The green spaces along the waterfront, near Wall and Elizabeth streets in Lower Manhattan, haven’t been filled for decades. Parking was free all day long at the most touristy spots — even after the Great Depression.
Now, new signs installed at them play on people’s nostalgia for those free days. The signs say, “Free parking during Manhattan Ferry & Pier 11 openings. For up to 30 minutes.” The red flags themselves point to the gate beneath the barriers. Just look at those flags!
Placards at one of the kiosks at Wall Street’s Green P
Adriana Matei, a former deputy deputy mayor for economic development, spoke to The New York Times about the kiosks and whether they are serving to create more people at the waterfront. Mr. Matei said they can confuse drivers.
“Some people, they’re going to drive away,” he said. “Some people, they’re going to come in and say, ‘What is this? I want to have a look at this,’ because they’re always trying to find the arrow that’s pointing to a curb.”
Some residents could also be put off. Billy Wu, a Lower Manhattan resident for the past decade, told The New York Times, “To me, it doesn’t benefit the people that live here. People have come down here to use [the waterfront]. Parking would change that.”