From the Daily News:
Woodhaven has many qualities of a small town: People know their neighbors, have lived in their homes for decades and can tell you exactly where to shop.
When it comes to parking, however, the 1-square-mile neighborhood has some big-city problems.
Shoppers, merchants and residents jockey for spots along Jamaica Ave. and its side streets. Even residential blocks aren't immune from chronic parking shortages, worsened by outdated rules and patchwork enforcement that also plague other areas highlighted in the Queens Parking Crunch series.
More and more, homeowners are turning their front yards into parking spaces. The curb cuts they create take away even more spots on the crowded streets.
Some residents say part of the problem stems from a surge in the number of illegal conversions. Homes originally built for one or two families now house even more.
Others say the neighborhood is flooded with cars that have out-of-state license plates and can clog up spots for weeks at a time.