As Parking Rules Return, NYers Forced To Dig Out Cars

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — If you haven’t dug out your car from the ice and snow of the recent snowstorms, you’d better dig out fast. Parking rules will go back into effect on Monday.

Many vehicles in the city were permanently parked, encased in thick layers of ice and snow. Now, they’ll have to be moved, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

The thought of digging out their cars has many New Yorkers in the grips of alternate-side anxiety.

In Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, sisters Donna and Carolyn Frazier spent more than an hour chipping away at ice until they could see their tires – for the first time in weeks.

“It’s hard as a rock. That’s why we’ve got metal shovels – our neighbor took pity and gave us a shovel,” Donna said.

“I was complaining about alternate side being back on, but it was pointed out to me that’s the only way they’re going to be able to clean it up completely, because there’s still stuff left from the 27th of December,” Carolyn said.

In Park Slope, it became a race against time for Daniel McAdams.

“I don’t want to wake up tomorrow and do it, so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” he said. “I’m hoping we can get it out.”

“They’re cleaning the streets, so what are you going to do? We’ve got to get it out now,” Park Slope resident Johanna Lafferty said.

Not the least bit worried was Megin Devir, who strolled with her kids past ice-covered cars, very glad that she doesn’t own one.

“A stroller is challenging enough,” she said.

It was a lot of back-breaking work for many in the Tri-State, but they had to take care of it – or they would have been waking up to a parking ticket.

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  • CK

    Except in Kensington, Brooklyn, there was no way to dig out most cars as the warmer temps didn’t melt a damn thing, and those who did move, didn’t see a backhoe or a plow come down to try to get rid of the piles of snow/ice. Others got tickets. Unbelievably ridiculous, the Mayor and DOT braniacs need to come to the outer boros.

  • John

    The city should keep parking regulstions suspended until at least early March.By then,the milder temperatures will have helped to melt alot of those huge 4-6 foot piles of snow in the streets.How will the DOT remove all of that snow that has b een piled up since late December?

  • Susan Levy

    If these cars have been sitting under snow since Christmas, do the owners really need them? They might consider getting rid of them and renting a car when really necessary.

  • Jared

    Wow…..What idiots…How can you own a car, abandon it for weeks, and then complain when you have to dig the junk out ??? The city should have towed have this junk to the boneyard the night before the frist storm. Would have done NY a favor……..

  • CT

    The city needs revenue, so this is how they will get it.
    I wonder how those sweepers gonna clean the frozen snow piles on the streets?


    You yuppies make me sick and have destroyed to many nice neighborhoods now go dig the car out..

  • d

    How can they clean the streets when there are huge piles of snow all over between the parked cars????

  • John B

    So if there’s a little snow people in an entire city the size of New York just stop driving instantly and for weeks when their cars are frozen to the ground but if tidal waves of oil hit them from offshore oil rigs and the sky was brown to the ground they’d still be out there starting there cars complaining – “we have to drive -It’s an integral part of our life in society and we’ll just have to keep driving even though we’re choking until they gradually phase out fossil fuels”.



  • bugjackblue

    You know what really sucks about this? I would be very surprised– no, amazed– if the street sweepers actually rolled down this block Monday morning. Oh, I’m sure the ticket patrol will be out citing anyone who didn’t move but the actual sweeper truck will not be here between 8:30 and 10.

    • Johnny

      Agreed, this is the biggest crock ever. They’re going to make everyone move their vehicles, but do absolutely nothing to “clean” anything. It’s just a scam to generate revenue from people unable to move the vehicles.

      • Sonny

        Coirrect. I know for a fact no street will have snow removed nor be cleaned. Simply a money grabbing tactic.

  • Ima

    Oh, I feel so bad for those priviledge Manhattanites that live within walking distance of all their neccesities and if they don’t they can call for same day home delivery service. They deserve the working-class’s pity for having to perform some manual labor for themselves. Oh woo is them!

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