Madonna has pissed off her neighbors by trying to claim prime parking space outside her Upper East Side townhouse. Her own signage includes a No Parking sign posted on the singer’s security gate, and a Tenant Parking Only sign mounted on a pole in a tree bed on the sidewalk. Both signs threaten that ‘unauthorized vehicles will be towed away.’
The signs differ in design and language from official Department of Transportation notices. She also had the words “No parking” stenciled in concrete along the edge of the sidewalk, and painted the curb yellow.
The yellow paint job, curb imprint and the sign posted in the tree bed are all against city rules and subject to monetary fines, New York City DOT officials told Daily Mail.
Madonna has been issued a letter of defacement and has 30 days to respond if she wants to avoid a $250 fine, DOT officials said.
A $250 fine? Are you kidding? She could pay that every day for 100 years! A neighbor outside the four-story Georgian-style townhouse yesterday morning said,
“We’ve all been wondering for a while now if these signs are real and everyone on her street has just accepted them.”
The Upper East Side townhouse was bought for $40 million in 2009. It has 13 bedrooms, and 14 bathrooms and a 3,000-square- foot garden, nine fireplaces, an elevator and a wine cellar with a grotto.
A neighbor said,
“What has angered us the very most is that when she leaves one of her staff literally walks into the street and stops cars and pedestrians from passing. This way she can leave from inside the garage and not have to deal with the public.“
OK. Sounds awful right? Well, I’ve got to tell you, people who have garages do this all over town and apparently, even if the curb is cut in front of the townhouse or building and the garage is gone, there are often NO PARKING, TOW AWAY ZONE signs put up by owners. If it wasn’t raining right now, I could go take pics of 5 or 6 examples within walking distance of my West Village apartment. It is fair? Hard to say. Parking in the city is a nightmare, I know, I park my car on the street. But whether this is all TOTALLY illegal, not sure because driveways and garages are all over the place with similar signage, official or otherwise.
And seriously, can you blame her wanting to be able to drive out of her own garage without being photographed? I would imagine, that’s the reason she paid for a $40 million for a townhouse with a garage.
Her response on Instagram goes like this…
“Yes Bishes I am Madonna and that is my driveway and if people park in front of it i cant drive in my driveway! So sorry the city doesn’t like the color yellow! We will paint a nice dull grey to keep our neighbors happy! Sorry😔! Im saying 3 extra Hail Mary’s this Easter for this transgression!”
I’m on her side on this one. Sorry to my old friend writer Jeffrey Slonim and his family who live across the street.
(T/Y Tad; Photos, Daily Mail; via The Daily Mail)