Alternate side parking rules, suspended since Hurricane Sandy, are back in effect in some parts of the city and residents said it's making their already difficult time even harder. NY1's Polly Kreisman has the story.
It's one routine that's returned to Brighton Beach for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit. The routine of holding a precious legal alternate side of the street parking space.
Some who must now face the parking rules again have not even had the heat and hot water turned back on in their homes.
"We're still dealing. I have so much trash in the yard," one woman said. "We have contacted every possible, FEMA...and we're still waiting to get help."
Alternate side street cleaning parking rules -- suspended after Sandy-- are back in effect as of Monday in Brooklyn's community board 13 and Queens community board 14.
"Everybody got a different situation," one woman said. "But it's very hard."
With the reinstatement of alternate side parking rules in this part of Brooklyn and areas of Queens like Far Rockaway and Breezy Point, parking rules are now restored citywide.
The Department of Transportation said the Sanitation Department requested the move, so street cleaning can begin again.
"I don't think it was too soon," one man said. "Street's have to be cleaned."
But two members of the National Guard recovery effort working with families in the community say it is way too soon to get back to normal.
"It's the reality of the situation," one National Guard member said. "It isn't coming back to normal because some people are still affected by the storm."
"Maybe they can come up with something to say that they're a veteran of the storm, they've been hurt by the storm, that they cannot afford to pay a ticket," another National Guard member said. "They can put that on their dashboard."
While exceptions to the reinstated rules are unlikely, it's another sign the city is ready to move passed the storm.
"I understand the city needs revenue to get back on their feet," one man said. "But for this neighborhood, I think the hurricane is not over."