Peculiar Parking

Did The Sanctuary Figure a Way to Get Around PSD?

Updated 7 weeks ago David Stone
For an apparent event on November 16th, The Sanctuary left its lot empty, parking on their lawn, future site of an "outdoor beer garden," instead.
For an apparent event on November 16th, The Sanctuary left its lot empty, parking on their lawn, future site of an "outdoor beer garden," instead.

"PSD will be meeting with the manager of The Sanctuary tomorrow and will discuss steps we will take, with the community’s assistance, to make sure the issues raised by various members of the community are addressed," RIOC told The Daily on October 29th, days after residents were blasted awake until 5:00 a.m. by a raucous Halloween Party. RIOC released results of that meeting, but those did not mention parking. (An earlier version of this article said that RIOC did not report the results. That was an error. RIOC released a bullet point list on their publicly available website.)

Almost certainly, The Sanctuary agreed to restrict or eliminate parking in its paved lot. There's no reason we're aware of for this, but within days, a chainlink barrier and traffic cones were in place that prevented vehicle entrance into the parking lot.

The parking lot sits at the base of a fire lane with restricted access.

But two weeks later, on November 16th, with the lot still empty but the barriers pushed aside, something interesting happened.

Chains removed from Sanctuary parking entrance, cones shifted aside.
Chains removed from Sanctuary parking entrance, cones shifted aside.

Readying for an apparent event -- nothing was announced locally -- The Sanctuary opened up its lawn, the future site of an outdoor beer garden, for parking instead.

Was this meant to get around restrictions placed by PSD?

Next day, the cars were gone, but by midweek, more odd parking made an appearance.

Two older cars, a 2001 Ford Suburban with a rusty relic in tow, were backed into The Sanctuary's main entrance. The parking lot remained empty.

On November 21st and for days after, two old cars blocked The Sanctuary's main entrance.
On November 21st and for days after, two old cars blocked The Sanctuary's main entrance.

The Suburban arrived with a New York City parking ticket already in place.

It's not clear to whom the cars belong, but one of The Sanctuary's owners, Alfonso Biondi, used this as an address when filing for bankruptcy in September.

NYC parking ticket left on the window of 2001 Ford Suburban later parked in The Sanctuary's main entrance walkway.
NYC parking ticket left on the window of 2001 Ford Suburban later parked in The Sanctuary's main entrance walkway.

The vehicles were removed over the weekend.

We don't know if this had anything to do with restriction place on The Sanctuary by PSD, but no other reasonable explanation seems likely.

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