Lark Street Neighborhood Albany, New York - Center SquareThe time has come to retire Larkfest. Anyone who walked the area today and tonight saw our streets, sidewalks, tree beds, front yards and stoops destroyed with trash, food, cigarette butts, broken bottles, spilled alcohol, etc. Other than the bars, many of the businesses say Lark Fest actually decreases their business and certainly does not result in increased revenue. On top of that, tax dollars have to be spent on increased police and DGS presence and overtime. The Executive Director of the BID does not live here, so makes decisions without experiencing the ramifications. Larkfest was intended to be a celebration of what we have to offer, but it hasn't been that for a long time. It merely reinforces the stereotype that all this area has to offer is alcohol which further injures the neighborhood economically and otherwise. Then, when the official "Larkfest" ends, even greater problems of noise, drunkenness, public urination, vomiting, fighting, property destruction, etc. go into full swing until after 4:00 AM bar closings. All told this event negatively affects the area for at least 24 hours. The people who live here, and invest in this community every day, are left to manage this mess with no balancing benefit. The BID needs to show the neighborhood, in unequivocal provable data, how this event helps retail businesses and restaurants (whose primary business is not alcohol, pizza, or ice cream), and how the cost for the event (in time, money, effort, manpower, damage, lost parking, lost street access, lost sleep and quality of life etc.) is worth what it does to the neighborhood and its reputation.
Washington Park Rd Albany, NY 12203, USA - Albanythe number of people sleeping in Washington Park continues to proliferate. There are now multiple encampments of homeless living in tents throughout the park. As you can see in the pictures, they leave refuse all around their encampments and now actually bathing and in the park. it's amazing that these "Sheehan Shantytowns" are allowed to stay in place. The mayor and the APD are allowing this once pristine city resource to fall into neglect.
298 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210, United States of America - Center SquarePanhandling is getting out of control on Lark st...especially on weekends. Can't even walk outside or dine at a restaurant sidewalk patio without getting harassed for money.
300 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210, United States of America - Center SquareDirt bikes and ATVs have been racing up and down Lark Street since 6 pm. We've called APD twice this evening to report it and have been given the usual response of "they'll send someone over" but it hasn't stopped. We can't allow this to continue all summer long again, but local representatives don't seem to care. Councilman Conti is silent yet again.
Washington Park Albany, New York - AlbanyCommunity members post here, call the police and inform the city, and Washington Park Conservancy of what is becoming of Washington Park. Why is there no response? Yesterday in two brief hours trying to enjoy the park, at least 12 cars drove on the grass and parked at the basketball courts where it is pedestrian-only. 8 cars drove right down the pedestrian path and parked on the pedestrian walk that runs along the dog park from East to West (exiting at Willett). Cars were driving onto the grass at the playground and parking on pedestrian walk ways, and motorcycles and a car were driving around the lake on the north side just as little children were practicing riding bikes with training wheels. They can't begin to get out of the way of vehicles in time. Someone is going to get killed and the city has received more than enough warning to do something. There was trash all over the Knox Mall walkway which also smelled of urine. Drunk and high people were fighting, vomiting, urinating, defecating and passing out. Yes the police are called. Either they don't show up, they show up hours after the fact or they admit they don't have enough officers to respond. Where is Traffic Safety and Parking Enforcement, including nights and weekends? Where are all the barricades and chains to keep vehicles off the walk ways? Where is appropriate (and enough) signage? Where are stationed patrol cars to catch the ATV and motorcyclists racing down streets and walkways and on green space? Doesn't the park have a curfew? It's gotten to this tipping point due to the lack of enforcement. No one will even address all the alcohol and weed use out in public, let alone cigarettes and butts littered about in a smoke-free park. Surrounding the park, including Lark and Madison, is becoming trashy, loud, belligerent, dangerous, lacking in civility and community. Many good people and business owners who take care of their property and neighborhood want to move or have because their efforts are destroyed and quality of life is so compromised right now. The situation can still be turned around if all of us want that, so call, call, call APD and City Officials. Perhaps media involvement would help. Be the squeaky wheel that has been made necessary. Refuse to abdicate your home and community to the sprawl of crime, panhandling and harassment, noise, trash, violence, disrespectful motorcyclists, bar owners who don't control what happens on and in front of their property, and uncaring pet owners who don't curb and clean up after their animals. Keep working to be a part of the solution and insist on the same from our city officials and staff. Yes, there are many priorities in the city, but allowing another area to fall only creates more places for violence as tragically experienced already. Hopefully, APD, Neighborhood Engagement Officers, city officials, Neighborhood Association Presidents, the BID, Council members, etc. will respond here with the substantive actions they commit to and will actually take. This area has so much to offer.
Madison Ave Albany, New York - AlbanyAt what point do the Lark Tavern and Lionheart lose the privilege to operate in a mixed-use area? Neither establishment is willing to control itself or its patrons and both incessantly disturb the surrounding community with their customers too frequently also getting into verbal and physical altercations. It's once again hours past time for outdoor areas to be closed and customers and noise to be inside. Police patrols, however, are driving directly past large loud crowds on the patios and sidewalks in front of both establishments, and doing nothing as is typical. Lark Tavern also has its door open again with music amplified throughout the neighborhood. Yes, residents have already called APD. A supervisor needs to train officers to understand and enforce city ordinances while on their patrols without residents having to call to remind APD of its job. This ordinance is simple: Seven days per week, patios in mixed use areas must close by 11:00 PM with doors closed and music and other noise contained inside. Residents of Dana, Madison, Willett and Lark have our quality of life negatively impacted multiple times weekly when we could co-exist fine if establishments would respect the neighborhood in which they do business and follow city laws and ordinances. If they can't do that, their permits should be suspended or revolked. Instead, they thumb their noses because they are allowed to at the expense of many others. And please stop insulting resident and tax payers with the repetitive pat answer: contact 518-438-4000, Joe Lynch and Supervisor Dolan. Exactly how many times do members of APD (and the BID and Common Council Representative, for that matter) need to be told the same thing for it to be addressed in a way that deters it from continuing? The above groups/individuals are already well aware of this problem and fully capable of resolving it. How many citations and fines, for example, has each establishment received for their violations? I'm betting, none. There aren't many jobs where it's considered an acceptable response to tell victims their only recourse is to keep informing the same people of the same issue in perpetuity. We've done our part. The city needs to do it's.
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.
Center Square Area Albany New York - Center Square
Once again our streets are being closed off and parking made unavailable to residents in the Center Square area for another race/event. Most of us support many charities and a good number of us run in events such as this, but respectfully ask that they be spread out over the city and shared by other neighborhoods.
We pay very high taxes here, pay additionally for residential parking and often still can't park within any reasonable distance to our homes. People are trying to carry groceries, babies, etc. and elderly residents are trying to simply get to their homes without walking many blocks.
It's great to have some events here, but it's enough with Tulip Fest, Lark Fest, Pride, Park Playhouse, Santa Speedo, the holiday lights in the park which disrupt parking from Halloween through the New Year, 4th of July Fireworks, etc. It's not too much to ask that the myriad races be shared by other communities including those with garages and off-street parking. We have nowhere to park each time we are displaced for another race and are disproportionately bearing the burden, including having to park in unsafe areas and walk for blocks at night when parking is taken off-line for events.
People who don't live here may not understand and may think we're being unreasonable, but below are all the areas disrupted for just one of the many events. If any other neighborhood in the city, was subjected to what we are, many times each year, residents would have put a stop to it long ago. The response is often, "If you don't like it move." But the reason this area holds on is, in part, because residents care. We get involved, participate in park and neighborhood clean ups and beautification, sweep and shovel the walks, pick up trash and dog poop, plant flowers, etc. It's fair to spread the impact of all these events.
Highlight the warehouse district. Let people get to know Pine Hills, Helderberg or Buckingham Pond neighborhoods. Run along our beautiful river, etc. Every event does not have to be held in the most densely populated area of the city and unnecessarily displace hundreds of vehicles over and over throughout the year. The events are not the issue. Good causes are a great thing, but they can occur in more than one location in the city.
Please neighborhood Presidents, and city officials, advocate for us and for other areas to share the hosting. Thank you.
One of the MANY similar announcements we receive every year:
Road Closures and Parking Restrictions for Last Run Winter 5K - Saturday December 8, 2018
The following Roadway will be closed on December 8, 2018 from 10AM-7PM:
• State Street between South Swan Street and Eagle Street
The following Roadways will be closed on December 8, 2018 from 3PM-7PM:
• Washington Avenue from Dove Street to Eagle Street
• State Street between Lodge Street and Eagle Street
• Eagle Street between State Street and Pine Street
• South Swan Street northbound Madison Avenue to Chestnut Street (upper Roadway)
• Market Street ramp to Eagle Street from Grand Street
The following roadways will be closed on December 8, 2018 from 4:00PM to 5:45PM:
• State Street between Robin Street and South Swan Street
• Willett Street between State Street and Madison Avenue
• Washington Park, All Park Roadways – Including Henry Johnson Boulevard
• South Swan Street northbound Madison Avenue to Washington Avenue (Upper and lower roadways)
• Dove Street southbound at Spring St to State Street
• Lark Street between Madison Avenue and Washington Avenue
**Lark St will remain open northbound only between Chestnut Street and Lancaster Street for Chestnut Street residents only
• Henry Johnson Boulevard between State Street and Madison Avenue
• Hamilton Street between Dove Street and South Swan Street
• Jay Street between Dove Street and South Swan Street
• Lancaster Street between Dove Street and South Swan Street
• Chestnut Street between Dove Street and South Swan Street
The following Roadways will have Parking Prohibited on December 8, 2018 from 10AM to 7PM:
• State Street, both sides, from South Swan Street to Eagle Street
The following Roadways will have Parking Prohibited on December 8, 2018 from Noon to 7PM:
• State Street, both sides, from Robin Street east 6 spaces on each side
• Washington Avenue from Swan Street to Eagle Street, both sides restricted
• Willett Street, both sides, from Hudson Avenue north 4 spaces on each side
• Washington Park Road, both sides (Hudson Avenue), from Willett Street west to Henry Johnson
• N. Hawk Street both sides from Elk Street to Washington Avenue
• Eagle Street both sides from State Street to Elk Street
• Park Street, both sides from Lancaster Street to State Street
• Elk Street, both sides from Eagle Street west 5 spaces on each side
• Lodge Street, west side from Pine Street to State Street
• State Street , both sides from Eagle Street to Lodge Street
Madison And Willett Albany, New York - Park SouthWhile walking West on Madison toward Willett, I saw the motorbikes/ATV that have been terrorizing the neighborhood and park for months. Traffic Engineering, please check the cameras at Willett and Madison Ave intersection from between 7:00 and 7:05 PM 8/21/18. You will see four motorbikes/ATV illegally speed around vehicles and run the stop light on Madison at Willett going West. This is so dangerous and they have thus far gone without consequence. Please provide the police with this footage. Someone else on this site already provided the street on which the ATV driver is believed to be living. One of the motorbikes was a bright green and the ATV is orange or red. They are seen in the Center Square and Washington Park area daily. If citizens see them constantly, surely the police can.
Washington Park Albany, New York - AlbanyEverytime I'm in Washington Park with my child, there are motorbikes and other vehicles driving and parking freely on pedestrian-only paths and on the grass. It was the same today. Kids are running to the ice cream truck when motorbikes speed right in front of them. If I can see it daily, why can't the police? Where is strict and consistent enforcement? The city has received more than enough warning to be liable when someone is hurt or worse.
Washington Park Rd Albany, NY 12210, USA - AlbanyWashington Park Road is not supposed to be used my ANY commercial vehicles. there Used to be signs posted at the entrances of the park. Every single day there are beer trucks, busses -cdta and school busses, USPS haulers, and 18 wheelers traveling through the park. signs for non commercial use and enforcement need to be put BACK in place. it would also be nice if speed limit signs could be replaced as well. 20 mph signs have been removed, damaged, etc and never put back.
Lark Street And Madison Ave Albany 12210 United States - Center SquareSOMETHING absolutely has to done about ATVs being driven through city streets at high speeds and disregarding traffic signals, etc. Around 7:45 tonight, a gang of 12 or more ATVs came blasting east on Madison Avenue with a number of them blasting right through the busy Lark/Madison/Delaware intersection. They were revving engines, doing wheelies, weaving in and out of a row of moving cars, speeding, and using both the east and westbound lanes. Some of these idiots (and that’s the politest word I can use for them) decided the sidewalk was theirs with several of them jumping the curbs and speeding down the sidewalk. One of them came within inches of a man walking down the odd side of the street -even hearing them coming gave him almost no time to get out of the way. And if I hadn’t already walked up my front steps seconds earlier, I probably would’ve have been hit and killed. An older person or someone with children or with mobility issues would not have been as fortunate as the young man and myself. I realize the police can’t risk a high speed chase with these ATV riders, but something HAS to be done. Someone will eventually be seriously hurt or killed because of these riders. I’ve heard them roaring through Park South, Hudson Park, and other adjacent neighborhoods all summer. I’ve seen one or two riders speed the wrong way on side streets. And there have been multiple complaints here on SeeClickFix this year. Calling the police after the fact doesn’t help - the gang that blasted down Madison tonight was long gone before I’d even turned my key in my door. But this problem needs to addressed before there is a tragedy. After tonight, enough is enough.