Enough with the jokes about how the City Council does nothing but ceremonially rename streets. This week its members will take on the most basic of New York's indignities: the unexpected parking ticket.
Every New Yorker knows the feeling of having one's daily schedule disrupted without advance warning. You arrive at the subway station only to wait 20 minutes and realize your train is never coming, or find the F train arriving even though you were expecting the A. What, you didn't notice the little 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of white paper, covered with inscrutable details of the service change, slapped on a wall with masking tape?