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Whose Parking Lot Is Hinckley Place?

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Hinckley Place is a two block street, one of which is in Prospect Park South, between Stratford Road and Coney Island Avenue. It has a couple of larger apartment buildings and a handful of victorian homes on it. A new school is being built on the other block. But for all practical purposes, it is a parking lot for cars without license plates or registrations.

Car #1 without license plates, or registration parked on Hinckley Place
Car #2 without license plates, or registration parked on Hinckley Place
Car #3 without license plates, or registration parked on Hinckley Place
Car #4 without license plates, or registration parked on Hinckley Place
Car #5 without license plates, or registration parked on Hinckley Place

We counted 8 cars without license plates, without registration stickers, or inspection stickers, parked on Hinckley Place in Ditmas Park this morning.  That’s most of the cars on the one block street.

Car #6 without license plates, or registration parked on Hinckley Place

Only one had a few tickets stuck to the window. Another two without plates were parked in a neighbor’s driveway.

There seemed to be also a disproportionate number of cars with out of state plates parked along the surrounding blocks as well. It may well be that there is a family reunion on the block and everyone just drove up from Florida and in from Pennsylvania, but more likely it is dealers using the residential streets to park their inventory, which they are really not allowed to do.

Car without license plates, or registration parked on Stratford Road by Hinckley Place
Van without license plates, or registration parked on Stratford Road by Hinckley Place

This is not a new story, but it seems to be one where there is just not enough political will to get to the bottom of it, and where any costs associated may just be priced into “cost of doing business”.

While cars with out of state plates cost our city millions in uncollected tickets, and raise our insurance rates (as well as can be linked to human and drug trafficking), ones without plates seem to be parked there simply laughing at the enforcement agents and neighbors alike.

A number of tickets issued to a car without plates or registration parked on Hinckley Place.

Issuing tickets seems a bit useless when a car can not be identified, no? Filing a 311 complaint identifying cars as abandoned seems to have no effect. We rarely see any of them with the yellow boots, that one gets for owing more than $350 in tickets, granted, that does not always help resolve the issue.

According to Community Board 14, it would be up to the sanitation department to take them off the streets, but it takes time – a car would have to be ticketed first, then again. Does it really have to be that hard for the city to tow them all for scrap?

It’s a nuisance. These cars are not street legal, and are taking up precious parking spots away from residents. If you think Ditmas Park and Flatbush is alone in this, that’s not true. Neighbors over in Midwood and Sheepshead Bay are dealing with similar issues. And we have been writing about efforts to fix this for as years.

More to come next week, also on cars with out of state plates.  If this issue matters to you, please email us at editor@bklyner.com with tips and information on illegal dealers, cars with no plates or out of state plates parked in your area, and any success you may have had to resolve the issue – we’d like to share that too. 

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  1. Up Coney Island Avenue are more “ghost” cars, just south of Park Circle and on Caton Place including a very old RV that hasn’t moved in at least 2 years.

  2. They are stored on the street by the car repair shops on Coney Island Ave. Here on the 200 block of E. 9th St., we have the same problem. There are two car repair shops with back entrances on our block, and they are constantly storing their cars on the block, and some are even stored on the sidewalk. We have a regular squad of residents on the block who report the cars to 311, so they do occasionally get towed, but often, as soon as the car is tagged, the tag is washed off, and then the car is moved to another spot on the block. It’s pretty hard to keep up with it. The result is very few parking spots for folks who live here, which means that most nights there are cars parked in front of hydrants and driveways.

  3. I’ve been steaming over this for several years and it seems like it’s just getting worse. These people who obviously live here yet don’t register their vehicles here creates a huge loss of income for the city. If I can pay for my vehicle to be registered so can these dicks, and if they can’t then they shouldn’t own a car.

  4. The same pattern of cars = with out license plates & from out of state was observed a few years ago on our near-bye dead-end court. They were cars being brought down, most often, from Boston and being sold to the locals. In the trunk of one of the cars was a set of dealer license plates that were placed on a car when being test-driven. Check to see if each has a registration. If no registration then it can be towed. Sometimes the response is slow and the car just gets moved around. Seems like you are observing an illegal used car business that is taking from your quality of life.

  5. Picture seems to show that registration is removed. This car should have been ‘tagged’ by sanitation. With no registration and no plates, and the supply of cars I would hope that police, community board and sanitation would work quickly to remove these cars. The intent is visible and concrete!

  6. Meanwhile they towed me after one day of being too close to a bus stop (I sent a picture trying to fight it of my car in the legal space, as I tend to do to avoid this situation, and they told me the whole street is a bus stop if not marked otherwise….what???)

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