The art of writing a passive-aggressive parking complaint and leaving it on someone’s windshield has been honed for generations in New York City. But one parking critic took things a step further this week when he left a threat on the windshield of one local woman

Maria found the note above on her car, which was parked on Columbus Avenue and 100th Street. She explained what happened, and why people shouldn’t rush to judgment.

“Apparently this person was upset because my parked car was not pulled all the way back to where the pedestrian island begins on Columbus Avenue and West 100th Street, so there was about 4 feet between my back bumper and the pedestrian island. What I want people to know is before you decide to leave a little note like this, realize there could have been (and indeed there was) a motorcycle parked there when I got there the night before.”

Sheesh, chill out people!

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    1. UWSHebrew says:

      The person who left that note is mentally disturbed. Another good reason not to have a car in Manhattan (unless you could afford a garage space).

    2. Sarah says:

      I’m impressed that someone that poorly educated can afford to keep a car in Manhattan.

      • CoveredInBees says:

        You assume the letter-writer was another driver and not just a garden variety a-hole.

    3. Opiner says:

      I only worry about notes from people who are together enough to spell and punctuate properly; if you form plurals with an apostrophe and an S, I suspect you lack the wherewithal to make my “tire’s” pop.

    4. Rodger Lodger says:

      About 45 years ago someone left a note saying I was parked wrong, depriving others of a space. But how could they reach this conclusion? They weren’t there when I parked so didn’t know where other cars were at that time. This was in an era when people were being encouraged to “find their own voice”.

    5. Mark says:

      I’m offended by the poor grammar of the note.

    6. Louis says:

      As soon as the weather heats up, so do tempers.

    7. Randy says:

      Someone leaves similar notes on cars on Riverside Drive near 103rd Street. Agree, they have no idea the size of the spaces on the street unless the sit there and watch everyone park.

    8. Frustrated says:

      The note is over the top, but I always wonder when people take up one & a half space when they park, if they are RUDE or just STUPID. After alternate side I would say about 30% of the cars are taking up much more space than necessary.
      Unfortunately most people don’t realize that that ridiculous line the city has painted to delineate a place for bikes in not the curb line. You should park up to the curb line not the bike line.
      The thing I find really strange is when these people who take up way to much space come home and can’t find a parking space, don’t realize what they do when they park.

      • B.B. says:

        Sadly parallel skills elude many NYC drivers, in particular it seems those in Manhattan. Thus they often look for a spot you can fit the Lusitania for their small or whatever sized vehicle; then proceed to leave what they consider a “buffer” zone so they can pull out again.

    9. Nathan says:

      She should have just backed over the motorcycle, obviously.

    10. Jake says:

      It’s a little scary, but I like that whomever wrote it took the time to draw a little drawing. That makes it OK. And hey, they spelled “your” correctly, so that’s automatically a win in my book. 🙂

      • John says:

        Some irony here (as you seek to tattle on bad grammar) in that you’ve misused “whomever” — in this instance, you’d want “whoever.”

        Quoting from a site on usage: “In the manner of who and whom, use whoever when a sentence requires a subject pronoun (equivalent to he or she). use whomever when a sentence requires an object pronoun (equivalent to him or her).”

        • Jake says:

          Can’t tell if you’re being cute or a jerk, but geez, if you’re really giving me a grammar lesson, lighten up. I was obviously being funny (or trying to. Which pretty much counts as much as anything here on WSR).

    11. mike says:

      Most car-owners who play the ‘alternate-side move’ game, understand the tacit rules. You pull close to the car in front/behind to allow others to fit. If you leave your car double-parked on a side street for the 1.5 hours, you need to be nearby or leave your telephone # on the windshield in case you have to move it for someone. Today, I called the police because some jerk left his car double parked in front of mine and I couldn’t pull out. I honked for over 15 minutes and still he never showed up until 5 minutes after the end of the time period. There are plenty of jerks…

      • Quiet please says:

        Yeah, like the one that decided to keep honking for 15 minutes….

        • mike says:

          Lucky it wasn’t 45 minutes — the amount of time, I was blocked in. And, frankly, nobody who lived on the block — and there were many who were around trying to help — complained. They all wanted to help find the guy and encourage me to keep honking intermittently, so the guy would come down and move the car.

      • Sprinkles says:

        Thanks for annoying *everybody* on the block by wailing on the horn for 15 minutes because you have a conflict with one other driver. I’m sure all the parents whose sleeping babies woke up and started crying because the loud noise wouldn’t stop think you’re just an incredible neighbor.

        Either behave like an adult or stop driving. You are part of the problem.

        • B.B. says:

          Drivers who get me are those “stuck” behind a DSNY truck doing collections and proceed to lean on their horn. What is the good of that? DSNY is not going to move any faster nor shift their truck just because a driver or drivers cannot pass.

          Leaning on horn may cause the workers to go all passive-aggressive and thus take their sweet time. After all they are doing their jobs.

          Will agree with others, have little tolerance for someone that double parks and vanishes thus blocking someone in.

          While not technically legal, often NYPD will turn a blind eye to double parked vehicles on ASP days. That is however not a license to *park* one’s car and go away for an hour or more. If you cannot or will not remain in or near your vehicle leave a note so people can find you if they need to get out.

    12. Billy Amato says:

      Majority the people in New York City are idiots ! Chill out New York City !!! You only live once enjoy your life look around and stop being angry and love ❤️ each other .

    13. Ted says:

      Question: Is “Stupid” the signature on the note?

    14. kindly dr dave says:

      So many “Piggy Parkers”. They need to have their awareness stimulated. Other drivers are a good posse. No violence, just notes. Piggy parking hurts everyone.

    15. your neighbor says:

      Parking around here is difficult.
      If somebody is driving a Mini and sees a giant SUV like an Escalade pull out, they are going to take the spot rather than circle around for an unknown amount of time.

      Like another poster said, the note writer doesn’t know how that space came to be available unless they constantly monitor the spot.

    16. 92nd Street says:

      Cars should only be permitted in garages close to the Bridges. Emergency Workers, Buses, and Freight should be the only vehicles on an NYC street. My two cents.

      • Robin says:

        AND people who are disabled (provided there is an on-street disability permit being displayed)