A typical trip from the parking lot of Beis Rivkah on Crown Street to Carroll and Troy should take no longer then 5 minutes, but thanks to inconsiderate motorists along with construction projects around our neighborhood that trip took over 20 minutes.
Frozen snow and ice from the first blizzard, dubbed the blizzageddon, which came down last year is still packed on the shoulders of our streets. Parking spots are scarce, between the massive frozen snow banks and all the construction, that is understandable, but it is no excuse to park in such a manner that you disrupt all other road going functions because you need to park.
Driving in Crown Heights is a nightmare thanks to those who parked their cars so selfishly, angled out and hanging over into the roads. School busses could not make it down average streets like Carroll and Montgomery thanks to the narrow passageways caused by these cars.
Besides the immediate hindrance that these cars pose there is the bigger picture. Sanitation attempts to plow streets as close as possible to parked cars, pushing the snow back into the street which helps it melt faster, but when cars are angled they cannot plow, letting the massive piles build up after each storm.
Just like shoveling sidewalks is a homeowner’s responsibility, parking your car properly is too. Police have been writing tickets to cars parked on an angle or disrupting traffic – rightfully so.