Grimy shopping streets are among the top complaints for residents of Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Gravesend, according to the 2020 Statement of Community District Needs and Community Board Budget Requests.
City lawmakers are promising to follow through with action. So far, residents say, increased efforts have made little visible difference.
“18th Avenue and 86th Street is beyond disgusting. Garbage everywhere and it smells,” said Melanie Quezada.