Bronx Bombers Blow Out Locals' Chances For Parking
With the New York Yankees' home opener scheduled for next week, the stadium's neighbors know the Bombers will destroy their chances of finding a parking space. Borough reporter Dean Meminger filed the following report.
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No parking is allowed during game days on several streets as far as 10 blocks away from Yankee Stadium. That has local residents saying another season is nothing to cheer about.
"I actually hate it, because it is about to start. March 31 is opening day," said a local.
Fans who drive in take up lots of street parking, and curbside signs that read "No Parking Stadium Event" do not help. Residents point out there are no time frames on the signs, which becomes very confusing.
"If the game starts at 7 [o'clock], you can't be there at 1 o'clock," said one driver.
"If the game is going to start at 7 [o'clock], you have to be there by 4 to move your car," said another.
"Five o'clock, you have to move your car by 5 p.m.," said a third.
The local community board says the signs should be clear.
"At least give a time frame. Two hours prior to a game, or from this time to that time no parking -- be specific," said Community Board 4 District Manager Jose Rodriguez.
The New York City Police Department gave NY1 specifics, saying there is no parking three hours before game time.
Community Board 4 officials say they want neighborhood permit parking near the stadium.
"Those individuals who can prove that they have a registered vehicle and live in that area would apply and pay for a permit parking," said Rodriguez. "And only those individuals who live there can actually park there with a placard."
The Department of Transportation says it reviewed that proposal and the area does not need it. The city agency also says it would need state approval.
For residents looking for parking, another big headache and concern for them is a taxi stand near the stadium, where it is illegal for residents to park.
"Even on the days the Yankees are not playing, we cannot use that taxi stand, which I think is a disgrace," said a local.
DOT officials said they will check with the the Taxi and Limousine Commission to see if there is a need for the taxi-only area. Residents are hoping for an answer they can cheer for.