COBBLE HILL — The Department of Transportation has been rolling out Muni meters across the city, replacing single-space meters with the pay-and-display system, but they’re just starting to show up at commercial streets in Cobble Hill, like Court Street, said a rep from the agency.
Court Street has always been a commercial area, and with Smith Street being restaurant row, parking is in great demand in the area, said Dave ‘Paco’ Abraham, a vice president of the Cobble Hill Association.
"Court Street is a part of Downtown Brooklyn. It’s definitely a business corridor. And with Smith Street being restaurant row, the two streets are complimentary," said Abraham. "They’re good candidates for the new system, so I’m glad to see the Muni Meters arriving here. The drop the quarter in the meter system is an antiquated thing now.
"Muni Meters offer a more convenient way to pay and you can fit more cars in the same amount of space without the restrictions of a single meter space.”
A brand new Muni Meter has been installed on Court Street, at Dean Street. Now, drivers can pay and display their time on their dashboards, and the removal of the single-space meters would reduce clutter on the sidewalks, a DOT spokesman noted. Not to mention that people can finally use credit cards to pay for parking.
"DOT is in the process of replacing all remaining single-space meters throughout the city with muni meters," the spokesman said. "Installation of Muni Meters and replacement of single-space meters, which began in the 1990s, has been completed in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, and is expected to be completed in Brooklyn and Queens by the end of this year."