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Grand Army Plaza's Mystery Lane Turned Into Parking

Remember the lane to nowhere? It's been turned into a dozen parking spots. The DOT explains why.


For over a year, Grand Army Plaza had a lane that mystified people on a daily basis. An unaware driver heading to Vanderbilt Avenue would follow the sign to the righthand lane, drive a few hundred yards and be dumped back onto the main drag.  

Last year Patch asked the Department of Transportation the point of the lane, and they explained that the lane was was added during the overhaul of Grand Army Plaza for special parking needs, such as for Farmers Market vendors to park on Saturdays. For anyone else it had no purpose.

This fall, the DOT scrapped the lane, saying people were too often mistakenly using it as a "passing lane." (Maybe the confusing signage had something to do with it ...)

They replaced it with a rough white surface for extra pedestrian space and about a dozen parking spots. The spots are reserved for Farmer's Market trucks on Saturdays, but open to everyone else the rest of the week. 

Have a question for the MTA or DOT? Let us know in the comments and it could be the subject of another post.

Adam Freifeld April 13, 2013 at 12:21 AM
i just got towed from there...parked there last night behind the "no standing" sings. The sign pointing in my direction said "no standing Saturday 6a-6p except for Farmers Market Vehicles. There were 11 other cars there and one open spot...i took it...and went to move it tonight and its gone.
BRADY April 13, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Because,when it was built(Grand Army Plaza)none of the things you listed was there ,and to remedy the situation would take a massive amount of money as well as an entire closure of GAP as well as Flatbush ave N@S, including PPW,which will never be done
BRADY April 13, 2013 at 01:23 PM
You should'nt have had any problems if you were a Farmers Market Vehicle.You are aren't you
Amy Sara Clark April 13, 2013 at 03:59 PM
He shouldn't have been towed on Friday night. The sign restricts it to Farmer's Market parking at 6am Saturday.
BRADY April 13, 2013 at 09:02 PM
I take it that the 11 vehicles were towed as well


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