Homeless “park pirate” shipwrecked in Battery Park City

The Big Apple’s infamous “Parking Pirate” is shipwrecked.

John McIntosh — the 41-year-old homeless hoarder who claimed space on tight Warren Street in Battery Park City and then moved his junk-crammed pickup truck for a fee — was scuttled by the city.

The NYPD confirmed that on August 10, cleaners raided Warren Street and River Terrace and confiscated flotsam and flotsam from McIntosh’s 2008 Toyota RAV4.

Police issued the self-proclaimed “contractor” a $65 subpoena for an uninspected vehicle and the Toyota was towed away, the department said.

“I’m completely confused at the moment. I’m stranded I was on the railroad!” McIntosh told the Post on Friday.

The park pirate, lured by “elitist” neighborhood residents, led to him walking the plank.

The Tribeca citizen first reported on the dismantling that ended the 13-year road trip in which he had his RAV4 off the road – for the right price.

“For $1 I’ll tell you if I’m moving,” he told distraught drivers. “But the place is $20.”

McIntosh in busier days
He found all these items on the street.
Helayne Seidman

McIntosh's run-down dumpster
McIntosh says he’s being “made fun of” by the city.
Helayne Seidman

McIntosh's junk car was towed away.
The city put a stop to the hustle and bustle on McIntosh Street earlier this month. The garbage disposal companies confiscated the flotsam, and police issued the self-proclaimed “contractor” with a $65 subpoena for an uninspected vehicle and towed his Toyota.
Courtesy of John McIntosh

The curse of the block no longer exists.
McIntosh accuses him of “elitist” residents who brought him into conflict with the authorities.
Courtesy of John McIntosh

McIntosh claimed he was pocketing up to $100 a day hoarding his parking space — and even took payment from Venmo under the moniker “Parkingpirate.”

To get even more loot, he would sell knick-knacks he found on the street and store them in and on his car.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing diza@ustimetoday.com.

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