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Police Using UES Block as a ‘Junkyard’ for Totaled Cars, Neighbors Say

(DNAINFO) Carly Miller | September 27, 2017 — The NYPD is using a stretch of East 66th Street as a junkyard for wrecked cars because police have nowhere else to put them — annoying neighbors sick of seeing the mangled vehicles blighting their block, police and locals said.

The NYPD’s 19th Precinct regularly uses the stretch between Park and Lexington avenues to dump the totaled cars, which have to be inventoried by the precinct before getting towed, Det. Vincent Lombardi told DNAinfo New York on Tuesday.

Police use the block because its parking restrictions — no standing between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. — mean that it isn’t frequented by many residents and marks one of the wider blocks in the precinct, Lombardi said.

“What’s the main complaint on the Upper East Side? It’s parking. So we’re not taking away from that,” the detective said. “Is it unsightly? Yes. But really, there’s nowhere to put them.”

Source: Police Using UES Block as a ‘Junkyard’ for Totaled Cars, Neighbors Say – Upper East Side – New York – DNAinfo