Parking problem results in tickets in Astoria

Matt Kozar reports from Astoria.
November 21, 2013 3:16:29 PM PST
Parking in New York City is tough enough, so add in any little change and it can cause major car confusion.

That's what's going on in a section of Astoria, Queens on 31st Street near 21st Avenue.

But the crux of this story is how a certain type of parking can get you a ticket, back-in angle parking versus parallel parking.

On a 300 foot stretch of 31st Avenue in Astoria this has resulted in a battle between traffic enforcement and residents.

"They'll give tickets out for anything," a driver said.

"A lot of the drivers started getting tickets," another driver said.

"This sucks man," said Nezrul Naislam, an Astoria resident.

There's no other way to put it said Nezrul Naislam.

He got a ticket this month for parallel parking in front of his building on 31st Street near 21st Avenue in Astoria, queens.

"This is frustrating. This is ridiculous. (You're fed up.) Of course, do you think this is fair?" Naislam said.

When the city repaved the road a few weeks ago, they never repainted the lines showing where to angle park.

It's been a back in angle parking only zone for years.

Even though the city left up signs, without any lines on the ground, residents say they didn't know how they should park.

You have parallel parked cars next to angled park cars, which is technically the right way to park.

"The signs say one thing and when you do it, you get ticketed for it," said John Vlahakis, a resident.

Eyewitness News was curious and asked traffic agents about this nebulous twilight zone of parking, but even they couldn't tell us about the ticketing.

"So you guys don't go down there?" Eyewitness News asked.

"No. We're walking, but a guy with a car goes down there," a traffic agent said.

"But you don't know if they're ticketing people down there?" Eyewitness News asked.

"No, that I can't tell you," the traffic agent said.

City Councilman Peter Vallone and his team are asking residents who feel they've been unfairly ticketed to contact his office.

Because of the attention this story's been getting, the councilman told Eyewitness News Thursday that the city's Transportation Department told him they will repaint the angle parking lines next week, possibly on Monday.

There's no word on whether the city will forgive the tickets.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Transportation Department, but did not get a response back.