Municipal Lot Fiasco
As a business owner on Beach 116 Street I feel compelled to comment on the city’s actions regarding the new parking situation. The recent repaving of the street’s municipal parking was a fiasco taking much longer than originally promised. The resulting reorganization of the lot is an even bigger and ongoing problem.
Instead of the numbered spots and the park and lock that we had where one puts in the number of the spot that you have parked in, and then take the ticket and leave, now, with the new lot, drivers have to park, pay at the machine and then walk back to their vehicle 50-100 feet away in any weather (possibly with a child), leave the ticket and then finally leave. This is a needless inconvenience for the commuters and shoppers, made more hazardous with the snow and ice conditions of winter.
In addition, the new Transit Police station juts out about 10-12 feet past the original width of the old building narrowing the entrance to the lot. Police vehicles are now parked alongside the new building further narrowing the entrance to the lot. This creates a dangerous situation for vehicles and pedestrians entering and leaving the lot at the same time.
I would suggest that the city go back to the numbered spot setup eliminating the need to return to the vehicle. Also, I am sure that the transit police would be happy to have a designated area within the lot to park their vehicles so that the integrity of the entrance to the lot is preserved and safety is restored.
Small businesses are the staple of our economy and need to be supported by their local government and not hurt by unnecessary restrictions that discourage residents from shopping locally. The Wave editorial of Decemer 18, 2009 suggesting the lot be made free during the winter months is a great idea that needs the support of local merchants, residents, the Chamber of Commerce, community organizations, and local politicians. Perhaps these people and organizations, working together can, in at least a small way, reverse a culture of hostility to small business that seems to be the “business as usual” policy of New York governance.
DR. DANIEL MIRKIN, OD