Parking Tickets and Requests for Special Treatment

Last week a priest parked in a fire lane just for a few minutes because, well, everyone else was doing it. After he was ticketed, he took his story to the media and to two city councilmen, in hopes that the brouhaha would pressure a judge to nullify the ticket.

When it comes to New York City parking policy, a lot of people ask for special treatment, and a lot of people get it. Sometimes for arguably good reasons, other times, well, not so much.

Streetfilms, after having brought you images of the transformation of Willoughby Street, car free Sundays on the Grand Concourse, and other films, presents its own take on people asking for special treatment when it comes to parking. Warning: There’s a lot of footage here of vehicles parking on the sidewalk. If this sort of footage upsets you, maybe you should watch something else.

 Clarence Eckerson, the man behind the camera over at Streetfilms, explained his motives for making this video:

In a way I felt bad for our ticket writing/traffic people they get so many "messages" from drivers and parkers.  So I decided I’d kind of put myself in their shoes and see what they see and how confusing it must be for them trying to write tickets. BTW: I had lots more but wanted to limit it to 1 minute in length.

Sick of seeing these films on the small screen?  Longer versions of Eckerson’s work are going to be shown tomorrow night at the Pioneer Theater in the East Village. As the linked page notes, you’ll want to get your tickets in advance. Word on the "street" is that there are only 200 tickets available, and that at a mere $9, they’re going like hotcakes.

  • I agree that it shouldn’t be just the priviledged few who get to park wherever they like. My company has released books & ebooks which list all street-parking regulations on every street in Manhattan as well as info on over 450 parking garages. Our idea is that everyone should be empowered to know where they can and cannot park – the City makes too much money on parking ticket revenue as it is – over $578 million in 2005.

    Check out our books: “”The Feder Guide to Where to Park Your Car in Manhattan (and Where Not to Park It!)”. Free samples are available at the website.

    Rick Lincoln
    Rhythmo Productions

  • juan d

    I believe New York City is full of injustice. These cases of people trying to go over the parking regulations is an example. If these citizens were certain that there were no privileges for certain groups they would not even THINK about parking in the wrong places. Indeed the problem goes far beyond, because it is an uncontested fact that if you are clergy, police, firefighter, incumbent politician,etc you are technically above the f**** law.Because people know that these occupations carry inmunity, they will try to impersonate them.Who is to blame?


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