Residents are Fourth and wrong as city tickets front yard parkers

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The city took steps to bring law and order to a renegade Carroll Gardens block last month, dispensing a handful of tickets to scofflaws whom critics claim have turned the outlaw block into a veritable “trailer park” because they illegally park on their own front lawn.

Three homes were ticketed after the Department of Buildings’ inspection, a visit that followed a stunning report in this newspaper that many residents of Fourth Place between Smith and Court streets were violating city zoning, which forbids parking in the front yards along First, Second, Third and Fourth places.

Decades-old zoning designed to preserve the gardens that give the neighborhood its name designates such front yards as part of the street and not the homeowner’s lot, giving the city oversight about what is permissible there.

Two homes were summonsed for illegal front yard parking. The third home was found to have an illegal curb cut.

“Parking is not permitted in front of the building,” spokeswoman Carly Sullivan said, adding that a curb cut is legal only if the parking area is on the side or rear of the home in question.

Ticketed residents refused to speak to this paper. But one man piped in for his neighbor, who was slapped with a violation for using her front yard to park commercial vehicles.

“Leave her alone,” he barked. “How many times do I have to say it?”

Others were frustrated by the media attention the explosive story has received. “This driveways have been here for years,” a woman said. “This [coverage] is getting out of hand.”

Perhaps, but the media is not alone in shining a light on the problem.

Maria Pagano, president of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, has pushed the city to step in.

“It looks like a trailer park,” she said.

Indeed, some block residents agree that the gauche gardens are bad for the block.

“It takes away from the character of the neighborho­od,” said Harriet Chichester. “But I can understand why people do it. The parking is getting tougher.”

As she spoke, Chichester gestured toward a seven-story residential building being constructed at Second Place and Smith Street, one of several multi-unit dwellings being constructed in the area.

Updated 5:20 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

jon from south brooklyn says:
boy, i wish the NYPD would do the same in red hook, but the lame neighborhood association encourages illegal curb cuts.
Sept. 10, 2010, 9:27 am
pete from Windsor Terrace says:

They should check out 17 th St. in Windsor Terrace.

Sept. 10, 2010, 10:50 am
James from Queens says:
Curbs are located on the city property.

I would say DOT should go back and re-construct the curb and charge it back to the owner.

NYPD should give tickets to those cars.

Have DOB/City Planning require max 4' high chain link fence or min 8" curb along the building line facing street with max 4' wide gate to access.

Simple and quick.
Sept. 10, 2010, 12:50 pm
Jon from East Village says:
Another reason for not allowing front yard parking is that the area is often meant to be a green space, to collect rain water so there is less of a burden on the sewer system.

As to the NYPD doing the same in Red Hook, call the buildings dept as that's who tickets for parking illegally in the yard.
Sept. 10, 2010, 4:54 pm
Stonergut from Clinton Hill says:
I like trailer parks.
Sept. 10, 2010, 6:44 pm
JP from Kensington says:
I agree, this should be enforced with a vengeance all over the city. This practice is very common in Kensington, and it not only ruins the look of the neighborhood, but who are these people to determine that they have their own parking spot.., their curb cuts take away from the community street parking.
Sept. 11, 2010, 9:20 am
James from Cobble Hill says:
I guess these "illegal driveways" are now considered legal parallel street parking spots? Anyone who has ever got ticketed or towed for parking in front of one would seem to have a great case to have it thrown out now!

What I don't like is that they're punishing people who most probably BOUGHT THE HOUSE LIKE THAT, while the original owners who made the illegal curb cut are long gone, off to Long Island or Florida or someplace.
Sept. 11, 2010, 8:25 pm
Any mouse from Any where says:
Long Island or Florida? I thought Staten Island and New Jersey were the dream destinations of the old-timers. Bada Bing!
Sept. 13, 2010, 11:01 am
Brian from Bay Ridge says:
It doesn't matter whether or not you bought the house with an illegal driveway. That's the sort of due diligence you pay a private house inspector and lawyer to do for you.

From the photos at least those homeowners are keeping their cars off the sidewalks. Down here in Bay Ridge, it's not uncommon to see illegal driveways with cars blocking the sidewalk as well.

There's a string of trashy 1980s townhouses on 67th St between Ridge and Colonial that does this. It looks like a strip mall. Worse, that sidewalk leads to the main entrance to Owls Head Park so the selfish idiots who live there are forcing little kids and moms with strollers into the street.
Sept. 14, 2010, 12:21 am
CG Resident says:
Mr. Buiso should be sued for false reporting. If you are going to report make sure your facts are correct.
1.The house in the picture did not receive a ticket.
2. The zoning law does not state a garden must be in front of these houses but a courtyard.
3. Only one house was summonsed for illegal front yard parking, you state 2.

You are trying to make something out of nothing. Are you that desperate for a story?

You should apologize for your errors.
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Sept. 17, 2010, 3:32 pm
sshh from Parkslope says:
for check NYC DOB's records to see if legal curb cut paperwork was approved for curb cuts and open compliants:

Sometimes, the curb cuts are legit, sometimes, not. Check before complaining.
Sept. 26, 2010, 11:24 pm

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