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READER’S QUESTION: CAN I PARK AT A CURB THAT IS PAINTED YELLOW?
PARKAZINE reader Sony asked: "I have a question for the south side of E106TH ST between Park Ave and Lexington Ave. There is a sign reading: No Parking 11:30am-1:00pm TUE and FRI for street cleaning. While directly on the curb beside the pole, there is a yellow line marking the curb for about 1.5 car's length. So my question is: may I park there Monday or not? What does the yellow line indicate actually?"
Answer: Sony asks a great question that confuses many people - even me! Up until recently, I thought that a yellow line indicates that you cannot park there. Turns out that only what is on the sign is important, so if the regulation on the sign indicates that parking is legal, then it is, regardless of the color on the curb. The NYC DOT does not paint curbs yellow, but apparently, some merchants and apartment doormen do - illegally. If you see this happening, you can report it from the city’s website at www.nyc.gov. Always obey the regulations on the signs and you shouldn’t have a problem. If you do receive a parking ticket (they write many in error when the car is actually legally parked), take a picture of the sign and/or get a signed statement from a witness to use as evidence and the ticket should be dismissed. Parkazine reader Mary recently emailed me for advice about a Manhattan parking ticket that she received. She ended up fighting it - and winning! Read her success story (and get even more insider parking info) at our Where To Find Parking Blog
I GUESS I’M NOT THE ONLY CYNIC OUT THERE
In last week’s edition of PARKAZINE, I wrote that "The official definition of "standing" is sitting behind the wheel, ready to move if asked to by a police officer or traffic agent". I also wrote that in my opinion, the City deliberately makes the NYC parking signs confusing:" Perhaps they know that confusion brings mistakes, which brings parking tickets and more revenue. Yes, I'm a cynic!".
PARKAZINE reader Rich then emailed me the following: "Boy, that tip about "standing" brought back to memory an incident I experienced not too long ago. I was standing in front of a hi-rise apartment building on 66th street one afternoon when a police officer came up to me and said I was too close to the bus stop and needed to move. I did. I drove around the corner and parked in the building's garage. When I walked back to the front of the building to meet my party, there was the police officer in her car, right in the spot I was in! I'm not sure exactly what happened there, but like you, I'm pretty
Answer: Thanks Rich. I guess what's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander. I’m glad in any case that you showed the good judgement to move your car when asked to by the police officer. Sounds like she really liked your spot - maybe she thought it was too good a parking space for us common folk to use J
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