From Atlantic Yards Watch: 311, not direct complaints, can generate police response to illegal parking
For example, the 12/30/12 Coldplay concert prompted several complaints about illegal parking and idling, leading to a report citing "Immediate police action!
I was amazed to get emails saying all my reports were closed and that action had been taken, which led me to run around the block and see proof -- which I did, in the form of either empty spots or cars with tickets (in most cases). THis all happened within a 20 minute period. 311 works!
The same poster, however, observed similar conditions regarding the Coldplay/Jay-Z concert last night and recounted:
A quick run by the block between New Year's Eve procedures found two uninterested patrolmen and a slew of illegal parkers:
446C Dean: two cars parked or idling in the No Standing zone
41 5th Avenue bus stop and hydrant at 39: white van parked at hydrant, 3 limos in bus stop. One is a white stretch Lincoln, NY lic T625342C
53 5th Avenue: black Mazda parked at hydrant
68-70 5th Avenue (at St. Mark's): two sedans parked in No Parking Zone
Alerted two patrolmen who shrugged and asked why that should bother me.
Happy New Year!
Note: This was not a patrol -- only a quick walk home. Not reported to 311 as unable to do so in a timely manner.