Hmm. Getting a $115 fine for parking in front of a hydrant means I didn’t get free parking for a day in Manhattan on Saturday after all.
No wonder there was a space there.
Thanks to Kevin Steel for sharing a lovely Creative Commons licensed Manhattan hydrant photo on Flickr. I was so annoyed that I failed to get a photo of the actual hydrant involved, but it was similar to this one. (And by the way, I hereby resolve to switch my default license to CC attribution later tonight. Right after I pay this fine.)
So, like me, you find yourself being an Englishman in New York soon, be careful not to ignore these expensive little metal posts of illegal parking.