A year ago, it was illegal to charge drivers to park on lots near the water that were eventually to become hubs for new commercial development — but evidence is emerging that some green spaces are converting to parking lots again.
On the east bank of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the Waterfront Greenway stretches along the edge of a former trolley terminal and road leading into the Kaufman Yards. But it appears that some lots have been made into on-street parking.
In August, trucks parked at 103rd Street and the Greenway blocked the four-foot-wide sidewalk. In October, trucks, SUVs and cars were parked under a six-foot canopy near the southern end of the lot, which had been cleared of trees last year.
Brentter, an environmental restoration company, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Greenway developer SWY Acquisitions Inc. said the work the company is doing there is “necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Greenway.”
Other parts of the lot are still clear of vehicles, including some that would qualify as street parking in other locations.
It’s not clear why trucks or landscapers are working on the open lot on the Greenway. The city Department of Transportation said it has received complaints about the lot, and it said it’s working to address them.
It is illegal to charge motorists for parking in the Greenway. The parkway is privately owned by a group of real estate developers in conjunction with the city.
SWY Acquisitions, which is setting up shops, restaurants and housing at the site, owns 53 lots in the Greenway along its three-mile run on the northern shore of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The company opened in June after acquiring several lots. There are about 25 lots in the area.