Coming Tuesday: A Hot Mess at Borough Hall As Adams Addresses Placard Abuse
If Brooklyn Borough President Adams is really willing to take placard abuse seriously, he’d better plan for a long night on Tuesday.
That’s because the Beep — who announced the 5:30 p.m. “town hall” on placards after he got lured into a Twitter feud with @CorruptBrooklyn over the cop- and court-adjacent mess at Jay and Tillary streets — is likely to get an earful from New Yorkers who are fed up with New York’s most common form of public corruption.
Certainly Adams doesn’t need a reminder that placard abuse is pretty much everywhere in Brooklyn:
- Cadman Plaza West and Cadman Plaza East, which both have become private parking lots for state and federal court employees, and other city officials who work in Downtown Brooklyn
- Nearly everywhere in Bay Ridge
- Near the Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus depot on Fillmore Avenue between E. 49th Street and Utica Avenue in Marine Park
- Literally every police station house (where the drivers are lousy, too)
- Literally every post office
- Streets that surround Dean Playground
- Atlantic Avenue and Hoyt Street, where Department of Corrections employees stash their cars during work
- Many spots around every school
- Brooklyn entrance ramps to the Manhattan Bridge
- New York Community Hospital on Kings Highway.
There’s no agenda for the public meeting — and it could last into Wednesday if all the safe-street advocates and other opponents of placard abuse show up. Adams said he invited both the Department of Transportation and the NYPD, but neither responded to Streetsblog if they plan to attend. And Adams himself said he has a lot to say on the topic, telling Streetsblog through a spokesman that the public forum will be a two-way dialogue.
Good — because for Borough President Eric Adams placard abuse begins at home.
Oh wow, look at this very totally legitimate parking sign in the park just outside Borough Hall.
They must be cutting the poor DOT budget if they’re just making signs like this now. pic.twitter.com/GrF3DQuVBQ
— Jeremy Wilcox (@jwilcox79) August 28, 2019
Downtown Brooklyn is where city officials, including those in the Beep’s office, park anywhere they want with impunity. At Borough Hall itself an orange cone and a piece of paper is supposed to denote an illegal parking spot on the sidewalk for the Borough President’s car; and a city worker allegedly wrongfully booted an elderly woman for parking in a spot reserved for Adam’s employees, according to the Daily News.
And in the Jay Street turning lane last week — the impetus for Tuesday’s meeting — one driver put the results of his 2018 Police Officer Exam on the dashboard of his car. He passed with a B-, according to the Brooklyn Paper, which reported the unique display of placard abuse.
So it’s understandable that placard fighters would view Tuesday’s town hall with jaded eyes.
“After years of refusing to address the illegal activities of his former colleagues and his own staff that beleaguer all of Downtown Brooklyn, he has at least acknowledged that it is an issue that merits his attention,” the anonymous keeper of the @placardabuse Twitter account told Streetsblog in a statement. “There is no reason that a meeting is necessary, though. We all know what the problem is, so we are skeptical. A stronger leader would just stand up and do the right thing, without wasting everybody’s time.”
But Adams did create the forum itself, even though its birth was part “Birth of a Nation.” After @corruptbrooklyn taunted Adams, saying he was “too scared” to take on the placard-abusing cops on Jay Street, Adams replied that @corruptbrooklyn’s anonymity was “in the tradition of others who hit themselves with white hoods” — a reference to the KKK.
Not sure of what you are talking about but the greatest level of fear is reflected in people who hide their faces while throwing insults. My life work speaks of my courage. Your hidden face is in the tradition of others who hid themselves with white hoods
— Eric Adams (@BPEricAdams) August 28, 2019
It is unclear if any of today’s placard abusers are also Klansmen, but the issue of placard corruption has turned out to be as difficult to wipe out as racism itself. Streetsblog has been around since 2006 — and one of our very first posts reported on city officials’ rampant placard abuse and illegal parking.
And this isn’t the first time placard abuse has brought out strong emotions from a Brooklyn elected official — State Senator Kevin Parker told GOP spokeswoman Candice Giove to “kill” herself after she outed him for illegally parking in a bike lane last year.
Brooklyn Borough President Town Hall on Placard Abuse at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon St. near Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn), Sept. 3 at 5:30 pm.