Art pranksters get drivers’ attention with fake parking tickets

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Don’t worry, motorists: the orange slip on your windshield isn’t that piece of paper you never want to see — it’s just one of those surveys you’re never going to fill out.

Activists working under the name Concerned New Yorkers have turned many drivers into concerned New Yorkers by placing questionnaires that look like parking tickets underneath wiper blades across the borough.

The rationale is simple: parking tickets are a surefire way to get a driver’s attention.

“We try to use modes of communication that are familiar to people in New York,” said Boris Rasin, 30, of Flatbush, one of the main contributors to Concerned New Yorkers. “The traffic ticket is a form of communication between the police and the people of the city. You see that and you get this animal response and know that the city just d----- you over.”

Concerned New Yorkers’ citations are more fun than ordinary parking tickets. First off, drivers who receive them don’t owe any money. Then there’s the quirky stuff inside the envelope, which encourages motorists to share their thoughts on the city’s police department.

The fake citations ask Brooklynites to draw faces that show their feelings about police policies including stop-and-frisk, subway bag searches, and the controversial surveillance initiative monitoring Muslims.

Drivers lucky enough to receive a mock ticket even get to write a haiku to the NYPD, and complete the following sentence: “If I was appointed Police Commissioner, the first thing I’d do is …”

Motorist Jerry Blackman was shocked to receive what he believed to be a parking ticket — then relieved that the familiar orange envelope on the windshield of his SUV actually contained a survey on the NYPD.

“I was pretty tame in my responses, but I did suggest that some public drinking should be allowed,” said Blackman.

The Brooklyn-based collective behind the fake tickets has already put them under the wipers in Williamsburg, Flatbush, and Sunset Park — gathering more than 100 responses in the process and posting many of them online.

But the internet isn’t the final stop for these petitions, according to Rasin.

“We’re going to take them to City Hall and find the most appropriate person and dump all the responses on their desk,” he said.

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Mickey Shea from Greenpoint says:
Nov. 30, 2012, 8:28 am
Joe Ski from Greenpoint says:
Collective? Lego or Borg? More, like yah, whimsical bullsh*t brought to you by useless Mom and Dad subsidized, wood splinter armed failed abortions from the wastelands of the Great Plains.
Nov. 30, 2012, 11:57 am
Mason from Billyburg says:
hey Mickey/Joe: why so mad? If I have the free time to design fake tickets, grow my beard, polish my monocle, etc., why shouldn't I? Don't hate on me cause you have to work and I don't
Nov. 30, 2012, 12:12 pm
William from Astoria says:
funny (sad?) how these dummies think life is a tv show and they're going to storm City Hall and dump a bunch of —— on someones desk as we all applaud
Nov. 30, 2012, 12:19 pm
Frank from Furter says:
not to mention that it is illegal in NY

call 311...make a complaint. Its a fine issued by the Department of Sanitation.
Nov. 30, 2012, 12:20 pm
jt from CG says:
A local councilman tried doing this as a way to canvas a few years ago..It was met with outrage and was shortlived..
Nov. 30, 2012, 1:29 pm
jt from CG says:
A local councilman tried doing this as a way to canvas a few years ago..It was met with outrage and was shortlived..
Nov. 30, 2012, 1:29 pm
Dan from Bensonhurst says:
Hey kids (depressing that I have to call some 30 year olds "kids"): I believe that at heart you really are concerned and want to help people and society... but this is NOT the way to do it. How about educating yourselves in one of the sciences or mathematics, or enlisting in a branch of our armed forces, or volunteering for public service? I think most mature adults will agree that "quirky stuff in envelopes" are exactly what we DON'T need
Nov. 30, 2012, 1:57 pm
Jim from Cobble says:
more crap we don't need from the trustifarian hipster transplants. They want to "communicate" something? Someone should communicate a middle finger to their face.
Nov. 30, 2012, 2:04 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
If I was appointed Police Commissioner, the first thing I’d do is order all officers to club anyone over the head that they catch putting mock tickets on a persons car.
Nov. 30, 2012, 2:18 pm
JAY from NYC says:
nice that these guys agreed to do an interview, now the cops know who to go and arrest as what they are doing is a crime. really ironic that a group who claims to want to improve the police are breaking the law. Can't wait for the "ironic" t-shirts from these pests.
Nov. 30, 2012, 2:31 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
It may be illegal to put advertising handbills but if it's "ART" it is protected speech.

But just for fun, lets waste their resources dragging it in to court and make them prove its ART!!!
Nov. 30, 2012, 4:03 pm
Old Manhe from the back porch says:
...and get the h_e_l_l off my lawn!
Nov. 30, 2012, 6:16 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
It's not art. These hipsters are so frustrated that nobody will recognized their belly button lint as art they are shoving it peoples windshield wipers. And still, nobody will recognize it as ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART. I saw dozens of these things cast on the ground as trash and sombody had to clean it up. just like the screaming subway preachers. Nobody will give you the time of day so you will kick it down out throats. Go the F home hipster!
Nov. 30, 2012, 7:36 pm
sledgehammer from Nieuw Breukelen says:
Why does everything have to be a "collective" with these fake artists? Replace the word Collective with Fraud and you've got it right.
Nov. 30, 2012, 8:16 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
OK - this is proof of how these f**cking 34 year old trustafarians...the "socially conscious faux urbanites who love the trappings of the working class, don't know sh*t about your average working stiff:

Regular Joe or Jane - late from dropping their kid off at school because they had to clear off the PBR cans off their stoop, run to their car while calling their boss to tell them they're gonna be late.

They check their phone and realize that traffic is messed up which is gonna make them more late for work.

They call their boss again. Boss gets p*ssed and reminds them they have an important client coming in at nine.

Joe or Jane - now stressed out run to their car spilling coffee on his suit (remember the important meeting with the client).

While cursing with the skill and imagination of a real Brooklynite, he steps in dog sh*t (or more common nowadays, the cr*p of locally sourced Vietnamese potbelly pigs).

Joe finally gets to his car (still cursing and cleaning cr*p off his shoes). And sees the ticket on his car.

Joe goes ballistic, kicks a tire, breaks a toes and spills his coffee on his briefcase. He grabs the ticket reads it and loses it when he realizes it's a prank.

he drives off like a lunatic( in the bike lane..which is bereft of cyclists) to make up for lost time.

At the next corner he looks to his right and sees Zander the quirky, free thinking artist/activist putting fake tickets on the wind shields of a Mini Cooper.

Joe or jane screeches to a halt, pops the trunk, pulls out a 3 foot section of rebar and proceeds to give Zander a cruelty filled, artisanal, locally sourced beating.

Hundreds of 34 year old social media interns and water tower photographers run out of the 12 coffee shops on the blocks yelling "SHAME!", blowing rape whistles and documenting the event with their i-phones for their gritty urban blogs (but the beating continues).

FOLLOWING DAY: Bushwick Daily runs an interview with an Anthropology professor from Brooklyn College citing how Zander's beating is a hate crime commited by unenlightened townies who are jealous of the creativity of "true Brooklynites".

Nov. 30, 2012, 8:47 pm
JAY from NYC says:
it does not matter if it is art or not, and saying its ok because its art is a false argument, it is not legal to put anything on anyone's vehicle, art or not, no first amendment issue here.
Dec. 1, 2012, 1:28 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
stuoid for sure bur not a thing to get a heqart atack over
Dec. 1, 2012, 5:23 pm
Skellatosis from BK says:
Go home back to the Midwest stupid hipster doofuses.
Dec. 1, 2012, 9:35 pm

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