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Alternate Side Parking to be Cut to Once a Week in Pilot Starting Monday


June 23, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Alternate side parking rules will be cut to once per week across the entire city for a one-week pilot beginning Monday — in what could well become a permanent change.

The city will cut street cleaning and alternate side parking rules to once a week on streets where they are currently twice or more a week, beginning Monday, June 29, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning.

The city will pilot the cutback for one week and then reassess to see if it is something that can be made permanent.

“This needs to change, so we’re about to make the biggest change in alternate side parking in the last two decades,” de Blasio said, noting he is in favor of making the pilot permanent.

Streets where there are cleaning twice or more a week will only be cleaned on the later day scheduled. For example a Monday, Wednesday street will only be cleaned Wednesday and residents can leave their cars parked on the street Monday.

(City Hall presentation)

De Blasio has repeatedly suspended alternate side parking and street cleaning altogether for weeks at a time during the pandemic. The rules are currently suspended through Sunday.

After next week the city will reevaluate each week whether to suspend alternate parking throughout the summer.

De Blasio said he has been frustrated himself dealing with the alternate side parking rules and trying to find a parking spot.

“It is frustrating. It is difficult, it doesn’t have to be this way,” he said during his daily press briefing this morning. “We have to rethink the whole model.”

He said the rules are unfair and a “super hassle” for people who have to move their cars multiple times a week to avoid a ticket.

The mayor seemed favorable towards cutting back the rules permanently.

“I like it,” he said. “I hope this will prove to be as common sense as I think it is and it’ll be something we can institute long term.”

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Think of all we can do with an extra 17 minutes a week. We could make and eat a grilled cheese sandwich, apply for a permit to fly drones, make hardboiled eggs, post a conspiracy theory on our Facebook page, make progress on that knitting project, hit snooze on the alarm, share the conspiracy theories on the Woodside Pride, iron a couple of blouses, write hate mail to Transportation Alternatives and the politicians that they control. So many possibilities, LOL!

Huang woo

Dont have alternate parking at all. Let all home owners be responsible to clean the street daily. Apartment building same thing. Get the super out there once a day to clean and we dont need alternate side anymore. People in sunnyside are lazy and dirty

Helen Sinclair

Another terrible idea! The city is filthy enough! I agree that the streets that have alternate side four times a week is too much but cleaning each side of the street once a week is essential.

Gardens Watcher

We only had our streets cleaned once a week anyway in my neighborhood. Summer is no excuse not to sweep weekly, especially with the leaf drop and doggie DNA.

Maria Ocello

So my block is one side no parking Tues & Fri 11:30 to 1 and other side is No Parking Mon & Thurs 11:30 to 1…what do we do?


Maybe if people weren’t such pigs, we wouldn’t need this. Stop littering, so maybe we can cancel this thing completely. Hire actual people who clean sidewalks like Sunnyside Shines did before. Better option is have these people walk neighborhoods patrolling while cleaning, two birds with one stone. But no, city makes a lot of money on tickets, they will never eliminate alternate side parking, also I think it creates space and some movement, or people will just park and never move, in that case why need a car anyway? That creates more ticketing possibility, if you park and never move, get a ticket. Don’t occupy parking if you are not driving.


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