Saving Parking Spots a regular occurrence

12/21/2010 Update:

Parking so hard in Hoboken!

Updating this post from earlier in the month – Hoboken411 reader Tracy captured yet another “saving parking spot” incident on Washington Street a couple days ago:

SEE PREVIOUS UPDATES AFTER THE JUMP…

12/9/2010 Update:

Desperate Measures: Saving Parking Spots for friends

Updating this post from three and a half years ago! Seems that parking is still as bad as it ever was – since idiots are STILL “saving spots” for their friends. Hoboken411 reader Nick details an event that took place this week:

“I have commonly seen people stand in a spot to save it for a friend… I could never understand how people have the nerve to do it.. well I came across it tonight.. Lady in front of the W Hotel would not move to let me park in the spot.. She just gave me a blank stare.. wouldn’t say a word, regardless of her standing directly in front of my car.. Got out and still no response, completely ignored me..

I took a pic of the car for the hell of it.. I’m curious if others had the similar experiences, and what they ended up doing.

Still agitated, and wish I could do something about it.”

What would you do? Try and park anyway? Or just leave it alone with the fear your car would get keyed or something?

Friends wait in heat for parking spot for buddy

6/29/2007:

Oh boy. We’ve all heard about this “saving a parking spot” bullshit that happens from time to time.

I know it sucks, you have a better chance of winning a council election than getting a space in Hoboken. I guess that’s why they’re willing to get run over to save a space for their friend “Gus”. My friends barely give me the correct answer when I ask “what time is it?”, let alone wait 20 minutes in the stifling heat. I guess he was bringing the beer.

The reader wrote:

“Hey, while I was driving around for half an hour one night, the owner of this little gem had his buddies block a parking spot, refusing to give it up for the 20 minutes or so they stood in the spot. Please allow everyone to know if they see this car, they need not help the gentleman who is driving, as he has plenty of help from his friends.”

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39 Comments on "Saving Parking Spots a regular occurrence"

HoBoSearch
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HoBoSearch

This happened to me about a year ago on 10th and washington near the elks club. I saw a spot and a girl told me she was holding it for her friend. I simply kept inching into the spot as the person kept moving back. I got out of the car and told her there is no such thing as holding spots. If its an older person I would probably just giev in and let them have the apot, but if you are able to walk F U.

Journey
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Journey

The only times I’ve ‘saved’ a spot is when my parents have come to visit. They call when the are very close. If there is spot I save it, if not my father stops so my mother can get out of the car and he goes to find some place to park.

The car has handicapped plates because my mother does qualify, which is why she is dropped off on our block if there is no space. And if we are going someplace my father walks to where ever he parked the car and drives back for her.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

journey saving a spot can cause you to have an altercation ..Some morons put garbarge paiils in front of their homes…Not to bright to get into a fight..You never know what that persons state of mind is or if he has a weapon..think before you save a spot..I saw it happen…messy…you call if you can get away with it.[quote comment=”200810″]The only times I’ve ’saved’ a spot is when my parents have come to visit. They call when the are very close. If there is spot I save it, if not my father stops so my mother can get out of the car and he goes to find some place to park.The car has handicapped plates because my mother does qualify, which is why she is dropped off on our block if there is no space. And if we are going someplace my father walks to where ever he parked the car and drives back for her.[/quote]

Stabone130
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Though I think its a messed-up practice, if someone was “holding a spot” — i wouldn’t try to pull in. Any jerk who “holds a spot” is likely to key or damage your car once you park & walk away…

Lance
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Lance

I don’t understand why most people own cars in Hoboken. I get needing to have one if you have kids. Also if you work somewhere that doesn’t have convenient transit to Hoboken. But I gotta think there are a good percentage of single people living here who work in the city. Why put up with the hassle? You can walk anywhere in Hoboken in around 20 minutes, or a cab for 5 bucks, or even the bus. The city is easily reachable by bus, boat or train. On the occasion that you need a car you can rent one uptown, or downtown. I sold my car 15 years ago, and haven’t missed it enough to put up with parking, insurance, etc. I live in Hoboken because one of the benefits is not needing a car.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Lance, curious what’s your emergency plan should Hoboken need to be evacuated? [quote comment=”200799″]I don’t understand why most people own cars in Hoboken. I get needing to have one if you have kids. Also if you work somewhere that doesn’t have convenient transit to Hoboken. But I gotta think there are a good percentage of single people living here who work in the city. Why put up with the hassle? You can walk anywhere in Hoboken in around 20 minutes, or a cab for 5 bucks, or even the bus. The city is easily reachable by bus, boat or train. On the occasion that you need a car you can rent one uptown, or downtown. I sold my car 15 years ago, and haven’t missed it enough to put up with parking, insurance, etc. I live in Hoboken because one of the benefits is not needing a car.[/quote]

jonnyc
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jonnyc

Own a car in case the entire town is evacuated? How practical.[quote comment=”200821″]Lance, curious what’s your emergency plan should Hoboken need to be evacuated?

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

jonnyc it wont matter then…When you see the bright light you bend backwoods and kiss your rear end good buy…don’t worry about the car…Remember what the mayor ofd nagasaki said( dont worry its only one plane) second he said( what the hell was that) 😐 [quote comment=”200827″]Own a car in case the entire town is evacuated? How practical.

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Evelyn
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Evelyn

Get trapped with other helpless souls and perish as a group? How tragic.[quote comment=”200827″]Own a car in case the entire town is evacuated? How practical.

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1
Well Lance theres tanagibles and intangibles to that subject..Ever try taking a bus to Hackensack hospital for procidures for a type of illness in the early morning,or newark to St Michaels ,or valley hospital in ridgewood or glenrock? Ever hop a train to visit loved ones in the shore area in the freezing cold? The trains go as far as bayhead nj..How much is a corner car or sip car for three days use or rather a week? After a few hours of chemo or radiation a bus train is not a good choice..To work in the financial district in the Newport Area jersey city for one who lives in the shore area is a joke..A bus to the world trade center,The 33rd st train to newport .Everyone has different priorities..be dammed if any newbee tells me to sell my car… 😆 [quote comment=”200799″]I don’t understand why most people own cars in Hoboken. I get needing to have one if you have kids. Also if you work somewhere that doesn’t have convenient transit to Hoboken. But I gotta think there are a good percentage of single people living here who work in the city. Why put up with the hassle? You can walk anywhere in Hoboken in around 20 minutes, or a cab for 5 bucks, or even the bus. The city is easily reachable by bus, boat or train. On the occasion that you need a car you can rent one uptown, or downtown. I sold my car 15… Read more »
prop19
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prop19

Wow, so clear and concise. [quote comment=”200817″]Well Lance theres tanagibles and intangibles to that subject..Ever try taking a bus to Hackensack hospital for procidures for a type of illness in the early morning,or newark to St Michaels ,or valley hospital in ridgewood or glenrock? Ever hop a train to visit loved ones in the shore area in the freezing cold? The trains go as far as bayhead nj..How much is a corner car or sip car for three days use or rather a week? After a few hours of chemoor radiation a bus train is not a good choice..To work in the financial district in the Newport Area jersey city for one who lives in the shore area is a joke..A bus to the world trade center,The 33rd st train to newport .Everyone has different priorities..be dammed if any newbee tells me to sell my car… [/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Prop19 has you smoking interferred with your flexibility in reading various styles of opinion or maybe you just suffer from the the side effects of possession of paraphernalia? Hope you and Wiskey can settle you drugs of choice amicably…[quote comment=”200822″]Wow, so clear and concise. [/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

animal lover shame on you..Don’t put me in the same pickel barrel as prop19? I could care if he smoked the drapes..thats his her business..My post is a matter of choice in regard to owning a vehicle..BTW one can get arrested for possession of paraphernalia,of a controled substance..This subject matter has nothing to do with drugs. 🙄 [quote comment=”200826″]Prop19 has you smoking interferred with your flexibility in reading various styles of opinion or maybe you just suffer from the the side effects of possession of paraphernalia? Hope you and Wiskey can settle you drugs of choice amicably…

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

yeah prop 19 …Yeah also Riveredge NJ and Oradell…. Clear and concise as it can get for some who need their vehicles..With some it’s not a matter of choice more than neccessity with some..Clear and concise enough for you? If you can live here you can afford the car and the insurance…[quote comment=”200822″]Wow, so clear and concise.

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homeworld
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Based on what I read on this site, your line of thinking makes you a communist America-hating anti-freedom cheese eating surrender-monkey. [quote comment=”200799″]I don’t understand why most people own cars in Hoboken. I get needing to have one if you have kids. Also if you work somewhere that doesn’t have convenient transit to Hoboken. But I gotta think there are a good percentage of single people living here who work in the city. Why put up with the hassle? You can walk anywhere in Hoboken in around 20 minutes, or a cab for 5 bucks, or even the bus. The city is easily reachable by bus, boat or train. On the occasion that you need a car you can rent one uptown, or downtown. I sold my car 15 years ago, and haven’t missed it enough to put up with parking, insurance, etc. I live in Hoboken because one of the benefits is not needing a car.[/quote]

Lance
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Lance

I do like cheese, and monkeys. [quote comment=”200804″]Based on what I read on this site, your line of thinking makes you a communist America-hating anti-freedom cheese eating surrender-monkey.

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HobokenSV
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HobokenSV

Now would be a good time to inform you that NY and NJ consist of many places other than New York City and Hoboken that you might want to visit sometime in your lifetime. It might shock you to know that there are even restaurants, movie theaters, outdoor activities and *gasp* culture outside of these cities as well, all of which can be accessed my motor vehicles….

/end sarcasm 😛 [quote comment=”200799″]I don’t understand why most people own cars in Hoboken. I get needing to have one if you have kids. Also if you work somewhere that doesn’t have convenient transit to Hoboken. But I gotta think there are a good percentage of single people living here who work in the city. Why put up with the hassle? You can walk anywhere in Hoboken in around 20 minutes, or a cab for 5 bucks, or even the bus. The city is easily reachable by bus, boat or train. On the occasion that you need a car you can rent one uptown, or downtown. I sold my car 15 years ago, and haven’t missed it enough to put up with parking, insurance, etc. I live in Hoboken because one of the benefits is not needing a car.[/quote]

mstjames
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mstjames

From what I’ve seen, it is illegal to stand in a spot or put something in a spot to save it. I was in front of Benny Tudino’s this summer when two people got into a fight when a girl stood in a spot and someone parked there anyway. The cops came and explained to the person standing that they had no right to claim a spot without a car. It makes sense. No one owns the road. Isn’t parking first come first serve?

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