Pious praise god as tree falls on car blocking church loading zone

Tree falls on car parked illegally in front of church

Holy moly!: A tree branch crushed the back of this car, whose owner habitually leaves his ride in a no-parking zone in front of a church.
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Its a no-parking sign from above.

A falling tree smote a car illegally parked in front of a Dyker Heights church during a storm yesterday, and it must have been heaven’s punishment for the owner’s sinful parking habits, because the timber’s trajectory was divinely inspired, a parishioner said.

“It’s sort of like god’s retribution. It fell from across the street — it’s only his car it landed on,” said Peter Syrdahl a parishioner at Redeemer St. John’s Lutheran Church on 83rd Street.

The ride was between two “no-parking” signs — which traffic law forbids except while “expeditiou­sly receiving or discharging passengers or loading or unloading property to or from the curb” — when the wooden wrath hit, and Syrdahl said the guy lives on the block and often converts the space from its god-given use as an unloading haven for the aged attending liturgy and little kids coming to nursery school.

“I bring elderly people to church — a 90-year-old and a 97-year-old — every Sunday, and he’s frequently parked in our way,” Syrdahl said. “They have to go out of the way to get in the church, and that’s the whole point of this spot.”

The righteous have shamed the man before — and prayed for city intervention as recently as July 9, according to 311 data — but the motorist says he works long hours for the Fire Department and can’t be bothered looking for a parking spot when he gets home, according to Syrdahl.

The felled and forsaken Ford Explorer “Interceptor Edition” — a souped-up version of the sport utility vehicle available to police and emergency workers — had a Department of Transportation-issued permit allowing the driver to “park in contradiction to parking rules when the vehicle is essential to the performance of their organizational functions” — and a placard that reads “New York City Fire Department Explosives Unit: This vehicle is on official union business,” photos show.

No one was hurt in the act of god, as the impious park-job was apparently not mortal sin.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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