No Kojak sightings, alas, but plenty of old squad cars
This housing police car dates to 1989; more photos are after the jump. (Kathleen Bulson)
Tom Dulligan, a retired NYPD officer, brought his 1941 Dodge police transport wagon to the New York City Police Museum, which held its eighth annual police car show this weekend
His father, Jim Dulligan, 76, also a collector, explained his 48-year hobby as though it were a disease that transcends generations. “Warning: automobile parts, no known cure,” he said.
The Dulligans, however, were among many Sunday afternoon who were disappointed to see most of the cars were pulled early because of the threat of rain.
Some of the 40 vehicles on display, including the Batmobile, were convertibles that had to be brought indoors.
Miguel Pineda, 41, of Richmond Hill, brought his mother and sons Miguel, 7 and Esteban, 11 to view the cars.
“I’m definitely disappointed but the museum makes up for it,” said Pineda as he looked at vintage guns, including one belonging to Al Capone.
Other exhibits at the museum — the original home of NYPD’s First Precinct — include police-gear artifacts and a tribute to Sept. 11 heroes.
“The 9/11 movie was really good, moving. It starts with the real first 911 call. It gives you goose-bumps,” said Erica Zahn, 41 visiting from Florida with her mother Patricia Mechaw, 64 and her son.
This was Mechaw’s third visit to the museum and Zahn’s first. Said Zahn: “I’m surprised! It’s great and should definitely be on tourists’ stops.”
-- Kathleen Bulson