Your car got towed. It happens – perhaps you’re busy and didn’t pay attention to where you parked. Or you’re miffed (ok, irate) and a little in denial about the fact that those hateful orange envelopes keep showing up on your windshield, so you just let the situation fester. Now your car’s gone and you’re pretty sure you know why.


Via City Room: “When a ban on smoking in city parks took effect one year ago, some tobacco partisans vowed it would not stick, that it was unenforceable, that they would flout it to their dying breaths. But on Wednesday the city said the ban had been largely, if not entirely, effective: the number of smokers observed in 13 selected parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn was 68 percent lower in October 2011 than in October 2010. …And all this with only a gentle puff of enforcement: 221 smoking tickets have been issued on city parkland since the ban went into effect: fewer than one per day.” The photo above was taken at a Brooklyn park yesterday evening at around 8. The face of the person smoking a cigarette has been photoshopped.
Parks Working Out as Smoke-Free Zones, City Says [City Room]


As we reported last fall, protesters have been showing up to Brooklyn foreclosure auctions, singing during the proceedings, and then getting arrested. A Wall Street Journal reporter, Anne Kadet, who was covering the auction shown in the video above on Thursday, ended up being detained for three hours and charged with disorderly conduct even though she claims was observing the proceedings as a journalist. To the block quote:

When court officers moved to arrest the protesters and clear the courtroom, Ms. Kadet said in an interview Friday that she was handcuffed and detained. She said she was taking notes at the time but didn’t otherwise identify herself as a journalist. “They started arresting everyone who was singing, so I moved up close to the front of the courtroom,” Ms. Kadet said. “I was just standing there taking notes. I wasn’t singing.” Ms. Kadet said court officers removed her from the courtroom and held her for about three hours in a nearby room with the protesters. She said her hands were bound tightly in plastic restraints. She was eventually issued a summons for disorderly conduct and released.

The court spokesman says Kadet hadn’t identified herself as a journalist. Here’s the Journal’s response: “‘Anne’s arrest, while reporting on a matter of public interest, is an outrage and a clear violation of the First Amendment,’ said Ashley Huston, vice president of corporate communications for the Journal and Dow Jones, in a statement. ‘The officers’ actions were completely unjustified, and we will insist that the charge for disorderly conduct be withdrawn immediately.'”
Journal Reporter Arrested at Brooklyn Courthouse [WSJ]
Foreclosure Auction Foreclosed on in Brooklyn [Youtube]
BREAKING VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Arrested For Disturbing Foreclosure Auction at Downtown Brooklyn Court House [Brownstoner]