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Old 05-15-2013, 12:02 PM
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When I lived in Brooklyn I had the same problem with a rented private garage. The real issue was that the driveway was narrow so there was no room to maneuver. Many times I could not get my car out. Usually it was blocked by visitors and not neighbors.

One night some jerk with a brand new Cadillac parks halfway through the driveway and leaves the drivers side window open. Guess he thought he would be gone quickly and figured it was safe.

I went into my garage, got a can of motor oil, opened it up, and tossed it into his front seat.

Went back to my apartment.

Waited...waited....and then the screaming and cursing began.

Never saw that car again.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:38 PM
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Those yellow lines are pretty arbitrary and meaningless. I can't tell if it's the angle of the photo or not but that person looks to fit exactly between the start of one driveway and the end of the other. Tight squeeze, yes.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:23 PM
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The NYPD is not going to contact the owner and mediate a discussion between parties. They will either ticket and tow the car, or not, but the picture offers some ambiguity, as the vehicle is not completely blocking the driveway.

I agree that something is strange about the yellow lines on the street. I have not seen those painted into the roadway by the DOT, so I wonder exactly who determined the distance from each driveway for the size of the spot. Those markings look like they are not for parking, or were painted by a homeowner, especially since they do not exist on the other side of the street where the white car is parked in the attached photograph, so I would not use them as a guide for determining the legality of the parked vehicle.

My guess is that when the officers drove by, they saw a car that was close to the driveways, but not directly blocking access to either, so they did not ticket. Without a ticket, it cannot be towed, and can only be towed if it is blocking the driveway in a situation like this, unless it is a scofflaw with accumulated tickets. You could have discussed the problem with the officers, but if you can get the car in and out of the driveway, the length of the driveway, or the inability to get a stroller out of the garage with a vehicle in the driveway has no bearing on the parking of the vehicle in the picture. Annoying, yes, and I can understand the frustration with having to move your car completely off your premises to allow access to your garage, but since you can get the car in and out of the garage, I doubt that the NYPD/NYPD Traffic would be quick to ticket the vehicle as it is not blocking access, just making it much less convenient.
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