When Good Cops Park Badly


Chinatown residents and business owners have fired off another salvo in downtown Manhattan’s street parking wars. They held a press conference Wednesday morning to tout a new report by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives which documents just how bad the abuse of free street parking privileges by police, court officers and other municipal workers has become in lower Manhattan.

On March 29, two TA volunteers were detained and questioned by police for photographs of cars parked on the sidewalk outside the 5th Precinct in Chinatown as part of this survey.

But that didn’t deter the rest of the TA team, who managed to document a whopping 115 illegally parked cars blocking sidewalks, crosswalks, and fire hydrants between 9 and 10 a.m. that morning, in a five-block area bounded by Canal Street, the Brooklyn Bridge, Centre Street, and the Bowery.


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