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The only municipal parking lot in bustling Brighton Beach has become a battleground between jealous short-term users and privileged permit holders — and some say the only solution to the conflict and a chronic shortage of parking is a 1,000-space parking garage in the sky.
Brighton Beach Municipal Parking Field is the second largest city-run parking facility in the borough stretching between Brighton Second and Brighton Fourth streets on Brightwater Court, but it still only holds 312 parking spaces.
Holders of the 189 quarterly parking permits pay $330 for their three-month passes. The remaining 123 parking spots are limited to five-hour stays at 25 cents per 10 minutes, and are supposed to be enough to handle the hoardes of beach-goers consumers shopping Brighton Beach Avenue.
Neither the short-term users or the permit holders are happy with the limited number of spaces. Daily users say that permit holders hog all the spots, while the permit holders say that the city makes it too hard to renew their passes.
That’s why Pat Singer, president of the Brighton Neighborhood Association, thinks the time has come for a multi-story parking lot.
“We now have a critical problem with parking in Brighton Beach,” she said. “The city needs to take that lot and go up.”
The key problem is that Brighton Beach has two major attractions: the beach and its busy shopping strip, Brighton Beach Avenue, said Community Board 13 District Manager Chuck Reichenthal.
“It’s a very busy thoroughfare and the collision of people looking for parking and pedestrians can lead to difficult situations,” he said.
As bad as the chronic parking shortage may be, however, the Department of Transportation has no plans to build a new garage.
But the agency will as the problems mount, Singer said.
“People will move away and businesses will stop investing here,” she said.
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