Last Updated on October 12, 2017 by Lawrence Berezin
There are many stories in NYC Parking Ticket Land
It’s like the wild west in NYC Parking Ticket Land:
- Getting ambushed by a safety zone or a three-headed monster on a gotcha pole
- A rude driver blocking a driveway
- A parking ticket warrior saying, “it’s ok to park” and then issuing a no parking ticket
Here are two stories that will make your blood percolate and one story that will make you smile
The ugly behavior of saving a parking space
You gotta check out this video that captures the bad behavior of a family intent upon gifting a parking space.
The Telegraph tells the story of Brooklyn native Aleksandr Rogozin trying to get a spot near where he works in downtown Brooklyn. He waits a half hour for a green Mazda minivan to leave.But as the Mazda gets ready, a Nissan crossover pulls up, blocks Rogozin, then takes the Mazda’s spot. Cars are blocked, cars reverse into traffic, cars drive on sidewalks in this orchestrated parking exchange.
The cheaters explain to Rogozin that the spot was saved for a “family member.” Sounds fine to me. I consider anyone who would hold a parking spot for me family. I would die for them. Finding parking in the city is such bullshit.“
Can you guess which residents of what state pay the most money for NYC parking tickets?
Sure. My first guess is New Jersey…Nope. My second guess is Connecticut…Nope…My third guess is Pennsylvania…Wrong again.
The correct answer is…Florida.
Last week, Wake Up Call took a jab at New York after a report showed it was one of the states where people most often had to seek help from Google to know how to write a check. It seems, however, that the New York City is helping the state get the last laugh.
Government Executive recently looked at the amount of New York City parking tickets paid by residents of each state. And while just 2.6 percent of the U.S. population lives within the 470 square miles of NYC, no state’s residents were immune from paying the parking piper.
In all, Alabamians paid $442,251 in New York parking fines last year. That works out to about 9 cents per Alabamian, by the way.
Alabama’s bill is a drop in the bucket compared to some other Southern states, including Florida ($8.6 million), Georgia ($2.4 million) and Tennessee ($1.4 million) but more than Mississippi ($267,481), Louisiana ($195,214) or Arkansas ($217,330.)”
The NYC Department of Transportation changes the muni-meter rules in Borough Park
Orthodox Jewish motorists parking on two of the main commercial streets in Borough Park can rest easier on Friday evenings, according to Councilmember David G. Greenfield, who said the Department of Transportation (DOT) has changed the muni-meter rules to allow drivers to pay the meters up to four hours in advance.
The muni-meters on 13th and 18th avenues, two of the neighborhood’s busiest commercial strips, now allow drivers to pre-pay at 3 p.m. at meters that are in effect until 7 p.m.
The new rule will greatly help Orthodox Jews on Fridays, when Shabbos is observed starting at sundown, according to Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-parts of Bensonhurst), who said sundown in the winter often begins as early as 4 p.m.”
I rail against drivers and their curbside partners who engage in the blood sport of saving NYC parking spaces. Why risk life and limb participating in this illegal conduct? The risk is not worth the reward of an NYC parking space.