Ridgewood’s 104th Precinct is cracking down on illegal use of utility cones by spot-saving drivers

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Residents within the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood may want to think twice before placing cones outside their home to prevent motorists from using public parking spaces in front of their homes.

Officers from the command recently conducted a sweep of the Liberty Park area of Glendale, confiscating these cones and explaining over Twitter that not only is it illegal to block public street parking, but is considered theft if the cones were taken from a nearby construction site.

“Please do not place cones in the street that obstruct vehicular traffic and do not put out cones to save parking spots on #NYC public streets,” the precinct said in a tweet.

City Councilman Robert Holden threw in his two cents by advising residents to cease and desist with cops cracking down specifically in Liberty Park.

“Using any method to reserve a parking spot on a public street is illegal and it does nothing but cause more frustration for your neighbors,” Holden said. “The bottom line is that you don’t own a parking spot unless you have a driveway.”

The issue is Queens-wide with diminishing spaces to park and residents attempting to fight back against overdevelopment and congestion in their communities.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Posted 12:00 am, December 16, 2018
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Jr from Bayside says:
How about cracking down on the illegal apts that have more people than was allowed for, these extra people take the spots, The landlords pocket the cash and dont report it to the IRS
Dec. 16, 2018, 1:18 pm
R from Laurelton says:
Illegal driveways, “park n ride” commuters from other neighborhoods, and other types of inconsiderate behavior all add to the problem. Maybe we should adopt a neighborhood parking sticker policy like other areas, with “guest passes for visitors.
Dec. 16, 2018, 2:13 pm
restaurants too from queens says:
There are restaurants that block spots in front to have spots for their customers.
Dec. 16, 2018, 4:36 pm
Celtic from Bayside says:
Just another reason we need to end illegal aliens from entering this country. Here in Bayside the Chinese buy and flip single family homes into 10 family homes (illegally) and then rent by room to 20 rats, some of whom own cars and take up spots of residents that lived here for decades. I will berate any cop I see doing this.
Dec. 16, 2018, 11:11 pm

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