With roadwork, cars vanish on 46th Street
By Bill Parry
Several residents who had parked their car on 46th Street on Monday night wondered were baffled when they could not find their vehicle on Tuesday.
Some residents discovered that their car had been removed by the Department of Transportation to another section of the neighborhood. The DOT cleared the street so it could mill the road from 39th Ave through to Queens Blvd as part of its ongoing roadwork.
The DOT had posted signs on 46th Street on Sunday evening, notifying residents of the upcoming roadwork. It warned them that they would face penalties—and their car removed—if they parked along the street on Tuesday.
However, some residents argued that the signs were not visible on some sections of 46th Street. They claimed that the signs were not clearly displayed on 46th Street between Skillman Ave. and Queens Blvd.
When George and Elena Molosag parked their car on 46th Street (by 43rd Ave) on Sunday evening they didn’t see any signs. When they went to get their car on Tuesday it was gone.
The handicapped couple, both seniors, needed the help of their nephew Nicolai to track it down. “This is very difficult for them with their age and handicap,” Nicolai said.
“I got no help from the 108th Precinct [in finding it],” he said. He went to the pound under the BQE and had no luck locating it.
“We found my uncle’s car at 39th Ave. and 43rd St. after driving around for three hours,” he said, adding that the car “had a parking ticket on it.”
Meanwhile, John O’Connor, a nearby resident, was relatively lucky when he searched for his car. He was told by a DOT supervisor that his van could be found ten blocks away.
O’Connor said he didn’t notice any DOT signs. “When I parked last night [Monday] I checked and didn’t see any.”