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Offline jo3boxer

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Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« on: November 20, 2020, 05:39:08 PM »
I never thought i'd have to talk about this, as i've been anti car for as long as I can remember, but due to having a child and not particularly interested in getting around by train otherwise, we bought a car at the first height of the pandemic.

as a result of owning said car, it turns out you have to park it as well. it hasn't exactly been a treat, but over the course of the last few months, i've observed a lot of the terrible parking trends in the area. for anyone that drives, i'm not sure its necessary to get into them, but I have a solution and wondered if anyone knew the proper channels to go about working this out, hopefully to everyone's benefit.

a couple years ago we spent time in LA, downtown to be exact, and I recall getting a ticket within hours of being in the area, because we didn't park between boundary lines that were painted on the streets. obviously in the moment i hated it, but if we had said lines here (and i'm sure a lot of places in the city) it would stop a lot of the ridiculous parking that goes on, thus likely opening up more potential spots, and also (i hope) curbing the unnecessary floating around the neighborhood for parking, which helps with unecessary pollution, gas usage, etc.

anyone have any beef with this as an idea? i personally can't see the downside but it wouldn't be life without opposition.


Offline dssjh

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2020, 06:00:27 PM »
i don't drive. never have. i am always shocked that the city shorts taxpayers on millions in revenue by offering free parking to hundreds of thousands of auto owners. city dwellers pay for everything else, why should parking be free? and yes, your registration fees go to maintaining the roads. but not the parking spaces.

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2020, 10:58:58 PM »
Any politician trying to charge for over night on-street parking in the boroughs will never be re-elected and the party supporting that would have a hard time surviving. They can't even charge tolls on the old East River bridges without being threatened with being run out of town. That's why they hide the parking fees in gas and sales and taxes and registration and licensing fees.  Don't you remember when they had to back down from Sunday parking meter fees?

Offline Grabey

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2020, 11:48:33 PM »
Good idea in theory, but in practice I don't see it working here. Not all cars are uniform size (there are quite a few smart cars in the neighborhood, as well as some giant SUVs) and this might actually reduce the amount of space to park on the street.

Welcome to parking in the neighborhood - just wait until it snows!!  ;)

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2020, 05:24:11 PM »
The resolution to eliminating parking stress from your life is to rent a parking space. I lived here more than 15 years, to fall 2017, before finally capitulating.  About that time it got REALLY IMPOSSIBLE.  We could not drive car on Saturday night as there would be NO space upon return.  We take public transit whenever possible, but attribute this expense to a "cost of living" a livable life. Friends say that between parking space and insurance we would pay less to simply get an Uber whenever we did not want to take public transit, but we want the car at hand so are biting the economic bullet. 
By the way, I recently did a car insurance review among several companies and learned that what I thought was too much to pay Geico for the 810 miles we drove the past 12 months is $500 less than any other company. 

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2020, 09:19:11 PM »
Anyone who doesn't need a car daily for work shouldn't own one.  Between ownership, maintenance, parking, and liability costs, only fools would own a vehicle as it is way less expensive to take black cars.  The best part is you can drink, drive, and nap.

Offline jo3boxer

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2020, 09:25:27 PM »
Anyone who doesn't need a car daily for work shouldn't own one.  Between ownership, maintenance, parking, and liability costs, only fools would own a vehicle as it is way less expensive to take black cars.  The best part is you can drink, drive, and nap.

Rice, I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for the advice no one asked you for. I'll make sure to throw away my car and start taking black cars to our house upstate.

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2020, 08:59:42 AM »
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Offline theplanesland

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2020, 07:15:01 PM »
I was recently in Montreal and they have a great system here. Half the spots on each block are open, half are restricted to people with resident permit stickers. The resident permit areas each appear to be quite small, so people only have stickers for the area close to their homes. You can also buy a daily resident permit sticker for $6/day at a bodega. It's a lovely balance between free parking, paid parking and resident parking. There is also a network of municipal paid lots which appear to be near shopping areas, like if we had a municipal lot right off Roosevelt (WHICH WE SHOULD.)

They also have alternate side parking for street cleaning like we do, btw.

In the downtown they have marked spaces like jo3boxer says and Montrealers have the same range of car sizes that New Yorkers do, nobody seems to have a problem.

I have never been able to understand why NYC doesn't have resident only parking at least in some locations. What's the argument -against- resident permits?

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2020, 07:32:04 PM »
 I love this and would gladly pay some kind of fee for this service. We are near the subway and
bus stops and see people from other neighborhoods and counties using our streets as free parking
lots. We also need to accommodate the teachers and other staffers who come and need street
parking. Two newish schools here in JH had zero parking added.
  The permitting process looks great to me.

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2020, 07:49:06 PM »
that is a great idea. and i would live to see it tried here.

Montreal also has a fantastic recycling program. the public receptacles are larger than ours -- though not huge -- and are divided into four sections, one for paper, one for glass, one for metal and one for refuse. people there seem to understand how to do it.

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2020, 11:17:18 AM »
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Rice, I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for the advice no one asked you for. I'll make sure to throw away my car and start taking black cars to our house upstate.

Black cars are also super useful for shopping runs to BJ's, Ikea, Stop n Shop, halving the time it takes on public transit to visit family upstate or out of the immediate tri-state area, and getting to parts of NYC that aren't well served by mass transit or require a trip to Manhattan first to get to another borough.

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2020, 04:55:26 PM »

I have never been able to understand why NYC doesn't have resident only parking at least in some locations. What's the argument -against- resident permits?

I believe Forest Hills Gardens has had permit parking for years and probably some other areas do too. It's widespread in LA, where it  works as intended. I certainly wish we had it in Jackson Heights.

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Re: Parking in wonderful Jackson Heights
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2020, 12:21:19 PM »

I have never been able to understand why NYC doesn't have resident only parking at least in some locations. What's the argument -against- resident permits?

I believe Forest Hills Gardens has had permit parking for years and probably some other areas do too. It's widespread in LA, where it  works as intended. I certainly wish we had it in Jackson Heights.

FHG can do it because it's a privately owned neighborhood. There's no permit parking on city streets.

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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2020, 12:21:19 PM »