Over the past couple months, Washington Transmissions at 666 Washington Ave has greatly expanded their U-Haul franchise operations - which is great, except their business model includes storing 10 or more box trucks and vans on Washington, Bergen, Underhill and/or St Marks most nights.
I can only imagine losing that many on-street parking spaces in one square block has to be making parking difficult for residents - not to mention I'd imagine the odds of having your car bumped, scraped or otherwise molested by a half-dozen amateur truck drivers making after-hours drop-offs by attempting to parallel park a cargo van are remarkably high.
So here's the solution if you're a car owner on that block...it's actually illegal to:
a. Store a commercial vehicle on a NYC street for more than 3 hours, or
b. Park a commercial vehicle on a NYC street between 9 pm and 5 am.
It's a $65 ticket per offense - for the franchisee, no small change vs a $20/day U-Haul rental. A 77th Precinct car was ticketing the orange beauties on Underhill and Bergen last night.
So when you see a U-Hauler parked on your block at night or for more than 3 hours, call 311 or the 77th (anyone have the direct number) and complain about a commercial vehicle being stored on the street.
Guessing within a week or two the owner will find an off-street solution.