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Free Sunday Parking’s A Memory On UWS

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Parking Meter (credit: CBS 2)

Parking Meter (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) – Say goodbye to free Sunday parking on the Upper West Side. Community Board 7 voted Tuesday night to charge for meter parking.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

Some residents in the area aren’t pleased.

“That’s not fair, it’s unreasonable,” one woman said.

In 2005, the City Council approved free Sunday parking in all five boroughs for people driving to church, but the Board concluded people on the Upper West Side usually walk to services.

Recent surveys of parked cars revealed spaces were often taken for up to six hours, leaving inadequate parking for visitors to museums, shops and restaurants. In addition, Community Board 7 member Marc Glazer said the Upper West Side has lost 1,000 parking spaces since 2007 — making it even harder for visitors to find a spot.

The City Council still must approve the measure.

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