City Councilman Michael Nelson is tired of hitting traffic a block away from his office, and now he’s demanding the Department of Transportation rewrite the rules and convert Voorhies Avenue into a one-way strip.

Tired of getting bogged down on Voorhies Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Sheepshead Bay Road, Nelson asked Community Board 15 at their Tuesday night meeting to join him in pressuring the city to alter that stretch to a one-way westbound street.

“Since I’m there a lot, in particular it irks me,” said Nelson, whose 1605 Voorhies Avenue office is within spitting distance of the congested roadway. “It takes me 15 minutes to go down, then 20 minutes to get a spot at the parking lot. I could’ve gone from here to, like, East Meadow, Long Island, or something.”

It’s the second time since the councilman moved from his Nostrand Avenue offices to Voorhies Avenue in January 2010 that he’s taken an interest in traffic affairs there. In November, he tried to ease traffic by getting the DOT to install “Keep Intersection Clear” signs at Voorhies Avenue and East 18th Street. At that time, his press release noted, “Having also personally been stuck in traffic in this area, Councilman Nelson immediately contacted the Department of Transportation to investigate this location.”

The councilman will ask DOT to look into making Voorhies a one-way street, from Ocean Avenue to Sheepshead Bay Road – “if not further.” But he noted that converting it from Sheepshead Bay Road to Shore Parkway may cause problems for those exiting the Belt Parkway. Drivers exiting the highway and need to head east would have to go up the already congested East 14th Street and turn on either Sheepshead Bay Road or Avenue Z.

As bad as Voorhies Avenue is now, it may get worse, the councilman said. A three-story development is currently under construction at 1810 Voorhies Avenue. Documents for the building suggest it will be used for retail and a school, but a lawyer for the project told Community Board 15 that it will actually be a furniture store and medical offices. There will be no off-street docking area for trucks to unload furniture or patients to be dropped off, meaning more backups. The community board rejected the developer’s request on Tuesday to reduce the required parking, but the project will likely continue to go forward.

“If it’s bad now, it’s going to be horrendous,” Nelson said. “So for that alone we need to make it a one way street.”

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  • http://profiles.google.com/lyutin Igor Lyutin

    Totally agree with him

  • Local Broker

    If this guy didnt have his office there does anyone think he would care? Maybe he should request a remote so he can change the lights to green anytime he wants. The other day i took Ave Y from east 21st to east 12th and it took nearly 10 minutes because of the supermarket, Doodys and the gas station traffic. So lets close those parking lots down and make Ave Y one way. This guy is out of his fucking mind. We should all go collect dog shit and leave it in front of his office and maybe he will do something about that.

    • nolastname

      +1
      I have a small dog but I know people who know people with some big ass dogs.

    • Faba

      Agree.

      Blessed Be.

    • Guest

      Don’t forget the great traffic lights that make all this traffic possible.

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

      Better idea, shut down Doody’s, the Stop and Stop and add Staples for good measure. The gas station’s going anyway.

      Nelson hadn’t much of a mind to begin with. So we’re in deep trouble now.

  • Anonymous

    Talk about being selfish. When was the last time he proposed something that didn’t directly affect him? Guess his “Keep Intersection Clear” sign he had installed a few months ago at East 18th Street which he bragged about like it was the greatest idea since sliced bread didn’t work out so well after all.

    Not saying it’s a bad idea, but I’m not sure if it will help. Whenever you convert a two-way street to one-way instead of providing an extra traffic lane, all you do is create a place for people to double park. Let him guarantee that no double-parking on Voorhies Avenue will be enforced and then I would support him.

    If he really does park in the municipal lot there is no reason why he has to use Voorhies if traffic is so bad. He can access the municipal lot from the Shore Parkway service road. I’ve seen his car in the “No Parking Anytime” spot across from his office with his placard proudly displayed on his windshield. Maybe he should also propose an exclusive lane for government officials.

    If he is complaining about looking 20 minutes for a spot in the lot why is he not opposing Mayor Bloomberg’s plans to sell off all the municipal lots for more development which has and will create more congestion and gives him more of a reason to push for congestion pricing.

    Why hasn’t the councilman proposed using the unutilized space under the el by the Belt Parkway for commuter parking so that the entire municipal lot could be converted to short term parking? Because he probably looked 20 minutes for a spot on only one occasion and why should an important person like him have to be inconvenienced?

    It would also be nice bothered answering mail from his constituents and made it a little easier to get into his office so you don’t have to spend 10 minutes futzing with the intercom trying to guess who is not on the telephone so you can get in. I’m sure by now he must know about that problem. But why should he care?

  • Anonymous

    At least Lew Fidler reads and comments on this website to see what is on peoples’ minds. Why can’t Nelson do the same?

    • nolastname

      He will actually have to do something. I think it is against his religion.

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

      Cause he can’t read? Or perhaps he merely can’t comprehend.

      This guy’s world consists only of what he knows. And I bet he got the idea from one of his flunkies who complained there was too much traffic making noise as it passed by the office.

  • Anonymous

    His proposal also would increase traffic on Sheepshead Bay Road. But he doesn’t use that street to go to his office so that doesn’t matter.

  • Sheepshead Dweller

    One way street? This guy is not bright at all. Sheepshead bay road is already limited in entrance, now you want to kill commerce even more? GTFO.

  • Sheepshead Dweller

    One way street? This guy is not bright at all. Sheepshead bay road is already limited in entrance, now you want to kill commerce even more? GTFO.

  • Sheepshead Dweller

    One way street? This guy is not bright at all. Sheepshead bay road is already limited in entrance, now you want to kill commerce even more? GTFO.

  • Anonymous

    for a quick second the idea sounded great……. then shortly after it didn’t cause i drive home using that route, and for the minute that i stop on the stop light i can check out the Freshness of Sheepshead bay (take it as you like)

  • Csickofpolsoachedj

    Mike Nelson is a Carl Kruger protege…enough said?

  • Anonymous

    “May cause problems for those exiting the Belt Parkway.” Is he kidding? It WILL cause problems, but again he doesn’t get off the Belt there so he doesn’t care.

    Why isn’t he fighting against overdevelopment which is causing the problems instead of only being interested in himself?

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

      Developers are going to be financing his next campaign. I have no idea what he’ll be running for, however. He really is mentally spent these days.

      • Anonymous

        Kruger’s seat.

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

          That would be the logical choice. But he’s not the only councilman who might try for it.

  • Brightonresident

    If he had done something about zoning rules a long time ago, we wouldn’t be having this problem!!!

  • mat

    Does he think the worn out invective against “bike lanes” is going to give him automatic support? Fact is, if there were more people running short errands on bicycles, even once in a while, there would be less traffic back ups and more parking for cars.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it’s a bad idea. I would also like to make the intersection of Sheepshead Bay Road and Voorhies – NO TURNS!

    • Anonymous

      Also? Wouldn’t be possible with Nelson’s proposal unless all of Voorhies were made one way west of Ocean. I would definitely be against that one.

    • Footface

      It doesn’t matter if the sign said no turns…there will inevitably be that typical asshole who ignores the sign like that typical asshole who ignores the “no left turn” sign on westbound avenue Z to turn left onto E. 14th street…and without a blinker, be still my heart.

      • Anonymous

        When I said “wouldn’t be possible” that is what I meant. If it said “No turns” and Voorhies was one way westbound east of Sheepshead Bay Road, cars coming off the Belt would be required to stand at the intersection forever! The NYPD would be able to ticket every single car coming off the Belt when they got hungry or had to go to the bathroom and decided to violate the sign. Don’t think DOT could even be that dumb to do that.

        • Anonymous

          I meant no turns only at the intersection of Sheepshead Bay Road and Voorhies. I think that would stop a lot of the problem. One way – going west from SB road to Coney Island Ave.

          I disagree that cars coming off the belt would be negatively impacted.

          • Anonymous

            How can you say that? I get off the Belt there every day. Right now I make a left onto Voorhies, a right to SBR and a right onto Emmons for my trip home. My alternative would be to make a left instead to East 14th, to Avenue Z to SBR and back to Emmons. The other alternative would be using East 13th or Homecrest to Avenue Z and then the East 12th Street Bridge. Either alternative involves a longer trip taking more time.

            The only way turning all of Voorhies (west of Ocean) into one-way would be to also reverse direction of the Shore Parkway North Service Road to make it entirely go east between Voorhies and Sheepshead Bay Road. Actually that doesn’t sound bad at all and might work well. They would have to move the B49 under that scenario to Voorhies.

  • Faba

    What kind of chcken shit bullshit is this Michael Nelson dealing with? Motherfucker, traffic on Voorhies Ave should be the last of your concern. OK fine you are a weak SOB you want to deal with non-issue issues, fine. Get Belt Pkwy repaved. Do something about subway outages and infrequently running trains. Get B36 running more efficiently with more frequency. Maybe more people will take buses then instead of their cars and you will get to ride your Voorhies Ave traffic free.

    Better yet find something more important to tackle than traffic. Jerkoff.

    • http://twitter.com/nicktherat Nick the Rat

      get him faba! RAWR RAWR RAWR!

      • Faba

        Hey Nelson , we got rat problem ova here! Them rats, you gonna do something about it or what? Let me tell you few three things, them rat is no good for business capish? :)

  • Jal5503

    How about a no left turn zone west of ocean ave ?

  • Rebecca

    Remove all parking from Ocean Avenue to East 15th Street and EVERYONE who does park gets a hefty parking ticket.

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

      I think a better idea would be to remove Michael Nelson from office. He’s becoming non compos mentis.

      • Anonymous

        The problem is that there is so much traffic on Voorhies that no one can get to his office to remove him.

  • gene

    what a fuckin world class jerkoff this guy turned out to be

  • Ron B

    Nothing is accomplished by these negative attacks on our Councilman. There would not be enough space for me to list all of his great achievements over the past several years. Too Bad some have very short memories. It is one thing to disagree with a proposal, or to add constructive criticism but the personal attacks are an outrage.
    I happen to be a close friend of the Councilman and I know first hand what his Seven day schedule is. I happen to be a friend of another coiuncilman and I too know what his seven day a week schedule is. Until you are in a leadership position with tremendous responsibilities trying to satisfy constituents of different backrounds and political ideology, the comments are unfair.

    That said, I’m sure the Councilman was just trying to think of a way to improve the situation and this was one idea that he thought of. Instead of attacking him, perhaps it would make more sense to get involved in a civic group, or community board or brong your suggestions directly to his office. I am totally disappointed by these comments.

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

      I’m glad you admitted your association. That shows integrity. Nevertheless, I am sure that most of us stand by our remarks. Our collective observation and experience draws a different picture.

    • nolastname

      When a person’s experience with his off has been negative what do you expect?
      I know of several people who he has not lifted a finger to help.
      You are being a good friend.
      I would be happy if he crawled back into the woodwork.

      • Ron B

        Perhaps he could not help with that particular issue. Many times, no one can help with a particular issue. I can think of issues that although he gave 1000% the issue could nto be resolved. I can also think of issues where he certainly was able to help. Maybe those people should have asked for assistence with another issue.

        • nolastname

          It’s not pick and choose. Let me see what I can pull out of my pocket.
          One issue was the removal of poison ivy around the corner from his
          Nostrand office. That is a real tuff nut to crack.
          Another was a discrepancy with forced sidewalk repairs.
          I have been to his office during hours and the door was locked with
          people inside. I knocked and the door stayed closed. That is good
          community,staff relations.
          Please this is a waste of my and your time. You should have quit while
          you were ahead.

          • Anonymous

            That’s what Kruger does. Help just enough seniors to be able to brag about it in his newsletters and ignore everyone else. When you are an elected official you have to try and help everyone and follow-up. Sending one letter on you constituents behalf which receives a BS answer from the bureaucracy in my opinion does not constitute doing your job properly. It is not as if these people don’t have a staff. Kruger’s office doesn’t even bother to return phone calls, not to mention respond to letters.

          • nolastname

            I am naming our elected 2 officials Kruger and Nelson as “thinking
            they are the entitled”.
            There was one gentleman in Kruger’s office who did pick up the phone
            and call the Parks Department while in my presence.
            The ball, however, did get dropped.

          • Anonymous

            According to his boss he was doing his job by making that one phone call. Someone in Nelson’s Office once told me, “We already sent one letter on your behalf, what else do you expect us to do? Cymbrowitz once told me wrote to me that he just doesn’t have the staff to answer all the letters he receives. But when you walk into his office sometimes his people are just sitting there waiting for someone to come in. Maybe his office could be more productive if he made use of e-mail which Albany provides to all State Officials. But if you send one you get an automated response asking you to call or to write because he doesn’t respond to e-mail.

            The only other elected official I tried to send an e-mail to was Weiner. Also an automated response thanking you and then you never hear anything further. When are elected officials going to move into the 21st century and start using e-mail? Before Liu became Controller, he sent me e-mails every week to 3 different e-mail boxes although I never signed up asking to receive any. I read all of them. but he never responded to any of the three I sent him.

          • nolastname

            Lazy-ass on our behalf.

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

            Ronnie is curiously silent on this.

          • nolastname

            Funny, when I was asking for help with the poison ivy the staff member used those words “on your behalf”. I said I know what poison ivy looks like, the children from the school may not. On my behalf my ass.

        • Anonymous

          I asked him to take a position against a concrete boardwalk. Sent a letter and never received a response. Accidentally ran into him in the street a few weeks later (not in my car) and asked him personally why I didn’t receive a response. He said to me he was surprised I didn’t get an answer. Guess what, that was about six months ago and I still have not received an answer.

          This wasn’t a personal problem that he couldn’t do anything about. If he supported replacing the boardwalk with concrete, he should be man enough just to admit that instead of just ignoring me.

          When I had a government job and my boss gave me six assignments, I had to do all of them. I couldn’t just pick out two or three I wanted to work on and ignore the rest. These elected officials work for us. They have to try to help everyone. From what I’ve seen, most of them don’t do that.

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

            Not a peep from Ronnie here.

    • Faba

      Ronnie! Look at you rubbing shoulders with not one but two Councilmen! Good for you! So you saying they are having busy schedules ha? I’m so sorry our peasant problems incontinent them, after all it’s not like they became councilmen to solve our problems. And you saying they did so much for us simple folks that Internet doesn’t have enough space to list all the good deeds they did? Wow they sure did a lot then!
      Anyway keep your friends close Ron, I know if I had friends like that I would be defending them too, even if their name would be Gaddafi.

      Ron also did you get back with Sammi or what?

      • Ron B

        Let me clarify, I can recall on two different occaisions that that another councilman and I were at a function involving members of our family. During one occaison there was a major rain storm predicted. Throughout the entire event, the councilman was busy on the phone trying to be on top of the situation. THis occurred on a Sunday. The other occaision, I do not recall the emergency, this event happened on Saturday and the councilman also had to spend the entire time dealing with the issue.

    • ed

      I think Ron should be encouraged to take the time, and Ned to give him sufficient space, when he says: “There would not be enough space for me to list all of his great achievements over the past several years.” I’d actually like to see a list of all the bills Councilman Nelson has drafted, introduced and gotten passed during his council career (and I don’t mean co-sponsored). Some time ago, I posted a similar suggestion for Sen. Kruger and never saw him reply.

      Ed

      • Ron B

        Let’s start with funding securred for libraries, senior centers, Parks, healthcare facilities, neighborhood clean-ups… and so on.

        • ed

          Those examples of member item funding are easy–like flu shots. Again, I’d like seeing a list of the bills HE drafted, introduced and got passed during his council years (and, again, I don’t mean the simple, join the bandwagon, co-sponsorships).

          • Faba

            Look at Ed hammering at the issue! Good for you buddy!

  • Anonymous

    Crack is one hell of a Drug, shit makes you want things Impossible to Men + Woman.

    • nolastname

      I had to watch again. I thought he had something in his hands like Theresa.
      Nervous habit but freaky.

  • madandwonttakeitanymore

    Nelson complains about parking when he parks wherever he wants, drives a car we pay for and probably eats on us also. This guy Ron doesn’t get it. Nelson is suppose to satisfy his constituents. He works for us. Instead he does what’s good for him and for his pals like this guy Ron. When in 14 years of Nelson did he do anything for anybody that didn’t help himself? And don’t forget it was King Kruger who got Nelson the job as Councilman in the first place when Weiner went to Congress. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Ron.

    • nolastname

      TYVM. It is a shame and should be an embarrassment to Nelson’s office when a family who has lived in a single family home and regularly paying all applicable taxes for 47 years has been shrugged off the few times they have asked for help.
      How’s that for not using commas?

  • Petrosyan

    He spent tons of hours and hundreds of thousands taxpayers money fighting for installation of GPS in school buses, so parents can track the location of the buses from an internet. Greet idea. Great utilization of our money, specially for his and his staff’s salary. Giys, we are dooms with these kind of politicians! Am I wring? By the way, many people call him Kruger Jr. Your thoughts?

  • Petrosyan

    He spent tons of hours and hundreds of thousands taxpayers money fighting for installation of GPS in school buses, so parents can track the location of the buses from an internet. Great idea. Great utilization of our money, specially for his and his staff’s salaries and BENEFITS. Guys, we are doomed with these kind of politicians! Am I wrong? By the way, many people call him Kruger Jr. Your thoughts?

  • Anonymous

    Another alternative is to ban parking on Voorhies in front of the liquor store to make it easier to make right turns. That should be tried before something else more drastic is done. Those parking spots can be replaced by taking other places where parking is now banned and allowing it there.

  • Petrosyan

    BrooklynBus , great idea :-))) I am serious. But…. No parking in front of liquor store? Double parking only! It’s enough. They even do not have to create new laws – just enforce what we already have. Few tickets for double parking there every day – and the end of the story. When I need to go to this story or to somewhere else even for a few minutes. I am looking for the legal parking. And still alive… and still buy what I want :-)))

  • Choco1cake

    By making Voorhies Avenue between Ocean Ave and Sheepshead Bay Road a one way west, what will happen to traffic that will be forced to go down side streets to Avenue Z passing homes with children and elderly people? The Waldbaum’s shopping center should close down also, because you cannot make a left from the parking lot onto Ocean Ave and by making Voorhies Ave one way west, cannot exit and make right to Ocean Ave. Shore Parkway also is no help to the problem goes west and merges into the end of Voorhies Ave. He should move his office to Knapp st between Ave X & Voorhies Ave. Maybe the Municipal Lot should be made into a Multi level parking lot for more parking since the area is still growing and needs more parking also with the lot at Avenue Z & E 17th St. Maybe, he should try going that way to the parking lot to park. Instead of letting more building of multi complex buildings, try to make more parking. Maybe he should take the same means of transportation like Bloomberg since his office is next to the train station & won’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic.

  • Choco1cake

    By making Voorhies Avenue between Ocean Ave and Sheepshead Bay Road a one way west, what will happen to traffic that will be forced to go down side streets to Avenue Z passing homes with children and elderly people? The Waldbaum’s shopping center should close down also, because you cannot make a left from the parking lot onto Ocean Ave and by making Voorhies Ave one way west, cannot exit and make right to Ocean Ave. Shore Parkway also is no help to the problem goes west and merges into the end of Voorhies Ave. He should move his office to Knapp st between Ave X & Voorhies Ave. Maybe the Municipal Lot should be made into a Multi level parking lot for more parking since the area is still growing and needs more parking also with the lot at Avenue Z & E 17th St. Maybe, he should try going that way to the parking lot to park. Instead of letting more building of multi complex buildings, try to make more parking. Maybe he should take the same means of transportation like Bloomberg since his office is next to the train station & won’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic. Maybe should make ALL street East to West and West to East a one way and North to south and South to North one way like further north Bedford Ave, Rogers Ave, Nostrand Ave. and many other streets towards downtown and Williamsburg. Brooklyn could be like Manhattan roads.

  • Anonymous

    Make it one way going eastbound. Maybe that will force the bastard to go to East Meadow since he is not needed around here.

  • LinK

    Ned Berke wants to be Councilman…

  • Ruben

    That was the first suggestion I thought about when That argument about the Proposed mosque was last year in the Community Board Meeting ,,,,
    It is will be perfect for the Mosque Developers.. I don’t see any other excuses the opponents will have to bring to the table against the mosque other than Hate Now,,,

    Thanks Nelson for the understanding… keep the good work up for ALL citizens

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