NEW YORK CITY — In the Battery Park section of Manhattan, community activists feel their neighborhoods have too many black cars. Every work night, clusters of black cars congregate at certain spots, including Vesey St. (outside Merrill Lynch and American Express), Wall St. (outside Deutsche Bank), and Liberty Plaza (outside of Scotia Bank). Paul Goldstein, district manager of a local community board, said he regularly fields phone calls from Battery Park residents who are fed up with the sight of so many of these vehicles. "In the evening hours, we end up with loads of these vehicles staging all over the district," said Goldstein.
Complaints against black car operators include illegal parking, congesting streets, idling for long periods of time and creating more pollution, and blocking emergency vehicle routes. Community activists believe the problems stem, in part, from lackluster law enforcement.
Source: The Village Voice