Monday, November 10, 2008

PARKING IN BROOKLYN. AH CHUTZPA.

Do not attempt. Trying to park in Brooklyn (mainly the Jewish areas Midwood, Borough Park) is a painful experience. There is only one worse than trying to find parking on a regular day and that is trying to find parking on a Friday.

You try finding parking on "J" in Midwood. Highly unlikely unless you come between the hours of 3-6 AM. Not only you cant find parking but you can hardly drive through "J". With the B11 and B6 coming through all the time and the usual double parked Coca Cola or Pepsi truck it makes it a really hard avenue. So in the case you see a spot across the street open up, you aren't going to get it. Oh and none of the stores on "J" have Valet Parking.

Ave. "M" is not as bad as "J". Especially now that Glatt Mart has gotten Valet Parking. But as G-d giveth G-d taketh so now Mountain fruit which had a parking lot, lost its privilege. A funny thing about Mountain fruit is that they also had valet parking. Now that they don't have the parking lot, all the Mexicans who parked the cars previously, are now are just sitting around and be paid for it (very little of course). So all of ave. "M" is really crowded and there is hardly any place to park.

If I do find a place to park I keep to it and wont move until I am done shopping on that avenue. Many times I have to put bags into the car and everyone thinks I am getting out of the spot. So I have to tell them "I am not getting out just putting some groceries in the car". They then look at me as if I am doing something illegal and they move on. If you do see a spot open in back of you, hurry in reverse to get to the spot. I almost ran over a lady like this (sorry).

My block is also the worst thing to try to park on. I have to go around the block 5 times at least before a spot opens up. I also have people who take up two spots instead of being considerate and parking like humans. Its horrible out there. You want to hear some real Chutzpa, take this story.

I was on Coney Island avenue and was trying to get into the Buzz. So I see a car pulling out and I move ahead to do some parallel parking. The spot behind this car pulling out was a pump. So I am about to back in when a Chossid in a minivan zooms into my spot through the empty pump area. I was about to get out of my car and give this guy a handful. Then a spot in front the Chossid opens. So I say "well at least there is another spot, forget the Chossid". You will never believe what he does next. After I moved up to do the parallel parking (again) he drives into the spot I was going to go in. So he cuts me twice. Now I was ready to give it to him. So I pull into the spot he just left open between the pump and him. So I get out of my car and I say "what was that for?!!!" (here is the punchline) He tells me as his excuse "My wife just had a baby". WTF!!! so your wife just had a baby. What am I supposed to say Mazal Tov why did you cut me off? Talk about Chutzpa.

Like I said before. Do not attempt parking in Brooklyn. Take mass transit.

9 people gave their 2 cents:

Lion of Zion said...

"My block is also the worst thing to try to park on. I have to go around the block 5 times at least before a spot opens up."

don't complain. i just came home and spent almost 40 min looking for a spot.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Lion O Zion

This sunday I spent an hour 45 minutes looking for parking.

Sally Hazel said...

MIM and LOZ- try double parking in the beginning of your block and waiting for a spot to become available... After years of circling around my block only to watch others parking in spots that became available while I was circling, I realized that this trick really works...

Moshe said...

And people keep telling me to get a car...

Esther Hadassah's blog said...

LOL. Yes going around the block for five times to find a parking space is what everyone does around that area.
And hassidim are famous for their driving and parking skills. You should have said...your wife had a child? My wife just had TRIPLETS!!!!! Gekapt in der maise Yankel Moishele.

SH... I can't tell you how much I hate people who double park...in that area. Everytime I come to NYC I rent out a car and hate myself for the rest of my stay for renting out a car. lol.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Sally Hazel

Will try. Thanks.

Moshe

If you have a driveway and all you do is go to work with it. Then its worth it, otherwise not.

esther haddasah

Yes that is also a huge problem. Dont worry I wont tell.

Esther Hadassah's blog said...

Mike,

Sorry I didn't get it. What are you not doing to tell?

Mikeinmidwood said...

Esther Hadassah

Your secret about how you hate people who double park ... in that area.

Esther Hadassah's blog said...

LOL@Mike.. ok....