New Street Cleaning/Alternate Side Parking (ASP) regulations in parts of the Inwood and Washington Heights neighborhoods of Manhattan Community District 12 take effect Monday, June 24, now that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has completed the second of two phases to install new, reduced parking regulations. Approximately 1,700 signs in the area were installed during this phase, reducing residential street cleaning parking restrictions from twice a week to just once a week to ease parking for local residents. The new rules were established by the Department of Sanitation at the request of Community Board 12, which became the second community to receive reduced parking regulations since legislation passed the City Council in 2011 allowing for a reduction if streets within the Community District met City standards for cleanliness. To be eligible for such a reduction, the boards must receive an average street cleanliness scorecard rating of at least 90 for two consecutive fiscal years. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced in September 2009 that the City would continue to reduce parking restrictions in additional locations if street cleanliness ratings remained at high levels, following the implementation of pilot programs in Brooklyn’s Community Districts 2 and 6, and immediately prior to a reduction pilot commencing in Community District 8 in the Bronx. Last spring, Brooklyn’s Community District 7 became the first area to receive reduced restrictions since the legislation took effect.
The new sign regulations apply within the following borders, with enforcement beginning June 24:
- North: The Harlem River from the Henry Hudson Parkway to the Broadway Bridge.
- East: The Harlem River from the Broadway Bridge to 181st Street.
- South: 181st Street (not included) from the Harlem River Drive to the Hudson River.
- West: The Hudson River from 181st Street to the Harlem River.
Regulations were similarly converted in previous years in Brooklyn’s Community Districts 2, 6 and 7, as well as Community District 8 in the Bronx.