We all know that parking a car or van on Grand Ave in Maspeth can be a nightmare. Wed. Jan 7th, I wanted to buy some food at Ivarone's on 69th St. and Grand. Not finding a parking spot, I went around the block by making four right turns.
As I came back in front of Ivarone's, a woman was pulling out of a parking spot up ahead and so I prepared to enter the spot. She prepared to cross over the Avenue in a u-turn and a truck pulled up to the space I was waiting for and pulled in.
There I was just losing my spot when the ticket man started to walk to my car. I was beginning to leave but since he was coming towards me, I decided to role down my window and wait until he asked me to move on.
He went right to my registration sticker and took a picture and went away.
He never asked me to move or for that matter said anything. It was clear to me, that his interest was to give me a ticket. The irony here is that I was leaving and stopped out of courtesy when he approached my car.
I expected him to say move along Sir but he said nothing. It was clear to me that he was a predator probably with a requirement of a certain number of tickets per month as a job requirement.
I came to Maspeth when I was two years old in 1943 and remember playing stick ball in the streets. This has been my community for sixty six years and it can be difficult seeing rules or regulations enforced with little or no consideration for people.
Just look at the meter situation. One day I was trying to park at a working meter. That was an ordeal as I found five consecutive meters with Fail on them. More often than not, I have to park by a failed meter hoping that the predator doesn't decide: "AH, another ticket".
Deacon Art Griffin