Last Updated on June 23, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
Parking ticket tales from home and abroad
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman.
I lovingly remember my daughter’s bedtime as a time for storytelling. She’d nestle under the covers and wait for me to begin…Once upon a time, a long, long time ago….Her eyes became glassy and her entire body relaxed, ready for sleep.
You may not be ready for bed, but I’ve got some parking and parking ticket tales to tell. Once upon a time, a long, long time ago
Bike Lanes Led to 49% Increase in Retail Sales
Yea right! And, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
Whether or not you love ’em or hate ’em, there is evidence that bike lanes are great for retail businesses in NYC.
Back in November 2012, the New York Department of Transportation released a report called Measuring the Street: New Metrics for the 21st Century, which had some compelling figures on the way that local business benefits from bike-lanes, for the fairly obvious reason that cyclists find it easy to stop and shop, as compared to drivers, who are more likely to continue on to a mall with a big parking lot, or shop online.”
Here’s a link to the fascinating article.
How do your parking skills compare?
What I love is that I learned about this video by reading a U.K. newspaper, The Telegraph.
Did you get a parking ticket on February 10, 2015?
If you were one of the unfortunate members of the NYC driving public who didn’t move their cars on this date because of snow, you were not alone.
Here’s a tale told by the NY Daily News. Fair or Foul?
New Yorker’s on Tuesday had to dig through snow and ice to remove their cars before they were ticketed as parking rules went back into effect. Adding to their angst, some drivers said no street sweepers or snowplows came through once cars were moved.
Toronto’s king of fire hydrant dwarf’s our best fire hydrant earner
Since 2008, cars that parked too close to the hydrant at 393 University Ave. have been ticketed 2,962 times. Those fines add up to $289,620 —more than any other hydrant in the city.
Here’s a list of the city’s top 10 earning fire hydrants, when it comes to parking ticket revenue
1. 393 University Ave., $289,620
2. 112 Merton St., $212,300
3. 33 Elmhurst Ave., $207,030
4. 56 The Esplanade, $191,110
5. 5519 Yonge St., $173,330
6. 99 Atlantic Ave., $163,760
7. 361 University Ave., $152,530
8. 43 Elm St., $152,220
9. 5100 Yonge St., $145,310
10. 6 Spring Garden Ave., $131,110
Compare Toronto’s money leader with the best NYC has to offer.
…and they lived happily ever after.
Good night, Julie.
tom riccobono says
LARRY OR ANYBODY WHO CARES AND KNOWS….. I live in Hell Kitchen. I am a parking ninja. Tonight I found a spot on 440 west 47th street. Some construction company had a sign up that looked fake with no info at all on it. I was poorly printed on green cheap printer paper and the ink was like the printer ran out of ink. I had a P with a line though it and the in marker very poor writing. “NO PARKING TODAY 8 am to 6 Pm. That’s it. Nothing else. At the bottom it said “ROADWAY CONSTRUCTION” This looked as bogus and fake as a sign could. It was taped with a half roll of duck tape. There was one on the tree in front of me and one on a tree 2 cares away. Trying to block off 3 or 4 spots of alternate side of the street parking. I called 311 and they looked up the permits for the day and nothing was under the name ROADWAY CONSTRUCTION. I’m leaving it parked there. So is this a mistake? Or I’m I right on. I often see people trying to block parking for there needs. How can one tell if a parking permit is really real. I say this one is fake as one can get. Moronically fake. I will attach a picture of the sign. Please let me know. I’m glad I found your site. I found a lot of answers to questions I needed. Parking the car is half my life and I’m good at it. I want to get better. Please help with some of your expert advise.
Lawrence Berezin says
You sound extremely knowledgeable and passionate about parking and parking safely in NYC.
You pose an excellent question about the paper sign.
A parking sign must include the name of the issuing agency, and days/hours in effect. Here’s a link to a blog post about beating a parking ticket because the paper sign didn’t display the proper information…https://newyorkparkingticket.com/how-i-beat-tickets-for-violating-temporary-parking-restrictions/
Sadly, it’s been our experience that paper temporary construction signs may be improperly prepared, but they still may be attached by real construction companies that don’t know the rules or choose not to follow ’em. In that case, you car may be towed.
Your only consolation is that you’ll beat the ticket and get all your money back. But, we’re never paid for the aggravation and frustration of the process.