Transit Sam, Week of Sept. 11, 2013


Special Alert for Lower Manhattan on Wednesday!  In observance of the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the following streets will close 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Liberty, Cedar, Thames, Greenwich, Washington, Albany, and Vesey Sts.

A protest against military action in Syria will gather at 4 p.m. Thursday outside the New York Stock Exchange at Wall and Broad Sts.

Public schools started back up Monday, which means lots of double and triple-parkers on school blocks and children darting in between cars and out onto the street. Make sure to drive slowly and keep your foot close to the brake in and around school zones. Also, the 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. No Parking signs are back in effect.

The 86th Annual Feast of San Gennaro will close Mulberry St. between Canal and E Houston Sts., and Grand and Hester Sts. between Mott and Centre Sts. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Monday, and Tuesday, and 11:30 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,

I got a parking ticket recently on a residential street where there was a No Parking 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. sign. I have 2 questions:

1. There was only one sign, hidden behind a tree, not so visible, and no second sign where the restriction should end. Is this a valid defense?

2. The ticket was signed only with two letters, like initials, not even one full name. Is this ticket valid?

Hershy, New York


Dear Hershy,

The first point might be a supportable defense, but keep this in mind: only one sign is needed to cover an entire block, and that sign is in effect to the next posted sign or the corner of the block. That means there doesn’t need to be a second sign to show the restriction has ended.

To try the “one posted sign, not visible” defense: submit photos of the entire block, corner to corner, including the address where you parked, as well as photos of all signs on the street (front and back) and the signs showing the street name.

As for signing with initials, everyone signs their name differently! You won’t be able to argue the signature successfully.

Transit Sam