Reader Mail: Inconvenient Inconsistencies

Today, Hoboken411 reader “homeworld” gives a shining example of how inconsistent and frustrating parking is in our fair city. Phone calls get handed off, tickets where there should be none, no tickets where there should be many, and a decision whether to flush $30 down the toilet. Welcome to Hoboken!

411,

I received a ticket Sunday morning for “Prohibited Parking” on the northeastern section of Sinatra Drive near the beautiful new Maxwell Place “park”. I saw all of the other cars near me also received tickets. When I called the Police and asked why Sinatra Street would suddenly be Prohibited Parking, the officer told me that Sinatra Street is no parking, ever, so I told him that the signs that line the street say “Permit Parking, All Others 4 hours.” The officer told me that he doesn’t put up the signs, so I should talk to Traffic and Signal. When I talked to Traffic and Signal, he said the police issue the tickets, so I should talk to them. I think I’m stuck in the Hoboken Catch 22.

It’s only a $30 ticket, but I wasn’t even remotely parked illegally, and I would at least like to know why I would get a Prohibited Parking ticket for parking in a legal area so I never make the mistake again.
Any idea who I could try contacting to find an answer? The part that bothers me the most are all the cars I passed in cross walks and in front of the NO PARKING HERE TO CORNER signs that had no tickets.

Bullocks!

He followed up later to say:

I called the HPU and spoke with the Supervisor. I’m not sure of his name, but he told me a judge would throw it out, and I could come to court any Tuesday at 6pm so I don’t have to miss work. Of course Tuesdays at 6pm is when my grad class meets. . . It’s only $30 so I don’t know if it’s really worth my time, but it just ticks me off, because I see so many blatant parking offenders that never get a ticket.

Hoboken Parking: Inconvenient in almost every single way!

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28 Comments on "Reader Mail: Inconvenient Inconsistencies"


SarahC
Member
9 years 5 months ago

Anybody know what the parking enforcement will be for this weekend? I just tried to pick up some visitor permits but apparently the ol’ P.U. cut out early for the weekend.

bmiller18
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bmiller18
9 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”19692″]BULLOCKS is right. When I first moved to Hoboken I just parked for a few minutes to move items in and came out to find a boot and ticket on the vehicle. What a way to be welcomed to town!! They seem to give tickets to legally parked vehicles and disregard ticketing illegally parked ones. Could it be they don’t ticket “friends” vehicles? Something is rotten in Hoboken![/quote]

bmiller18
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bmiller18
9 years 5 months ago

BULLOCKS is right. When I first moved to Hoboken I just parked for a few minutes to move items in and came out to find a boot and ticket on the vehicle. What a way to be welcomed to town!! They seem to give tickets to legally parked vehicles and disregard ticketing illegally parked ones. Could it be they done ticket “friends” vehicles? Some thing is rotten in Hoboken!

sah
Member
sah
9 years 5 months ago

At least it’s entertaining! I’d rather die than move to Westchester. Now that’s a wasteland. But each to his own. Good luck!

zxcv
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zxcv
9 years 5 months ago
Garbage like this is exactly why I am moving to Westchester County in 3 months. There is no possible way I can feel “part of this community”. When I move somewhere to settle down it’s going to be somewhere I can identify with the way things are done, become involved, etc. Any town that randomly jams as many false tickets on cars as possible, then denies that parking is legal when it is (I mean, OF COURSE parking is legal on Sinatra drive!), and then says, “Nah, go tawk ta da udder fuggin’ guy…” is a joke. Face it, the citizens of this town are looked at as nothing but targets to be ripped off of as much money as possible by the government and the developers (Remember, as Toll Brothers said, “We’re killing ’em in Hoboken”). Unless you’re living in subsidized housing and ride a bicycle everywhere, huge chunks of your salaries are going to line pockets of goombahs who are laughing their way to the bank at your expense. You’re just lucky if you didn’t move into condos that are really mercury-filled hazardous waste dumps like some people did. There are plenty of places to live where the powers that be are are not juveniles (http://hoboken411.com/archives/6348), total illiterates (http://hoboken411.com/archives/5869) or fascists who improperly fine people for drinking a beer on their own property (http://hoboken411.com/archives/1797). There are great towns in Westchester County where you can be on the east side of midtown NYC in the exact same time as… Read more »
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