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Tickets on windows, but no sign of parking restrictions

By Adam Wisnieski
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Photo by Marisol Díaz
Car owners have been receiving $95 tickets for parking their cars on West 238th Street in front of the Riverdale Crossing construction.

Did Kingsbridge residents lose six parking spots along West 238th Street while construction proceeds on a new shopping mall? Nobody seems to know for sure.

On March 22, six car owners, including this reporter, received tickets for parking on West 238th Street east of Broadway. The $95 tickets, issued after 3 a.m., were for “stopping, standing or parking alongside or opposite any street construction or obstruction and thereby blocking traffic,” according to the city.

Since construction at the site of the former Stella D’oro cookie factory began last year, cars have been parking along the Jersey barriers, which were placed there by the construction company to allow for a pedestrian walkway.

There are no “No Parking” signs, only signs reading there is no parking from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday and no parking every day, except Sunday, from 8:30 to 9 a.m.

A spokesperson for the developer, Metropolitan Realty Associates, wrote in an e-mail that parking tickets are “a city issue.”

The DOT does not typically post temporary “No Parking” signs for construction work that requires a walkway in the roadway. But, according to the DOT, if a car is parked adjacent to the walkway, then it is parking in a lane that is dedicated to moving traffic.

Since West 238th Street is fairly wide at that spot and the yellow lines  painted in the road are hard to see, it’s difficult to tell if parking there is obstructing traffic. 

In April 2012, Metropolitan Realty Associates presented its plan to Community Board 8’s Economic Development Committee and traffic issues were only briefly discussed.

“Nobody said anything about taking away parking,” Community Board 8’s Traffic and Transportation chair Dan Padernacht, who said he’s driven by that spot often and seen cars parked there.

“The fairest thing would be for someone to put up ‘No Parking’ signs,” he said.

DOT plans to inspect the location.

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