Is this NYC fire hydrant and parking sign an ambush?
A fire hydrant can be our best friend when it comes to putting out fires. Or, it can be a costly parking ticket misadventure. To make matters worse, the NYC fire hydrant rule is perplexing with its myriad “exceptions.”
Is this rare combination of a fire hydrant and sign a parking oasis on Tuesdays?
The NYC Fire Hydrant Rule
(2) Hydrants. Within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant, unless otherwise indicated by signs, or parking meters, except that during the period from sunrise to sunset if standing is not otherwise prohibited, the operator of a passenger car may stand the vehicle alongside a fire hydrant provided that the operator remains in the operator’s seat ready for immediate operation of the vehicle at all times and starts the motor of the car on hearing the approach of fire apparatus, and provided further, that the operator shall immediately remove the car from alongside the fire hydrant when instructed to do so by any member of the police, fire, or other municipal department acting in his/her official capacity.
This surprising combination of NYC fire hydrant and parking sign gives the driving public 15 feet of legal parking spaces on Tuesdays between 8A-6P. After 6P, your chariot turns into an orange $115 parking ticket. Believe it or not, the fire hydrant rule specifically says that a parking sign trumps a fire hydrant…Who would’ve thunked it?!
My sincere thanks to Alok who was kind enough to take this photograph and share his parking oasis with the rest of us. It is located at NW corner of Pierrepont & Henry Streets in Brooklyn. Thanks, Alok!
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