John Street, located in the Financial District of lower Manhattan, was dubbed “Stroller Alley” in the 2000s. The name comes from condos and a preschool located on the street, resulting in many child strollers.
The New York City Department of Probation planned an office on “Stroller Alley” in 2013, resulting in neighborhood protests that this would draw violent criminals to John Street.
New York (NY) Post
Outrage over planned Probation move to ‘Stroller Alley’
By Julia Marsh October 28, 2013 | 7:01pm
Residents of a family-friendly Financial District strip nicknamed “Stroller Alley” are crying foul, protesting the city’s plan to dump Probation Department offices on their block that would draw drug dealers and sex offenders to their quiet streets.
“These are narrow sidewalks and streets filled with moms and nannies pushing strollers,” said attorney Patrick Kennell, who is the board president at the South Star condo at 80 John St.
The city has already signed a lease to move the case-management wing from a building it’s selling at 346 Broadway to 66 John St., where it houses other municipal offices.
CBS New York
Battle Heats Up Over Probation Office Proposed For Financial District
Residents Of ‘Stroller Alley’ Say They Don’t Want Criminals In Their Backyard
November 6, 2013 11:15 PM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Angry parents and neighbors swarmed to a community meeting Wednesday night, protesting plans for a probation office in a residential downtown Manhattan neighborhood known as “stroller alley.”
The probation office is being moved from its current location at the more commercial 346 Broadway to a building at 66 John St. – just 50 yards from a preschool. The area has so many families with children that it has picked up the “stroller alley” moniker, and right across the street is a Pace University residence hall.
New York (NY) Post
‘Stroller Alley’ residents fear ‘parade of convicts’
By Julia Marsh January 8, 2014 | 12:00pm
The city won the first round of a lawsuit by residents of the Financial District’s family-friendly “Stroller Alley” neighborhood when a Manhattan judge ruled Tuesday that the Department of Probation could proceed with its planned move to 66 John St. on Jan. 17.
In a one-line decision released Wednesday Supreme Court Justice Carol Huff denied a preliminary petition by the residents and local tenants including Century 21 and Pace University.