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New York Street Bookseller Keeps Parking Space For 11 Years (VIDEO)

New York City resident Charles Mysak makes his living by selling books on the street out of his car, which he parked on the corner of Columbus Avenue and 68th Street 11 years ago and hasn't moved since. His green 1994 Civic moves only for street sweeper days, an event that resembles a complex ballet (see it in the video). Mysak also has to deal with the parking tickets, for which he currently owes more than $470.

But every day he pays the meter $36 in quarters to hold on to his spot.

He told the New York Post that "In the old days, you could tie your horse to this, and no one would get a ticket. It's an outrage so much time is being dedicated to taking money from taxpayers -- they're acting as predators. We are taxed, bullied and harassed."

Mysak's seems like one of those "only in New York" stories, and rather appropriately, this urban legend material was captured on film as a short documentary by NYU film student Alden Peters.

Watch the film below, and tell us what you think about Charles Mysak's story.

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