There is a common misconception about Great Neck Plaza that village officials are eager to dispel.
With the introduction last week of a revised brochure and several new signs intended to steer visitors in the direction of the village’s 1,622 parking spaces, Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District Vice President Jay Corn said the tools are now in place to fight the impression that parking is a problem in the Plaza.
“The perception of parking in Great Neck, if you’re not from Great Neck, could be better,” Corn said last Friday. “We want to try getting the word out that we have more parking than people think we do.”
By utilizing a “more modern, less cluttered” look, Great Neck Plaza’s updated parking brochures identify the village’s parking garages, lots, permit spaces and local landmarks, a news release announcing the brochures said.
The revised brochures, which includes a detailed parking map, is intended to better serve residents and shoppers, Village of Great Neck Plaza Trustee Gerald Schneiderman said.
“The goal of the campaign is to make it easier for visitors and residents alike to enjoy shopping, dining and recreational activities in Great Neck Plaza,” Schneiderman said.
The new brochures were created by the parking subcommittee of Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender’s downtown committee, which is comprised of a group of landlords, merchants and other residents who volunteer their time to help develop the village’s downtown action plan, the news release said.
“We’re just trying to make it more user friendly, so people are more aware of where they can park,” Corn said of the brochures.
Currently, the brochures are available at Great Neck Plaza’s Village Hall at 2 Gussack Plaza and in an acrylic display case situated at the entrance of Parking Lot 4 across the street from Village Hall.
Brochures can also be found in a display case at the entrance of Lot 2, at Grace Avenue and Bond Street, as well as on the village’s Web site at www.greatneckplaza.net.
Corn said the BID will also soon be dispensing the brochures to merchants throughout the village.
“All the information is there,” Corn said. “The perception of parking in Great Neck is not good, that if you come to Great Neck you are going to get a ticket or you wont get a spot.
“We’re trying to get the word out there,” he added, “ that there’s more parking in Great Neck Plaza than any other town on the North Shore for a village of that size.”
Along with the brochures, the BID and Celender’s downtown committee have also sponsored the placement of new “larger and more visible” parking signs throughout the village, the news release said.
The blue and green signs, which are suspended on light polls throughout the village, are adorned with a yellow arrow that points motorists in the direction of parking garages and metered lots in the village.
“Our downtown offers many different types of cuisines and shopping experiences for visitors to enjoy,” Corn said. “With the village’s upcoming summer concerts, sidewalk sale and promenade nights rapidly approaching, we wanted to make parking as simple and efficient as possible.”