Nerves Fray at Community Board Meeting Over Resolution to End Free Curbside Parking

By Shira Hanau

Over 100 Upper West Side residents gathered for what was, at times, a tense Community Board 7 meeting on Tuesday night.

On the agenda was a resolution passed by a board committee calling for the city to “discontinue the policy of providing free parking for private cars” and consider other options for the space, including paid residential parking permits and surge price metering.

Approximately one hour into the meeting, Community Board Chair Roberta Semer announced that discussion of the resolution would be pushed to the following community board meeting. Several community members left the meeting at that point, having apparently come to the meeting for the explicit purpose of making their opinions about the parking issue known. Semer said that discussion of the issue would be delayed until the July 11th meeting where elected officials would be present. The community board does not meet in August, so the actual vote on the resolution would be delayed until the September meeting.

The community board was spurred to act on the parking issue by the new congestion pricing law that would exact tolls on cars driving below 60th street. Board members said they were concerned that drivers would park on the Upper West Side to avoid the congestion pricing, further squeezing the limited parking for Upper West Side residents. Local City Council members Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal have pushed a bill that would allow the city to set aside up to 80% of parking in various neighborhoods for residents with a permit.

A number of attendees who had asked to speak about the parking resolution were allowed to do so towards the end of the meeting.

“I’m just going to say briefly that this is insanity,” said one man to the community board.

Josh Pinkerton, a resident of the Upper West Side for about 6 years, spoke in support of the resolution, noting that “85% of Upper West Siders commute car-free” and arguing that car owners should pay for parking just as MTA riders pay for the subway.

A longtime resident of the neighborhood objected to Pinkerton’s assertion that car-owners do not pay taxes to the MTA to drive in the city, pointing to the high cost of tolls on the George Washington Bridge. A member of the community board pointed out that tolls are collected by the Port Authority, not the MTA.

Others who were not able to speak to the full meeting told the West Side Rag that they were frustrated by the community board’s handling of the issue and were concerned about the resolution.

Nancy Lange, who has lived in her Upper West Side apartment for 25 years, says she needs her car to get to her elderly mother in Long Island in case of emergency. “People who are parking on the street can’t afford to park in a garage,” she said. Lange works in early childhood intervention and said she worries about parents of children with autism who can’t ride the subway due to medical reasons.

Lisa Lehr, president of her block association and a former community board member, said she needed her car to get around now that she is unable to walk long distances. Lehr has lived in her apartment on 96th Street since 1985. “I don’t know where I’m going to live if I can’t park on the West Side.”

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    1. MikeDNYC says:

      Charging residents to park on city streets is purely a money grab. Congestion pricing below 61st Street will have little to no effect on parking spots on the UWS.
      No commuter will try to park here on a regular basis because she will quickly learn there is scant parking available and she’ll be late for work almost every day.

      So what this proposal is is a money grab. It’s also a way for the younger, newer UWSiders higher income to stick it to those older retired UWSiders who don’t have big incomes but do have the time to find parking on the street.
      Only people who have cars should be allowed to vote on this issue because they are the only UWSiders who would be affected by the vote.

      • Jerome36 says:

        This is the only comment of all of the comments that makes sense.most people spend 1 1/2 hours in the morning to park their cars it is a ritual. 5 minutes before the car has to be moved, they double park on the other side of the street and wait 1 1/2 hours until they can legally move it back. there is no chance that an out of town we will waste that time so they don’t have to pay a small surcharge. Total red Herring

      • David Bell says:

        Excellent response. Thank you

      • Cyrus says:

        MikeDNYC +1 for this comment

      • CJ says:

        Utter nonsense. You park a car in a space that I have to pay for, since taxpayer dollars keep our streets maintained. Every day, we non car-owners have to put up with your constant honking, idling, spewing exhaust, and dangerous driving that injures tens of thousands in this city every year. So I pay for you to park for free, get none of the benefits, and all of the negative externalities. Enough is enough. If you can’t afford to pay your own way to park your car, get rid of your car.

    2. Scott says:

      Do the two women quoted understand the issue? Residential permits would help them, not hurt them. How much time do they spend looking for parking now? Well if we had permits that time would drop dramatically.

      Look, there’s no way the city will ban all private street parking — that’s madness. No city has done that. However, permits with a nominal annual fee is a formula that’s proved successful across the nation.

      • Cato says:

        What you say would make sense — *if* NYC implemented a resident-permit system rationally. But anyone who has lived here for more than a nanosecond knows that NYC won’t.

        1. Residents might be able to get places to park more easily than they currently can *if* the number of permits issued by the City bore a relationship to the total number of parking spaces available. But there is revenue involved here, so the City will sell vastly more permits than there are spaces.

        The City will justify this by saying that not every car with a permit will be parking at the same time. But you know, and I know, that you’ll still be driving around and around and around, with your five-hundred (or whatever) dollar permit on your dashboard, without a residents-only space in sight.

        2. The system *might* work if it were enforced. That means police ticketing non-permitted cars parked in a residents-only area. But you know, and I know, that the streets will still be filled with cars bearing New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut license plates. The NYPD aren’t going to be bothered with going on foot patrol to find small potatoes like this.

        3. And, even if a non-resident gets a parking ticket once in a blue moon, they are just going to pay it and consider it a cost of parking in NYC. That occasional ticket, once in a while, will probably cost less than the residents parking in all the other spaces paid for their resident-parking permits.

        Looked at purely as a matter of economics, it will cost the non-resident *less* to park in a residents-only space, even with the rare ticket, than it costs the residents to get permits to park there. Not a bad gamble, really, especially for a Jersey driver motivated to skirt the below-60th Street prohibition.

        Now, with that said: How about suggesting that (at least for a significant roll-out period) non-permitted cars be *towed*? The City wouldn’t have to do many, but that would sure get the point across.

        Without that, this system will not work (other, of course, than to raise revenue for the City from resident-permit fees).

        • Scott says:

          Oh I agree, tow the out-of-towners, until morale improves.

          But you said a couple of things:

          “the City will sell vastly more permits than there are spaces”

          The city will sell the number of permits that the market bears, as determined by resident car owners with cars registered at the same address. Other cities allow those permit holders to buy a limited number of temporary guest passes for friends visiting, etc.

          “The NYPD aren’t going to be bothered with going on foot patrol to find small potatoes like this”

          This makes no sense. I see traffic agents all over the UWS on sweeping days writing paltry $45 tickets.

          “And, even if a non-resident gets a parking ticket once in a blue moon, they are just going to pay it and consider it a cost of parking in NYC”

          I disagree. The private garage across the street from me advertises a $14.36 early bird special (in by 10 am, out by 7 pm). They’ll do that instead of eating the ticket. I know I would.

          • Valerie says:

            I guess you haven’t gotten a parking ticket in a while…….parked on 77th in a space that clearly look “legal” and got a ticket and then when I looked at the outline it was clear I could park, but there was a sign that said I couldn’t……….also the ticket was $60 not $45…….

        • BMAC says:

          >>The NYPD aren’t going to be bothered with going on foot patrol to find small potatoes like this.<<

          There is literally an entire bureau of the NYPD that is devoted to parking enforcement, the raison d'etre of which is writing "small potatoes" parking tickets all day, every day. This produces quite a bit of revenue for the city.

          I do agree with Cato that in order for this to work in favor of residents and to penalize out of towners trying to coast on our tax dollars, the penalties must be draconian. Towing and impounding would go a long way, and the tickets should start at a high dollar figure to begin with.

        • sam says:

          I have to agree that residential stickers will not substantially change the parking landscape, unless they are prices extremely high that it makes car ownership too expensive for many (and that will not happen). The large majority of current car parkers are residents. I do disagree about lack of enforcements. The “meter maids” earn based on successful ticketing and “lack of residential permit” will be an easy ticket to write. Parking on a regular basis without the permit will lead to a high number of tickets, which ultimately will dissuade folks from doing it.

    3. UWS rider says:

      The point of residential parking permits is precisely so residents CAN park their cars! It’s either pay a fee every month or hunt for limited spots. Once congestion pricing hits, there’s no “find a free spot”

      • MikeDNYC says:

        Disagree, Uws rider. Resident parking stickers will not ease the ordeal of trying to find a parking spot. There will be just as many drivers hunting for a space…and anyone looking for a spot when there’s a show at the Beacon won’t find anything anywhere until the show let’s out.

        • Jay says:

          Anyone searching for a spot around the Beacon deserves to waste their time/money. That’s one of the easiest places to get to in the entire city by public transportation.

    4. Doug Paul says:

      Just another by product of Urban Decay brought to you buy a bunch of Liberal Democrats that have no idea idea of how to run a major city

      New York’s population continues to decline faster than any other state, according to new data U.S. Census Bureau (December 2018).

      The report found New York was just one of nine states to see a decrease in population, losing an estimated 48,510 residents between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018.

      That’s more than any state!

      • Paul says:

        Boston has residential sticker parking and it’s growing quite nicely.

      • BMAC says:

        Let me know where to send your ticket to Albuquerque.

      • Ye Olde Englishe Teachere says:

        Re: “That’s more than any state!”

        Ummm…so WHAT does a decline in STATE population have to do with New York CITY and with the issue of street-parking???

        As I often reminded my 3-paragraph-composition classes: “stick to your topic; all your sentences should support your Topic Sentence”.

    5. Paul says:

      All you need to do is sit in my passenger seat as I drive to the Bronx to see that, in fact, the UWS has many reverse commuters, and not all are “wealthy.” My destination takes 30-35 minutes by car, 95 minutes by transit. Anyone have a good alternative?

      Do we need free Parking? No. Reasonably priced resident permits would be a rational approach. Ending residential parking, however, is not. There aren’t enough garages in the neighborhood to even consider that as an option. And if you think those garages are expensive now, wait till you see what they’ll charge if curb space isn’t available.

      Finally, are we sure that congestion pricing will clog our streets? People who drive below 60th St don’t park for free, and it’s not likely they’ll sit curbside for alternate side for 90 minutes rather than pay $12. Time is money and they’re driving in to work.

    6. ST says:

      We do not elect the community board and they pretty much never represent our interests. In NYC it’s taxation without representation. And all the sheeple take it lying down.

    7. MikeDNYC says:

      I hope every poster here so far attends the July 11 board meeting and speaks up.
      City government is going to ram this through anyway probably.
      But at least be heard.

      I say let’s not fix anything until something is broken. Have a plan ready to go but wait and watch for 2 or 3 months before implementing that plan … if it’s needed.

      I strongly believe congestion pricing in midtown will have little to no measurable effect on parking on UWS streets. Commuters will not find parking. They’ll be late for work most days if they try and they will give up on trying.

    8. Marci says:

      I have a 22 year old car that I keep because…well, why not?It’s a nice thing to have for when I want to go somewhere. I don’t use my car to get to and from work. For that I use the bus and subway.I don’t have an issue with a nominal annual fee for a street permit. I DO have an issue with the “only the wealthy have cars in the city” argument because I am far from that, and I do not have the freedom to deal with parking during the day.

      • Josh says:

        This is why we need to put a price on parking. It’s also why everyone who says they need their car for various reasons should be the loudest supporters of charging a fair rate for parking. When you give something away for free, some people will abuse the privilege. They will do things like keep a rarely used car on some of the most valuable real estate in the world – because why not? It’s free! That car is taking a spot away from everyone who says they need their car.
        I would like to hear from the people who oppose charging for parking what they think is a fair price. Do they really think anything more than $0 is an injustice?

    9. JOHN says:

      Why doesn’t the board wait to see what happens when the congestion pricing is implemented. I’m sure that it will be clear that there is NO PROBLEM and that out-of-town drivers going to mid-town won’t be taking over all of the Upper West Side parking spaces! This is just another way that the city is making it unlivable for the working class people.

    10. LKLA says:

      NYC should absolutely charge for street parking. Meters, permits…

      • MikeDNYC says:

        LKLA, WHY?

        And if so, why not charge a fee to anyone carrying a plastic bottle of water? Don’t those hurt the enviornment?

        How about charging a fee for walking past Fairway? The pedestrian traffic there is a nuisance to everyone there who’d legitimately in a hurry.

        How ’bout a fee for posting on West Side Rag? Why should New Yorkers be allowed to Express their opinions for free?

        • LKLA says:

          Because a car, more so in a place like NYC, is very much an optional asset. And one that takes up a fair amount of public space and pollutes.

          Drinking water is not really an option – it’s a necessity. As for plastic bottles, many of them are recyclable and many of them are environmentally friendly. Btw, you are already paying for bottled water! It costs more than wine or gasoline! Certainly a lot more than water from the faucet.

          They already charge you for “walking” through certain places – bridges, tunnels, highways…plenty of tolls of one kind or another.

          West Side Rag can decide if it wants to charge for posting or not.

          • mm says:

            It is most certainly *not* an optional asset for those who have to travel for work to places NOT reachable by mass transit or, given the state of our mass transit, those who can get someone more quickly and more cheaply if they drive. I can not understand why New Yorkers are so naive and small minded that they don’t realize that not everyone can go from subway stop to subway stop to make their living.

    11. Leon says:

      A fee of $100-$200 a year is very reasonable. Anyone who owns a car is already out a fair amount of money for insurance and gas, so this really isn’t that much. It will also result in a small windfall for the state as all of the people who currently register cars out of state but have a primary residence here will be forced to get NY plates and pay for registration here.

      To those who argue that this will save people time because they won’t have to circle the block as much looking for a spot, I completely agree, though I would argue that many of those who are complaining the loudest seem like people who, unlike many of us, value their money a lot more than their time – elderly retired people don’t mind spending a lot of time circling the block – this is not an agist comment but just a fact of life. And if it will make them happy, they can implement a small discount for senior citizens.

      • John says:

        Leon they need to charge 100-200 a month for permits still 1/3 of garage prices

        • sam says:

          That won’t happen. The majority of car owners who street park are NOT well off and cannot afford the extra $2000 a year. No other city charges that much.

    12. John says:

      As I left my apartment this morning the first three cars I looked at parked at the curb had a combined value of about 200K. These folks can afford to p[ay for parking.

      • sam says:

        You are so wrong. I have always wondered about the expensive cars you see parked on the streets (as I would never park a $60K car on the streets). I found out as follows: they belong to (a) residents who do not have high housing costs (rent stabilized, NYCHA, long-time owners) who “splurge” on a high lease as one of the few luxuries in life (b) doormen, store owners and other workers who commute in (and who also splurge on nice cars) and (c) non-resident guests who do not know better.
        Anyone who is well off and owns a car can easily afford to pay the extra $600 per month for a garage — and everyone I know in that situation indeed pays to garage their car.

    13. KL says:

      The car-owners have been getting a freebie until now and are complaining about the gravy train being taken away. They are a small minority of the resident families. Why should their wishes precede the needs of the rest for cleaner air, uncongested streets, quieter environment?

      If one owns a car (and thus can afford insurance, gas, maintenance), then one is rich enough to afford a monthly pass on public transit. Car-ownership in Manhattan is a luxury and not strictly needed by the vast majority of residents given the options for subway, busses, bikes, uber, car rentals for special occasions, etc. Car-users are clogging our streets so that ambulances have a tough time moving around emergencies.

      And yes, a car in the city makes you rich enough. If the car owner can afford to live in Manhattan in non-project or non-shelter housing, then they are wealthy enough. If they claim they are so poor, they should move to live in cheaper locations and not ask the rest of us to subsidize their selfish luxuries while they fill our lungs with soot.

      The city should enroll metered parking all around, issue subsidized permits for businesses and individuals that can prove true and crucial need, increase city-bike parking and bike lanes, enlarge the sidewalks and plant more trees. Protected bus lanes would go a long way toward easing the commute for many many people. I am not the only taxpayer resident that would vote for politicians that truly espouse and support such green actions.

      • Josh says:

        Most of your argument (and others as well) is predicated in that car drivers are wealthy, and it is therefore okay to tax them.

        So why not just raise taxes in the wealthiest NYers? Paying for street parking will only be self-fulfilling for many of you in that it would ensure this myth that all nyers with cars are wealthy. Many would move their cars to garages and this raise the price from 500-800 a month to probably north of 1000. A thousand v. Free parking would leave many non-wealthy to leave the city if a car is truly a necessity.

      • Stuart says:

        KL – if you are ever in a car driving around the UWS, you will know that it is trucks, not cars, that are clogging our streets. With bike lanes and non-curb parking lanes, north and south bound traffic sometimes can use only one lane due to trucks making deliveries.

        Constant construction is also clogging our streets. It takes away one lane of parking or traffic.

        Finally, whoever decided that buses need two dedicated lanes of traffic on Madison Avenue should be committed.

    14. nycityny says:

      Tax, tax, tax. That’s all this is about. This state and governor have gotten terribly greedy and sly. Congestion pricing. Tax on shopping bags. New sales tax imposition on eBay and other online sales which very quietly started on June 1. Now taxed parking on residential streets? I don’t even have a car in New York and I’m offended by this money grab. Message to our politicians – leave our pocketbooks alone already.

    15. P. Shelby says:

      Residential parking permits are a horrible idea for city streets. It will change the family and friend oriented culture that was once the Upper Westside. The city needs to consider building multi-level residential parking lots in some of the vacant spaces and require residential parking be apart of a newly constructed building. The city is horizontally congested. Perhaps it’s time to use some of the vertical space above us to accommodate the population growth. Just my opinion of things.

      • Jay says:

        We need to reduce car dependency, not increase it.

        We have a very good transit system, even with its faults. Everyone should use it.

        • mm says:

          Happy to know that everything you do can be accomplished through mass transit, but there are others whose lives can NOT be lived using only our failing mass transit system, and there are places people have to go that are NOT served well, if at all, by mass transit.

          • Jay says:

            Then you can pay for the privilege. Free on-street parking is not a right.

            The streets belong to everyone.

        • Isabella says:

          This plan doesn’t work for everyone.
          Consider a 40 minute car commute turning into a 2+ hour multi-vehicle excursion including: walking long stretches, standing with heavy baggage, waiting for trains and buses, and getting jabbed and pushed.
          In order to get to work at my elementary school, I’d have to leave my apartment at 5:45am, but due to odd timings would leave me in my classroom at a later hour than usual with even less time to prepare for my classes than I would have had going with my car.
          Let’s not even talk about the financial penalties for purchasing the certificates. Forget about who’s going to be deemed worthy to receive this prize. What would happen to me if I turned out to be on the unfortunate side of the certificate battle. Garage rates would be impossible to keep up with. Betcha the rates would then go through the ceilings because they’d have you by the throat.
          So then I’d have to try my luck migrating above 111th Street to park my car on the street? How’s that going to work for those residents?
          Everyone stands on their own opinions, but they forget that issues are rarely slam dunks.
          This is a very complex issue and until you have thought about all of the players and their points of view and possibly ulterior motives, please don’t be so flippant about your opinions. Don’t trivialize car owners’ plights.

    16. Sean says:

      All you see in the part of the UWS where I live is parked cars with mostly out of state plates. New Jersey mostly. Are these people who recently removed here? I’ve seen Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, and New Mexico. But New Jersey wins all the time.

      • chris woo says:

        the well-to-do people in my building all have spots in the garage on site. the only time we ever need a spot is if we rent a car or if someone comes to visit us from out of town.

    17. Dday says:

      It makes sense to tax parking and use the proceeded for public transportation.

      • CPWer says:

        great point and I couldn’t agree more. We need to get cars off the street and reduce pollution

      • Stuart says:

        Parking is already taxed. Walk into any parking garage and you will see the monthly rates, plus the sales tax and parking tax.

        Also, if you look at the rates on the parking machines that dispense tickets to put inside your vehicle’s windshield, you will see that the rates have jumped to almost 10 bucks for two hours.

        • B.B. says:

          That is because you are paying for a service (parking garage), otherwise parking on streets is not taxed. Metered parking is another matter.

    18. Martin says:

      If one has enough money to afford owning a car (or two) in the city, they certainly have enough to afford a parking permit.

    19. eliz says:

      Nothing is free in New York City and parking shouldn’t be, either.

    20. Watto says:

      I live on the UWS, have a car, and am fortunate enough to park in the garage in my building. That said, it appears that this city is once again attacking car owners by hitting us with yet more fees simply because we own and drive automobiles! Enough!!!!! We pay registration fees, are one of the few states requiring annual “inspections”. Time to find other ways to add to the city’s coffers!

    21. Call Me Crazy says:

      Call this idea totally crazy, but why not issue FREE parking permits only to UWS residents? Seems to solve both issues (concerns about commuters overtaking the parking in the neighborhood and price gouging on residential parking permits).

      You’d still have to figure out how to let out-of-town family/friends park for a reasonable price (thinking of my in-laws since they currently use free street parking while visiting over a weekend). But this would seem to solve 95% of the concerns, particularly for residents. I know they’d never do it because this city is full of corrupt, greedy people and it’s all about the money but this seems like a pretty simple solution.

      • EB says:

        Amen!

      • Maddi who has a garage spot says:

        I agree – Look at the model Hoboken has. I think that limited 2 hour parking for non residents. Use meters for non residents and small annual fee for residents to buy a permit to be used in their car. Enforcement is simple – just like any metered spot. Paper in the windshield for non residents that they have paid the meter for non residents and either license plate registered with the DOT indicating they are a resident or a placard they can place in the window for residents. As for guests – there are garages or we can just issue a small number of single use guest passes to each resident that buys an annual permit. The same offer can be made to residents that do not get the permit for their own car. ABC got the city to allow NO PARKING on the South side of West 67 street except for press plates so they can do it. Also if the metered approach is used the two hour limit can be enforced from 9AM to 7PM etc etc. This is workable, gives residents a small benefit, provides revenue to the city and encourages out of town workers to leave their cars home.

    22. David Zelman says:

      For years I have been an advocate for resident parking. I think that there should be a fee but I think that residence permits are granted only to those whose car is registered in NYC and has an address in the designated area. In my neighborhood, 20% of parking spaces are taken up by people with out of state licenses, and I think that that’s unfair. Since SUV’s and these new step vans take up more space they should be charged more as well. Big cars make big pollution. I would also attempt to use the money generated by revenue from registering one’s car in NYC could also be used for civic uses, we could hire a firm or DSNY to clean our street more frequently, and maybe even to pick up our garbage. The parking fees can be used to hire parking enforcement agents. There are probably other suggestions for how that money where that money goes I would be interested in starting a group or participating in a group to discuss the advantages of resident parking

    23. Pqdubya says:

      I would guess from the infrequent times I have a car in the city the majority of parker’s are residents. The parking regulates itself insofar as there are more cars than there is street parking available. I live full time on UWS but park a car in NJ I don’t want to bring a car in unless I have to. But since my car is not registered in NY I suppose I would be denied a resident permit if I needed one. The whole idea is fraught. I can only assume the real reason in the money grab mentioned in the previous comments. Ie a tax

    24. Christine says:

      The politicians in the city are completely detached from reality if they think they average person parking on the street can afford to give them more of our paycheck. This city is just begging residents to flee it more each day — and they are, on average of 150 per day.

    25. Roger S. says:

      As a 25 year UWS resident. I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to pay for a residential parking permit!!!!

    26. Burtnor says:

      Agree with Scott and others who advocate for residential permits. No one is ending street parking, but I, for one, am sick of seeing all the NJ, CT plate cars already clogging up our residential blocks, which is WHY residents must drive around and around.

      I’m also fed up with all the excuses otherwise rational, environmentally minded people give for needing a car in NYC. No one needs to drive to midtown. Reverse commuters use commuter rail and subway. Rent a car when you go out of town.

      We would all breath easier with many fewer cars in urban areas. And perhaps we could even cross the street without being bullied out of the crosswalks.

    27. Harry Malakoff says:

      Crain’s has estimated that NYC and NYS lose about $100 million ANNUALLY in lost fees, sales taxes, etc. to New Yorkers who live here and register their vehicles illegally in other locales. Walk down any residential street and you will see that about 30% of cars parked there sport out of state plates.Resident only parking would force these cheaters to register properly or garage their cars,or give them up . Many cities, including Boston, Wash. DC, San Francisco, Hoboken, and Jersey City,etc. have such rules,

    28. Kevin Schultz says:

      Resident parking permits don’t have to be expensive. They *do* force everyone to register their vehicle to their permanent address. Many people are currently registering their cars at an address outside of the UWS to save on insurance. If you are following the rules then you will come out ahead. Debate the price, but the complete lack of any permitting doesn’t make sense. When I walk down my block on the UWS half the cars have Hamptons beach parking stickers, people obviously know how to register for parking they just don’t want to abide by the rules of this neighborhood.

    29. Lunabee says:

      Reading these “arguments” for or against car ownership is ridiculous. There are people that need cars, who are not RICH. I would suggest that the city goes back to the table and fixes the pollution, congestion and noise issues by requiring that all semi-trailers delivering products to the city, do so at night. Free up the streets from these monster trucks who double park, idle their engines and cause more congestion than anything else.
      I would also like to point out that this is a slippery slope I think that as I have no children I should not have to pay the same amount of taxes that people with children do. Why should I have to pay for their kids to go to school? I pay plenty of taxes and may not get the same services as others. I own a car and I feel that I should be given a resident permit. Why do people coming from the burbs need to have free parking when I already pay for it through my NYC taxes. This is a money grab and nothing more. If you believe that revenue from parking permits will go to mass transit, I have a bridge you might want to buy.

    30. The CB7 issue arose to protect streets from the effect of congestion fees. They should be on the side of the residents they represent. Copy Hoboken. Non resident parking is limited to one or two hours (I forget) and residents get stickers and can park all day. That makes sense.

    31. Abe Goteiner says:

      I grew up on the UWS (99th between Broadway and Amsterdam).
      Miss the city but not all the crap associated with living there.
      Spent 40 years in the Midwest, now in Worcester, MA.
      Good luck with getting this major issue resolved.

    32. B.B. says:

      People do realize this is only a CB resolution. It isn’t as if the city council is going to automatically sign off on this hot mess.

      While it makes for interesting theater, shouldn’t get too worked up over this resolution right now. If and or when such a bill is proposed in city council, then would start worrying, or not depending upon one’s position on the subject

      • Jay says:

        Exactly. For all the merits of the plan, the city council never listens to community boards (and for good reason most of the time).

    33. Kam says:

      I’d rather have no parking on city streets. get rid of the cars. keep the air clean. and keep the noise down. car exhaust is horrendous for our health. take the subway. have more cabs for people.

    34. Mr. T says:

      On-street parking should be free for residents with the requirement that the vehicle be registered in New York. All others should be required to pay for on-street parking or a garage spot. It’s ridiculous the number of vehicles registered in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, etc I see taking up free parking spaces on city streets. Eliminating out of state vehicles from free on-street parking spots would open up at least 25% more spaces for residents. It would also put the financial burden on Out-of-towers.

    35. Sean says:

      Fairway should offer valet parking.