A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 12, 2010
No-Park Slope (Park Slope)

Park Slope is a neighborhood in western Brooklyn. Street parking is so scarce that it’s been nicknamed “No-Park Slope” (or “No Park Slope") since at least 2007.


Wikipedia: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Park Slope is a neighborhood in the western section of Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough. Park Slope is roughly bounded by Prospect Park West to the east, Fourth Avenue to the west, Flatbush Avenue to the north, and 15th Street to the south, though other definitions are sometimes offered. It takes its name from its location on the western slope of neighboring Prospect Park. Seventh Avenue and Fifth Avenue are its primary commercial streets, while its east-west side streets are populated by many historic brownstones.

Park Slope is characterized by its historic buildings, top-rated restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as close access to Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and the Central Library (as well as the Park Slope branch) of the Brooklyn Public Library system.

The neighborhood had a population of about 62,200 as of the 2000 census, resulting in a population density of approximately 68,000/square mile, or approximately 26,000/square kilometer.

Park Slope is considered one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods. In 2010, it was ranked #1 in New York by New York Magazine citing its quality public schools, dining, nightlife, shopping, access to public transit, green space, quality housing, safety, and creative capital, among other aspects.

It was named one of the “Greatest Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Association in 2007, “for its architectural and historical features and its diverse mix of residents and businesses, all of which are supported and preserved by its active and involved citizenry.”

In December 2006, Natural Home magazine named Park Slope one of America’s ten best neighborhoods based on criteria including parks, green spaces and neighborhood gathering spaces; farmer’s markets and community gardens; public transportation and locally-owned businesses; and environmental and social policy. Park Slope is part of Brooklyn Community Board 6.

New York (NY) Post
NO-PARK SLOPE
1 HOUR TO FIND SPOT IN B’KLYN NABE
By RICH CALDER
Posted: 5:00 AM, February 28, 2007
Nearly half the cars clogging Park Slope’s streets at any given time are going nowhere - except in quest of a parking spot, a new study shows.

And drivers spend an average of half an hour to an hour trying to find a spot on the Brooklyn neighborhood’s brownstone-lined streets, according to the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, which conducted the study.

New York (NY) Times
Where Parking Rules the Days, a Little Miracle
By MICHAEL WILSON
Published: May 15, 2008
(...)
Plenty of New Yorkers spend more time each week parking than they do in a house of worship, or visiting aging parents, or reading to kids. And nowhere is this truer than in Park Slope, Brooklyn, named not for the ability to do just that — park — but for the kind with grass and trees, useless to drivers. Even on a good day, parking is scarce: No-Park Slope.

New York (NY) Daily News
Alternate-side rules return to Park Slope & so do parking tickets
BY Ayala Falk and Owen Moritz
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Monday, July 14th 2008, 9:24 PM
Traffic agents hit Brooklyn’s Park Slope with a vengeance Monday, handing out dozens of tickets after a two-month parking holiday ended with a bang.

“We call it No Park Slope,” said an angry Joanna Frank, 36, after rushing down at 8:32 a.m. to find her car ticketed, two minutes after new alternate-side parking rules took effect.

Google Books
Gastropolis:
Food and New York City

By Annie Hauck-Lawson and Jonathan Deutsch
New York, NY: Columbia University Press
2009
Pg. 80:
Even in the 1960s and 1970s, Park Slope was “No Park Slope.”

Streetsblog New York City
Park Smart Pilot Has Cut Traffic in Park Slope, DOT Finds
by Noah Kazis on August 25, 2010
They call it No-Park Slope for a reason: At many times of day, motorists looking for a legit spot in this Brooklyn neighborhood wind up cruising the streets endlessly in frustration. Because on-street parking spaces are some of the cheapest real estate in the city, drivers snap up the bargain and create parking shortages, leading to excess traffic and double-parking. In the end, everyone pays for the cheap price of parking: motorists who lose time, pedestrians and cyclists endangered by excessive traffic and double-parking, and bus riders delayed by congestion. Now it looks like there’s some relief in sight. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Friday, November 12, 2010 • Permalink