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!
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.
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!