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Yellow Painted Curbs are a $250 Fine

Yellow curb

Parking is an issue everywhere, a quick search for parking on GerritsenBeach.net found notes being left on cars,  illegal driveways, lots of cones, and the retaliation you get for moving a cone. Now the issue has come up of Yellow Curbs (above).

Everyone was reminded at the last GBPOA meeting that: anyone with a yellow painted curbs, to save spots or mark driveways (legal or otherwise) is illegal and will net the property a $250 fine.

If you do have a yellow line – please paint it grey.

62 comments to Yellow Painted Curbs are a $250 Fine

  • a good neighbor

    does it mean if you already painted your driveway, you are supposed to paint it back to black or somehow strip off the yellow paint?

  • a good neighbor

    and where does it say officially from the nyc website about the fine?

  • Anonymous

    Having them paint it gray might be illegal too. It doesn’t state anything about color.

  • Biff Tannen

    Now Really ! All this about a little Yellow Paint.Know what they say about Yellow Paint,yellow can be dramatic, daring and surprisingly debonair

  • ANON

    What about yellow paint in front of fire hydrants?

  • anon

    OMG!!!!! Can’t help you people at all! The CURB is not your private property…it belongs to the CITY. If you paint it yellow to keep others away from your beloved driveway it is illegal!!!!! You are not allowed to paint city property!! If you already painted it yellow or any other color other than the original (cement gray) and one of your lovely neighbors thinks it makes the whole block look tacky they can report the home owner with the above link. If you want to avoid the fine go out and buy gray paint and paint over the yellow to make it look as original as possible. If you don’t want to paint over it, then pay the fine, please, the city needs the money!

  • GERRITSEN PRINCESS

    People think they own the spot in front of their house, they do not, anyone is allowed to park anywhere they like. I had a neighbor who parked the entire curb in front of their house yellow so no one could park there, WTF! In my neighborhood, we respect each other’s spot, no written rule just that unless nothing else is available we don’t park in front of their homes. I hate when people who don’t live in this neigborhood leave friends or relatives cars in spots when there aren’t that many to go around. Again though, as I said, no one owns the spot in front of their homes so get over it.

    • Biff Tannen

      My Neighbor said her parking spot is in front of her house and no one else can park there.

      • Good Neighbor

        Biff, the old saying is true. “You catch more flies with honey”. My neighbor told me I had to park my car on the avenue. When I asked why, she said thats her spot. I kindly told her it’s a public street and I can park in any available spot, but she insisted. Again I was kind and told her if i’m doing anything wrong come ring my doorbell and talk about it. She stormed off. Most people live in the past here and think they are the only one who can park in front of their house.

  • Anonymous

    Let the city come and paint over the yellow and bill the home owners at the going rate——-$50.00 a minute.Then fine them for painting in the first place.Then note the address and when something needs repair in that spot make them pay for the repairs on “THEIR PARKING SPACE”
    WHO THE HELL DO THESE IDIOTS THINK THEY ARE!!!!!!!

    • Biff Tannen

      They are The City Government they can do what they want, when they want, to who they want. That is how it works.

  • Sue

    If someone were to fall on the curb/sidewalk wouldnt the property owner be sued? And yet the curb “belongs” to the city. It may be, Im just asking.

    • Biff Tannen

      It is perfectly legal to block your own driveway. Because of this, the only time a ticket is written for a blocked driveway is when the property owner calls cops to complain. So, yeah, they do get to park there or let their friends park there if they want.

      • Anonymous

        I dont think this is correct. I believe it is illegal to park in front of ypur driveway. The cut curb is npt a reserved spot for the homeowner just access to get the vehicle into the driveway. And yes i have a legal driveway in the beach.

    • Good Neighbor

      Sue, it depends on the circumstances and the person who fell. In this day and age that’s important. If the curb and the owners sidewalk were broken up, the person could have slipped on the curb and fell on the owners sidewalk, and say he or she fell on the sidewalk. That person could sue the owner because he or she didn’t want to fight the city. Another person might be honest and it could take years with the city. However, if the owners sidewalk was smooth and free of cracks but the curb was damaged, the owner could take pictures and would not be liable.

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny! If you paint the curb yellow, you get a fine because the city states it’s their property. If the curb is broken up from years of neglect by the city, it’s the property owners responsibility to fix it. Same thing with water and gas pipes leading into your house. It’s the cities property until it is under your sidewalk, yet if a pipe breaks under the street on your side of the street and it feeds your house, you pay the bill. Double standards?

  • Anonymous

    No it’s no legal to block your own driveway.
    If it were then even if a call was made no ticket would be issued.
    I think everyone should call and when the police come tell them you said it is legal.LOL LOL LMAO
    Another nitwit GB answer

    • Biff Tannen

      FYI From the NYC website.2) Driveways. In front of a public or private driveway, except that it shall be permissible for the owner, lessor or lessee of the lot accessed by a private driveway to park a passenger vehicle registered to him/her at that address in front of such driveway, provided that such lot does not contain more than two dwelling units and further provided that such parking does not violate any other provision of the Vehicle and Traffic Law or local law or rule concerning the parking, stopping or standing of motor vehicles. The prohibition herein shall not apply to driveways that have been rendered unusable due to the presence of a building or other fixed obstruction and, therefore, are not being used as defined in section 4-01(b) of these rules.
      Here you go Pal Knock yourself out.
      http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/trafrule.

  • Good Neighbor

    Parking is very rough here, especially on the streets where you’re only allowed to park on one side. My neighboe dosen’t have a painted curb, but he does have a driveway that can fit both cars, yet he always parks one car on the street taking up valuable parking for us that do not have a driveway. If it’s a holiday, he and his wife will park both cars on the street so his friends can use his driveway. Walking a block or two isn’t a big deal to me, but why should I have to when there was a chance I could have parked a few doors from my house! He’s not breaking any laws, but he is not being a good neighbor either. I say let his friends find their own parking and walk to his house!

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to walk the entire neighborhood and write down all the addresses that have yellow paint on the driveways and in front of their house and report them. I epect that all dislikes will be from the people who have yellow paint.

  • George Broadhead

    At the Dec. 7, 2011 GBPOA meeting, the representative from the DOB advised those present, “the fine for painting your curb yellow, is $ 250.00″. The matter came up in follow-up to a house on Bartlett Place, where a cut was made for a driveway. We were advised it was a legal driveway; however painting the curb in front of the driveway is illegal. There are other questions that are being looked into.

  • Anonymous

    No, I don’t have yellow paint, and although I like having a spot in front of my house, if someone is in it we just look for another, but I gave you a dislike because you are an asshole. Who the hell are you to go around ‘the whole neighborhood’ and report people? Are you so GD perfect? If people have a particular problem on their block-let them handle it. Snitches get stitches!

    • Biff Tannen

      Now ! Now ! Anonymous Please curb your tongue,Snitches get Stitches,That to me sounds a little Provocative. A little anger management might help your aggression .

  • Anonymous

    How do you find out if a driveway is legal?

  • New driver

    I live in the new section and we have the same problem. There are days that my husband and I along with our neighbors whom we share our driveway with want to paint it yellow. But we will not resort to that because it’s not right, nor is it legal. As far as I’m concerned… first come, first serve. One nieghbor in particular continues to put out garbage pails to block a spot. Some of us have moved them in the past and I had a blow-out not too long ago with another neighbor that was doing the same thing. Practically the whole block came out to see what the comotion was. It is selfish and extremely inconsiderate. We also have a few families that jocky theirs cars back and forth in order to park in front of their homes. What a waste of time and energy that is! It is so annoying and childish. As far as I’m concerned if your car is insured don’t worry about it. I don’t car if it’s a bomb or a beamer! There are a lot more things that are important in life than a car.

    • Mr Murphy

      My Neighbor says She owns the parking spot in front of her house.She sweeps the street at least three times a week and washes it in the summer once a week.Now that’s dedication. Now having a Blow-out over a Parking Space is Childish as well. Now as far as the ones that jockey their cars around go,to each their own… This entire thing I find quite amusing.

      • Anonymous

        Mr. Murhpy, I agree with you and find the entire thing funny. A few years ago I was parking my car in front of my neighbors house (and she has a driveway) and as I was backing in, she pulled her car out and blocked me from parking. When I asked her why she did that, she said its her spot because its in front of her house. When I told her she has a driveway and this is a public street, she started yelling. I was half way in at a 45 degree angle, so I turned the car off and told her…I’m good and started walking to my house when she put her car back in the driveway yelling that she would call the cops. Thats when I got back in my car and parked it. LOL..Too funny!

        • Mr Murphy

          Maybe this is the same crazy lady or a relative ?

          • another anon

            There is a guy on Stuart St. that does this too. Will knock on neighbors doors and tell them to move their cars out of ‘his’ spot and come out in all kinds of weather, all times of the day and night to move his cars (3) in and out of spots, have his wife move one while he moves the other. Uses his driveway for his ‘special’ SUV. It’s really hysterical, he’s a well known nut on the block so at least the car moving keeps him busy. How small his life must be that THIS is his biggest problem.

          • Mr Murphy

            Another anon,
            This Guy must be related as well.Many Screwballs in the World.

      • "Marty" McFly

        I once had a neighbor like that,She stood at the window watched over her parking spot,better yet every time someone walked by with a dog if they by chance went in the street near her house she went wild at the dog owner.Funny that they all are females !

        • another anon

          Stuart St is a man, or a poor excuse for one anyway. Although his wife seems to be onboard with the insanity. I think that nuttiness is something about equal in both sexes, plenty of crazy to go around.

  • Pixie

    This is all a part of living in the Beach,This is an Old Neighborhood,when it was built cars were less numerous ,now most families have more than one vehicle so the parking spots are far and few in between. It is the way it is and we have to live with it.

  • Anonymous

    I heard they’re making sequel to Bad Santa in the beach. Its called Bad Neighbor.

  • Mrs. H

    Well here in the Old Section, we don’t have those problems (no curbs) LOL but we did have a person on our block who sold their house and told the poor people moving in that the 2 spots in front of their house were “theirs”. Poor guy painted two huge yellow boxes on the street…only to have us tell him that was not the case.

  • anon

    I gotta admit you people from the beach really have a sense of humor, too bad the negativity outweighs the positives. The neighborhood isn’t all that great but it could be. The people living there can make it or break it, it’s up to you! Glad I moved out but I still love you guys!

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  • You guys are all very funny. I live in Flatlands and get my 8-foot-wide driveway blocked by idiots all the time, so I have touble getting my car in or out. I was considering painting the curb yellow, to the inch and letter of the Law. So I Google it, and came to this discussion thread. A couple of the NYC DOT links look like they might be useful in order to guide me or discourage me, and I thank you. As for the rest of you, I think you just want to save the spot (anyone’s spot) in front of your house. All the bickering and threatening and demeaning, too, what poor taste in communication. I hope your kids are smarter!

    • Spoke too soon: both links I saw in this thread are expired, I’ll search NYC.gov and see if I can find a current documented rule and let you know.

    • Anonymous

      Most people in NYC end up painting the curb due to idiots who block the driveway. If people didn’t block driveways this wouldn’t happen as much. My driveway is near a hydrant and people park just into my driveway all the time to try to avoid a ticket. I pay a lot in taxes to own a driveway, why should I have difficulty using my driveway. The city should allow people with legal driveways to mark them.

  • Shea

    I have not been on this site for some time , Wow this has turned into a dumping ground for spam. I was in the Beach last week the place has gone down hill fast the Avenue looks like a place full of junk shops and bodegas, Not to mention the site of the old Paradise Y.C. looks like a land fill. Knapp street is another story a Dump a place that could not support a Burger King ?. Now full of Garbage Trucks , Storage Units etc. All you see on this site is Spam and people telling others about their STDs. Maybe I am being a bit unfair comparing the Beach to our Communities in Florida which are all newer and well kept.

  • Bob

    I noticed the downward slide in the mid 2000s. We moved to Stuart, Fl. in 2009 and glad we did. I know of four other families that live here that are from the Beach. We run into each other now and than and feel happy all we left. Such a shame that a once nice neighborhood has become such a low class Dump. We still have many friends in the Beach that are hoping to sell and move as well.

    • Shea

      Being one of the Ex Gerritsen Beach residents. I am amazed how bad the Beach got in such a short time. At one time it was a nice place to raise your children, But now it is a place people have left due to the influx of Drugs Low lives etc. RIP Gerritsen Beach.!! Bob you hit the nail on the head. BTW we live in Jupiter, FL great place to live !

      • Anonymous

        We sold our house finally!! Now we can get out of the Trailer Park at last. I feel bad for our”Nice Neighbors” who are still stuck in this Dump. As far as the not so nice neighbors go they belong in the Beach.

  • Pixie

    I noticed that there is no more mention of Golden boy Golden or anything else from the web site. Guess they realized this didn’t work as far as getting votes or good will. Never hear from the Realtors either since Sandy.

  • Ryland

    The best time to have left was pre Sandy The home prices were the highest. Anyone who paid those prices must have been dreaming to think in a shanty town like the Beach any of these dumps were worth anything near what they were selling for.

  • Dwight

    Ok that makes sense. NOT.

  • Mr Murphy

    This must be what Shea is talking about. I have to agree with all the other points. To Bad our Website has turned into a carbon copy of our neighborhood.

  • Mr Murphy

    This Site has to be done !! No new stories, A bunch of Posts by Beach Low Lives , Posts by people looking for free advertising etc. etc. etc. The time has come to shut it down.

  • Kelly D

    Good Idea.