Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind asks DOT to modify parking situation for Jews observing the Sabbath

If you thought parking in Brooklyn was tough, some members of the Jewish community say it is even tougher for them, particularly while they are observing Shabbat, a holiday which restricts driving.

News 12 Staff

Dec 19, 2015, 12:43 AM

Updated 3,037 days ago

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Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind asks DOT to modify parking situation for Jews observing the Sabbath
If you thought parking in Brooklyn was tough, some members of the Jewish community say it is even tougher for them, particularly while they are observing Shabbat, a holiday which restricts driving.
Sundown during the winter months starts early, close to 4 p.m. in the evening, and that is why local leaders in Borough Park are trying to change parking laws for Jewish residents observing the Sabbath. 
Assemblyman Dov Hikind has written a letter to the city's Department of Transportation, asking for the modification of parking rules on avenues J, M and P, along with parts of Coney Island Avenue, Kings Highway and New Utrecht Avenue. 
Currently, there are only two-hour meter limits on those streets on Fridays until 7 p.m. Some residents observing the holy day say this is difficult because they are restricted from driving cars or using money to pay meters after sundown. 
Hikind says he thanks the DOT because it recently changed the two-hour meter limit to a four-hour limit on 13th and 18th avenues. 
The assemblyman is hoping it considers making the modifications on other streets in the area as well. 
News 12 reached out to the DOT to see if it would consider changing the parking rules, but it has not yet to return calls.


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