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Antiquated Street Signs Are Stealing Precious NYC Parking Spots

By: Ellyn Marks

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10:16 PM EDT, July 18, 2012

MIDWOOD, NY (PIX 11)

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The Department of Transportation is investigating two “no parking” signs in a Brooklyn neighborhood after an angry resident discovered they should have come down decades ago.

Midwood resident Ellen Stein said she thought the placement of the signs was odd.   

“I couldn’t see any reason why there couldn’t be any parking there.  No schools, no synagogues, commercial locations, no medical facility, no drop off areas,” she noted.

The signs which say “No Parking, Mon.-Fri., 8am-6pm” stand on both sides of Ocean Parkway, between Avenue H and Foster Avenue, depriving motorists of 8 precious parking spots for more than 30 years.

Stein started off with a call to 311, and ultimately found out from Community Board 14 that the restricted spaces were reserved for construction crews during a sewage project in 1977, which

has long since been completed.

“I’m really angry because I’ve been living there since 1985, and I’m sick of not being able to park,” said Stein who pointed out how much cash the city must have collected all this time from wrongly ticketed drivers.

A spokesperson from the Department of Transportation told PIX 11 News that it is inspecting the site, and will review existing regulations.