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Sunnyside Driver Enraged After Struggling to Get Parking Spot

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June 2, 2015 Staff Report

Parking spots are in short supply in Sunnyside and one driver was irate when he/she struggled to find a space.

A blue sedan was parked on 43rd Street (between Skillman Avenue and 43rd Ave.) and was a few feet short of parking right up to a no parking sign.

The angry driver believed that he/she would have been able to get a spot had that car parked closer to the no-parking sign.

A note was left on the driver’s windshield by the enraged driver. (please note: contains foul language)

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The driver of the blue sedan sent in the following photo showing where he was parked prior to the note being written.

Prior to note

Prior to note

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solve the problem

It definitely seems like there is an opportunity for more parking garages in this area. I think it’s be great if one was built very deep underground, so then it wouldn’t be an eye sore.

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Lambreath

Rise Up Sunnyside! Lets show these gluttonous parkers that THIS WILL NOT STAND! I propose daily civilian parking patrols. Offenders will have their cars put into neutral, moved out of the spot and justice will have been served. Obviously my one man note brigade is not effective enough.

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longtime resident

This makes me appreciate that for a time I lived in a small college town that required residents of my neighborhood, only a few blocks from campus, get parking tags for the area. My guess was because the commuter parking lot was always such a mess, some commuters took to parking in residential areas near the school. No parking tag for that neighborhood meant a ticket.Discourages rouge parking, and brings revenue to the municipality, though the scale of residential areas here for parking enforcement probably makes it improbable.

I know Sunnyside is lousy for street parking, but so is Astoria and Jackson Heights. I bet Forest Hills is awful too.

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Eddy R

I know this is not craigslist but if anyone knows of a space for rent for parking in sunnyside around the 48ave or 50ave sector please let me know. Thank you

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rikki

you idiots you had a perfect opportunity to use the building on 43rd st just before the entrance to major world and convert in into a monthly parking garage
but nimby nimby nimby a monthly only garage would create very little traffic..

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Marilyn Ks

I find it very disheartening that this is considered news worthy on this site and there are 80 something comments about it but only 8 responses to the death of the Sunnyside woman who was found dead in Rego Park.

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Emily

That note was needed. If you are the last spot on a line- pull to the end. It’s not hard. Also, the TLC needs to stop parking in Sunnyside! That is a needed policy change!

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Car owner

That note was needed? I showed a picture of what it was like when I parked there. So next time I should stand outside my car and wait until the car in front of me leaves so I can move up 4 feet?

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Joey One Arm

I agree. Note unnecessary. There could have been a car parked in front of this one. Also even if the car was parked up to the sign, there would be no room for another car. Go back to the suburbs of New Jersey and take your childish note with you. NYC is obviously not for you.

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Eurozone

A parking solution for the neighborhood would be to eliminate one lane on Skillman Avenue and have cars (on the Friday side) Park in Back angled style manner. Just like they do from 38th to 35th on Skillman.

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whatevs

What’s with the doxing?

Would love to know how this came to be a story. Were the reporters randomly walking by or did the blue car owner send the photos of the note over to SP?

BTW, I would rather type numbers than click on photos of food to prove imma human

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anonapotamous

i figured the person who wrote the note was so proud of themselves they sent it in, and the blue car guy sent in the photo to defend himself against all the idiots. also you cant dox someone if their face is blurred otherwise everyone who has ever appeared in streetview would be doxxed.

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john

Is this what we call news now .!? .smh
But honestly …how about we make a plea to van bremmmer to regulate these no parking zone due to construction ….theyre not even there at night !.
The building on 43 for example has been done for a while and we still cant park there ….and the farmers market is another problem

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Spiros

As a driver of sunnyside i believe that we must adopt whats been going on in most parts of jersey,specifically in hoboken, where parking lines are painted on the floor so parking space can be maximized. Park like an asshole and get a ticket. I have seen a lot of asshole type parking in the neighborhood lately.

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Sunnysider

Or you can realize that you live in Sunnyside with access to a subway, several buses, and bike lanes. Get over yourselves. Parking is not a right! Who cares how someone parks?

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Bridget

This is America, the economy of which was built on the internal combustion engine for decades. Like it or not, our nation has been engineered for the car. Most of the country is pretty inaccessible without one. So, for you who only want to see what is available from public transport, life without a car is perfect. Otherwise, it is constricted. Car haters, get over yourself!

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longtime resident

I’ve lived in the city for two decades, sans car, and come from a place where a car is a necessity. I visit often. And go to lots of places where a car is needed. Trains, buses, and plans do a pretty good job of getting you to an area, and a car rental can be attained pretty much anywhere. Including Woodside. For the budget conscious who want to rent a car for a local trip for the tristate or Pennsylvania, Delaware and the like, a train ride to Jersey or upstate will get you better rates.

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SuperWittySmitty

I think the economy of our nation was built on real horsepower and not the internal combustion engine, but I don’t expect the city to provide me with free real estate upon which I can stable my horse!

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Sunnysider

Holy sh*t, is that old fella the driver of that car? Maybe he owns the place and he is the foreman or something, that spot is not a ticket able parking offense. So unless he calls the cops, you don’t get a ticket.

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OldenDays

this is pathetic. no one is entitled to free parking, and you’re certainly not entitled to harass people. if you spend “hours every day trying to find parking” yet you still take the time to write a whole note like this, you need to examine your head.

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JOReilly

Whose blue car is that and why is it getting so much attention? Reading the article, I thought the point was to bring attention to the foul mouthed note writer. Reading the comments, the criticism is directed to whoever parked the blue car. One thing is sure, if Ms. Strawbridge wrote this story, there would no ambiguity and the article would probably include interviews with both the car parker and note writer.

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pums

Here is something funny……. Google the address and you can see the little old man that screws up the parking spot.

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Matt

I sold my car and instead take taxis liberally now. I spend way less overall on taxi fare than car ownership and my quality of life has improved.

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SuperWittySmitty

We should eliminate free parking, install meters, and delineate each parking space so this doesn’t happen.

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Me

I have 3 parking spots in a property I own. Stop bitching for shit you’re not even entitled to. Street Parking isn’t guaranteed. The end.

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Seth

Why didn’t the note writer leave his name?..He suggest the other car should move up?..Why?..So he could squeeze his own shit box of a car into a tiny space?..

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Yanketteny

Are you sure it’s residents that are hogging the spots in addition to TLC and DOT? I live over at the Big Six and Long Island commuters are coming here to park their cars and hop the express at 61st. I know when I used to live on 51st and Skillman it wasn’t the case, but it may be happening over by the local stops too.

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robogirl

If the blue car had pulled up too close to the construction shed (in the first image, upper left corner, green); he would have gotten a ticket for blocking the site. It happened to me a few months ago. So the moron who left the note should have thought a step further. If that was possible.

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Stressed out

Good thing we had that race on Sunday – lots of stressed out people around here. One day I was parking my car and got out to see how much space was in front of it when two people on the sidewalk immediately started yelling at me to move up. The car was still running. Calm down, folks.
Also, to the note-writer – these movie people move cars all the time too so don’t assume it was the driver’s fault.

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Anonymous visitor

Please do not talk for me , dear letter writer. (From all)… Parking is a real problem, however, there are bigger issues in Sunnyside then parking…

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Anonymous visitor

* than parking, I meant. Let’s be civil, neighborly, and kind. Kindness is becoming such a commodity nowadays.

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open your eyes bot

how bout if a motor cycle was parked infront of the blue car? people should complain about people holding two spots for a friend or family member. but im not because i would do the same. to hell with all of you. life isnt fair so embrace the cold world.

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Jess W.

a photo prior to the note? Why would the driver have taken such a random photo esp. before the note?

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Car owner

Not sure why it says prior to note – I want to show what it was like when I parked there.

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Manzar

A few weeks ago, I received note on my car in the exact same handwriting – same marker – same paper. My car was parked on the other side of 43rd Street, between Skillman and 43rd Ave. The only difference between my note and the one in this article is that the tone of my note was ultra polite. I just threw it away last week! This person must be becoming increasingly frustrated.

Anyway, I didn’t intentionally take up two parking spaces. After receiving the polite note, I’ve been very mindful my spacing when I park in the neighborhood.

To the note writer: There’s no need to drop the F-bomb – although you did end up getting media coverage so… good for you.

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Skillman Ave Resident

They should paint spaces and give tickets for people who take more than one space.

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The Brogue

It’s possible that there was a motorcycle or moped in front of the car when they parked, preventing them from moving all the way up to the sign.

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Matty

This guy deserved that note. People park like assholes . . . if we were all considerate maybe the parking situation would improve.

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Car owner

When I parked the car – after coming back from the wake of a coworker whose father had recently died (his father was 47) – I found this spot. There were multiple vehicles parked in front of me, perhaps from the construction site right there. I had to parallel park to get into that spot. How this is news amazes me. I’ll be sending a picture of how the car is right now, which is basically what is was like when I parked. Hopefully the dick who wrote the letter sees it.

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Krissi

A lot of people on this site seem to think a car in this neighborhood is a necessity and not a luxury. While some people absolutely need it for work, they are in the minority.

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SuperWittySmitty

Each year it gets more and more difficult to own a car in the city; which, I hope, will convince more people to get rid of their cars or move to some place where there’s plenty of space and not lots of public transportation.

Does anyone really think this situation will be better next year? Or in five years?

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45th

Cleary all the post againt this driver DON”T live in the suunyside area..yes Astoria resident I mean you. Your point’s are valid however I’ve seen it with my own eyes the culprits that park this way so their precious cars/motorbikes don’t get bumped or scratched. Hello we live in NYC, street parking is a reality and along with that comes bumps and scraps. I always park close to leave room for my fellow drivers !

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silent majority

With parking at a premium if people were just a little more considerate it would go a long way.When I am parking I try to leave enough room for another car to park and you know what it cost me? Nothing

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Eddie

I applaud the cooler heads above for preaching benefit of the doubt, but I’m afraid I have seen far too many thoughtless, selfish and downright rude behavior on our local roads to be so kind. Parking seems to negate the moral cumpass of otherwise (I’m sure) nice people around here. Though my days of struggling for a street spot are over, my driveway gets blocked at least once a week. What’s worse is that even when we’ve caught someone in the act and asked them to move, we’re the assholes. They don’t see any problem with it.

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JustPaula

I have to agree that people ARE just thoughtless and rude, quite often. I do not know enough to pass judgement on what this article is telling us, bu I do know that there is a space to comfortably park TWO cars between my driveway and my neighbor’s driveway. However, several times a week – sometimes more than once a day – some idiot decides to park right in the middle of our our driveways, leaving room for no one else. My favorite are the jerks who pull this and then don’t come back to their car for five days.

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Astoria Resident

Cars are different lengths. Sometimes it appears that someone didn’t leave enough space when what really happened, it cars of different lengths come and go. The clearly unhinged foul mouthed individual who wrote this note should not own a car in the city. Everyone who does, knows what’s involved. Perhaps they were used to having the convenience of a driveway before they moved to the Big Apple.

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Barry

That’s BS. You’re wrong that NY’ers should just expect and accept rude behavior. It’s usually Midwestern transplants who think that way. Is that what you are? They laugh excitedly when they are disrespected, robbed, and/or see a situation that a street-smart native NY’er would see and move away from.

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43rd

I have so many pictures of plates from other states that are supposedly visiting but are here for MONTHS!! Something should be done about that as well. Also, the TLC on 46 and Queens blvd taking up all the meters!

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Richard

To clarify, when I say a car parked in front I mean something like a smart car. I’ve seen many of these tony cars parked in spots like these.

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Richard

We don’t have the complete picture here, for example we don’t know if there was a smart car that was parked right in front of the blue “shit box”. We also don’t have a photo of how much space is left behind the car /cars. It could have been a moot point to raise if there was literally no room to move in another car.

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Rattan Singh

I’ve got video and picture evidence spanning several weeks if not months of my entire block on both sides being filled with TLC cars. Maybe I can email it to you guys at Sunnyside post to raise awareness? At this point I’m ready to give up and never drive for fear of not finding a parking spot when I return home.

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Anonymous visitor

Seriously dude, please please do something more useful with your time.

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Rattan Singh

It’s actually quite easy and not time consuming at all to take a picture or record a video while I walk out of my building. Do something better with your time please, dude.

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Rattan Singh

Man… I live on 39st and 47avenue and my block has been over run by TLC assholes. I’ve complained numerous times to the TLC, DOT, even Joe Crowley himself and NOTHINGS been done. It’s gotten so bad that sometimes it takes me and my neighborhors 1-3hrs to find legit parking. I’ve nearly come to blows with my fellow residents and I feel horrible about it. F$$k this shit I’m about to start parking like an asshole too just so these TLC f$$kers can’t hog up my whole block.

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Anonymous visitor

Long question: Why would you complain to JOE CROWLEY; a congressional representative who deals with federal issues concerning the welfare of our entire country, in regards to the parking availability on your street?

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Rattan Singh

After my 100th lap around sunnyside looking for parking I randomly saw him walking infront of Queens Vocational and thought I’d give it a shot to shed light on the issue. Elected officials work for
you and not the other way around, so any issue big or small that he has the power to do something about he should be aware of.

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Larry

Aren’t you the guy that smokes weed around the neighborhood and is drunk all the time? Why would a Rep listen to your drunk ass?

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drew

You idiots have no idea if there was something else there when that person parked. How do you know there wasn’t an illegally parked car or a motorcycle there?

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Boyd Rice

Stop it with the common sense! We’re Internet Ranting Here!

And this is why I waited over 5 years to secure a parking spot in my building before buying my car. The street parking situation in Queens is beyond atrocious!!! The worst are the people that don’t even use their cars and only move them during the alternate side of the street parking days. They just sit in their cars until the parking ticket d-bag walks by then pull right back into the space and proceed to leave it there until it’s time to do the same thing the following week….

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Sunnysider

Totally agree with you, those people who use streets as their own parking lots and they they have the nerve to complain “there is no parking in Sunnyside”. I understand that there are a lot of “out of towners” who just use our streets for their parking and take the train to city so we should have sunnyside only parking on our streets, and anyone else should just use the parking under 7 train and pay for it.

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Astoria Resident

I’ll take common sense over mindless juvenile ranting any day. Thanks Drew.

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Sunnysider

Inconsiderate people will be inconsiderate. Instead of getting mad at how crowded this place is, they have the nerve to write this note. I wonder if he would have the nerve to say any of this to the owner’s face, I don’t think so.

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Crampon's Delicious Marshall

People can’t even drive properly let alone park with any sense.

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open your eyes bot

but then that person would have been in sunnyside post as a criminal and you would have comment like “omg people act civil”.

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Larry K

I just wish more people would realize that they can park UP TO the crosswalk, and not just the STOP line. Also, some people take up way too much space during the Alternate side parking shuffle. I know we have to deal with bad parking bumper grinders but still more than 3 ft is excessive.

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