From the Daily News:
A popular Greek restaurant in Astoria has come under fire from local residents for illegally using street parking spaces for its private valet service.
Local officials have received numerous complaints from residents over the past six months about Telly's Taverna on 23rd Ave., saying the restaurant's valets use orange cones to reserve metered parking spots, a source said.
"It bothers me that they feel like this is okay," said local resident Manuel Yetam, 47. "You look for parking for 45 minutes around here."
"It's a congested area. We need those spots," Yetam said.
But Telly's owner said she didn't realize her valets were causing a nuisance.
The Daily News observed a valet worker for the restaurant a recent busy Saturday night. The worker placed a cone in empty spaces on 23rd Ave. as cars left and replaced them with customer vehicles as they arrived.
The practice of reserving a public parking space with any type of device is illegal, according to the city Department of Transportation. The Police Department can enforce the law and ticket anyone officers find to be breaking it.
The News observed another restaurant down the block, Stamatis Restaurant, reserving spaces with the traffic cones as well.
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