The city is planning to crack down on merchants who place storage containers in front of their stores without the necessary city permits, warn Councilman David Greenfield and Community Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein.
The storage containers take up parking spaces and block the line of sight for drivers and pedestrians. While some businesses received permits for Sukkos, all those permits have expired as of Sept. 30.
Trailers still can be found at dozens of locations throughout Midwood and Boro Park. Every such container now parked on local streets is illegal, and the business using it is subject to a fine.
Indeed, an enforcement blitz by the city’s Street Activity Permit Office is set to begin at the end of the week. This will include issuing fines to businesses that do not have the necessary permits.
“It is vital that businesses obtain a permit before using public space for storage containers, out of the need for fairness and safety,” Perlstein said.