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Park Slope ‘Vigilante’ Calling Out Drivers Leaving Extra Space When Parking

Unhappy Resident Leaving 'Citations' On Cars Calling For End To Practice
This note has been left on a number of cars in Park Slope, Brooklyn. (credit: CBS 2)

This note has been left on a number of cars in Park Slope, Brooklyn. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You know the feeling — you’re driving around looking for a parking space and you see a car taking up two spaces. Well, someone in a Brooklyn neighborhood has had enough of that and is putting inconsiderate drivers on notice.

The locals jokingly call the neighborhood No-Park Slope, because places to park a car are few and far between. It doesn’t make matters easier when some people decide to leave extra space between themselves and the car in front or behind them.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Reports

“No one wants to get their bumper hit, so they take up two spots so no one can get in front or behind them,” one resident told 1010 WINS Al Jones.

There are those along Prospect Park West who suspect drivers or building doormen are saving the extra spaces for their friends. The addition of bike lanes has also eliminated 22 parking spaces.

Resentment is on the rise.

Last week, stern but politely written notes began appearing on the windshields of cars that had too much space between them.

The note say “Dear Neighbor or visitor, your vehicle has been cited for excessive and inefficient use of parking space, because it is taking up more than one normal parking spot.”

Despite use of the word “cited”, the notes have no legal standing.

“Your excessive use of parking space,” the note goes on to say, “May or may not have been your fault, but it has likely contributed to delayed parking by another neighbor.”

Whoever is placing the notes has their supporters.

WCBS 880’s John Metaxas With More On The Story

“I understand how if someone take the extra space, the people are frustrated,” said Park Slope resident Pawel Kieltzwski

“I feel like people should have marked spots almost, and then it would be more efficient for the amount of parking there would be,” said Lauren Cooperman

The resentful resident may not be alone. CBS 2’s Don Dahler spotted two cars bearing little pink Post-It notes with handwritten messages saying, “Thanks for taking up two spots. Real nice.”

The notes also asked drivers to not park more than 15 feet from a fire hydrant so as not to waste a parking space. City law requires a distance of at least 15 feet from a hydrant, whether it’s working or not.

Have you experienced this type of parking predicament? Let us know in the comments section below…