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NY1 For You: School's Out Forever But Parking Restrictions Remain

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On almost an entire block in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the parking signs are no longer relevant and residents are enraged that the city continues to collect fines. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

The signs say "No Parking On School Days" on Eighth Avenue between Carroll and President Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Residents say that is confusing, since there is no longer a school here.

Collis Decoteau had his car ticketed and towed from there, to the tune of $300.

"If it is supposed to be during school hours and there's no school here, what school hours are you talking about?" says Decoteau. "If it is justified leave it. If it is not justified, remove it and refund me my money."

The Montesorri School of New York that used to be located on that street has closed, and locals say it is unfair that the parking signs remain behind.

"It's been gone for several months. It's just the way that they're trying to make extra money for the city without any reason," says resident Charles Miller.

The "No Parking" signs take up almost an entire block and residents say it makes no sense when it so hard to find parking in the neighborhood.

"I had to drive around about 30, 45 minutes last night to find a parking spot. It would've been nice to have these available," says resident John McDowell.

NY1 called the Department of Transportation and a spokesman told the station that the agency will send inspectors to the location to determine whether the No Parking signs are needed.

Locals say it's not a hard determination and hope the city does the right thing. NY1 will continue to follow this story.

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