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Illegally Parked Cars On Your Block? Tell Us Here!

We're betting at least one of the cars in this photo is parked illegally.

It looks like we opened a floodgate with our coverage of the illegally parked van on Avenue W last week, as a torrent of messages about similar situations have poured into our inbox.

A post for every one of them would be excessive, so instead we’re creating this thread to become a running log of them. We’ll send a note to the 61st Precinct and Community Board 15 letting them know this info is here and that neighbors are looking for their help.

So, if you know of a car that has been abusing side street parking on blocks without alternate side parking, have seen a derelict or abandoned vehicle around for too long, or live on a street where cars are frequently parked without plates or tags (we’ve heard some dealers do this illegally), leave a detailed note in the comment section. Be as specific as possible with the location and description of the vehicle, amount of time you’ve seen it and – if you have one – provide a link to a photo.

Just a word to the wise: we ain’t the city. In fact, we have no power at all in this, except in helping to publicize the situation.

Here’s the best way to get something taken care of, and regardless of whether you post here, it should definitely be on your to-do list:

  • Call 311, provide as much information as they’ll take about the complaint. ASK FOR A REFERENCE NUMBER AND SAVE IT.
  • Since 311 will not work (we assure you, it won’t. But it’s still the first step), call Community Board 15 at (718) 332-3008 and describe the complaint to them, and give them the reference number you received from 311. Do the same with your City Councilmember (Lew Fidler – 718-241-9330; Mike Nelson – 718-368-9176).
  • Bonus points: Call the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611, and make another complaint for the hell of it. Just know that these complaints are not a priority to them – and, when you have shootings, stabbings, robberies, et cetera – that’s probably a good thing.
  • Wait two weeks. If nothing happens, e-mail us.

Is that a lot to do to get an illegally parked car removed? Hell yes. And it’s pretty much the same steps to get any quality-of-life concern addressed in the city, like having a litter basket picked up or tree branches removed.

Our opinion? When you add a very impersonal system like 311 to the mix, you’ve just wrapped every city agency in a protective layer of bubble wrap, where resident complaints come through muffled and distant. The computer storing your complaint isn’t going to vouch for you, it ain’t got your back, and it won’t be following up with agencies to make sure you’re being attended to. Agencies have learned that the majority of 311 complaints can be ignored without repercussions.

But ignoring a Community Board chairperson? Or a City Councilmember? That’s just not going to happen, that’s why the van was removed last week, and that’s why the above process, though exhausting, works.

So tell us about the illegally parked vehicle situation on your block, and we’ll see if we can find our readers a shortcut through the system by directing a bulk complaint to the Board and the Precinct.

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  1. I do not have a pic., but, there is a BUS on Avenue Y near Bedford Park that has been there a few months. White with a dark stripe. Out of state plate.

  2. I have a question for anyone who may be able to answer for me. I’ve called 311 and they have no clue what the answer is.
    Are you allowed to park a car with a cover on it (covering the entire car, license plate and all) on a city street? If so, how long is the car allowed to sit there without being moved.
    I have a neighbor that leaves his car for weeks, covered up. We have no clue if he has valid plates or valid registration title under the cover.

  3. No, the plate and registration is supposed to show if it is parked on the street.
    Any agency can remove the cover and run the vin if it has no plates.
    It can accrue summons on the vin and be towed by the city eventually.

  4. so what people do not live in the area? it’s free country, or at least it was free at some point…People could park wherever they want to park on any public space, it’s nobody’s business.

  5. Yes you are right, they can park anywhere and it still is a free country. So do not be surprised that if you make a spot a home something is done about it. Be thankful the property is not vandalized.

  6. It’s a free country until your actions affect mine. Coming into my neighborhood and taking up one or more public parking spots for an unlimited time is against the law here. You’re stopping me from the use and enjoyment of the public streets.

    And, in case you didn’t see all the crap that accumulated under that parked car in six months, you are putting the homeowner at risk. The homeowner of the adjacent property is required to keep the street clean 18″ out from the curb or they can be fined.

  7. It looks like the NY sticker was removed and now it is from PA.
    I love all the Pennsylvania, India, Ohio and Carolina plates.
    Funny that a lot of these states seem to have cars that are not drivable.

  8. There a car on Ave Y off Batchelder St near the 2520 parking lot. It’s been there months now and one of the window is broken and has Fla. Plates.

  9. There is a VW bus on E26th W/X for years and years. Cats live underenath it and someone even put food bowls underneath.

  10. There is a Ford Contour, with Florida license E45 7XS and PA inspection sticker located on the south side of Ave. S between Ocean Ave. and E 21st St. No Avenue S address, but it is located on Ave. S next to 2375 Ocean Avenue. It is a seafoam color, with patches of red showing through where the paint has worn away. Broken windshield, flat tires, etc. Been there since about March 2010.

  11. to be exact the bus has been there for the last 2 months. The bus takes up two spots an is located on Y and vetween east 23rd and 24th. Commerical vichels should not be standing in residential zones.

  12. to be exact the bus has been there for the last 2 months. The bus takes up two spots an is located on Y and vetween east 23rd and 24th. Commerical vichels should not be standing in residential zones.

  13. Yes, with a NY plate. I thought I saw out of state first time. I think the white van on the other side of the Avenue is a relative.
    East 26 street between Y and Z has 2 Vehicles. A car with no hood or seats and the one in front of it.


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