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Cops tow jalopy filled with junk from Slope street

Gone: Police on Tuesday towed a car-jam packed with garbage, the sight of which infuriated residents of the Sixth Avenue block it was parked on since June 29.
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Talk about cleaning up the streets!

Officers with the 78th Precinct towed a graffiti-covered, trash-stuffed sedan from the Sixth Avenue parking space it occupied for more than a week on Tuesday — roughly 24 hours after the Brooklyn Paper was first to report on neighbors’ frustration with officials over their refusal to remove the dump on wheels, and days after local police told one Sloper they couldn’t get rid of the ride.

A neighborhood-coordination officer from the precinct oversaw the car’s removal after police on Monday gave its owner a day to move it herself and she did not, according to a resident of the Sixth Avenue block between Fourth and Fifth streets where the vehicle sat for days, who requested anonymity after he tipped this newspaper off to the junk-packed jalopy.

And now that authorities hauled away the vehicle, every item within it must be catalogued per department policy, according to the resident.

“I was told that if the police had to resort to that, they would have to voucher all the contents of the car,” he said. “They were excellent. Some neighbors claim they took too long, but not me. I think they did a great job.”

The local first spotted the four-wheeled landfill — which was legally parked, and bears a valid license plate — on June 29, and another neighbor said the rumor was that a tow truck dragged the thing there in the dead of night.

“Another neighbor saw it towed here Friday night, I’m guessing it’s a private towing company somebody paid off,” said Arnold Sitruk.

And that would make sense, considering the driver’s seat — and every other inch of the nasty Toyta’s interior — was full to bursting with spent cans, empty bottles, bulging garbage bags, rotten rugs, two pairs of crutches, at least one copy of Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl,” a broom, and some old luggage, along with whatever else lays beneath the visible filth inside the gas-powered dump — which a third block resident described as “a crime scene.”

A fourth block resident said he sought cops’ help in getting rid of the trashy ride days before they resorted to towing it, but police initially told him there was little they could do aside from continue to ticket it under alternate-side parking rules, because it occupied a legal parking space and had current plates. The car’s only violation is a seemingly expired inspection sticker, which can result in fines and tickets, according to state law.

“They basically said there’s nothing they can do,” said Steve Kabacinski, a 65-year Slope resident.

And as long as vehicles have valid license plates, they cannot be towed by the city’s Department of Sanitation either, according to a spokeswoman.

Before cops carted away the car, a missing front-passenger-side window made it a garbage fire waiting to happen, according to Sitruk, who said all it would take is one vandal with a lit match to turn the quality-of-life issue into something far worse.

“Anybody can throw a match in there,” he said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 7:55 pm, July 11, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Homey from Crooklyn says:
LOL the city won't tow it because there's no money in it for them...gangsters!
July 9, 6:56 am
Paul from Williamsburg says:
Here's an idea: someone take justice into their own hands and remove the license plates. Then call Sanitation again about the illegally dumped, unregistered car.
July 9, 8:43 am
Mike from Slope says:
We need to turn the entire neighborhood into hourly parking with strict towing. Private cars should be stored in garages overnight, not on the street.
July 9, 8:59 am
J from Elmhurst says:
FYI, I had the same problem in my neighborhood, abandoned vehicle with plates, never moved for over six months. There is a NYC law that states no vehicle may stay parked in one spot on a public street, unmoved, for more than seven (7) days. Only the NYPD can ticket for that offense, but once they ticket it for not moving for more than seven days (they mark the tires with the date and hash mark with white or yellow chalk to check with after 7 days), they CAN tow the vehicle off the street. This is the complaint to submit with 311, for NYPD to ticket and tow for non-moving vehicle after seven days. The service to have it towed by NYPD in their lingo is Road & Tow service, which is the NYPD tow trucks that pull them from the streets.
July 9, 10:20 am
Law & Disorder from North Carolina says:
Hellow The plates are current Trace the owner DAAAA>
Health Code Violation
July 9, 10:53 am
ty from pps says:
sanitation should boot the car - that will fix it
July 9, 1:52 pm
AMH says:
And I spent money on a dumpster! Silly me should have just bought a junker and filled it up.
July 9, 2:44 pm
Joe from Bed-Stuy says:
That's nothing. On Franklin Street in Bed-Stuy we have a guy who has two pick-up trucks piled high and overflowing with air conditioners, broken appliances, bicycles and any kind of scrap metal. The trucks are never emptied and there are piles of extra materials dumped on the sidewalks- he is more of a hoarder than a recycler.
July 10, 9:23 am
Joe the Dough from Bed-Stuy says:
Always wondered about those trucks on Franklin. Been there for years.

The line about not being able to tow is BS. The city goes through with boot & tow crews all the time, when it suits their purpose to enforce the myriad laws that allow towing.
July 10, 11:33 am
JD from Sheepshead Bay says:
...and yet I saw a scooter towed away from the Slope on June 1st because the inspection was due in May.

I agree with Homer...it's a money grab.
July 10, 11:40 am
Binches from DUMBO says:
Tow it away & put in a new Citi Bike station. That's my solution.
July 10, 2:26 pm
Jennifer from Prospect Heights says:
The war against women continues clearly!
July 10, 5:07 pm
Caroline Charles from Stuyvesant Heighs says:
What until the rats discover the car. Sad!
July 10, 7:15 pm
R.W.Smith from Windsor Terrace says:
Several of the comments here are politically-oriented troll posts, likely from the same account/bot:

Jennifer from Prospect Heights says:
The war against women continues clearly!

Pamela from DUMBO says:
Offensive to women !!!

Feminist from Park Slope says:
This is an all-out attack on women. The vast majority of parkers are female. This male car (privilege) has inserted itself without consent into what used to be a safe space.
I don’t think any of us can truly feel safe again until it removed, or replaced with something visually pleasing.

Irrelevant, disrespectful and sexist AF. Please remove and ban those bots!
July 11, 11:24 am
Andrew from Park Slope says:
"Feminist from Park Slope" should have their own blog.
July 11, 11:56 am
Tyler from pps says:
There's nothing they can do except ticket it for alternate sides?

It's a no parking zone during street cleaning times. That makes no sense. Yeah, towing is over the top in most cases, but how is that not well within the rules for parking enforcement?

"I know it's blocking the entrance to the firehouse and the fire trucks can't exit the building, but all we can do is give the car a ticket! What else could we possible do?"
July 11, 12:16 pm
Frank from Furter says:
All of NYC is a towing zone for illegally parked cars including alternate street parking. Its true they don't normally tow for alternate street parking or illegally parked at a meter but they can...
July 11, 4:39 pm
Zaxby says:
how is this news? is this how low we have gone now?
July 11, 9:16 pm
Samantha from Park Slope says:
I noticed this about a week ago. To me it was just a curiosity (then again, I don’t live right in front of it). I’d be interested to hear if you could find the owner and an explanation of how/why it got there, why is it filled with junk, etc. So bizarre.
July 11, 9:54 pm
Resident from Park Slope says:
Hi. My neighbor uses his very nice BMW SUV to store ski equipment and winter clothes. He rarely moves his car. Can the NYPD come by to tow it? Thanks.
July 12, 9:18 am
JJ from The slope says:
Great job community ! Now the PD will have to spend countless OT to properly voucher everything with hazmat suits costing the city thousands of dollars for what junk. Maybe resources are better spent fighting some kind of crime ?
July 12, 9:24 am
Walker from Park Slope says:
The idiot who owns this car should have put a fake NYPD placard on the dash and parked it by a police precinct. They never would have towed it.
July 12, 9:28 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Would have made a good episode of "Hoarders!"
July 12, 11:46 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Not surprising to see the Bolsheviks demanding the seizure of private property. It’s what they live for.
July 12, 12:49 pm

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