Sections

Civic groups pledge funds to buy Denver boot

A wave of illegal parking in Marine Park and Mill Basin has civic leaders scurrying for relief

Brooklyn Daily
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Cops from the 63rd Precinct are receiving an early Christmas present to help them nail repeat parking bandits — a truck-sized wheel clamp from the neighborhood’s civic groups.

Civic associations in Marine Park, Mill Basin, and surrounding communities are so fed up with the fleet of commercial trucks using their neighborhoods as a personal parking garage that they’ve decided to chip in and buy an auto immobilizer — better down as the Denver boot — to combat the wave of illegal parking.

“Our cops ticket them, the driver’s pay the tickets, and they’re back in the same spot that night!” said Paul Curiale, president of the Mill Basin Civic Association. “Provide the boot, and that’s a whole other story.”

Trucks have been parking illegally in major intersections for years, with most of the illicit parking occurring on Avenue U between E. 57th and E. 58th streets, and on Bergen Avenue, according to Curiale, who added that one flagrant parking hog was a poster boy for the disturbance.

“We’ve had a problem with the same truck for years,” Curiale said. “He’s been ticketed over and over, but the precinct doesn’t have a boot, so he just keeps paying the tickets.”

Curiale and Marine Park Civic Association President Jim Ivaliotis have pledged funds to buy the clamp, which costs from $100 to $600.

Ivaliotis was delighted that cops would soon be able to put the brakes on outlaw motorists — especially scofflaws.

“A lot of these guys have more than one outstanding fine on their trucks,” he said. “If they’re booted, they have to call someone to take it off and deal with their other fines in the process.”

The city currently has just one NYPD tow truck to haul off unlawfully parked vehicles, and it’s in that other borough across the East River, according to a police spokesman.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:


Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Hey there, Brooklyn Daily reader!

Yes, you’re in the right place — Brooklyn Paper is the new online home of BrooklynDaily.com.

So bookmark this page, and remember check it throughout the day for the latest stories from your neighborhood — and across this great borough of ours.