Lawmaker Pushes For Resident-Only Parking In Upper Manhattan


Two City Council proposals would make it easier for New Yorkers and harder for everyone else to find street parking.

On West 167th Street, not far from the George Washington Bridge, cars circle for hours looking for street parking and City Councilman Mark Levine says the parking wars are getting worse.

He said the time has come for residential parking permits in Upper Manhattan.

"Congestion is out of control now and it is partly driven by commuters who come into our neighborhoods, dump their car and hop onto the subway," Levine said. "Driving into Manhattan continues to increase and the number of people who are dumping their cars in our neighborhoods just to hop on the subway is increasing by all accounts."

A proposal Levine has co-sponsored in the City Council would establish a resident-only parking pilot program in the morning hours north of 60th Street.

Similar proposals have failed to gain traction due to an appeals court ruling in the late 80s requiring state lawmakers to sign off on any changes to a municipality's parking rules.

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