By Mark Hallum
Residents within the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood may want to think twice before placing cones outside their home to prevent motorists from using public parking spaces in front of their homes.
Officers from the command recently conducted a sweep of the Liberty Park area of Glendale, confiscating these cones and explaining over Twitter that not only is it illegal to block public street parking, but is considered theft if the cones were taken from a nearby construction site.
“Please do not place cones in the street that obstruct vehicular traffic and do not put out cones to save parking spots on #NYC public streets,” the precinct said in a tweet.
City Councilman Robert Holden threw in his two cents by advising residents to cease and desist with cops cracking down specifically in Liberty Park.
“Using any method to reserve a parking spot on a public street is illegal and it does nothing but cause more frustration for your neighbors,” Holden said. “The bottom line is that you don’t own a parking spot unless you have a driveway.”
The issue is Queens-wide with diminishing spaces to park and residents attempting to fight back against overdevelopment and congestion in their communities.
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