What It All Boils Down To

November 13, 2007 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

It’s at the point where I don’t want to go out at night in my car because I’m afraid I won’t find a parking spot when I get home. While it has gotten harder to spot spots since 2000, there has been a noticeable increase in time and gas spent this year in particular.

Probably it’s all the new residents of Forest Hills who have cars. And why not? Living out here means that owning a car and parking it on the street are possibilities, which is not the case in Manhattan and somewhat more challenging in Brooklyn. But the more that come, the harder it gets.

This has been brewing for years. I used to live on 76th Ave., between Queens Blvd. and Austin, and could not imagine having a car there unless I was home all day, on call to move it as needed for alternate-side-of-the-street parking. On the other side of Queens Blvd., it was only slightly better, except as you got farther down 108th Street where there were fewer multi-unit dwellings. Less apartments = less competition for precious parking real estate. So it made good sense to own a car, at least in that part of Forest Hiills.

But now I’m hearing about how that, too, is changing, and not for the better. Who ever expected to be living a Tepper Isn’t Going Out existence in Forest Hills?

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Entry filed under: congestion pricing, real estate.

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