2008-05-30 / Letters

The West End Parking Problems

The following letter was sent to the Queens Borough President. Dear Editor,

I am writing in an attempt to either meet with you as our Queens Borough President or be directed to the appropriate politician and/or NYC agency.

I have resided in Rockaway Park for over 10 years and have endured the parking regulations enforced from May 15 to Sept. 30 which forbid us to park on our NYC PUBLIC streets on weekends and holidays. Fortunately, the apartment I rented in a private home had summer parking available but, after having to move this past February from that home because of a house fire, I have relocated to an apartment on the beach block of Rockaway Park where summer parking is not available.

I understand there are reasons for alternate side parking in NYC and one sided parking on the beach blocks and smaller streets so emergency vehicles and sanitation has access but, can't find logic in instituting parking laws that harm no one but NYC taxpayers and residents from being allowed to park on NYC PUBLIC streets !!!!

I understand that these parking regulations were requested by home owners and their associations years ago but many of those original home owners are not even around and/or their properties have been converted to rental properties.

This is not a GATED community such as Breezy Point and this is not upper Belle Harbor or Neponsit where houses have driveways, this is still a Rockaway, Queens, New York, USA community which is a beach community. Why would anyone vote in favor of a parking enforcement that forbids the middle working class NYC RESIDENT and NYC TAXPAYER from being able to utilize a NYC PUBLIC STREET, isn't THAT enforcement AGAINST THE LAW in a city, state and country we live in and pay taxes to live in ?????

I understand certain parking regulation, but not this one. I have even spoken to local residents who would be willing to PAY for summer resident parking permits in lieu of abolishing this outlandish parking enforcement, in case NYC still wants to figure a way to make money from it's taxpayers and residents.

Last time I checked, ALL of Rockaway beaches were public, not just East of Beach 116 Street, so why aren't the PUBLIC streets West of Beach 116 Street ??? Time for a change.

KIM M. MANNINO

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