“The odd parking warning was first noted by the blog Sheepshead Bites, which has yet to post a follow-up.” – BREAKING: Existential ‘No parking’ sign was a fake!“, Courier-Life; September 14, 2010.

It’s rare to get a mention (and a link!) out of the Courier-Life editors, so when they feel obliged to do it that invariably requires a bit of back-handedness.

Well, we didn’t post a follow-up to our original story about the sign, which was eventually mentioned in the New York Times, NY Mag’s Daily Intel, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Vos Iz Neias and scores of others, because it was all a bunch of hooey.

There is real news to be reported. This is funny and quirky and a space-filler; but Courier-Life assigned two doting reporters to the monumentally inconsequential.

To make a mountain out of a molehill? I guess that takes a special kind of editor. They chased that story down, producing a follow-up that essentially was a DOT “we-didn’t-do-it,” as if anyone expected them to confess the errors of their ways (and if they started now, they’d have decades to apologize for). But Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo left the DOT’s response in our comments before Courier’s first article ran, so the information was there for all to see. No need for us to spotlight a highly dubious DOT denial.

And yes, I believe it’s highly dubious. Because, as seen above, the DOT has replaced the sign with a proper “No Parking Anytime” sign, maintaining the same rule that’s been around for as long as I can remember: you can’t park in that intersection. We have no proof, but we think the DOT screwed up, denied the error and quietly fixed it. No one benefits from the idiotic sign that was previously put there, so it’s doubtful it was an attempt to reserve a parking spot as Courier-Life implied.

The sensationalized story was first created by the “news” publisher Courier-Life, who has yet to post a correction for their many inaccuracies.

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  • BigBrother

    lol, ive got nothing else…

  • BrooklynBus

    You are correct. DOT would never admit they made a mistake. Do you remember the sign a few blocks from this one about ten years ago when 16th Avenue and Emmons Avenue actually intersected for at least a year. The sign was finally replaced with a correct E 16 St sign. Then there was the “DeKlab” Avenue sign at Flatbush Avenue that Juniors called the TV stations about. I could go on and on. They are constantly screwing up.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      There are some other too. Look at the signs when you cross the street, some will make you laugh out loud.

  • MicoJones

    I remember the street sign on my block reading “Jermone Ave”. It was up there for about a year before they finally changed it.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    And they do like to remove ancient signs for demapped streets when someone blogs the sign. They get a perverse pleasure of of doing so.

    And let’s not forget losing ancient milestones.

    http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2010/06/historic-ocean-pkwy-marker-gone-only-one-remains/

  • http://www.bksouthie.com/ Brian Hedden | BK Southie

    I’ve mostly learned to love the Brooklyn Paper for what it is (fluff) and stop hating it for what it isn’t (news), but this one blew me away. I was kinda turned off by the backhand return – and all of the stupid things they usually do (and going out of their way to “prove” bloggers wrong is one of them) got on my nerves even more.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      They bought into some crap peddled by some flack at DOT. I know from experience that they don’t have a clue where all the signs are, or what the signs say. I’ve had to correct their shoddy record keeping on signage when I was working for a transportation engineering firm.

      • BrooklynBus

        I just went to their website yesterday and typed in my block to check what it said regarding parking signs. Politicians had asked for years for DOT to set up a database, so you could check the regulations on line. They finally “completed” it a few years ago. Guess what I got when I typed in the street and cross streets where I live. “Not in Database.” How many other blocks did they leave out?

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

          We were sent a map of a part of Bayside, Queens which looked really incomplete, expected signs were not present. So I went out there to mark every one of the missing sign out on a map. Luckily it was a slow day for me.

  • Anonymous

    I want a sign that says …clean up after your dog, (yadda yadda) I am told they are no longer available. BS>>>>I say.

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  • nolastname

    Ya see, credit for MY pic.