Friday, April 11, 2014

Rock hall induction ceremony comes to Barclays Center; mixed response on enforcement of illegal parking

On Atlantic Avenue
Last night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame held its induction ceremony at the Barclays Center, and a good time was had by all--inside.

Outside, it was a little more complicated.

As noted in a post on Atlantic Yards Watch, there was copious illegal parking and standing around the arena, on Atlantic Avenue west of Sixth Avenue, on Sixth Avenue between Pacific and Dean Streets, and across from 486 Dean Street.

The poster asked a cop in a buggy "if she would ticket these cars, her answer was no, because there is a special event!" -

It was also special for the vehicles, apparently. One boasted a dashboard sign, "Show Talent." Another had a license plate holder indicating "Active Member Fraternal order of Police."

Note this response:
The police detail on Atlantic Avenue told me that much of the parking of limos and TV production vehicles was authorized and permitted and planned. This may include the vechicles in the complaints above.

This should be checked out at the next QOL [Quality of Life] meeting or PCC [Precinct Community Council]; I would suggest that the person posting this ask the community affairs officers, such as Officer Laffey, for clarification prior to those meetings and then we can ask for better communication in the future. We can also explore the nature of the public accommodation for this kind of event, which seems more like a movie shoot than a typical arena event.
Farther away from the arena

On Sixth Avenue
There seemed to be a better response farther away from the arena. At 8:45 pm, one poster indicated that enforcement had stepped up on Fifth Avenue between Dean and Bergen Streets:
First off, it was a great relief to see a Traffic Enforcement car pull up to a bunch of illegally parked and idling cars on Bergen just as I arrived. The officers either had drivers move or ticketed cars, about six in all, including a black stretch in the bus stop at 429 Bergen and several in the No Standing zone by 5th AVe. Kudos! Also, a regular NYPD officer from the squad car standing with flashers at 5th Ave and Dean noticed (with me) a limo in the bus stop there and asked him to move. Officer (from 67th Pct) expressed concern about difficult parking here.
Later on, however, the problem recurred:
between about 9:30 and 10:30 gave about ten leads on illegal parkers to Traffic Enforcement. Noted that some idling limos at fire hydrants have been there all night. It is illegal to stand at a fire hydrant after sundown. And it illegal to idle.
It's not clear whether there was follow-up.

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