The NYC Department of Transportation announced that it has agreed to comply with requests from the Jewish community to extend metered parking on Fridays to accommodate Shabbos observance.
Until now, it was impossible for observant Jews to park on Kingston Avenue over Shabbos during the winter, as there is a one-hour maximum on the meter until 7:00pm, and Shabbos comes in as early as 4:15pm.
Under the new rules, the parking regulation will be amended from one hour to allow up to four hours of metered parking on Fridays.
In January of 2016, Community Board Member Yaacov Behrman proposed that the DOT adjust the meters on Kingston so that residents can park there on Friday during the winter. The Community Board voted unanimously to support the proposal.
Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, and Council Member Laurie Cumbo voiced strong support for this request to the DOT, and it was formally approved last week. A special thank you to Matthew Pitt from Cumbo’s office for his efforts.
The DOT will implement the changes by the end of July, 2017.
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