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Call it a game of pass-the-truck.

Someone apparently abandoned a tractor-trailer on a section of Flatbush Avenue near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden months ago — and no department in the city is taking responsibility for cleaning it up.

“I have seen this tractor-trailer abandoned since at least November,” said Olgierd Bilanow, a Ditmas Park resident who passes the big rig frequently while walking through Prospect Park.

Bilanow called 311 several times, only to be directed to the Department of Sanitation, which is in charge of removing vehicles without license plates. But even after those calls, the truck, which has Tennessee plates but no company markings, remains — with a thick layer of dirt around it unreachable by street sweepers.

This reporter called the Department of Sanitation about the truck, only to be told by a spokeswoman that because the trailer is in Prospect Park, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

This reporter then called the Department of Parks and Recreation, where a spokeswoman said that because the vehicle is parked on Flatbush Avenue it is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation.

This reporter then called the Department of Transportation, only to be told by a spokeswoman to contact the police department.

An NYPD spokesman directed this reporter to contact the precinct closest to the vehicle.

A spokesman for the 71st Precinct said that the truck doesn’t sit in his coverage area, and repeated calls to the 78th Precinct’s community affairs office were not answered.

A trucking industry expert told this newspaper it is not unusual for struggling independent truckers who aren’t part of larger fleets to abandon aging tractors — especially if the truck is in need of costly repairs — because properly disposing of such vehicles can be expensive.

The audacity of someone abandoning a truck in the most famous of Brooklyn’s parks and on the best-known of borough roadways, however, is a bit much for Bilanow to take.

“In and of itself, it’s just a magnet for graffiti. And in theory, terrorism-wise, if you can abandon a tractor-trailer in New York City, what else can you do?” the concerned citizen said.

But the real problem is more simple than that.

“It’s just the idea that you can dump a tractor-trailer and nobody cares,” Bilanow said.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Other Michael from Park Slope says:
" because the trailer is in Prospect Park, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation."

Am I missing something. That truck is on Flatbush Ave, not in Prospect Park.
April 10, 2013, 6:46 am
Rob from Williamsburg says:
Trailers are left abandoned on Kent Avenue near the Navy Yard all the time.
April 10, 2013, 7:22 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
Trailers are abandoned all the time. Its more unusual to have a cab abandoned. When it finally towed, it will be auctioned off. The City will make the towing back in the auction.
April 10, 2013, 11:01 am
Cara from Crown Heights says:
Flatbush Ave runs through the park
April 10, 2013, 11:52 am
ty from pps says:
So... If a car or truck was abandoned on one of the "transverses" in Central Park (since those are *in* the park), DSNY, NYPD, and the DOT would say, "That's the Park's Department jurisdiction."?!?!

I don't think so.

The fact that anyone even has the THOUGHT that Flatbush Avenue is *in* the park is either dumb, delusional or just doesn't want to do their job... or a wonderful combination of all of the above.
April 10, 2013, 12:45 pm
ty from pps says:
I wonder if the MTA says "Oh, that's the Park's Department jurisdiction" if there's a problem with the Triboro Bridge. After all, it is *in* Randall's Island Park.
April 10, 2013, 1:03 pm
Smokey from Battle Pass says:
Nobody could hide a big bomb in there, could they? Call the Department of Homeland Security!! Really-- they couldn't be LESS responsive.

What the eff is Bloomturd doing, or the corrupt state assemblyman, city council jerk, Community Board joker etc?
April 13, 2013, 12:35 am
Green Thumbs Up from PPSW says:
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens should propose turning it into a sustainable food truck! All menu items could be grown on the roof of the trailer which would also accommodate up to 30 diners. It could be retrofitted to run off it's own cooking oil. Let's get creative folks!
April 14, 2013, 11:17 am
Green Thumbs Up from PPSW says:
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens should propose turning it into a sustainable food truck! All menu items could be grown on the roof of the trailer which would also accommodate up to 30 diners. It could be retrofitted to run off it's own cooking oil. Let's get creative folks!
April 14, 2013, 11:17 am
Trucking Company LLC from Brooklyn says:
Very nice truck, id pay a few thousand $ if the owner was present, whats sad is that if it was junked it would bring 4 or 5k $$, so it would make money disposing of it. its a classic 1994 379 Peterbilt, look up the retail price.
Jan. 30, 2014, 8:22 pm

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