope board members would be intelligent and selfless enough to be able to place evidence over their own inconvenience.
It’s all about bodies in the room and if you want positive change, get out to these night meetings, dreadfully drawn-out and excruciating as they may at times be. Discontinuing the Q14, X32, and X51, along with cutting off-peak service on the Q26 and Q48, saved the MTA a total of $3.1 million this year.

If you want to change things, go down to the community boards, then speak with members of the community and try to change their minds about an issue.
People aren’t going to stop being consumers because they can no longer park for dirt cheap. They are meant to attract Asian internationals who want a base in New York much like Sky View Parc. That said, if the city is providing subsidies (as it is) then it should also expect some of these sorts of concessions in return. Councilman Koo wants more parking because his constituents want more parking, the community board wants more parking because the people they represent want more parking, the developers want more parking and the city wants the new high tax revenue generated by the high priced owners and tenants on the new property. Is there a good option for parking (maybe even overnight) and then taking a train or bus into the city from Allentown. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. Rather than complain about the process, advocates should do more organizing to persuade them.
These corrals were supported by petitions and multiple letters of support, so the idea that they just got presented to the committee without advance organization but lots of post-game complaining is false.
Given the amount of space that the bike corral is taking, perhaps if there is a way to show that the majority of the customers at this business are arriving by bicycle, not having parking could be a hardship. But in making its decision, it should also weigh the statistics and note that only 44% of the people in the neighborhood own cars. Huge turnout at the committee meeting, near-unanimous vote by the committee, and the board voted it down. The Flushing Commons project states in its original plan that one of its’ major goals is to attract customers out east.
Many of the parking spaces are reserved for people who buy condos, then many more are being reserved for the police department across the street, then some for the citizens of the Methodist Church which will still inhabit space on the lot. If you dont want more parking you actually make the housing affordable, so more people who cant afford cars are forced to find alternatives.
We need to keep the parking we have.” As if these four spaces will have any effect in a district with thousands and thousands of on-street parking spots.
And what about the hundreds of people who signed petitions at each in support of the bike corrals?
I personally wouldn’t lock my bike to outdoor bike parking, even right in front of the store, for fear it would get stolen.
Your agenda is somewhat misdirected because it really only addresses a byproduct of the problem. As far as the police, they simply need police cars because they cant get to northern queens on a bike. Just two of these corrals could provide more parking for people than there are people who participated in this vote. Oudoor bike parking is fine if you’re on a Citibike or your bike is a real POS, but not if you have a decent bike. Their is very little open space in the project (actually no public space) and the whole thing has been engineered to increase shopping from one project (commons) to Queens Crossing across the street. In Queens, bikes are nice, but the sprawl has made a family bike trip for dinner from say Bayside to Flushing a bit implausible. If you guys on this site really have a problem, it should have been addressed to the developers or the city long ago or gone to a community board meeting.
The lot is the logical conclusion for developers who want to make more money from their condos by selling a section of the parking spaces along with the place. I guess the point is that the problems with this project go far beyond the parking lot, which is annoying to me considering how much time my group was focused on turning the attention to public space.
If you wanted to do something about it, support Professor Moore at Queens College who is trying to uncover a graveyard underneath the whole site.

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