The 9th Precinct

When I was a kid, I enjoyed the old TV show “Kojak” with Telly Savalas.  Recently, I was down in the East Village and ran across the old precinct house that he was supposedly based out of:  the 9th Precinct.

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It’s located on 5th Street between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue.  In the bad-old-days, this area was one of the toughest and most crime ridden places in Manhattan, being right next to Alphabet City.

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I always find it interesting that the police cars are typically parked in the streets instead of a discreet parking lot someplace near.  Of course, a “discrete parking lot” would cost the city about a bazillion dollars, but they don’t even risk parking tickets by just pulling up front.

Below is the entire station house, or at least the front of it.

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The old exterior was also used for the “NYPD Blue” TV show, so it does have even more “history”.  (The Blues was actually supposedly set in the 15th Precinct, but I understand that was a ficticious precinct number.) 

It just went through a lot of recent renovations.  It looks sharp.

-H

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One Comment on “The 9th Precinct”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Point of interest: The 9th Squad building was used in many police tv shows including NYPD Blue and Kojak as noted here. The 15th Precinct did not/ does not exist. I remember shows going back as far as Naked City in the early 60’s that were filmed here. Got to meet Telly Savalas during Kojak shoot.


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