NYPD dumps 50 abandoned cars, tags 80 other vehicles for removal in Willets Point

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An overnight operation by the NYPD and Department of Sanitation led to the removal and summons of more than 100 cars at Willets Point in Corona.

The operation was conducted after multiple complaints of abandoned vehicles from local business owners in the area, according to an NYPD spokesperson. The operation began around 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 and lasted through 11 a.m. this morning.

In total, 85 cars were tagged for removal, 12 vehicles were summonsed and 50 were taken to a tow pound facility by Sanitation staff.

The future of Willets Point, which was made up of mostly auto shops and junkyards before the city cleared the area, has been in limbo for years. In February, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that a new plan had been approved to re-develop the site.

The new plan would include building 1,100 units of housing for low-income and moderate-income New Yorkers, 450-seat elementary school, public space and retail on six acres of land at the corner of Willets Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue.

For the remaining 17 acres of land, de Blasio will create a task force in partnership with Katz and Councilman Francisco Moya to determine how to proceed with the re-development of the “Iron Triangle.”