Drivers living on exceptionally clean streets could earn a respite from the burden of alternate-side-of-the-street parking. Residents of Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope were granted a stay of parking execution by the Dept. of Sanitation yesterday. Because the area has consistently received scores of 90% or higher for street cleanliness over the last few months, residents will no longer have to move their cars to comply with street cleaning requirements. According to WCBS, the above neighborhoods are the only ones who have qualified for the exemption, but Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park have expressed interest in opting out of the city requirement. Exempted residents will no longer have to move their cars on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays.
Alternate side of the street parking began in the 1950s and its purpose was to allow mechanized street-cleaning. The official DOT page on alternate side parking. If you've never had to move your car to comply, this might be informative.
(from sanitation, by Triborough at flickr)