579 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY - New Scotland
Ever since St. Peter's made a policy of "no smoking" on hospital grounds, their employees have been crossing the street to smoke under the canopies of the businesses along New Scotland Avenue. In doing so, they drop their cigarette butts and gum all over the sidewalk. The business owners have complained to Saint Peter's to no avail.
This is not only a health hazard for residents walking along the sidewalk and having to breathe cigarette smoke, but going in and out of any business is also unpleasant. The clouds of smoke hover, and customers should not have to be exposed to this unpleasantness. It wasn't so bad when the policy began but this winter dozens of smokers congregated regularly in front of Subway, and yesterday the sidewalks were a disgrace.
I suggest the city make a NO SMOKING area from the corner of New Scotland at South Manning, to New Scotland at West Lawrence. Punishable by a fine.
Saint Peter's has a responsibility to create a smoking area for their employees. Their problem should not compromise taxpaying businesses.
56 Glendale Ave Albany 12208, United States - HelderbergA youth rides his mini bike up and down the streets all around this neighborhood, pretty much daily. On 8/8 during a block party, he started riding down the dead-end block of Glendale, which was barricaded for the party. My wife said he shouldn’t be riding down the street with all the people and kids, and his response was “I’ll beat the $h!t out of you if tell me hat again.” I have heard he also threatened someone who took a picture of him riding his mini bike with violence. Called the police, but they didn’t even take my wife’s name.
280 New Scotland Ave Albany 12208, United States - HelderbergThe crosswalk on New Scotland Ave at the intersection of New Scotland and Grove is extremely dangerous for pedestrians. A pedestrian triggered or activated light is needed, as the recent signs that have been installed are not working. Cars are continuously speeding through this intersection when pedestrians are crossing and I’m afraid that someone will be severely injured if hit by a speeding car. As a family with two children under the age of 5, we walk the neighborhood every day, including back and forth to New Scotland Elementary School and are concerned with the lack of a light at this intersection/crosswalk
Morris Street At New Scotland Albany New York - Park South
A valet service has been blocking residential and public parking with orange cones and signs on Morris Street for months and installed a "valet parking only" sign right into the sidewalk in an area designated as residential parking.
Parking Enforcement is not addressing this commandeering of spaces and the head of Traffic Engineering told Park South residents they were not aware of this issue and did not approve it and it would be addressed. That was weeks ago and the problem continues. The valet drivers refuse to use the parking garages and are taking up street and residential parking all day. A valet staff member even came into SEFCU demanding to know which of their customers' cars were parked alongside SEFCU because they wanted them moved. Who do these people think they are? This is a public street and a residential permit area. Their cones and valet signs are also a driving hazard which has been reported before but not addressed. Albany Medical Center has plenty of garage space and needs to use it. The valet drivers have no right monopolizing necessary public and residential parking. Someone has to stand up to this valet service. Please do your jobs Parking Enforcement and Traffic Engineering or can anyone just put cones and signs in the street and keep people from parking where it's designated they have a right to?
Elbel Court Albany, New York - WhitehallChildren from Meyers Middle School waiting for the 4:00 bus on the southwest corner of Whitehall Road at Elbel Court are running into the street in front of moving cars and remaining in the street, blocking traffic. On at least one occasion children were sitting down in the street. There is a real danger that one of these children will be struck by an impatient driver. School personnel are not interested in helping. A crossing guard or police officer needs to be on the scene to control this situation before a child is run over.
Morris St. And New Scotland Albany New York - Park South
After promising the Park South neighborhood, that it would use its garages and work diligently not to impact community parking, Albany Med has sanctioned multiple valet stands in the neighborhood around the hospital who admit they are not only using all the street parking before even considering the garage, but who are now blocking off street parking with valet service cones. Note from the sign in the photo (far right side) that this valet stand is also blocking designated residential parking on both sides of Morris that is much needed. Albany Med also advertises this valet service and the service refers community complaints to AMC, so it's clear the hospital is fully aware.
This is also impacting Sefcu customers who have as much right as AMC to find parking to do business. Both sides of Morris (residential parking) are being dominated by the valet service and they also use the CVS lot.
The answer is NOT to remove the residential parking signs and give one more area of our community over to Albany Med. The appropriate response is to respect and protect our community's rights and for Albany Med to honor its promises and use their garage. If AMC wants to provide valet parking, they need to provide it on their own premises by having patients and visitors pull up onto its own property and valet drivers can take the vehicles to the garage. It's way past time for such encroachments and disregard to be addressed rather than sanctioned by any arm of the city if that is what is happening.
613 New Scotland Avenue Albany, New York - New Scotland
Twice this week I saw whoever was driving the vehicle in the picture cross double yellow lines with oncoming traffic in order to speed past vehicles that were following the law (and common sense) by going 20 mph near a park and waiting for a person in a wheelchair to finish crossing the street. I sure hope they are stopped before they cause a head-on collision or run over a pedestrian.
In the meantime, drivers and pedestrians beware!
(BTW, my best guess is that this person lives in the suburbs west of Albany because we happened to be going the same way for awhile.)
435 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208, USA - New ScotlandOverit Media is now a music recording venue. Large group of rappers performing on the street at 11:45-12:30 Sunday night/Monday morning.
New Scotland At Buckingham Sr. Albany, New York - Buckingham Lake-CrestwoodThere's been a large jump in the number of people that are going through the left turn only lane going east on New Scotland at this light. Some of it might be because of the poor condition of the road in the right lane but the majority of it seems to be people just trying to beat the traffic. I've seen this everyday for a week now and it's definitely intentional. This causes problems with people in the correct lane to go straight once they get past the light. Any chance of getting enforcement here?
Morris Street At Sefcu Albany, New York - Park SouthFor six months, the residents of this area have asked the city to put a stop to AMC valets monopolizing residential parking on both sides of Morris, illegally parking on alternate parking days so we don't get street sweeping, and illegally and dangerously double parking their vehicles (blocking traffic flow) rather than use the parking garage as AMC leaderdhip promised the neighborhood. No one from the city will answer. Why is this allowed and why is no one giving us the courtesy of a response. If we were a higher income street this would have been stopped a long time ago.
311 South Allen Street Albany, New York - New ScotlandUnlawful walking of Dogs on Private Property where children play. Leaving dog feces in bags on the middle of sidewalk in the middle of the block and in front of businesses instead of placing it in trash bin.
Morris St. And New Scotland Ave. Albany, New York - Park South
An Albany Medical Center valet service is monopolozing public parking and bothering people who legally park on either side of the street on Morris at New Scotland. I parked in a public space and a valet immediately approached my car. I shook my head that I did not want valet parking, but he stood at my car door. When I exited my vehicle, he asked me where I was going and how long I would be.
It's no ones business where I'm going or for how long. I told them this is public/residential parking. They told me my car might get blocked in if I park there, and one of the valets said, I was lucky it was him or I might "get hassled" by other valets for parking (in a residential spot with my residential permit). This feels like pressuring, bordering on harassment. The city needs to reign in AMC. Park South is not their kingdom.