On Dean Street, post office trucks, illegal worker parking, and giant green wall compound hazards, frustration
Since January, residents of Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues have been frustrated by postal trucks parked at the Dean Street curb, late-night deliveries and workers parking illegally, which stalls traffic, compounding hazards, and causes noise.
The proximate cause is the siting of a postal carrier annex--moved from Atlantic Avenue at Times Plaza--which requires significant deliveries on a block that has become more residential than commercial.
But a fundamental factor is the giant green wall that encroaches south onto Dean Street to enclose part of the Pacific Park site, which has eliminated street parking on both sides of the street and narrowed traffic lanes.
|via Dean Street Block Association|
"We've spent six months working with the post office," said Anu Heda, president of the Dean Street Block Association. "They kind of placate us, and say 'we're working on it,'" blaming Washington for picking the location and saying that many of the 50 or so employees come from so far away it's not feasible to take mass transit.
The Brooklyn Paper, which reported on the issue 6/30/17, quoted a postal service rep as saying it would "redouble its efforts to monitor the distribution and use of these placards,” she said. But Heda said about eight employees make no attempt to find legal parking but instead use placards that say official postal service businesses or even put their hats on the dashboard.
Dealing with constraints
“I’ve started wearing ear plugs to bed,” resident David Richman told the Brooklyn Paper. “I can be awakened by a truck coming in at one, two, three, four in the morning — it’s literally around the clock.”