Cop shack shock on DeBlasio’s block - Brooklyn Paper

Cop shack shock on DeBlasio’s block

Huddle house: Some neighbors are annoyed at this new police pod in front of Mayor DeBlasio’s townhouse.
Photo by Steve Schnibbe

The mayor’s new guardhouse has already landed him in the doghouse.

A mini-police fortress installed on the road in front of Mayor DeBlasio’s Park Slope townhouse (at left) is the latest in a series of heavy-duty security measures that has some neighbors eager to see the First Family pack up and leave already.

“It is an eyesore,” seethed next-door neighbor Lourdes Leong, referring to the security shack. “I thought he already moved to Gracie Mansion — why does it take so long?”

The Sloper-in-chief announced on Dec. 12 that he and his family would make the move from their three-story pad to the city-owned mansion in Manhattan, but has not yet declared a date for the big schlep, leaving neighbors to deal with frequent closures of the 11th Street block between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, a constant media presence, and, since Thursday, the loss of two parking spaces to the new hut.

The parking space erasure worsens an already-nightmarish situation for car owners, Leong said.

The police booth is equipped with picture windows on all four sides and comes with a 24-hour sentinel. Security cameras also went up outside the DeBlasio abode last week, according to another longtime neighbor who is less bothered by all the hubbub.

“In a way, it is a good thing,” said Alan Emdin, who lives four doors down.

Police headquarters did not return repeated calls for comment on such burning questions as where the guard goes to the bathroom.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Look out: A cop mans the new security booth.
Photo by Steve Schnibbe

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