Southern Brooklyn drivers are circling the block looking for parking because of unscrupulous car dealers, who are stashing the unsold inventory on side streets throughout the neighborhood, according to the local city councilman.
“When you see a car on your block that has been there for six months — it is upsetting,” said Alan Maisel (D—Canarsie). “While we are waiting for the cars to be taken off the streets, they are taking up parking spots.”
The car-dense neighborhoods of Marine Park, Mill Basin, and Flatlands have seen an influx of vehicles with out-of-state plates parking on residential blocks, which are sitting unmoved for months at a time, according to one civic leader.
“Last Tuesday morning... I counted 30 cars with out-of-state plates,” said Ed Jaworski, the president of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association. “These cars had plates from Colorado and other far states.”
This reporter joined Councilman Alan Maisel on Fillmore Avenue between E. 49th Street and Utica Avenue on Tuesday, where we counted four cars with out-of-state plates.
The situation is made worse by the inflow of luxury apartment buildings into southern Brooklyn, which replace used-car lots and force dealers to find storage on city streets, said Maisel.
“Everything has an impact on something else,” he said. “Nothing is in a vacuum.”