2013-06-07 / Letters

Relax Parking This Year At Least

Dear Editor,

I am reaching out to you in an attempt to get a concrete answer and/or clarification of this year's Summer Parking Regulations, which affect all neighborhoods west of Beach 116th Street. The current signage states "No parking weekends and holidays from 5/15 to 9/30." This outdated self-proclaimed parking enforcement was implemented many, many years ago to govern NYC public city streets in our neighborhoods west of Beach 116th Street and to date has not been able to be overturned. I was told a couple years ago, it was put in force to preserve our "pristine settings."

I still find it unethical and unlawful to prohibit parking on NYC public streets to discourage the use of our NYC public beaches but, have found it difficult to have these regu- lations changed, that's another issue.

My current question is for THIS summer in particular. With the after effects of Hurricane Sandy still in the works, and so many neighbors' residences still in disarray and in need of demo and/or repair, will these parking regulations remain in effect this year as well ?

I have tried to get clarification from several NYC agencies to no avail. No one is sure what the status is when calling 311, when contacting NYPD, NYPD Traffic, and DOT. Our local Community Board 14 has yet to return any calls, as well. I did receive an email today from NYC DOT stating the following : " The Queens Borough Commissioner will work with the responsible operating unit to address this matter. The Borough Commissioner will inform you of our findings and recommendations by the end of July 2013."

Well, even though I do appreciate their response finally, by the end of July 2013 is half-way into this summer season.

As this past weekend was the first weekend included in these privatization parking rules, several vehicles WERE in fact ticketed already. This by no means was expected, as some thought there would be some consideration given.

But, I guess common sense and politics never go hand in hand, and find this ticketing just another way for NYC to screw over our neighbors in the west end. I can only assume that NYC needs to generate revenue any way possible to pay for the millions of dollars being spent to fix and upgrade the beaches in the east end, with all of these renovations ending at Beach 116th Street.

Too many of our neighbors still have a lot of work to do on their homes with Pods, building supplies, contractors, repairmen, etc. occupying their driveways. So, I ask, where are we to park ?? Is it really necessary to keep these hideous summer parking regulations in effect, especially this summer of 2013?!

KIM MANNINO
(ed note: We have no additional information)

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