At least 3 to 4 times a day the Mikey’s Hookup in Dumbo is asked “Is this a real fire hydrant, can I park here?”
The real answer is Yes and No.
I’ve seen NYC traffic tow trucks make round after round scooping cars up and coming right back for more. It hurts to watch . I’ve also seen traffic cops walk right by and don’t feel it’s right to ticket cause of it’s placement.
It is a real live hydrant that’s a fact.
The curb was extended 3-4 years back when Front st. in Dumbo Brooklyn was getting a face lift. The city workers thought it was to much work to move the hydrant in a visible spot.
I’ve ask a number of different traffic officers and they all have different opinions about it.
According to the NYC parking violation code 40: Stopping, standing or parking closer than 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Between sunrise and sunset, a passenger vehicle may stand alongside a hydrant as long as a driver remains behind the wheel and is ready to move the vehicle if required to do so.
The hydrant is over 9 feet from the curb. So does that mean you really only need to park 6ft from it? There is nothing in the violation code stating the hydrant must be 15ft from the front or back of the vehicle . It just says “closer than 15ft”.
Don’t worry though. I’m sure it’ll get fixed sometime in the next 15 years. So be careful next time visiting the Dumbo MHU
Thanks for the parking tip Mikey. Now you know.