My question involves real estate located in the State of: New York City
We purchased a house in Queens from my in-laws. While they were living here the neighbors constantly blocked the driveway and my in-laws had to honk to get in or out of their own driveway, I spoke to my in-laws and told them it was a bad habit but it wasn't my home and unfortunately my advice fell on deaf ears and my father in law "didn't want any problems with the neighbors because he had no problem with it".
Fast forward years later and I wound up buying the home from them.
We don't have a garage but we have a driveway and its attached to my neighbors driveway which leads to their huge yard and 2.5 car indoor garage (we're separated by a fence in the middle of the 2 driveways).
When I purchased the house I politely went and spoke to the owner of the home next door and asked them to tell all of his tenants to please stop blocking the driveway or I will have them ticketed, honking wasn't going to be an option at all especially when theirs a hydrants right by their home, it's just rude and disrespectful and theirs no need to block us when theirs an empty hydrant and they are "not going to be long". I don't want to be that person who's always honking to get in or out and then waiting in the rain for someone to finally come downstairs after hearing me honk for over 10 minutes nor will I ring their bell to ask them to move their car so I can leave or enter my property.
The owner got pretty verbally rough about it and denied any wrong doing by himself or any of his tenants and always seems to try to spin it and say that I am the problem and everything bothers me and I don't want to be human with my neighbors and have a heart and share a little... he's also accused me of being a racist many times and lied to his tenants & The landscaper I used to use & told them that was a flat out racist & I threatened to call ICE on all of them which is totally untrue in fact me and the owner are the same race.
In the last few years I've looked into buying car skates to move cars that block my driveway onto a hydrant but the wife didn't agree with that Idea and apparently neither does the precinct when I've spoken to them about my options. So I've had to annoy my local precinct with numerous 311 complaints and numerous calls to have tons of cars legally ticketed and legally towed in order for the neighbors to learn to stop blocking the driveway.
You cannot tow any car in NYC without the NYPD putting a ticket on it first. NYPD does not consider a blocked driveway a priority and they have "up to 8 hrs to respond to the complaint" I've waited a full 24+ hrs more than once to have them send a unit over and I have the time stamps from submitting the ticket to the time that they actually closed out the ticket and issued a parking ticket so that I can have the vehicle towed. I've been forced to take a cab to work 2 times in the last year alone not counting prior to 2019.
So things got quiet for a little while they all stood off of my driveway and things were good we even started waving at each other again... but now they decided to start playing a new game of parking their own cars in front of the home bumper to bumper on the street so that 1 car fits perfectly blocking Their empty driveway and inching up perfectly to my driveways property line to hinder my entrance and exiting of my driveway. This becomes an even bigger issue when my neighbors across the street are parked in front of their own home and I can't make the turn to get in or out of our driveway.
As of today being that they parked perfectly on my property line I decided to do the same and park 1 inch off of his bumper to force him to knock in the morning.
Honestly I'm tired of the games I've been nothing but nice about it, They will move cars that are parked in legal spots to now come and block their driveway to inconvenience me.
The owner next door converted a 2 family home to now have multiple apartments plus an unknown amount of illegal basement apartments.
I checked local laws & found out that in the city of New York it's perfectly legal for an owner of up to a 2 family home to block their own driveway.
However it's illegal for anyone including the owner of a 3+ family residence to block their own driveway.
I'm tired of it I want to go the legal route. Selling & moving isn't really an option right now for us.
What are my legal options and whats the best way for me to battle this one ?