Parking 4-7pm on the south side of Atlantic Avenue, restored!

We have wonderful news: the New York City Department of Transportation has announced that it will be lifting the parking restriction from 4pm – 7pm in the Boerum Hill section of the Atlantic Avenue BID. Please see the excerpt from the DOT press release below. The whole article is available here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pr2012/pr12_20.shtml.

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced that afternoon rush hour parking restrictions on Atlantic Avenue will be lifted in July, providing additional parking hours in Boerum Hill’s commercial hub and easing access to local businesses. Starting in July, the current 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. No Standing regulations on eastbound Atlantic between Smith Street and Third Avenue will be lifted, providing a three-hour extension of metered parking availability at approximately 100 parking spaces. These changes were requested by local stakeholders including Assembly Member Joan Millman, Council Member Stephen Levin, Community Board 2, the Boerum Hill Association, Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association, and the newly formed Atlantic Avenue BID. It was also supported by the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

“I am thrilled that DOT has heeded the calls of the many business owners along Atlantic Avenue who want their customers to have greater access to their businesses,” said Council Member Levin. “Thanks are also due to Sandy Balboza who has led the charge to end this parking restriction. In the words of Sandy, ‘Atlantic Avenue is a destination, not a highway.”

“Not only will DOT restore 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. parking, a long-standing request of Community Board 2, but its plans also increase pedestrian safety and improve traffic flow on this major commercial corridor,” said John Dew, Community Board 2 chairperson.

“The Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association is thrilled that the Department of Transportation came up with a comprehensive plan that will make it safer for pedestrians and drivers and create a better business climate for Atlantic Avenue’s merchants,” said Sandy Balboza, President of the Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association. “AABA is grateful for the support of the elected officials, community boards, and DOT who have worked to make this parking restoration happen.”

“The businesses on Atlantic Avenue are extremely happy to have parking restored for their customers from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” said Josef Szende, Executive Director of the Atlantic Avenue BID. “This will really help our small businesses thrive.”

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