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The Brooklyn House of Detention is overflowing — but this time it’s not with criminals!

For some reason, the Department of Correction, which runs the controversial Atlantic Avenue lockup, has chosen to park its armored buses along Court Street between Livingston and State streets, leaving streets clogged, parking spaces diminished and community members outraged.

“Any entity that has buses crowding the parking spots and leaving their engines running — you bet we’re not gonna be happy about it!” said Irene Janner, a member of Community Board 2. “Court Street becomes kind of a no-man’s land where people dump their cars. This is not what we see as ‘traffic calming.’ ”

The House of D is, after all, just around the corner from the department’s new makeshift parking lot, which has been filled with as many as three buses in the last few days. The Brooklyn Paper first spotted the buses on Monday, but a reporter making a return visit on Tuesday also saw the tell-tale white conveyances.

And it’s probably happening more than we know: Punching up the block on Google Street View also revealed one of the parked buses.

The city hasn’t had much time to defend itself yet — Correction Department officials are still trying to figure out what is going on.

“It’s usually the parked cop cars that people are worried about,” said agency spokesman Steve Morello. “But we are going to figure out what’s going on as soon as possible.”

Morello explained that the House of D is used for processing inmates, and that the long white buses generally park inside to unload offenders. Why the buses are moving to Heights shoppers’ parking spaces, he said, is a mystery that he promised to solve soon.

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

sid from boerum hill says:
its coffee and pizza. You don't need to be a brain surgeon to figure this out.
April 7, 2010, 8:44 am
Sally from Boerum Hill says:
This doesn't seem to be a big story or any investigation needed unless you're short on ideas
April 7, 2010, 9:49 am
Steve from Brooklyn Heights says:
They've been doing it most days for hours, starting in the late morning, at least since I moved to State Street in August. As a commenter notes, it may not seem like a big deal, but Court Street pedestrians shouldn't have to be confronted with the DOC's incompetence in terms of finding space for their vehicles – I'd love it if you could stir up the pot a bit.
April 7, 2010, 10:27 am
fourth estate from dumbo says:
Hmmm.... sounds like another abuse of power by the democrats. Just typical.
And had you not reported on this I bet they would expect us to buy health insurance for those vehicles! So that there families wouldn't go poor while paying for health services. It's a joke.
April 7, 2010, 11:04 am
nick from state st says:
where have you guys been, the jail has been there forever and so have the cop cars, how is this news, Also who drives their car to BH to go shopping. Everyone who has a car lives there.
April 7, 2010, 2:38 pm

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