Nothing causes frustration like stopping a car on the NYC street.
Alternative side parking has been the scourge of city drivers for nearly a century – and it’s only getting worse.
NYC has opted to reinstate the ASP two days a week on July 5 after painful policies were paused in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. For the past two years, motorists around the Big Apple have enjoyed weekly street cleaning, which means fewer morning drives. Now hundreds of city dwellers have already signed an online petition to reverse the new verdict.
The full return of ASP will not just be a return to the pre-COVID era – there are now a significantly higher number of cars in the city.
From August to October 2020, auto registrations in Manhattan rose 76% and in Brooklyn by 45%, the New York Times reported.
Boerum Hill resident Ian Moubayed told The Post that he felt the crisis.
“It’s getting so competitive now that everyone’s been more aggressive over the last year since people have come back to town,” he said.
Like many New Yorkers, filmmaker Moubayed waits out ASP class in his car – bringing work or a good book – and then jumps back into his original spot once the street sweeper has passed.
But in April, the driver of a blue Tesla almost got into a fight over an alternative lateral position near Smith and Hoyt streets.
After getting out to let the garbage truck do its thing, the Tesla “broke the unwritten rules of the road” by taking a “nose jump” toward the spot where Moubayed was waiting, he said.
So the longtime Brooklyn native immediately clapped back by dragging his 2009 Audi A6 into a pinched position, leaving the Tarmac opponents at an impasse. It wasn’t until a cop behind the Tesla wailed his siren and forced the car to move that Moubayed earned his racing stripes and space to ride. He proud claimed the win in a tweet.
“Then he got out of his car and came to my window and started swearing at me, he called me a c- -t … I was just like, ‘F- -k you, man.’ I don’t give a fuck. I was angry for half an hour after I tried him,” Moubayed said.
“It was the most New York-centric parking incident I’ve ever been involved in,” he added, saying the two-day return will be “terrible.”
Even when fists don’t fly, there’s plenty of street anger thanks to parking rules, according to West Village resident Richie Romero, owner of Zazzy’s Pizza — a Manhattan chain he has to drive to frequently.
“Now I have to move my car four times a week… [The news] literally ruined my summer. I already spend such an obnoxious [amount of] Time trying to park,” Romero said, calling ASP a “middle-class tax.”
The pizzeria owner has a special system to free up space on the crowded streets. “I have friends get out of my car to move bikes, revels and scooters so I can fit into a seat,” he said.
It’s one of many tactics used by aggressive drivers, explained Astoria’s Elena Dimkaros.
“People will stand in plazas to guard them or put down cones to try and stop someone from parking,” said Dimkaros, who has parked on Queens streets for eight years. “It’s going to be overwhelming.”
Others don’t look for parking spots, but “give up” driving in New York. Among them is Vicky Poumpouridis from Astoria, who lives down the road from Dimkaros.
“I’ll try to go to Broadway [in Queens] and spend 40 minutes parking and just come home to walk somewhere,” she said, adding that outdoor dining areas have only exacerbated the problem.
Though Poumpouridis has a garage, she’s not keen on ASP coming back. “NYC is going to be very inhospitable and challenging. People don’t get breaks and that really wears you down after a while,” she said.
Across the street, some local residents support resurrection twice a week.
Floral designer Sibel Mermelstein and nail salon owner Kira Philips bothered at the amount of trash lying outside the adjacent storefronts of their stores on East 80th Street between Second and Third Avenues on the Upper East Side.
“Cars don’t even move for the street sweepers anyway, so they don’t even pick up most of the trash… My cigarette butt from three weeks ago is still there,” Philips said, pointing to a line of cars that had stood still for days at a time Time.
What they saw is happening all over town. An estimated 50% of city drivers don’t move their cars for ASP, Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch announced last month, expressing that the full return will force drivers to actually move their cars.
“The Directive created a world where too many people saw an occasional ASP ticket as just a cost of doing business… it took far too long and has largely marginalized the most effective clean roads tool we have in.” our arsenal: the mechanical broom.”
Shopkeepers like Mermelstein say it’s about damn time.
“I’ve waited my whole life to finally open my store in February. Now I literally have to hose down my sidewalk every day to get rid of the smell left by the trash,” she said. “We’re all for New York coming back, but New York has to have our back too.”
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