(youtube) Philippe Restaurant NYC selling public parking spots.
Restaurant employee puts out orange cones to reserve public parking for their customers only, and charges a fee upwards of $40 to park. If neighborhood residents move the cones to park their cars they face intimidation and threats from Malik, (the man in the video) He says, "there are a lot of nasty people in the neighborhood but if you tip me I'll watch your car..."
This practice is preventing the entire neighborhood access to the already limited parking spots on the block.
0:04 - cones stored on side of restaurant.
0:36 - Malik lining the street with cones
1:18 - Malik moves cone so limo can back up and free up spot for blue car.
1:24 - Says "perfect" when man parks.
1:29 - Then malik holds front door and driver (man in pink shirt) gives him money after he is allowed to park.
1:50 - Officers witness malik taking a bribe and tells tipper to take his
money back. Cops give continual warnings but never make an arrest. Exactly why this practice has gone on for over the last 2 and a half years.
2:30 - Malik flips us off.
2:45 - Malik directing traffic and moving cones so only people that pay can park on street.