UPDATED: Parking Craziness, Roosevelt Island Is Overloaded with Cars

UPDATED: Parking Craziness, Roosevelt Island Is Overloaded with Cars

About the parking craziness, she said, “I had never seen that plaza’s surface completely covered by parked cars.” Roosevelt Island went from restricting cars to fertilizing them.

By David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily

Never underestimate RIOC’s ability for doing even worse. Just a few days later, they jammed the No Parking area at 591 Main Street with even one more car.

Yes, there’s a No Parking No Standing sing behind the van. But if you’re RIOC, the rules are all differnt.

“On a hot day I cannot use those benches to enjoy the shady breeze that normally flows up there,” our reader added. “And I am furious about it.”

Once performance space, a Manhattan Park Plaza converted to a parking lot. Landscaping is thing of the past. It’s offensive, sure, but where else can they go on parking impoverished Roosevelt Island?

Parking Craziness, Roosevelt Island

Emerging as New York’s “City of Tomorrow,” Roosevelt Island was resolutely anti-car. Set apart from city congestion, brick streets and restricted parking awaited four-wheelers rumbling across the bridge from Queens.

But cars are a distinctly American Disease, at its worst in New York City. An insidious strain eventually infected the narrow strip of rock in the East River.

The sign says, “Police Cars Only.” Do they get credit for getting one out of three right across the street from PSD headquarters?

With parking at a premium, the otherwise invisible Public Safety Department claims three prime spaces. One is taken by the Chief’s personal vehicle.

It may not seem like much, at first glance, but think about how much it contributes to the overall parking craziness.

Tucked in the plaza adjacent to Blackwell House.

Odd choice for parking when the New York State Shelton J. Haynes Parking Area, across the street, is half-empty.

RIOC pickup almost obscures the “NO PARKING STOPPING STANDING ANY TIME” sign at 591 Main Street.

Unfair for RIOC, one of the worst violators, to ticket other offenders? In April alone, the state agency handed out 754 parking violations for other than their own cars and trucks.

How do you spell “elites?”

A Red Bus weaves between illegal and double parkers on Main Street.

Rich with parking craziness, Roosevelt Island changed to car culture with lots of free parking. Main Street deteriorates without plans for saving unique Z-brick designs, but the state’s busy converting Southpoint into Brooklyn Bridge Park North.

The initiative promises bringing even more cars onto already overcrowded streets.

Not to be left out, RIOC contributes to the parking craziness with illegal parking blocking one of two lanes. It’s not unusual, and no tickets expected.

But the most recent contribution to parking craziness on Roosevelt Island takes the grand prize.

The official New York State Shelton J. Haynes Parking Area, July 15th, 2021

RIOC slapped locals out of the way, demanding four prime parking spots for Haynes and his “guests.” The maneuver kept the president/CEO from walking more than 100 feet in public.

But as you can see here, it’s usually no more than half-full while mere residents are forced to scramble for spots wherever they can.

Haynes predecessor, Susan Rosenthal, used mass transit, but the president prefers his own giant gas guzzler.

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