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Seven Avenue Chunk of 86th Street To Be Reserved For Tour Buses This Holiday Season


They paved paradise, put up a parking lot — for tour buses.

Neighbors are up in arms regarding no parking signs signs posted by the police department along 86th Street between 7th and 14th Avenues, reserving area parking for “tour buses only” for over a month, from 3 p.m. to midnight November 28 to January 3. The signs, a blinding pink, are adorned with two clip art images of tow trucks.

Photo via the closed Facebook group Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge & Bensonhurst Brooklyn
Photo via the closed Facebook group Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge & Bensonhurst Brooklyn

“What are we supposed to do on the holidays with family coming, tell people they have to park 10 blocks away?” one distraught resident asked in a Facebook post with an image of the photo. She went on to demand the signs be taken down.

Other area residents felt similarly outraged, with a general consensus that the signs are meant to benefit tour groups who visit the area to look at the area’s famed Christmas light displays.

We have confirmed with the 68th Precinct that the signs are valid.

Community activism has had success in the past having no parking signs removed, as in the case of PS 101, The Verrazano School, on 2360 Benson Avenue. It may have taken a full decade’s worth of complaints to convince the Department of Transportation to remove the “No Standing” and “No Parking” signs causing traffic problems near the school and forcing teachers and students alike to park blocks away, but the community accomplished it. Hopefully the city will be significantly faster acting in this case.

Oh the irony of creating something wonderful in your community — the Christmas lights display — so that area residents lose parking to outsiders coming in to ogle. We feel you, neighbors. We’ll get to the bottom of this. Updates to follow.

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  1. I don’t live on that strip, but parking in Bensonhurst has already been terrible as it is. This will just make matters worse.

    I’m sure the community will get together to solve this legally before some people just start taking the signs down by hand.

  2. A lot of that stretch (on the residential side) is driveways. How will they park buses along there without blocking those driveways.

    The Dyker Lights are great, but they shouldn’t come at the cost of the residents’ ability to celebrate the holidays with their families.

  3. Part of the awe of living in Dyker Heights, of paying the premium for a house in Dyker Heights, is indulging in the benefits of living in Dyker Heights, like a quiet neighborhood, nice homes, driveways….the finer things in life in terms of Brooklyn living.

    Actions like this by the Dept of Transportation degrade the value of the neighborhood and the investment that people initially made to live here. if I was a property owner, I would be furious right now. The neighborhood is losing it’s luster unfortunately, and events like this don’t help.

    Think about it. If you’re a realty broker showing a home on 86th street, and a big, polluting tour bus with a bunch of outsiders pulls up into the driveway, how do you now flip the script to preserve what the listed value on the home is. Negotiating in this setting would be a disaster haha.

  4. Although the Christmas lights are beautiful,they have caused problems for many years. The gridlock and the potential for tragedy are always present. If you live on any of the blocks in Dyker Heights you have experienced not being able to get off the block or get home. What would happen if some one had a heart attack and help could not get there. Several years ago a house had a fire on a Saturday night at about 5:30 pm. If it had occurred 2 hours later that home would have burnt to the ground. Living on 84th. street I have personally witnessed several times people almost getting hit by cars because the drivers along with the pedestrians are not paying attention as they cross the street. They are looking at the lights. Crowd control and traffic control are what is needed. As for the busses,those people visiting will be walking all around the neighborhood. Parking along 7th Avenue beside the golf course there is plenty of parking at night. I think walking a couple of extra blocks to enjoy the lights is a small price to pay for the tourists. Hey,they are TOURISTS aren’t they?

  5. I happen to live on 86th and 13th so I’m curious as to what happens when is alternate side are we now supposed to come out after midnight to move a car and like everybody else is saying what happens on Christmas when family comes what are we supposed to tell the family that’s been driving 5 to 10 hours to come visit that they need to Park in a different area or maybe a different District give me a break!!!! Everybody loves the lights but there’s absolutely no reason the residents should be put out for it how about the golf course opens up its lot and how about slate the restaurant within the golf course opens up its parking lot how about they use that instead of residential

  6. This is retarded. It’s also a scam by the bus operators.

    Let me get this straight: we (residents of Dyker) provide all the content for free and then some private bus company is looking to kick the property owners (content providers) off our streets so they can make money? Lol, brazen!

  7. Everyone should turning off your light from 3:00pm to 12:00am until they come up with a better idea. Im sure conedison wont like that they are loosing money. Hey maybe they can pay for the parking at the golf course!

  8. Sadly this has been approved by the community board so nothing that people say or do now will help overturn this stupid parking restriction! It’s here to stay unfortunately!

  9. The Brooklyn Paper reports “Community Board 10 is looking into adjusting the hours of the parking restriction, according to (Community Board 10 district manager Josphine) Beckmann.”

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