Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Lawrence Berezin
Fire hydrants and parking meters curbside manners
Fire hydrants and parking meters are iconic symbols of the Evil Empire’s reign of parking terror.
There is a puzzling rule about how to park near a fire hydrant with its myriad exceptions. Likewise, there is a parking polka we must dance to every time we traipse off to a muni-meter to pay for parking.
As we continue our journey through the Evil Empire’s version of a parking Wikipedia, here are some more nuggets from the horse’s mouth (See, Part 1)
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Fire hydrants and parking meters produce lots of money for the Evil Empire. Moreover, they are a lot more difficult to navigate safely than two blips on a webpage. Here are some fire hydrant Q and A’s.
That depends on the time of year. To clarify, the rule literally allows parking between “sunrise and sunset.” So, you gotta check the official times of sunrise and sunset, which vary.
Here’s a link to a website that answers the question., “What time is sunset or sunrise on _________ month and day in NYC?
Yes. The person you entrust your chariot must be a licensed driver, have the keys, and be ready to move when an emergency vehicle approaches. Or if ordered by someone with authority to ask you to move.
Nope. Vehicles with passenger plates are permitted. That’s all, folks. I suggest you wake up the limo driver and remind him to skedaddle before he gets a $115 ticket.
Your chariot may be invaded by a fire hose (see below).
You may want to check out this blog post for more fire hydrant tips.
What does the Evil Empire have to say about parking meters?
The Evil Empire shared 3 valuable tips to help you decide whether to fight or pay an NYC parking ticket. Here are a few more parking meter Q and A’s.
Yes. You have 5-minutes added to the end time of your Muni Meter receipt to move your chariot. a Warrior or Cop must enter “5mn” under the “Limits” box on an expired or overtime parking ticket.
Yes. A Warrior or Cop must enter “5mn” under the “Limits” box on an expired or overtime parking ticket. And “Y” under the “Operational” box.
I tip my hat to the Evil Empire for working to enlighten drivers about the customs and practices of parking in NYC. Although it’s not the deepest of Jacque Cousteau’s dives, it is still an in-depth look at some of the nuances of curbside survival.
Part 3 will follow next week.
Would you like to learn about beating registration and inspection tickets?
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