The following letter to the editor comes from Hasbrouck Heights resident Robert LaMotta.
My frustration level is at its maximum. I take advantage of our many wonderful eateries on the Boulevard; particularly for take-out. Many times, I patronize establishments between Franklin and Jefferson Avenues.
Without fail, and I mean WITHOUT FAIL, during the week, there are no convenient parking spaces for me and I’m sure many others looking for a place to make a five minute stop to pick up that night’s dinner.
There are no parking spaces because the parents of the karate school students have taken EVERY available space so they can sit in the school and watch their child’s class. Not only do they occupy all the street spaces, but they also fill the parking lots behind the school, one of which, by the way, has a sign indicating that the lot is for the optometry office only.
I even saw a vehicle parked in the entrance of a similar private parking lot in the area, apparently blocking cars from entering it.
I have had conversations with the proprietors of some of the restaurants, and they are just as frustrated with the situation. I would also imagine that the service establishments in the area are not too happy with this problem as well.
Given the lack of adequate Boulevard parking to begin with, I think it would be incumbent upon the police department as well as the Mayor’s office to conduct a feasibility study and look into designating some parking spaces as “20 minute parking” places.
Perhaps the karate school operators can encourage the parents to park their cars up the side streets and not on the Boulevard. That would be a “neighborly” thing to do. It’s just not right that anyone trying to pick up their dinner has to drive around the block 4 times only to find a space nearly a block and a half from the restaurant, as happens to me more often than not.
I do not begrudge those parents who want to observe their child’s progress. I just think there should be some kind of happy medium for everyone. I wonder how much business these restaurants might be losing because people just won’t go there since they can’t find parking.
The karate school seems to be thriving, and that’s great. For it to be thriving and other businesses to be suffering because of it just doesn’t seem fair. A compromise needs to be discussed and reached
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ