New York is safer and more prosperous than it’s been in years, but the city still can’t figure out how to stop people from trashing streets with litter.
Despite a focus on quality of life issues, City Hall has made limited progress in dealing with a problem that has plagued mayors since the days when animals roamed Broadway. Even a small army of workers from the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), business improvement districts, and the Doe Fund still can’t fully police 6,000 miles of city streets and more than 27,000 public waste and recycling baskets on a daily basis.
Two bills discussed at a recent hearing held by the City Council’s sanitation committee aim to increase penalties for littering and illegal dumping, by doubling them or more in some cases, in an effort to curb bad behavior.
Water main work that is expected to continue through at least October is disrupting small businesses along Myrtle Avenue, multiple merchants said.
The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) began shutting water off in phases between Classon Avenue and Hall Street in order to replace underground pipes that have been there since 1908, officials said. But local businesses say the agency hasn’t done a very good job of keeping them informed in a timely manner.