Nothing generates more frustration than keeping a car on the street in New York.
Alternate side parking has been the bane of urban motorists for nearly a century – and it’s about to get worse.
NYC opted to reinstate ASP two days a week on July 5, after suspending the painful policy in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. For two years now, motorists around the Big Apple have benefited from once-a-week street cleaning, which means fewer car trips in the morning. Now, hundreds of city dwellers have already signed an online petition to reverse the new decision.
The full return of the ASP won’t just be like stepping back to the pre-COVID era either – there are now a significantly higher number of cars in town.
From August to October 2020, car registrations rose 76% in Manhattan and 45% in Brooklyn, The New York Times reported.
Ian Moubayed, a resident of Boerum Hill, told the Post he felt the crisis.
“It’s getting so competitive now, everyone’s been more aggressive in the last year since people started coming back to the city,” he said.
Like many New Yorkers, filmmaker Moubayed will wait in his car for ASP time – bringing work to do or a good book – then return to his original spot once the sweeper has passed.
But in April, things nearly took a turn for the worse with the driver of a blue Tesla on another side not far from Smith and Hoyt streets.
After pulling back to let the dust truck do its job, the Tesla ‘violated the unwritten rules of the road’ by ‘nosing down’ towards the space Moubayed was waiting for, he said. .
So the longtime Brooklynite cheered as he pulled his 2009 Audi A6 into a stalled position, leaving the asphalt opponents in a bind. It wasn’t until a cop behind the Tesla sounded his siren, forcing the car to move, that Moubayed earned his racing stripes and the place to accompany him. He proudly claimed victory in a tweet.
“Then he got out of his car and came to my window and started insulting me, he called me a c- -t… I was just like, ‘F- -k you, man.’ I don’t care. I fumed for half an hour after going there with him,” Moubayed said.
“It was the most New York-centric parking lot incident I’ve ever been involved in,” he added, saying the two-day return would be “terrible.”
Even when fists aren’t flying, there’s plenty of rage on the road thanks to parking rules, according to West Village resident Richie Romero, owner of Zazzy’s Pizza – a Manhattan chain he often has to drive to .
“Now I’m going to have to move my car four times a week… [The news] literally ruined my summer. I already spend such an odious [amount of] time trying to park,” Romero said, calling the ASP a “tax on the middle class.”
The owner of the pizzeria has a special system to make room in the crowded streets. “I’m going to get some friends out of my car to move motorcycles, Revels and scooters around so I can fit in somewhere,” he said.
It’s one of many tactics used by aggressive drivers, Astoria resident Elena Dimkaros explained.
“People will stand in spaces to guard them or put down cones to try to stop someone from parking,” said Dimkaros, who has been parking on the streets of Queens for eight years. “It’s getting overwhelming.”
Others don’t look for parking loopholes and instead “give up” driving in New York. Among them is Vicky Poumpouridis, a resident of Astoria, who lives on the road to Dimkaros.
“I’ll try to go to Broadway [in Queens] and spending 40 minutes trying to park and drive home to somewhere within walking distance,” she said, adding that outdoor dining areas have only exacerbated the problem.
Although Poumpouridis has a garage, she doesn’t want ASP back. “NYC is getting very inhospitable and difficult. People don’t have breaks and it really wears you out after a while,” she said.
Across the street, some residents support the resurgence of the bi-weekly.
Floral designer Sibel Mermelstein and nail studio owner Kira Philips have complained about the amount of litter lying around outside the nearby storefronts of their businesses on East 80th Street between Upper Second and Third Avenues. East Side.
“The cars don’t even move for the street sweeper anyway, so they don’t even get most of the trash…my cigarette butt from three weeks ago is still there,” Philips said, pointing to a row of automobiles that have stood still for days. at a time.
What they saw is happening all over town. An estimated 50% of drivers in the city do not move their cars for ASP, Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch announced last month, expressing that the full return will require drivers to actually move their cars.
“Politics created a world where too many people saw an ASP ticket once in a while as the only cost of doing business… it went on far too long and largely sidelined the most effective clean streets tool that we have in our arsenal: the mechanical broom.
Store owners like Mermelstein say it’s high time.
“I’ve waited my whole life to finally be able to open my store in February. Now I literally have to hose down my sidewalk every day to get rid of the garbage smell,” she said. “We’re all for New York back, but New York needs to support us too.”
New York Post