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Where to stay Brooklyn - DeKoven Suites or anyplace else?

Where to stay Brooklyn - DeKoven Suites or anyplace else?

Jul 3rd, 2006, 06:31 AM
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Where to stay Brooklyn - DeKoven Suites or anyplace else?

We will be driving a U Haul trailer to New York in August. My son is moving into an apartment in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn. We are looking for a place to stay for two nights - will unload trailer immediately and find someplace to return it before proceeding to overnight accomodation.

I did find DeKoven Suites = a BB - on internet. It has several good reviews on tripadvisor. Does anyone have any info on this BB? Or any advice on where to stay in Brooklyn area or other area easy accessible to Brooklyn? I know nothing about New York City and surroundings but cannot wait to discover. Thanks so much

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Jul 3rd, 2006, 07:04 AM
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Here's another option:


You can then walk to your son's new apartment. Great location!

Here's a review (plus a few more places to consider)


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Jul 3rd, 2006, 07:13 AM
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I noticed the DeKoven Suites are mentioned in the Wash. Post article linked in my above post. It sounds nice but is further from Carroll Gardens than some of the other ones they reviewed.
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Jul 3rd, 2006, 10:15 AM
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You might look on craigslist. That's what I do when I visit my daughter in Park Slope, and the proximity is worth any lack in the accomodations. I notice there are a lot of listings for the summer.
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Jul 3rd, 2006, 01:36 PM
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Don't know where you're coming from or what route you have planned - but you should know that many highways in the New York metro area are limited to cars only. They can;t be used by buses, trucks or any vehicle with something in tow - like a boat or a trailer - or even a car carrying anything (like a mattress). The reason is that the lanes are very narrow, many are turning or twisting and have very small or no shoulders - and they simply can't accommodate anything but a passenger car.

Generally these roads are called parkways - so assume that you will not be allowed to drive on anything called a parkway - and check your route carefully in advance. If you get on the wrong road the police are likely to escort you off and give you a ticket - for misplaced large trucks the fines are up to $1000. Never mind the danger of trying to drive something wider than the lane at 50 mph.

If you tell us where you're coming from someone can give you a route that will keep you off parkways.
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Jul 3rd, 2006, 03:17 PM
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Here is where out of town lawyers stay when they have a case in Brooklyn:


It's located in Brooklyn Heights.

Nytraveler: you have a most interesting reading of section 4-14 of the New York City Traffic Regulations. Are you a police officer by any chance?
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Jul 3rd, 2006, 07:27 PM
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Thanks for the tip about the roads. I need to check that out. We will be coming from Ohio and I think will be on Pennsylvania turnpike for a while. Any advice would be much appreciated.

When I moved to Chicago as recent college grad, my parents drove a U Haul from a small town in southern Illinois (they had never driven in Chgo) and the AAA routing took them right down Lakeshore Drive - no trucks allowed. My dad was pulled over by a cop and to this day I marvel that he ever found my apartment.

Also thanks for info about craigslist. I had not thought about that but will check it out.

I did check out several other BB's. Many of them have shared baths which really does not appeal to me.

Would appreciate any other advice. Thanks so much

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Jul 3rd, 2006, 07:38 PM
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I am a New York lawyer although, like 99.9% of all lawyers, I do not specialize in Vehicle and Traffic Law.

The number you need for information is (212) NEW-YORK which is the same as we New Yorkers dialing 311.

The question you have to pose should be directed to the Department of Transportation.

It's this: "Is a passenger car with a U-Haul trailer considered a 'commercial vehicle' for the purpose of driving on a 'parkway?'"

Or, take a look at the NYC Department of Transportation website contact form at:
and pose the question there.

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Jul 4th, 2006, 10:17 AM
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Well - I'm not an attorney. Nor am I sure where you're coming from. but I do know that New York, New Jersey and CT all have parkways and that the laws on parkways differ significantly from those on other major highways. I don;t know all the details for all 3 states - nor exactly where the excceptions on (You do see shuttle buses on the parkway from JFK to LGA - but other buses and trucks are not allowed.)

But - the laws of the state of New York clearly state that any "seni-trailer" that is a car or SUV with a hitch that has a boat or little trailer of whatever attached to the hitch - is not allowed on parkways - along with all sorts of o ther vehicles.

Contacting the New York City number won;t help - since they can;t advise on laws in Jersey, CT or in New York outside of the city.

If you give your specific route (are you coming to Brooklyn via Staten Island or through Manhattan?) locals in the area will tell you which roads in New Jersey and New York to avoid.
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Jul 4th, 2006, 10:15 PM
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Hi Pam, I think that going through Staten Island into Brooklyn is your best bet. You can take the PA turnpike to the NJ turpike, to exit 10 for Outerbridge Crossing, then follow the signs through S.I. for the Verrazzano Bridge (no toll going into Brooklyn). Then take the BQE/I-278 towards Queens (not towards Eastern Long Island). From there, your best bet might be to exit at 36th Street, before traffic gets too congested near downtown Brooklyn, and get onto 4th Avenue going north (cross street numbers will decrease as you drive), which is a major N/S artery in Brooklyn, and will bring you to the edge of Carroll Gardens. All of these roadways allow trucks. I agree with nytraveler about the truck rules - I have always understood that U-Hauls are not allowed on parkways in NY. (My experience has always been with a truck not a trailer.)

Taking this route, you will avoid driving the U-Haul in Manhattan or downtown Brooklyn, neither of which are too fun especially for the novice NYC driver!

Also note, there is a large U-Haul location on 4th Avenue at 6th Street. This is not too far from Carroll Gardens, and you can hop on the F subway train a few blocks away at 4th Ave and 9th Street to get back to your son's neighborhood once you are truck-less! (I believe they close at 7pm.)

I just found out this past weekend that U-Hauls, being commercial vehicles, are not allowed to be parked on residential streets for more than loading/ unloading. A NYC cop told us it could get a summons; it must be parked in a commercial area (so my friends parked theirs adjacent to the U-Haul location, then finished the return first thing in the morning...).

Have a great trip, and welcome to Brooklyn!
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Jul 13th, 2006, 06:07 PM
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I am extremely familiar with downtown Brooklyn. Going through Staten Island is the best. I just want to add that a Uhaul attached to an out-of-state vehicle is true thief bait. Get rid of that trailer before dark. What do you drive? If you have an ordinary car you are OK to leave it on the streets overnight.
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Jul 14th, 2006, 02:49 AM
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If you are coming from Ohio you will take I-80, not the PA turnpike.

The route I know is to take I-80 all the way to through NJ to the NJ Turnpike, then take that S to go through Staten Island.

Someone else can chime in with specific NJ to Staten Island directions.
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Jul 14th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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Take the turnpike to exit 13. Go over the Verazzano Bridge and follow signs for the BQE. Do NOT get on the Belt Parkway!
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