Issued a summons: Here are the nabes with the most violations
The city issued more than 350,000 quality-of-life summonses last year, with drinking alcohol in the street topping the list at 123,824 tickets, according to a new report.
Also in the top five were disorderly conduct, public urination, pot possession and trespassing.
The most tickets in the city -- 13,150 -- were given in Mott Haven in the Bronx, according to the report from The New York World, a nonprofit journalism institute affiliated with Columbia University.
Park Slope had the fewest, with 76.
When it comes to public drinking, Williamsburg had the most offenders, with 6,192 summonses given.
But the numbers of summons handed out might not be a true indicator of how many rule breakers there really are in a neighborhood, said Eugene O'Donnell, a former NYPD cop and police studies professor at John Jay College.
Sometimes stats like these "are driven by the number of cops, the willingness of individual cops, how loud complaints are in the community . . . and it could just be that a commander is hot on a given issue," he said.
The study "is a measurement, but what you find sometimes is that a precinct commander may be more aggressive because it makes X precinct look better," O'Donnell said. "I can look like I'm solving more problems if I'm issuing that many more summonses."
O'Donnell added that the report shows that the NYPD seems to be issuing these summonses across many demographics, which contrasts with common complaints of racially tinged enforcement against the department.
Still, some New Yorkers think cops could make better use of their time.
"They're not focusing on the right things," said Adam Green, 21, of Borough Park. Green said he got two summonses for disorderly conduct and reckless driving after police saw him drive the wrong way on a one-way street for what he estimated to be the length of one house.
"You can call and call and call and they never come for real emergencies, but you do something small and stupid like this and they're right there," Green said.
He added: "They should be protecting citizens, and not being out to get them."
The NYPD didn't respond to a request for comment.
An interactive map of the violations can be found at thenewyorkworld.com.
TOP 2011 SUMMONSES
1 OPEN CONTAINER/CONSUMING ALCOHOL IN PUBLIC 123,824
2 DISORDERLY CONDUCT 78,829
3 RIDING A BICYCLE ON A SIDEWALK 27,979
4 PUBLIC URINATION 14,281
5 TRESPASSING 13,456
(Source The New York World)
WHERE OFFENSES HAPPENED
DISORDERLY CONDUCT (includes obstructing traffic, threatening behavior, public inconvenience, refusal to comply and unreasonable noise) -- Bedford Park, Fordham, Kingsbridge, Norwood and University Heights 3,755
IN PARK AFTER HOURS -- Central Park 2,028
PUBLIC URINATION -- East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights 1,808
BICYCLE ON SIDEWALK -- Williamsburg 1,745
UNREASONABLE NOISE -- South Bronx 1,432
DRIVING IN VIOLATION OF SAFETY RULES -- South Bronx 1,195
TRESPASSING -- South shore of Staten Island 933
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SIGN IN PARK -- South Bronx 877
UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA -- Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and Floral Park 818
RECKLESS DRIVING -- Upper East Side 741
DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE -- West Village 632
DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED REGISTRATION -- Washington Heights and Inwood 623
UNLICENSED GENERAL VENDOR -- Harlem 605