Eyes on the Street: Sidewalk Hogging A-OK With NYPD

Reader Marc Norman sends this shot of sanctioned law-breaking from Kent Ave. and Broadway in North Brooklyn.

SUVs parked on the sidewalks as far as the eye can see all under the watchful eyes of NYC traffic (see scooter also on sidewalk). A cop saw me taking the photo and assured me it was OK because Bloomberg was speaking at Giando. Actually, it makes it worse.

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