Street Cheats Are Bullish on Pine Street in the Financial District

If only NYPD could do something about placard abusers clogging the streets.

Streets in the Financial District predate the automobile and are very narrow by today’s standards. Park cars on both sides and you’re likely to get a bottleneck that jams up surrounding blocks.

But tell that to the placard-holding Street Cheats who frequently take over both curbs on Pine Street between William and Nassau, causing headache-inducing scenes like the one captured on video by our tipster.

Metered commercial parking lines the south side of Pine, and the north side is a no standing zone. Where there’s designated car-free curb space, however, there are bound to be placard abusers to fill it up.

Placards also bring an unmanageable amount of traffic to downtown streets. A study by Bruce Schaller estimated that 19,200 vehicles are drawn into Manhattan by free placard parking every day. Letting placard holders park all over the place compounds the problem.

“This is one of the worst pedestrian experiences in the whole city and these placard holders are a big reason why,” writes our tipster. “Aside from the white box truck, the only non-placards parked here were two cars with people sitting in them with the engines running.”

Congestion pricing would help thin traffic in Lower Manhattan. And as our tipster suggests, so would a network of downtown streets that prioritize walking and limit motor vehicle traffic to deliveries.

Watch in the video as police from the 1st Precinct get bogged down with everyone else. If only NYPD could do something about placard abusers clogging the streets.

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  • Driver

    Where are the placard abusers? I see delivery trucks on both sides of the street and enough room for traffic to pass. It seems to me the problem highlighted in this video is impatient cops.

  • JarekFA

    From the Placard Abuse map:

    The white box truck (not the Fresh Direct) is parked in a no standing zone (and also partially blocking the crosswalk). It cannot access the commercial loading parking because it has placards (in addition to loading vehicles).

  • ohnonononono

    Pine Street would be a perfect candidate for pedestrianization. I don’t think any garage entrances front Pine Street. Deliveries should be allowed during overnight hours.

    If we had an actual progressive for a mayor we’d have a pedestrian zone covering the narrow streets of the Financial District, as has been done in most older European city centers at this point. Even car-obsessed Italy has begun to open up formerly-congested streets to pedestrians in its centers. I wonder if he’s noticed on his yearly vacations, or if he travels by SUV over there too…

  • Jim Quinn

    Take it from someone who walks on that street every day – the Fresh Direct truck you see in the video is parked at the southwest corner of Pine and Nassau (on Pine) every single morning for hours.

  • iSkyscraper

    NYPD and DEP cars park nonstop along Horace Harding Expressway (no parking zone) near their buildings at Horace Harding and Junction Blvd. Dozens every day.


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