NYC cites Spike Lee over illegal parking spots

He’s doing the wrong thing.

Spike Lee’s production company was ticketed for illegally glomming multiple parking spots outside its Brooklyn location, city officials said.

On July 2, Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks in Fort Greene was cited for “illegally” extending its garage’s curb cut, in order to facilitate illegal parking, creating a “hazard.”

A city official said the standard penalty is $2,500, though the final amount won’t be determined until after a hearing.

The city’s traffic rules ban the “unofficial reserving of parking space.”

The auteur’s company painted the curbline yellow in front of 75 South Elliot Place, to make it appear part of the garage’s entryway — and off-limits to the public. It also blocked the spots off with traffic cones.

At least two spots were commandeered in the parking-parched neighborhood.

“Those are Spike Lee’s spots,” a window-washer on the leafy block said.

The acclaimed black filmmaker, 64, wrote, directed, and produced movies such as “Do The Right Thing” and “She’s Gotta Have It.”

Cones and yellow paint mark off two parking spots outside Spike LeeÕs production company 40 Acres
The stolen spots have saved Lee and his associates a lot of money.
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“Looking for parking is one of the last few aspects of life in New York that is actually equal. Every motorist has to move their car. I guess parking is now just one more way that millionaire celebrities are taking advantage of the rest of us,” griped one motorist.

But a code of vehicular omerta appeared to prevail on the block.

“I have no idea what you guys are talking about. Sorry. No comment,” said Jason, the manager of Fancy Free, a hip bar next door. Immediately after speaking with a Post reporter, he entered Lee’s offices.

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The city cited Lee’s company for two vehicles, a BMW and a Ford, being illegally parked in 2014.
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“He’s my uncle,” said an Airbuds-wearing block resident, who also refused to criticize the spot-hogging.

Lee’s evidently held the spots for years. In 2014, the city cited Lee’s company for two vehicles, a BMW and a Ford, illegally parked in front of the building. Lee’s company paid the $400.30 fine, but never filed a “certificate of compliance” that it had discontinued the illegal use, according to the city Department of Buildings. Recently, a BMW with the same license plate listed in the 2014 citation was illegally parked in front of the building.

The stolen spots have saved Lee and his associates a nifty sum. Metered street parking around the corner costs $3.25 for two hours. By the month, that’s $1,186.25. Annualized, that’s $14,235. And parking in the private garage three blocks away costs $500 per month per car. For two cars, that’s $12,000 per annum.

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One resident says some locals have been known to deliberately drive over the cones.
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“No one’s available to talk at this time,” a 40 Acres receptionist told The Post.

“People like having Spike on the block,” one resident said. But he admitted to seeing some fed-up parking vigilantes “purposely back over the cones and crush them.”

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