Having been relocating to the Red Hook area for 8 years, discovering that there’s only one way to get things done in the area, and that it can take a toll on your patience, makes it important to have a reliable office moving service toargo your belongings and furniture where ever you need it. Fortunately, given the amount of times I have moved to New York City (with Macy’s on my list and O’Connell’s just above) over the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of reputable office moving companies, and have used their competent office moving services to move my belongings safely and exactly where I needed them to be.
Briga Zhou, a China-based Shanghai office moving and storage company, was the first company I met with an hour of their offices moving my belongings from my previous residence in order to make way for my new office. Their office was located on the 6th floor of Macy’s and the phones did not work, as they only had the 4th floor. For about $80, they drove me down to the 1st floor where theirerkarteum was waiting for me. As I entered, a suited man at the desk issued me a receipt which I had to sign in order to complete the transaction. Soon after, my Asia colleagues joined me and we had a good laugh. Another Asian man came in and we had another good laugh. Two of myAsian co-workers later told me that just before I arrived at their company, a man called came in and wanted to be served. When he saw that I was with Asian people, he immediately got up and left. A few minutes later, a Japanese man came in and same thing happened. Same story, same cashier, same reaction.
Keep in mind that while Asian/foreign expatriates may be a tiny minority in San Francisco, we are the largest Asian population in the area. In the neighborhood of Chinatown, you will find the fruit truck parked on Valencia street. Often times, they’ll have little outside picnic tables and it becomes a great place to people watch and this is especially good during the week at Holanda. I have even been known to stop and eat. Stop by on the weekend and you’ll see the same families packed in for a reunion, the parents with their youngest in tow, grandparents and friends, including my mom, dad and brother. Each table holds up to 10 people and it’s just a great place to people watch and smile. If you ever need directions, it is the group.
For people who live in condo rentals, having a place to park your car is a very convenient thing to have. Of course, if it’s a little juiced, it may have a mirror a little farther away from the entrance to your unit than your sightline but a car parking lot is close enough to walk around it. It probably has security lights and such installed in the parking lot which is a good thing.
Having your own car, especially at night, adds a level of privacy to the neighborhood. Walking around in the quiet of the evening, you’ll be glad of the open sleeve of a nearby condo and unwrap the inner door, climb up to your bedroom, put on your benches and sit on the patio for a little reading, while making your way inside to close the door again, just then opening it again to load your newspaper or, if your on vacation, the latest edition of the News. This way you have independent access, 24/7, to your own personal information and you don’t have to be bothered with anyone else’s noise.
Then there is the convenience of your own car. If you are a single male traveling alone, there is little chance you would want to share a car with a bunch of strangers. At the same time, there is little chance you would be comfortable driving with the family in the back seat. A family reunion or larger group of friends has a better chance of being a good fit, as there are still other people on the outside (like the kids) and you can all pool in with your gear and make it comfortably small.
When you have a little extra cash to spend on renting a car (a little or a lot depending on your budget), pay at least $100/day to park in the short term lot at a rental car company. Take a signorance of the receipt and whatever else they may require when dropping you off and go away. Tell them where you are stopping and pick up. If you do this regularly, you may build a good reputation with the company. The Charlotte Attractions parking lot might even put something nice signs around the parking lot giving out free drop offs. This might be something they will notify you of. The less you do with coupon books, the drop offs and such, the more likely you are to put on to them.