People living near the new UBS Arena in Nassau County say parking mayhem is driving them crazy.
They say fans going to Islanders games and concerts are taking their cars to the neighborhood streets of Elmont, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Tuesday.
UBS Arena opened amid much fanfare, yet locals say they have been saddled with something they didn’t expect.
“I cannot even get over the sidewalk, over the lawn, to get in because I’m completely boxed in with cars,” homeowner Patricia Romeo said.
Romeo said she has been trying to go to home from the hospital, where she’s a nursing supervisor. She shared videos she has taken of game night or concert night. She claims on Elmont streets there has been chaos and pandemonium, and out-of-control drivers.
She said people have been parking anywhere they want, urinating and cursing.
“They didn’t build a system,” homeowner Sheikh Islam said.
Islam and his family live across from the new arena.
“It’s the 21st century. They can have an app. They know how many people are coming, and they didn’t open the parking lot. They are just like, ‘Oh, I want to make my money,'” Islam said.