2006-01-13 / Editorial/Opinion

Looking To Residential Parking Permits – Why Not Rockaway? Opinions

For many years, The Wave has joined with local civic advocates to ask for residential parking permits as a way of ameliorating the lack of parking, particularly in the summer, in the west end of Rockaway. Every time the issue was broached with the Department of Transportation, however, Rockaway was told that police considerations do not allow for resident parking permits. In Sunday’s New York Times, however, letters to Mayor Bloomberg were answered by his commissioners, including Iris Weinshall, the city’s transportation commissioner and, coincidentally, the wife of Senator Chuck Schumer. A resident of the upper west side asked the mayor why that area, which has worse parking problems than Rockaway, could not have residential parking permits. Rather than saying that such permits are against DOT policy, Weinshall wrote, “All the research shows that residential parking programs work best in lower-density, single-family neighborhoods. Having said that, we are presently looking into doing a residential parking permit program in Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and Fort Green [all in Brooklyn]. We’ve collected all the data and hope to have results in 2006.” Our question, of course would be why not in Rockaway? Belle Harbor and Rockaway Park certainly fit the criteria of lower-density, single-family homes. We certainly have been asking for a program such as this for a long time. Once again, we have been bypassed by the city’s bureaucracy for a program that could elevate the quality of life in Rockaway. Perhaps Joe Addabbo, our City Councilman, can contact the DOT to see of we can get a study done on the peninsula. We certainly need the parking assistance.

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