Not Just the Weather That's Blocking Traffic

A car on cinder blocks outside a playground in Bed-Stuy

A car on cinder blocks outside a playground in Bed-Stuy

January 28, 2015

Some lucky somebody is going to have an authentic, vintage New York City experience today! When they walk outside to see their car on cinder blocks and all the wheels missing, won't they be surprised and delighted!

The sight of partially dismembered cars left up on blocks was fairly common decades ago, when it came to symbolize cities lost to crime. 

– "Fast-Paced Thieves Reinvent the Wheel Crime," NYT, June 7, 2012

Disclaimer: I'm hoping that someone was just replacing brakes or something and just never got around to putting the wheels back on, as unlikely that would be given that all four wheels are off at the same time. I'm hoping that my neighborhood is not about to return to its crime-ridden state as described by Billy Joel, Biggie Smalls, Mos Def, Jay-Z, etc. I'm hoping theives aren't stealing wheels and rims like they used to.

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