A fellow Crown Heights resident
You are coming home from a long and tiring day at work, driving past your home in search of a parking spot. After some time spent looking for one, it seems like you’ve finally found something in the distance… oops, it isn’t big enough. Someone parked their car halfway in the first parking space after the corner and halfway in the one behind it causing the only two available spots on that block to be taken.
Does this scenario sound familiar to you? For many residents in our community who don’t have driveways or own garages, this is a daily experience they know only too well.
And imagine how even less space is available when family members and guests come in for simches, Shabbatons, Tishrei, Kinus Hashluchim, Kinus Hashluchos, Yud Aleph Nissan, Gimmel Tammuz etc.
Most blocks have fire hydrants, non-blockable driveways, no-parking spots and/or any combination thereof. Whatever remaining place is available contains a certain amount of car spaces, and as the demand is greater than the supply, many drivers are left circling the neighborhood for a significant amount of time in search for that elusive parking spot.
Parking one’s car halfway in two spots (or mostly in one and slightly in the next) results in one less spot being available for other drivers.
In light of the above, I would like to ask everyone to please have consideration and Ahavas Yisrael for the other drivers out there and make sure that your car only takes up one spot following a corner, hydrant, driveway, no-parking zone or another parked car, both in front of you and behind.