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
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Odd choice for parking when the New York State Shelton J. Haynes Parking Area, across the street, is half-empty.
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?”
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.
But the most recent contribution to parking craziness on Roosevelt Island takes the grand prize.
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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