I assume that this officer is parked here, betwixt the Conservatory of Flowers and 8th Avenue, for the benefit of speeders.
(BMW drivers, especially, have a hard time keeping to the limit here, it seems…)
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Sometimes the cops put an automated radar trailer what tells you your speed, but people tend to ignore it.
As this Audi (Chariot of the Yuppie) driver shows. (Note that he was slowing down to 36 MPH in this shot.)