Neighborhood police to ticket scofflaw drivers on Jay Street, Court Street, and Flatbush Avenue

Downtown cops vow to give double-parkers the full-court press

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Downtown cops are gearing up to crack down on double-parking with a ticketing spree meant to make the city’s mean streets safer.

The NYPD announced the double-parking crackdown, dubbed “Operation Move Along,” last week, and Downtown’s 84th Precinct says there is plenty of work to be done. Jay Street — especially from Fulton to Tillary streets, pictured — and nearby Court Street and Flatbush Avenue are lousy with illegally parked vehicles, according to neighborhood cops, who are ready to whip out their citation books as soon as they get the okay from higher-ups.

“With the weather warming up, Jay Street is going to be a big focus down there,” said Capt. Maximo Tolentino, the 84th Precinct’s commanding officer. “We’re going to have real zero tolerance.”

Cops surveyed eight corridors throughout the city in preparation for the clampdown, which will start on March 16 after the police department finishes warning store owners and commercial vehicle drivers to keep the streets clear. Jay Street is a particularly lawless stretch where drivers double-park over and over again despite occasional enforcement by neighborhood cops, according to Tolentino, echoing concerns raised by Jay Street bike commuters, drivers, and pedestrians at a town hall forum on Monday night.

“I can get 10 cops to sweep that street, and if they come back an hour later, it will be filled again,” he said.

The precinct issued 545 double-parking tickets in 2013 and 589 in 2012, according to Tolentino.

Court and corrections officers often double-park around the courts Downtown, a problem that could be alleviated if “traffic down there would keep moving,” Tolentino added.

A road safety activist applauded police for taking steps to combat scofflaw drivers who he says create unsafe conditions for others on the road.

“Double-parked vehicles block sight lines for pedestrians who are attempting to cross streets and they also present a danger for cyclists and other motorists,” said Brian Zumhagen, spokesman for the car critic group Transportation Alternatives.

Jay Street was voted Brooklyn’s scariest bike lane by our readers in 2012 and Downtown regulars want the city to install protected bicycle paths along both sides of the treacherous stretch to make it safer, many said at Monday night’s brainstorming session, which was hosted by Transportation Alternatives.

Police headquarters did not respond to repeated requests for comment on which other borough corridors will be targeted, if any.

The double-parking suppression effort follows a borough-wide police crackdown on jaywalkers and a series of initiatives by Park Slope’s precinct targeting reckless drivers. The campaigns are part of Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero push to bring citywide traffic deaths down to zero by 2024.

— with Matthew Perlman

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
NYPD is pretty quick with the tow trucks on Flatbush Avenue. Thats just regular citizens. Lets see them clear Jay Street.. It never, ever happen. Know why? It's all cops and court officials parked illegally. And all the side streets near Willoughby street. That is reserved for illegal FDNY parking. They will never clear Jay Street.
March 12, 2014, 3:54 am
Rider from Brooklyn says:
Thank you!!!!
March 12, 2014, 8:17 am
driver 8 from brooklyn says:
Step in the right direction, but still so frustrating.
Why do cops need to "get the okay from higher-ups" to ticket illegally parked vehicles? Isn't it their job?
And 545 tickets issued in a YEAR? That's less than 2 per day in a corridor that's clogged with double parked vehicles all the time. Hundreds every day double parking and never getting ticketed.
It's amazing how in NYC enforcement is viewed as either impossible or as some big extra special effort.
March 12, 2014, 8:33 am
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
It is a start.
March 12, 2014, 8:47 am
ty from pps says:
"who are ready to whip out their citation books as soon as they get the okay from higher-ups"

The sad state of affairs. Can't enforce the laws unless it's first cleared with the corruption monitors.
March 12, 2014, 8:56 am
Brooklynite from Brooklyn says:
This is good news, but the 84th could write 545 double parking tickets in a day, not a year. Sometimes the worst offenders are the police themselves!

Please step up efforts to make this street safer. I use it every day on foot and on my bike and it's a death trap.
March 12, 2014, 9:23 am
jeanwheels from Bay Ridge says:
Until the police, FDNY, court officers, and judges can't illegally park on the street and the sidewalks, things will never change. Bratton: how about this "broken window?"
March 12, 2014, 11:58 am
faccheker says:
Death trap, Brooklynite? One of the facts at Monday's workshop is that no one has died in the past ten years.

Like most folks, ty and driver 8 don't seem to understand how uniformed services work.
March 12, 2014, 12:20 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Parking needs to be a lot more expensive there. Then there would be a place for these cars to park legally.
March 12, 2014, 2:23 pm
ty from pps says:
Unfortunately, facchecker, it seems that we *do* understand how uniformed services work...
March 12, 2014, 4:58 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
↑↑↑↑↑He's right, you know↑↑↑↑↑.
March 12, 2014, 6:01 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
For the record, I don't condone double parking, and I don't even try that myself. However, the problem is that most of those that do it are the ones enforcing the law, so it's like telling the police to give themselves tickets. I do believe that the police should start with themselves along with other public workers and civil servants that park illegally, which the city can make a huge fortune on with just them alone, before going to others. As for making parking expensive, it already is and it feels like this is just sticking it to the little guy, plus motorists already get fines for any parking/moving violations that are already high as is, which far more than what cyclists/pedestrians get for breaking the laws when caught, and this is without even bringing up the surcharges hence being the cash cow.
March 12, 2014, 6:38 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
The only way to make this work is protected bike lanes that removes all possibility of parking. I have my problems with cyclists running lights but privileged parking is the real problem here. Ticketing and towing will not do it because the privileged will always be exempt. Any possibility of parking between Tillary and Fulton must be removed.
March 12, 2014, 8:10 pm
Brooklyn real........... from downtown says:
You are all right , everything is the polices fault, I think that the police should just go on strik for about a week, and everything will be fine , we can do without them .................
March 12, 2014, 9:15 pm
SwampYankee from runiend Brooklyn says:
Love the cops and firemen and have worked with them for years but there is a culture of entitlement when it comes to parking. Take a look at the TIllary street off ramp of the BQE. All around the ramp are illegally parked personal vehicles owned by cops and fireman. I take the subway to work or pay for parking. I work for the City. Why are they entitled? Actually, they are not, they just don't ticket their brothers.
March 13, 2014, 6:24 am
driver 8 from brooklyn says:
I'm sure we would all be grateful if faccheker would explain it to us, so we could "understand how uniformed services work". Seriously, I would be really interested to hear the rationale.
Because what we're all dealing with is a traffic and parking nightmare, which would be significantly improved if there were more enforcement. I've lived in a lot of other cities where there is good enforcement, and it works.
So what is it about "how uniformed services work" that we don't understand, faccheker?
March 13, 2014, 10:32 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
SwampYankee, I would rather not have a protected bike lane, just having the laws enforced, and it will not cost a lot compared to having that there especially when it will barely be used and even cost a travel lane in the process.
March 13, 2014, 6:32 pm
ty from pps says:
Why does this tal-bot continually post the same things? You would think in this era of technology, the programmer could come up with something less stupid and repetitive.
March 13, 2014, 9:26 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
What is that ty has against taking decaff that makes him so bent out of shape at night?
March 14, 2014, 2:51 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:

"law enforced" doesn't save lives. Protected bike lanes do.
March 15, 2014, 3:44 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Other Michael, did you have problems sleeping last night, because your latest comment sound like that?
March 15, 2014, 2:11 pm
bkdude64 says:
Happy purim Tal
March 15, 2014, 7:55 pm
George Rodriguez from Lower East Side says:
Curbside parking should be the full price comparable to at any garage. It's not "sticking the little guy" as it's obvious that only a fraction of the public gets around by car and it's usually the ones who are better off.
March 15, 2014, 8:09 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
The police don't have to abide by alternate side parking rules either. I see the cops just walk up to the car, take a look and carry on. Their is something on the car that tells the parking cop that is is a cop's car.
March 16, 2014, 4:56 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
After all those years of Kelly, Bratton is going to have his work cut out for him in reforming the most corrupt police force in the country.
March 16, 2014, 4:57 pm
Matt from brooklyn heights says:
firehouse 224 has tons of illegal double park cars and numerous calls to 311 results in the following "the police dept responded to the complaint and determined that police action was not necessary."

Really? Three Illegal double park cars on top of the sidewalk that can't be used as a sidewalk and police action is not necessary?
Jan. 22, 2015, 7:57 pm

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