New Hoboken resident whacked by HPA

8/20/2008:

Another Hoboken411 reader mail entry comes from a fairly new Hoboken resident, who’s been beaten senseless by the Hoboken Parking Authority.

Talk about a shoddy “Welcome to Hoboken!”

“I know I have seen many articles on the Hoboken411 about our illustrious, money-making Hoboken Parking Authority.

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On my moving in day I inadvertently parked in a street cleaning zone and got my first ticket. Last week my brother came to visit from Kentucky and I went and got the daily parking pass to put on his rear view mirror. Of course, I didn’t realize the tag was not for a 24 hour day but needed to be replaced at midnight. Also, I had him park on the wrong side of the street not realizing he needed to be in a white “permit” section, not green “resident” section. When we called to get the code to unlock the boot the woman explained “Oh, this happens all the time with people thinking that daily means 24 hours and being confused about where to park”. I politely suggested they might want to address that issue since it “happens all the time”. Welcome to Hoboken. For his 20 hour visit my brother paid $190.00. Needless to say, he doesn’t feel inclined to come back again.

So today I parked my car on the street while my son was visiting from DC and using my garage space. I looked carefully before parking–street cleaning on Thursday–OK it’s Tuesday, no yellow curb line, OK, my Hoboken sticker in full view, car not hanging over the crosswalk. Of course, I got a ticket for “Parking within 25 ft of a crosswalk”. No marking on the curb to tell you–you are just supposed to know. I give up. I need to move out of this most unfriendly of towns. It’s killing me.

Look at this photo. You be the judge…do I have any recourse?”

I did respond to the reader, and mentioned that I saw the “little white line” painted directly in front of her vehicle (you can see it clearly in the original photo she sent me).

However, that line isn’t common knowledge necessarily, and isn’t a practice used in other cities. Typically, almost all drivers know and understand the yellow curb. I can see why she wants to “give up” playing Hoboken’s shell game with faded or unpainted curbs, multiple white lines and inconsistent enforcement.

It’s enough to drive a sane person over the edge.

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39 Comments on "New Hoboken resident whacked by HPA"


plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness
8 years 1 month ago

Uh, yeah…We ain’t called HOBROKEN fer nuttin’

dont-cha-know
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dont-cha-know
8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”100749″][quote comment=”100557″]Thanks for the comments everyone. Took the fam to the shore yesterday so just checking back in. I did find the rule in the driver’s manual so guilty as charged. And, yes there was a faded little white line painted on the curb. I wonder how long it will take the city to paint the yellow stripe? I was going to use that $56 to have my nails done, but why support local business when you can feed city hall?[/quote]

You are foxsmart to quickly figure out that the whole of Hoboken city government (plus school district) is run as a big scam …..[/quote]

….. and is it really much different than most other places in the world?

a_siren
Member
8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”100382″]What about a “Shoe Emergency?” I was walking about the Shoe Repair place on 7th and noticed their little SUV has a sign on the side that says “Emergency Delivery” — doubt they’d ever get a ticket from HPU.

Exactly what would constitute a — “Shoe Emergency?”[/quote]
The one time I had a shoe emergency I was in DC. I broke a heel off on the way to meet with Fed Chairman Bernanke. No, really. I took a detour to CVS, bought some superglue, and glued it back on. When I got back home from the trip, I took the shoe to the shoe repair place on 7th and they told me I did a good job. Now a shoe emergency place in DC might be helpful to me when I’m on a day trip with no spare pair, but considering I have an Imelda Marcos-sized collection in Hoboken, I can’t imagine what would constitute a shoe emergency for me here.

homeworld
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8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”100400″]on the subject selective enforcement…anyone have a place i can park and avoid the street cleaning ticket? gonna be out of town all week and am probably gonna have to just get the $36 ticket….maybe i could put a note in my window and ask them nicely not to ticket me

:mrgreen:[/quote]

Maxwell Lane, 9th Street west of CPT, etc

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness
8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”100557″]Thanks for the comments everyone. Took the fam to the shore yesterday so just checking back in. I did find the rule in the driver’s manual so guilty as charged. And, yes there was a faded little white line painted on the curb. I wonder how long it will take the city to paint the yellow stripe? I was going to use that $56 to have my nails done, but why support local business when you can feed city hall?[/quote]
You are foxsmart to quickly figure out that the whole of Hoboken city government (plus school district) is run as a big scam and we all suffer from its inbreeding. But $56 for nails…is that foxsmart? I have no idea since I don’t have mine done. Chewing is cheaper.

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