The city is soooo busy ticketing cyclists and trying to get high on cannabis flavored lollipops that it really doesn't have time for your piddly little problems—like trying to find your car that it lost, according to Williamsburg resident Matthew Chokshi, whose beloved Mitsubishi Lancer was towed Saturday to make way for a block party—and has been missing ever since.
Chokshi, who has lived off of Lorimer Street for seven years, tells us he hit the parking jackpot last Wednesday when he found a spot on Ainslie Street—a street revered among drivers for its once-a-week alternate side parking schedule. Pleased by his good fortune, he left his car for the weekend with the intention of moving it on Monday.
But when he returned, Chokshi said his car—and the pair of gold-painted Converse and MTV Party to Go Vol. 2 CD stashed inside—had disappeared.
Panicked, Chokshi called the 90th Precinct and explained his predicament. He was advised to check for it at three impound lots, which he did. Each lot reported that his car was not there.
Chokshi, frustrated, called the 90th Precinct again. This time, the officer explained that Ainslie Street had played host to a block party on Saturday, and that the cars on the street had been towed per notices posted on Friday. Chokshi told the officer that his car was missing, which apparently tickled the officer greatly.
"'We moved the car,'" Chokshi quoted the officer as saying. "'But the funny thing is, we lost the sheet!'" referring to the slip of paper that records the locations of cars that have been moved for such festive events as block parties. Perhaps they shredded it and turned it into confetti!
Asked whether the police actually referred to the situation as "funny," Chokshi confirmed that they did.
"I asked if perhaps it was stolen and the receptionist at the police department said 'I wouldn't worry about it too much, it'll just turn up.' He suggested that I just wait to get a ticket and then maybe I could contest it. He said it's probably a couple blocks away."
Last night, Chokshi spent two hours canvassing his neighborhood for his car. Though he doesn't rely on it for his job as an art director, he misses it—and the MTV Party to Go Vol. 2 CD housed inside. (He probably shouldn't hold out much hope for the Creedence.)
What's his plan now? What recourse does he have? Chokshi said he doesn't know. "I guess I'm just going to keep walking around Williamsburg, looking for my car."