Parking Garage Plan Defeated
The Board of Standards and Appeals of New York city rejected the application for a permit for the erection of a seven-story fireproof garage in the theatre zone of New York city which would have a capacity of 2,100 cars. This came as a surprise because of the continual preaching by Chief Kenlon that automobiles should be removed from the congested parts of the city.
“I am no alarmist,” Chief Kenlon declared, “but unless we do something to take these automobiles off the streets in that neighborhood there may be a horrible disaster some day. It requires from twenty to twenty-five minutes now for fire apparatus to get through the congested streets in the theatrical district on account of the parking of hundreds of automobiles there. Around the new Madison Square Garden on some nights there have been such terrific jams that all the policemen in the world could not have cleared the way for fire apparatus in an emergency. I am for the building of any garage of the kind proposed which will take parked cars off the highways in this section of the city.”
The vote of the board was three in favor of rejecting the application and one in favor of constructing the garage. The main objection to the construction of the garage came from the property owners of Fiftieth and Fifty-first streets, the district of the proposed garage.