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Old 08-15-2012, 12:55 AM
 
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I was planning on going to school in the near future in NY. I have never been to Brooklyn and I had a question about the parking situation. I own a car, but do not plan on getting rid of it. Are there any neighborhoods in Brooklyn with ample parking? Preferably free, and not in a garage. I don't care how "hip" the place has to be. As long as it is affordable and I can park my car, then it will be fine.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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The very few places with ample free parking are places where you would NEVER want to leave a car overnight.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Population density, you say? Brooklyn has 2.5 million residents. That's more than some entire states.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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The further south, possibly away from the subway are your best chances.

Queens would probably be even better.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:23 PM
 
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Honestly, having a car in NYC is a huge pain (unless you live in a house and have a driveway). Brooklyn isn't as bad as Manhattan, but with alternate side parking, you'll still need to move your car at least 2/3 times a week. Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn are impossible to park. You can try Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park - there are probably others too, but you don't want to be too far out or you might as well just move to a suburb where having a car is much easier.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:34 PM
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The very few places with ample free parking are places where you would NEVER want to leave a car overnight.
where are those places, just in case I want to risk it?

I thought the industrial areas by East Williamsburgh might be a good plac to find ample free parking, never tried though.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Red Hook Brooklyn-winter Derby Line Vermont-summer
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Red Hook close to the water is pretty car friendly.Close to the Battery Tunnel and pretty far from the nearest subway. Hard to get around without owning a car down there,actually.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:00 PM
 
Location: NY,NY
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OP, in neighborhoods where there is availabe street parking, no one wants you there! Outsiders, taking parking spaces from Locals are disdained. In some neighborhoods, your car might suffer.

Ditch the car or pay up.

There are places where you can find someone renting their driveway space and/or a space in their home's garage, for $50 to $200 per month.

Also, note that in NYC, cars must be regularly moved to allow street cleaning. The penalties for not complying are rather severe. If I recall, a parking ticket is $115 and can ballon quickly for nonpayment. Nonpayment will result in your car being towed! The cost to retrieve it will be VERY costly, not including the ticket.

In many areas, a sitting car will be stolen, vandalized, or stripped for parts!

You cannot simply park your car and leave it. Is that what you were thinking?

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Old 08-15-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: NY,NY
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Btw, where are you going to school and will be living?
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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I would drive back to Manhattan and pay for a garage and a cab/car service back to Brooklyn before I would leave a car unattended in the parking spaces under the BQE, even for a short time. That's one place NEVER to park in Brooklyn if you value the car being in the condition it was when parked, and intact, if still there upon return.

I would agree that you should look into a parking lot, or someone's driveway/extra garage as suggested above, because cars age very quickly on the streets due to vandals, being used as parking bumpers by those who cannot parallel park, etc. on city streets. Commercial lots are not as expensive as Manhattan, and a garage is handy in winter if you need to use the car, so you do not have to clear it, or pay the lot porter/attendant to clear the car for you.

Be aware, though, that Brooklyn insurance rates are much higher than other areas of the city, and can be exponentially high in certain zip codes and for certain vehicles. I mention this because you are looking for an affordable area in Brooklyn, but it could be the car that would make it more expensive to live in Brooklyn than it would be to live in areas of Queens, for example. Compare rates, and similar coverage, i.e., if you are paying for a commercial garage in Brooklyn, get the same quote for Queens, if you are at all flexible as to borough.
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