|Dec. 6, Atlantic Avenue outside Barclays Center|
As indicated in the photo at right, it looked like several cars were being parked, at least short-term, in a no-standing zone near the VIP entrance to the arena.
And that extended zone was created blocking off formerly public space: two lanes of the street--right behind the cars--for construction of the West Portal connection from the Vanderbilt Yard to the Long Island Rail Road's Atlantic Terminal.
The new parking area somehow coincides with a new, app-based mobile valet service, DropCar, being named the official valet service for Barclays Center. (Think Uber for valet parking.)
Indeed, that area is marked as the dropoff site for DropCar customers, as indicated in the screenshot below from the Barclays Center web site.Are you coming to the @barclayscenter? We'll meet u in front of the Calvin Klein VIP Entrance. Download our app & we'll park the car #valet— DropCar (@DropCarApp) December 1, 2015
That was a public street--and should be--and has been a temporary work zone. How come it's now an asset to monetize?
DropCar, as shown in the screenshot, indicates that customers can pick up keys and a garage ticket, which implies the cards are being moved to a nearby garage.
|From Barclays Center web site|
DropCar will also wait in your car
Then again, keep in mind that DropCar also offers:
- WILL: waits in your car while you jump into your meeting, watch the game, swing by the doctor, rock out at the concert, go shopping, pickup your kids, grab dinner, etc. ($10/hr, max 3 hrs)
- VAL: valets your car for the day, picking it up & dropping it off wherever you are. ($40/day)
No wonder arena neighbors, who've already seen vehicles serving arena attendees monopolize free street parking as well as no-parking zones in front of hydrants, are wary.A personal #valet to wait in your car while you shop or dine in #NYC for just $10/hr? Can this possibly be true: https://t.co/skNbbBYbFk— DropCar (@DropCarApp) December 6, 2015
Residents near #BarclayCtr get ready for #DropCar to claim parking spots, no #parkingPermit 4us but lucrative contract w/DropCar for Valets🤑— May Taliaferrow (@Penny_May6) December 6, 2015