City Rewards Clean Streets With Break From Alternate Side Parking

The city is offering a reward to neighborhoods with clean streets: fewer alternate-side parking days each week.

A new law, signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in May, will reduce the number of weekly visits from the Sanitation Department for streets that have a 90 percent cleanliness rating for two years. The number of garbage pick-ups will also decrease.

"This legislation will ease the burden of alternate side of the street parking and make it easier to find parking while reducing emission, fender benders and frustration levels," said City Council member Sara Gonzales, who co-sponsored the bill with Councilman Brad Lander.

Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn are the first neighborhoods that will have reduced street sweeper visits, and parking regulations will take effect there one day a week instead of two.

Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said that law would make street sweepers available for more work in commercial neighborhoods.