NYPD: Chinatown Streets Off Limits to ‘Placard Parking’

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 at 5:00 am by

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This is big. The 5th Precinct effectively announced that placard parking in Chinatown is a thing of the past. Flyers began circulating the neighborhood a couple weeks ago stating that streets in the area are a “permit free zone.”

Chinatown activist Karlin Chan has been fighting the issue for years. Specifically, drivers who abused the privilege to the detriment of the community, where spots are already scarce. Below is a quick blurb about what’s happening.

The 5th pct has declared Mott from Canal to Chatham sq, Bayard from Mulberry to Bowery, Mulberry St from Worth to Canal a “placard/permit free” zone. The action started 2 weeks ago when flyers were placed on placard parked cars to notify the drivers; [yesterday] morning at 9am, Mott St which is normally inundated with placard cars was empty.

They will start ticketing & towing cars in future. Placard parking has long been a problem for Chinatown because of our proximity to the criminal courts, civil court, 26 federal plz & 1 Police Plaza.

For years the neighborhood has suffered a drop in visitors from the other boroughs because of the lack of available street parking which was 80% taken by placard parked cars. Chinatown street parking is taken away by employees of the District Atty, Police, Court officer & Corrections dept. Hopefully this will alleviate the parking issue to some extent by freeing up 60 parking spaces in the zone. So far the signs are encouraging as I’ve noticed a 50-60% improvement.

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According to a Daily News report last year, the NYPD and DOT collectively distribute more than 100,000 placards a year, including to law enforcement at other agencies and to people with disabilities. New passes are issued when older ones are returned.

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