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Tuesday’s Headlines: Here’s What Temp Tag Fraud Looks Like Edition

Used car dealers at this Bridgeton, N.J. compound issued 45,000 temporary license plates in 2022. Photo: Johnny Milano

Today is a huge day for our city and our nation: It's the day when Streetsblog publishes Part II of Jesse Coburn's exhaustive investigation into the black market for illegally issued temporary license plates (read Part I here).

Part II in the series. Clic to read. Illustration: Martin Schapiro
Part II in the series. Click to read. Illustration: Martin Schapiro
Part II in the series. Clic to read. Illustration: Martin Schapiro

In today's special episode, Coburn explores massive "multi-dealer locations," where lax state rules allow shady car dealers to churn out temporary license plates even with no discernible business. Make sure you check out the drone photo of one such "dealership." You'll notice how the parking lot is entirely empty of cars. Those dealers must be selling something other than autos, right?

Come for the great journalism, but stay for the new "Streetsblog Projects" website, designed by in-house graphics whiz kid Angel Mendoza. It's the slickest package we've put together in years.

In other news from a calm-before-the-storm kinda day:

    • OK, there is one other story that will dominate the news today besides Coburn's piece. (NYDN, NY Post, NY Times)
    • The MTA is trying to help struggling underground retailers. (NYDN)
    • Like Streetsblog, amNY and Crain's covered the Council's effort to restore some of Mayor Adams's budget cuts (though we and Gothamist focused on livable streets and transit budget lines).
    • Do you live in a "disadvantaged" community? Well, at least you'll get some state money. (Crain's)
    • Check out DOT's "car free Earth Day" event. (DOT website)
    • Parisians voted to ban e-scooters. Sacrebleu! (The Guardian)
    • Keep your head down if you're biking on the Hudson River Greenway. (Tribeca Citizen)
    • If anyone has a take on the Second Avenue Subway, it's Larry Penner. (Mass Transit)
    • Finally, the final matchup of our monthlong March (Parking) Madness is set: It's the 43rd Precinct of The Bronx vs. the 75th Precinct of Brooklyn, thanks to the Crown Heights command's victory on Monday in the Eastern Regional final. Check out the climactic battle later this week. And look at the bracket below to see the contest so far:
The contest so far.
The contest so far.
The contest so far.

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