In many states you only need a license plate in the back, and by parking backwards you avoid police camera scans that reveal suspensions, expirations, warrants, etc.
New York State is a money grabber, and makes you have plates on both ends. I’ve had my Statue of Liberty plates since I bought my car 13 years ago. With a little luck, they, and my car will last me until I die. And NY can kiss my ass if they think they’ll ever get me to pay for new plates ever again.