The NYPD issued thousands upon thousands of public urination citations in 2012, Gothamist reports
, but not all police precincts issue equally. This probably has less to do with actual instances of peeing on the street and more with the priorities of the local cops. Like, the 68th Precinct in Bay Ridge issued 100 tickets, but that boozy neighborhood has a surfeit of bars that are likely sending hordes out onto the streets with full bladders and loose ethics. Here's a list of the neighborhoods in which you're most likely to be cited—a little data to inform your decision about whether to unzip.
I mean, you'd expect it, right? The 90th Precinct handed out
1,181 citations last year for public peeing, more than any other precinct. When I think of Williamsburg at night, I basically imagine huge crowds of people micturating down Bedford Avenue, so it makes sense the neighborhood leads the borough: the cops have an abundance of people to cite, and it's also an easy way to show they're addressing the quality of life issues that old-time residents likely raise at community meetings. DO NOT TRY TO PEE OUTSIDE HERE.
Coming in a distant second is the 79th Precinct, which gave out
586 pee pee tickets last year. Like rats flooding out of Bushwick
, public urination citations trickle down from Williamsburg in a downward stream; though there are a few outliers, if you're under Williamsburg, then you're more likely to get wet, by which I mean a ticket for pissing. Bushwick, Crown Heights—all have higher numbers than most elsewhere in the county. [photo
East New York
Officers from the 75th precinct issued
559 tickets for al fresco water passing in 2012, among the most in the borough. To hazard guesses as to why: a "broken windows" approach to crime? (In 2011, East New York led the city
in murders and robberies.) Or a way for police to harass locals? ("Residents ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s said that they occasionally felt harassed by the police," the Times reported
last year.) [photo
Why cops here issue
noticeably more tickets than those in contiguous communities do—310 to Park Slope's 92, Bay Ridge's 100, Borough Park's 151—is a mystery to me. If you find yourself in Sunset Park and have to pee, best to run over to the Slope or the Ridge, depending on which side you're on. Your odds are better! [photo
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