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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Parked in Park Slope

Wildlife Control, Park Slope Brooklyn
Photo by myself in Park Slope, Brooklyn, near Prospect Park.

On a nice street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Mark and I encountered this car from another time.

It's an old, white wagon labelled 'Wildlife Control'. Not sure what it's used for now. It was giant, about the length of two Mini Coopers parked end-to-end, and riddled with rust.


I've heard it said that half of the cars being driven around in Park Slope, the neighborhood where Mark and I live, are looking for parking.

The streets are often congested because people double park, even on the busy avenues. Townhouses on the side streets are home to many tenants, and there are few parking lots and garages.

The situation is worse in downtown Brooklyn. A very urban area packed with government buildings, shopping malls, sidewalk vendors, giant potholes and all else.

Often you will find cars parked on the sidewalks, to avoid street cleaning and congestion. Sheer mayhem!

Related posts: Fixing Flats in the Streets, Serving it Up From the Back of a Truck and Nice Set of Wheels.


Wayne said...

This thing started life as an ambulance. All ambulances were like this when folks my age were kids. It's a Cadillac with the roof chopped off. There were so many of them in use that I imagine (just a guess) GM sent them to the builders without the roofs, trunks etc.

I'd say this one is worth less than the price of a tank of gas today.

Ming the Merciless said...

Wait, that looks like The Ghost Buster mobile. :-)

Kris McCracken said...

Ming got it right, I was thinking Ghostbusters as well...

• Eliane • said...

Somehow this made me think of Six Feet Under. :)

tr3nta said...

ghost busters????.... NO WAY!!! :-)