Thursday, February 19, 2015

You can't reserve street parking


From WPIX:

In short, even if you spend five hours digging out that treasured street space in front of your home, New Yorkers should not expect that space to be available to them when they get home that evening.

In Chicago, city workers preparing for a “Dibs” round up, to collect all of the personal markers; cones, furniture, and the like, off the street

Back here in New York City, the law is clear. Section 4-08 of the city’s parking rule; “Unofficial Reserving of Parking Space,” states “It shall be unlawful for any person to reserve or attempt to reserve a parking space, or prevent any vehicle from parking on a public street through his/her presence in the roadway, the use of hand-signals, or by placing any box, can, crate, handcart, dolly or any other device…”

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would have done the same thing, now you get to experience the 2 hour joy of digging your car out.

r185 said...

1) If someone likes the spot so much, never leave. 2) And, is this jerk trying to suggest that when he came back, if he had found a different cleared space he would have passed it by because it was the property of the person who cleared it? Give me a break.

Queens Crapper said...

Exactly. I'd like to know where all these parking sheriffs park when they need to go to another residential area.

Anonymous said...

How about all the assholes that move their cars up every morning and take up 2 spaces in front of their houses all day?

That type of shitty behavior is rampant in Whitestone.

AND THEY HAVE DRIVEWAYS AND GARAGES THAT THEY REFUSE TO USE!

Richard Stefan said...

There is a logical solution enforce
alternate side.....

Everyone digs their car out plows come by and plow the snow and then you park you car back on a cleared street.

Anonymous said...

There is a logical solution enforce
alternate side.....


Which makes one wonder why the City suspends alternate side parking "for snow removal" - how do they remove the snow if the cars are there?

Years ago, there were also "Snow Emergency" streets where one was not allowed to park if the City declared a snow emergency, so that the streets could be plowed. The signs used to be on all the major roads, such as Union Turnpike. Whose bright idea was it to do away with that?

Anonymous said...

To the comment above me, I've had an issue with that for years. Some people haven't dug out their cars since Juno, and it's quite absurd. Some spots are impossible to park in because ther is a foot of comoacted ice that the city failed to remove.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe the rules have changed on snow emergency streets.

http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2808/snow-or-ice-on-roadway-removal

Richard Iritano said...

The law says it's illegal? Don't ever talk to me about laws and policy enforcement, as long as Queens County remains a raw sewage plant of lawlessness from the policy enforcers themselves! What a bastion of Queens Crap hypocrisy! I've been waiting for an answer from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, after writing her a letter on April 8, 2014, on serious lawlessness regarding my unlawfully rescinded NYC pension! Likewise, I've been waiting for more than five years to receive help from my vile and incompetent councilman, assemblywoman and state senator, where they continue to practice selective (and occasional) representation, with impunity. What laws??? When people start behaving responsibly and judiciously at the top, and finally start embracing honest, ethical leadership (that leads by example), then you can talk to me about unlawful parking cones. So typical of politicians: To enrich themselves while committing far more heinous crimes and lawlessness, while simultaneously creating a police state down below to the bottom ranks, in order to show how competent they are at a system of law and order that they themselves have never bothered to obey--and they do this with hyper-contempt and impunity. It's private splendor versus public squalor--and the hardworking, taxpaying public be eternally damned! I love a good joke!

Richard Iritano said...

So, the law is clear, according to Section S-408. The laws were also clear when Sheldon Silver violated them for more than 20 years, on much more serious issues, no less! The laws were also clear when former Mayor Michael Bloomberg abrogated every NYC voter's public referendum that twice affirmed term limits, which directly resulted in the end of Christine (Porky Pig) Quinn's ambitions of the mayoralty, which Bloomberg secretly negotiated with her behind closed doors in exchange for an illegal third term. Now, she's been egregiously rewarded by another corrupt criminal named Andrew Cuomo, who recently added her to his stable of ultra-cushy, man made jobs in Albany (where lunch and a manicure is tantamount to a stressful day), along with recent Queens Borough Presdient campaign loser Peter Vallone, Jr., and the pious fraud, Floyd Flake. If this is Cuomo's idea of cleaning up Albany and transparency, then the day that US Attorney Preet Bharara comes a knockin' on his door (with handcuffs in tow), is a day that can't come soon enough. This is lawlessness, taxation without representation, a dereliction of public duty, and a betrayal to the oath of public office. When laws are disregarded at the top, then all laws are compromised in every category beneath it, right down to the bottom of societal hierarchy. But, when it comes to cleansing agents to rid government of New York corruption, I will never be able to hold my breath--without spontaneous laughter prevailing!

LibertyBoyNYC said...

It really sucks because, here is yet another law that does nothing but set neighbor against neighbor. There should be no law here. Let adults deal with one another without legislation. This is just another excuse to fine you i.e. declare unlicensed interactions between adults unlawful. The state owns all interaction, because for every possibility, there is a written code to observe and be controlled by. Enjoy your protection, non-shoveling slaves.

Anonymous said...

So, how come alternate side of the street is NOT in all neighborhoods. It is not in bayside, Fresh Meadows, parts of Rego Park, yet the congest parts of Forest Hills, have it. What's up with that?

Queens Crapper said...

It's in neighborhoods where there is good transit. If you don't have a subway, you don't have alternate sides.

Anonymous said...

"It really sucks because, here is yet another law that does nothing but set neighbor against neighbor." Unfortunately, in some neighborhoods, the law needs to be enforced to keep neighbors from hogging up spots w/cones when they have driveways. Shouldn't have to be this way, but sometimes it keeps the peace

nzuss said...

There is no reasonable justification, save a disability, that can justify spots being reserved, I don't care how long it took to dig the car out, it's just not how it works. Ridiculous and selfish to claim a parking spot with dibs or any other way.

Anonymous said...

I had a guy park in my shoveled out driveway for TWO days and the police refused to give him a ticket. I couldn't get in my driveway so I got even.

I double parked right next to his car. He rang my doorbell the next day and told me to move my car so he could get out. Hey no problem. I was planning on moving it tomorrow I told him.

See ya tomorrow, pal.

Anonymous said...

'dibs'? Is this grade school?

I never knew you didn't have alternate side if you didn't have a subway. I did wonder. Don't the streets in the non-subway neighborhoods need to be cleaned? Are their taxes lower because they don't get swept? If you live in subway serviced neighborhood and use the subway to go to work but don't have off street parking can you call in sick to work if you can't find a legal parking spot?

That is why I like Queens Crap. It stimulates my thought processes!

Thanks QC

Anonymous said...

Just because you have "alternate side" parking rules DOES NOT mean the street gets sweeped...I've lived in areas where you'll get a ticket for parking on the wrong day even though there is no street sweeper for months...

Anonymous said...

In Boston, we used lawn/beach chairs

Anonymous said...

How about all the assholes that move their cars up every morning and take up 2 spaces in front of their houses all day?

That type of shitty behavior is rampant in Whitestone.

AND THEY HAVE DRIVEWAYS AND GARAGES THAT THEY REFUSE TO USE


They do the same thing in bayside and Fresh meadows too. I hate it when someone has a driveway but yet keeps parking their car in the street!! There is PLENTY of ROOM in your driveway for your car!!

Anonymous said...

You move a cone to park, your car gets keyed. This is why I never mess with "dibs" spots, unless I may be walking by and just kick that cone away!

Anonymous said...

I have a guy on my block who prefers to park in front of his house than to use his driveway. Some kind of ocd/ territorial crap. In good weather when i ride my Harley, i park my 35 year old chevy there for days,drives him crazy. And he knows if he fvcks with my car i' ll beat his ass.

Anonymous said...

To me it's just a question of being neighborly. I like to park in front of my house (my wife parks in driveway), and my neighbors park in front of their houses. Of course, people have visitors/parties, etc., and that's fine. But when someone who starts (illegally) renting a neighbor's basement starts to park in front of my house, I say something - people who live in illegal apartments have no privileges. And that's the reason for the lack of parking in some parts of North Flushing.

Anonymous said...

What about the idiots that use snowpiles in front of their house, so no one can park their without part of their car being in the driveway and risking a ticket.

Anonymous said...

To me it's just a question of being neighborly. I like to park in front of my house (my wife parks in driveway), and my neighbors park in front of their houses. Of course, people have visitors/parties, etc., and that's fine. But when someone who starts (illegally) renting a neighbor's basement starts to park in front of my house, I say something - people who live in illegal apartments have no privileges. And that's the reason for the lack of parking in some parts of North Flushing.

Dude, you do not own the street. Worry about reporting the illegal apartment, not policing free, public parking. If I found out you were claiming the spot in front of your house, I'd make it a point to park in front of your house every chance I got.

Anonymous said...

I have a neighbor who parks his car in front of the neighbor's, puts a huge mountain of snow strategically in front of his house so no one can park there w/o blocking his driveway. If they do he gets them ticketed. He won't park in front of his own house or in his own driveway, but no one else can. #selfishpig