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Parking not! Activists reclaim parking spots; turn into parks

Brooklyn Daily

From parking spots to parks in spots!

A citywide takeover of metered parking spots on Friday turned a car-sized strip of Cortelyou Road into an urban oasis.

It’s all part of Park(ing) Day, an annual event where local artists and activists transform metered parking spaces into mini parks, classrooms and performance spaces.

Started in 2005 in Williamsburg, the idea has spread to more than 140 cities worldwide and aims to reclaim territory normally taken by cars.

“More than 80 percent of New York City’s public space is dedicated to moving and parking automobiles,” said Transportation Alternatives spokesman Michael Murphy. “Park(ing) Day highlights other uses for that space”

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