It’s Time for March (Cop Parking) Madness – Streetsblog New York City

It’s almost March, and you know what that means: It’s time for March (parking lot) Madness.

You know the drill: Every year, Streetsblog creates a bunch of NCAA-style NYPD neighborhoods that completely disrespect their neighbors by letting officers and employees illegally park their personal and official vehicles everywhere.

Do you remember the highlights from last year? The 110th in Queens, where cops even park in residents’ driveways. 52nd in the Bronx, where cops turn a bus lane into a parking lot. 34 in Manhattan, where the cops are so concerned about protecting their parking lot that they harassed our reporter! The 114th in Queens (the eventual winner!), which treats Astoria Boulevard like an airport taxi stand.

The entire contest is archived here, including a reminder of why we care so much about police fraud in the first place. Now is the time to offer your candidates. The only rule is that the enclosure cannot have competed last year. So let us know which neighborhoods near you deserve this year’s contest (and please don’t recommend 84th in downtown Brooklyn—it’s already on the list!). Simply put your nominations in the comments or email them to [email protected] All nominations will remain anonymous (we have PricewaterhouseCoopers on the case – that Oscar thing wasn’t the bean counters fault!).

In other slow Presidents Day news (not Presidents Day or Presidents Day, by the way):

  • The Times had fun with the newly gerrymandered 11th congressional district, which now connects insurgent-right Staten Island to socialist-left Park Slope. As good as the story is, we wish the editors of The Times lived in the city they’re supposed to cover so that blatant lies — like a Staten Islander claiming Park Slope isn’t “family” oriented — can be deleted.
  • As we mentioned in Monday’s headlines, Mayor Adams’ new approach to helping the homeless has gone into effect (New York Post). the Daily News says the homeless haven’t seen much change. The Post also reported that the program started slowly.
  • City bus pricing hits new high, the post office reported, but buried the lede: TWU Local 100 Vice President JP Patafio said buses should probably be free. Here here!
  • The post office took a long break on those super-fast grocery delivery apps that are ruining the city and exploiting workers. To curb these companies, Council Member Christopher Marte wants to stop apps from advertising how fast they are. (New York Post)
  • An elderly woman was struck and seriously injured by a driver in Brooklyn on Monday. (amNY, BoroParc24)
  • Our favorite former federal transportation agent, Larry Penner, played Scrooge against this proposed federal gas tax exemption. Good for him. (Washington Post)
  • Like the new from Streetsblog Podcast “The Brake”, car war featured Jessie Singer at the release of her new book, “There Are No Accidents.” It’s a great episode.
  • We’ve been saying it for years (and city health commissioner Dave Chokshi avoids it), but car noise causes mental illness. At least France is doing something. (NY Times)
  • And finally, our friend Charles Komanoff told us of the passing of “Bicycle Bob” Silverman, an extraordinary Montreal defender:

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