Some Brooklyn residents say their street has become a noisy truck stop for tractor trailers. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.
On weekend nights residents in one section of Midwood, Brooklyn along Bay Parkway say their street becomes a parking lot for tractor trailers.
"Rather than paying for parking they're parking in front of our houses," said Midwood resident Benjamin Lapidus.
"In a residential area to have tractor trailers lined up in front of your house, it's just not a pleasant experience," said Midwood resident Patty Alford.
And it also happens to be illegal. According to the Department of Transportation, commercial vehicles are prohibited from parking on residential streets between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Unfortunately, residents say that doesn't stop the huge tractor trailers from using Bay Parkway as their own personal garage.
"They have refrigeration units that run continuously on cycles that are timed," said Lapidus.
"The noise that they generate is unbelievable," said Alford.
Residents say they've called the Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection on numerous occasions and they have responded, though not at the right times.
"It's a really identifiable time when this happens, so the people who do this need to be caught at the time that they do it," Lapidus said.
A DEP spokesman told NY1 there was an inspection of the site on December 1 and three idling violations were issued. The spokesman said DEP is currently working with DOT to evaluate installing "No Idling" signs in the area. A DOT spokesman also tells NY1 that agency will consider installing additional signage in the area.
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