108th Precinct Cracks Down on Sidewalk Parking — NYPD Placard Holders Not Included

A year into Mayor de Blasio's "crackdown," cops and other placard-holding city employees know they can still leave their personal vehicles anywhere they damn well please.

Typical conditions outside the 108th Precinct in Long Island City. And every other NYPD station house. Image: Google Maps
Typical conditions outside the 108th Precinct in Long Island City. And every other NYPD station house. Image: Google Maps

The 108th Precinct, in Long Island City, wants locals to know police take illegal parking seriously, so long as the driver doesn’t have a police placard.

All over the city, streets and sidewalks in the vicinity of NYPD precincts are jammed with illegally parked cars that belong to cops. Conditions outside 108th Precinct are particularly awful. Lined with combat-parked NYPD vehicles and cops’ personal cars, the sidewalks on 50th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Fifth Street, where the station house is located, are virtually impassable.

After “numerous” complaints from residents and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer’s office, on Wednesday the precinct assured the public that it had gotten the message, announcing a ticket sweep.

But police only summonsed the handful of vehicles that didn’t have placards. Macartney Morris, chair of the Transportation Alternatives Queens committee, counted four tickets among 30 to 40 cars parked on the sidewalk.

As of Thursday morning, tweeted Rodrigo Salazar, it was business as usual on 50th Avenue.

“The Patrol Guide specifically reminds officers there’s no situation where they can use their placard to park on the sidewalk,” wrote watchdog @placardabuse. “Since the officers benefit from using their positions to break the law, this is clear-cut misconduct.”

Misconduct schmisconduct. A year into Mayor de Blasio’s “crackdown,” cops and other placard-holding city employees know they can still leave their personal vehicles anywhere they damn well please.

  • Adrian Horczak

    There is a subway station a measly 160 ft away, and this is right next to Manhattan, where all subways meet. There’s no excuse to drive here!

  • Fool

    Unless you have free parking and toll-free bridges to get there.

  • Vooch

    Free Parking is a taxable benefit. Federal law requires withholding for this benefit.

    With parking costing upwards of $800/month; the city needs to withhold about $150 per paycheck from every placard holder

  • J

    What does it take to sue about this? It’s clearly illegal, and it’s blatantly obvious that it’s being done. My understanding is that you need standing, but surely someone has been injured in a place where cops being parked on the sidewalk has contributed. On 151st St, there is literally no sidewalk due to how the cops park.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0bcdfe39d1fb0b65c8034336fecc10aaab7784cc6819d49526804455f531bb80.png

    https://goo.gl/maps/M1V8toUdNQ42

  • Adrian Horczak

    Since the width of the available sidewalk is less than 3 ft, someone can sue that it violates ADA-compliance.

  • Ken Dodd

    We need to get disability rights advocates on this. They regularly sue businesses for not providing disabled access – these arrogant law breaking sidewalk parking NYPD assholes are ripe for such a lawsuit on the grounds that they create dangerous conditions for people with disabilities. I’m thinking maybe @DRNY_org

  • cynic728

    ? If you live on LI? So you should park in somebody else’s neighborhood and take subway from there to get to your precinct? Not saying that parking on the sidewalk is ok though.

  • Adrian Horczak

    As long as you park in a legal spot, it’s okay.

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