I simply have a love for winter weather. I have always been fascinated with arctic airmasses and heavy snow. Iam originally from Mill Basin Brooklyn but now reside in Neponsit Queens. I can give a very accurate general description of every winter in NYC since the mid 1980's.
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40 years old
Belle Harbor, Queens N.Y. 11694 (right across Marine Park Bridge)
winter weather, softball, baseball, Fantasy baseball, bowling (eventhough I suck....145 avg), fine dining, especially Italian Restaurants, suspense movies, visiting other major league ballparks, attending concerts, mostly 60's, 70's, and 80's music, sleeping, etc.....
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17 Sep 2013
As a reident of NYC, the old fashioned single space meters have been decommissioned and replaced with muni meters. I actually despise these meters and about 6 months ago decided I would never park at them again. The way it works is you park you car and then have to walk down the block sometimes as long as 10 car lengths to a machine. You select the amount of time you want and pay. You wait for a paper receipt to spit out (way to go green and save trees). Then you have to walk all the way back and place the receipt on your dashboard. Here are the issues I have with this:
1) When its windy, its very hard to get the paper receipt to stay on the dashboard before you can get the door closed. Not an easy task
2) The meter maids that need to fill their quotos will look to pounce on the chance to write you a ticket while you are away purchasing time. Older slower people are especially vulnerable to this practice!
3) The simple fact of having to get to a machine is exremely inconvenient and if the machine is broken or out of paper, its your responsibility to search for another machine.
4) These machines were designed for parking lots, not on the street parking.
5) If you paid for lets say 30 minutes of time and you are on a line in a store and you realize it may be a close call if you get back to the car on time, you can't add more time until the time you originally bought expires because otherwise you lose the remaining time and have to start over.
I get it that the addition of credit cards is a great option for many people but the technology exists that have single space meters that accept credit cards. Below is a video of some of those newly installed single space meters in the city of Chattanooga Tennessee. Is anyone from that area on this forum? Check out this 2 minute video:
I bet a lot of people never knew these meters even existed. I would love to hear what kind of parking meters are used by various cities of posters on this forum. Please let me know your city and the meter type! Thanks!
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