Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Restaurant parking cars on the sidewalk
Which popular Long Island City restaurant is using the city sidewalk to valet park its customers’ cars?
A tip from a PIX11 viewer claims Manetta’s restaurant on Jackson Avenue is the culprit.
The video we shot shows the lunchtime crowd pulling their cars up to the restaurant on the corner, where the sign outside says Valet Parking.
The two parking attendants then take those cars down the block on 11th Street, a public thoroughfare, where they park them up on the sidewalk, bumper to bumper.
The cars are sometimes parked so far up on the sidewalk that it’s impossible for pedestrians to pass by.
We spoke with the owner of the building and the manager of Manetta’s, who say the police have given them permission to park on the sidewalk, as long as there is a clear path left for pedestrians.
Now, I agree that Manetta's is in the wrong here, but Arnold Diaz could do a month-long series on rogue valet parking if he just went a bit north to Astoria.