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Con Edison About To Make Finding A Spot Even More Difficult

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Finding a parking spot in New York City is as good as gold, especially in a Brooklyn neighborhood where the situation is already bad — and could get even worse.

CBS 2’s John Metaxas took to the streets in a Mobile 2 Unit on Monday and tried to find a spot in Park Slope.

Anybody who owns a car in Park Slope knows how hard it is to find one. But now, Con Edison is about to close one of its employee parking lots, eliminating hundreds of spaces. It means cars that park there now, may soon be out clogging the streets even more.

People in Park Slope said it’s already ridiculously hard to find parking.

Sometimes you can spend a half hour at it; sometimes more. Sometimes you give up,” resident Manuel Quintana said.

Almost everywhere you look you’re confronted by no standing zones, no parking zones, pesky hydrants and a seemingly endless line of cars that just got here before you did. Think you’ve found a spot? Think again. And don’t even think of parking on the sidewalk.

“I have no time when I leave New Jersey, so I make sure when I get here its right when the alternate side lifts, so I will get a spot and not drive 45 minutes,” resident Debra Warshaw said.

But now Con Ed wants to eliminate hundreds of private parking spots for its employees, sending them out into the streets to park with everyone else.

“No way! So what are we gonna do for parking? You can’t park. It’s gonna make it real hard. We’re going to have to circle round and round, double park and get tickets,” resident Kim Alvarado said.

Con Ed said simply it’s chosen not to renew the lease on the parking lot to reduce operating costs for its customers. But the utility workers’ union said its members are deployed out into the five boroughs from yards like the one in Park Slope, sometimes working 18-hour emergency shifts — and they need the spots.

“If it snows and there’s no parking, our guys are going to be out on the streets looking for parking, and there are no spots. They call it ‘no Park Slope.’ I believe,” Bob Stahl said.

“No Park Slope” sounded just about right to Metaxas, who drove around for a while and didn’t find any spots. Con Ed said it is urging its workers to use mass transit and offers a transit check program to make that more affordable. But the workers said that misses the point. They said they sometimes travel here with equipment and need to drive.

The union said workers have had parking privileges here for 50 years and the benefit should not be taken away without being collectively bargained.

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  1. j o'malley says:

    These UWUA guys are first responders, You have a disasters, blizzards, No heat. Manhole fires. Transformer explosions. Live power lines. Con Ed controls 7.2 acres in Third Ave, for half a century these men and women have not disrupted yout neighborhood. Con Ed record profits. Good Corporate citizen. You decide

  2. George says:

    A lot of angry people missing the point. Emergency personnel work here. They park their cars for up to 18 hours. So the problem is twofold. The emergency personnel are getting tickets or not able to park and the neighborhood is impacted. All because a company wants to remove a lot.

  3. vy says:

    I laugh at anyone who on purpose moves into an area served by the subway, and complains about parking.
    If your car is more important than the other services in that area, maybe you are living in the wrong area.
    Sell your car or move.

  4. John Minucci says:

    I’ve lived in the city for 25 years and always had a car. If you want the liberty of a car, pay the money and put it in a garage. If you can’t afford the garage: a) give up tha car; or b) stop whining that the city owes you on-street parking. Whining and complaining is a pre-requisite for living in Park Slope.

  5. Joe says:

    Yuppies have destroyed this city. Years ago people used to come to NYC from other countries and brought with them their own spice and culture. Now they come from middle america with 2 Masters’s degrees….the city has become so vanilla and void of any flavor…..it feels like a family-oriented place more than a mosaic of culture and customs. The suburbanization of NYC is a shame. Why are these people in NYC? Isn’t that what Long Island, Westchester, and NJ are for? They also have great public school systems. These corn-huskers could save some money too. Remember NYC? That was a great place at one point.

  6. DR. MENGLE,GOT TWINS? says:

    SPEAKIN OF YUPPIES..I THOUGHT THEY CANNED THAT NINA IN THE MOURNING…BUT LIKE A BAD PENNY SHES BACK..BUT SHE THINKS BROOKLYN IS IN BOSTON…

    1. jack tripper says:

      what the…???

  7. John says:

    Only a union would attempt to collectively bargain parking spots for employees even though they contribute nothing to its existence. They’re going to get freebies like transit vouchers and they still complain.

    1. jack says:

      Do you know how long it takes to get home at 4 am after working an 18 hour day? About 2 hours longer via NYC transit. Oh i forgot John, you work in an office and are home with your 3 kids and your yoga instructor wife by 7pm every night.

  8. Fleeing NY says:

    I don’t even go to Park Slope anymore. Horrible.
    Fort Greene is becoming the same way. I wish these people stayed where they were…they’ve made life in NY so uncomfortable.

  9. Eric G says:

    I live in the slope for 30 years. It’s all the yuppies fault. Don’t buy a car and just leave it parked. Use it!!!!!!!!!

  10. POPMAN says:

    CON EDISON MADE RECORD PROFETS LAST YEAR THEY HAVE RAISED THE ELECTRICAL RATES FOR 3 YEARS IN A ROW THEY ARE LIEING THEY GIVE THE HIGHEST DIDIVENDS ON THIR STOCK IN RECORDED HISTORY THEY ARE CRYING WITH A BIG BIG LOAF OF BREAD UNDER THIR ARMS

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