We received the photo above from reader Boris P., who writes, “Luxurious life in Sheepshead Bay. The neighborhood is in constant change for many years now. Three $100,000 cars for one household says it all.”
Actually, to me it doesn’t say much. What’s more telling is that not one of these three cars – one of which, I believe, is illegally parked – has a New York State license plate. All three are Florida.
I’ve heard from residents (and noticed myself) that a walk down any block in Sheepshead Bay will yield several cars with out of state registration. As much as I would like to believe our area is becoming more of a tourist destination, I ain’t buying it.
I also don’t mean to put an undue spotlight on the person who owns the above vehicles. He’s just a small part of a larger trend, and there could be, conceivably, thousands of legitimate reasons to justify the scene we see here. That’s why we’re not running the location of the photo, and any attempt to put it in the comments will result in its immediate deletion.
If drivers are indeed scamming the system by registering their vehicles out of state to save money, as we constantly hear, how can authorities go about stopping it?
UPDATE (9/15/201): The homeowner called us to request we remove the photo, saying he has received “hate calls” in connection to this post. As a compromise, we’ve decided to edit out the house and blur the license plates.