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Yahweh wanted it that way.
A furious bus driver says two Hasidic scofflaws have moved a city no-parking sign, cementing it into the sidewalk in front of a Williamsburg yeshiva — and squeezing out an MTA bus stop.
“There was no way I could park at the bus stop,” fumed Jamar Perry, who spied the sign heist on Franklin Avenue while driving the B48.
“Two Jewish guys were moving the pole. I saw them resetting it. They had fresh cement and made it look professionally done.”
The relocated sign stands about 30 feet from the bus stop on Franklin just north of Flushing Avenue. It prevents cars from parking in front of Yeshiva Bnos Ahavas Israel so the religious school’s yellow buses can illegally park at the curb.Fresh concrete can be seen as a yeshiva bus sits near an allegedly relocated sign in Williamsburg.
But what burns Perry, 39 and a four-year MTA employee, is the obstacle course it has created for his riders. Because of the parked yellow buses, city buses can’t pull into the stop and instead must idle in the middle of the street.
“When you’re in the middle of the street, bicyclists and motorcycles fly through there,” he said. “You’re also unable to pick up a wheelchair at that stop because you can’t pull in.”
P.S., May 10: A fellow blogger thinks the New York Post story has holes and may be untrue. Thanks to commenter Hasid for the link.