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NY1 For You: Dead-End Street Without Signs Makes For Ongoing Parking Problem In Queens

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For years, residents in one Queens neighborhood have been plagued by an ongoing parking problem, which often leaves drivers forced to pay unnecessary tickets. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

According to Windsor Park resident Phillip Abiboutros, it doesn't pay to park near his home.

"Six tickets total in a total of seven months that I've lived here," Abiboutros says.

The tickets were all given at a dead-end street with no signs, where residents say parking should be free, but often comes at a price.

This is a problem that has been going on for years.

Back in 2010, NY1 reported on other residents with the same complaints.

"The local police have been giving out bunk parking tickets, called 'double parking,' even though you can see there’s no sign that there’s no parking allowed. I've gone twice to court in the last year to fight these tickets, and they were both dismissed," says resident Jeffrey Herskowitz.

"They do get dismissed, but to take a day off of work and have to deal with these tickets over and over, it's still a hassle for everyone in the community," Abiboutros says.

There are no signs telling people they can't park in the area, and that's what residents take issue with.

"If the city posted a sign saying, 'Don't park here' or 'Park a certain way' or 'Don't park between a certain time,' I'll follow the rules," Abiboutros says.

NY1 contacted the New York Police Department, which is charge of parking enforcement, and a spokeswoman said a vehicle parked perpendicular to a dead-end edge of the street would be in violation of the law.

However, in response to these complaints, she went on to say that the local precinct has requested the Department of Transportation to conduct a location analysis and hopefully put up "No Parking" signs in the area.

This action would prevent people from paying unnecessary parking tickets.

NY1 for You will keep you updated.

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