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New Yorkers face the return of alternative side parking

Morningside Heights residents have been talking about the full-time return of alternative side parking this week, as New York City swept the streets twice a week again after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

“It sucks, man,” said Ricardo Sinclair, 43, an electrician who commutes from Poughkeepsie to Manhattan. “During the pandemic it was good because people didn’t want to leave their homes to move their cars. What’s the point of bringing it back?”

Sinclair told the Post he had to use his lunch break to move his car in the Upper West Side neighborhood, where the 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. rules apply

“I have to pick up my car at 11am. I have to stop what I’m doing,” he complained. “My break is to move my car. I eat lunch when it’s time to move my car.”

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After a two-year break, there will be alternative side parking spaces again.
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Elias Lampropaulas, 40 years old, is an electrician from Astoria, Queens.  He supports street cleaning.
Elias Lampropoulos said the return of enforcement was “a must”.
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Others welcomed the return of street sweepers — even if it meant more drivers at risk of fines had slipped under wipers across the Big Apple.

“It’s a must, it’s a must,” said Elias Lampropoulos, 40, of the return to twice-weekly enforcement.

Lampropoulos, who parked his gray Dodge Ram on 113th Street, told The Post he blamed the city’s rodent problem on a lack of street cleaning.

“If you leave junk everywhere, rats will have a feast on my engine,” he said.

Lampropoulos said another vehicle he owned, a Nissan Maxima, sustained $1,300 in damage after rats chewed through the wiring harness. He showed the Post photos of chicken bones, french fries and other junk he claimed rats left under his hood.

“It’s a celebration for them because it’s an easy way for them to eat, drink water and destroy property by building a nest (in the car), pretty much,” he said.

But Raymond Cuevas, 52, said more tickets didn’t mean the streets would be cleaned.

“The sweeper only comes once a month. No one came by today,” the 113th Street resident said.

“A lot of cars have moved, and if you don’t, you still get a ticket,” Cuevas said. “Sometimes people come and just sit in their cars ready to drive, but nobody ever comes.”

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Ricardo Sinclair, who is commuting from Poughkeepsie, blasted the rule changes after the break.
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Alternate side parking requirements were scaled back in March 2020 in response to the city’s early-pandemic lockdowns. The decision came a month after the city increased the fine for parking in a sweeping zone to $65 in all five counties.

In addition to the higher price of a parking ticket, parking spaces are also much harder to find than before the pandemic.

In 2020, vehicle registrations increased 76% in Manhattan and 45% in Brooklyn, the New York Times reported.

And another pandemic policy — al fresco curbside dining — has closed about 8,550 parking spots citywide.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/05/new-yorkers-face-alternate-side-parkings-return/ New Yorkers face the return of alternative side parking

JACLYN DIAZ

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